Private Tour

From USD $220.00
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: Private
You will observe petroglyphs from four main time periods - archaic, ancestral puebloan, post-contact, and modern. Unique to the Preserve are animorphic fluteplayers and many post-contact period images documenting first contact between Puebloan people and Spanish colonists. 

Purchase a private tour of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve for yourself, family and friends. A guided 2-hour tour through the Preserve starts at $200 for the first 1-4 participants and $50 per person after that. Private tours are limited to groups of 8. For special requests, contact The time slot shown is our default start time. You may choose a time to start your tour on the booking page. 

After booking your tour, you will be sent a confirmation email with an attached map to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve. This is the only way to find the preserve as it is not on Google Maps and there is no signage. The preserve is located near Velarde, NM.

If you have additional questions, please review General Information for All Tours. Please be advised, all purchases are non-refundable.

Situated on ancestral Tewa land, the Wells Petroglyph Preserve was created in 2007 when Katherine Wells donated 156 acres on Mesa Prieta to The Archaeological Conservancy. The Preserve was later expanded to 181 acres. Katherine purchased the petroglyph-rich land on the mesa in 1992.  She had the vision for preservation and educational efforts for Mesa Prieta and the determination to develop a program dedicated to its protection. Today the Wells Petroglyph Preserve, overseen by The Archaeological Conservancy and managed by the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, is made available to the public via docent-led tours. Fundraising from the event goes directly to supporting the mission of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project. MPPP is guided by three core principles: Protection, Scientific Recording, and Education. We rely on your generous support to help us achieve these initiatives, and we can't do it without you. Thank you for your support of the project!