West Mesa Open Space

Much of the open space acquired around the volcanoes, on the mesa top, and along the volcanic escarpment was included within Petroglyph National Monument in 1990.

However, large tracts adjacent to the Monument remain under the sole
management of Rainbow over the petroglyphthe City. The 4,200 acre parcel of land is predominantly north and east of the volcanoes and preserves vast expanses of mesa-top lava flows, small volcanic features, archaeological sites, arroyo courses and wide vistas.

The Mesa Grasslands Preserve consists of over 3,800 acres west of the volcanoes in the Rio Puerco Valley. This area provides valuable habitat for certain plant and wildlife including an open range for herds of pronghorn antelope


The West Mesa Open Space contains the following areas:

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Open Space Administration

Parks and Recreation

(505) 452-5200