Warmer weather in Albuquerque prompted me to ride over to the Piedras Marcadas section of the Petroglyph National Monument.
The rock art along the volcanic ridge west of town is mostly in the Rio Grande style from the Pueblo IV period, spanning the 14th to the 17th Centuries. At that time the Puebloan people were abandoning the big ceremonial centers like Chaco Canyon in the Four Corners region. They concentrated along the Rio Grande valley in large agricultural settlements and the rock art reflected the flourishing of the Katsina cults. Images of horses show that the period overlapped the Spanish invasion.