The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, which began in 1999, has three goals: 

TO RECORD as many of the estimated 100,000 petroglyphs and other archaeological features on the Mesa Prieta as possible.  TO EDUCATE and inform the local people and visitors about this archaeological and historical treasure with a primary focus on educating young people. TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE the important cultural legacy of Mesa Prieta for generations to come.

The 181-acre Preserve is located midway between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. Donated to the Archaeological Conservancy by the Project’s founder, Katherine Wells, it contains over 10,000 petroglyphs. Our docents lead visitors through an insightful two-hour tour representing Archaic, Ancestral Puebloan and Historic Period time periods. 

We are now offering Public Tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 am. Pre-registration Required.

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