Mesa Point Trail is a 0.2 mile loop trail located near Albuquerque, NM and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Petroglyphs, panoramic views, family friendly The trail starts off at the base of the mesa. Once you begin the hike the trail climbs rapidly as you weave through boulders and switchbacks. From the beginning you can see petroglyphs dotted throughout the hike next to the trail There are informational signs to read along the way which explains certain details of the petroglyphs, the people who created them, and the surrounding area. A side trail summits the mesa where you get a 360 degree panoramic view. To the west are several extinct volcanoes while to the east is the Rio Grande River with the Sandia mountains rising abruptly past the river. For a relaxing hike give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to enjoy the petroglyphs and the views. This hike can get pretty steep in sections even though most of it is paved. For children (3 and under) it is very challenging. Be sure to check out the other 2 shorter trails in the Boca Negra Canyon. While shorter (between 5-15 minutes) it is worth it.
Nice hike and neat petroglyphs. Lots of examples of animal, symbol, and human carvings. Good day trip, you can do the entire parking lot loop in about an hour.
Short loop trail in Boca Negra canyon overlooking some ABQ area homes. The main attractions are petroglyphs carved into the rocks.