Rinconada Canyon Trail

EASY 43 reviews

Rinconada Canyon Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles 147 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

Petroglyphs, great hike for the family. Starting off from the trailhead you skirt along the right side of the canyon / mesa. Along the trail you'll notice many petroglyphs etched into the dark rocks from various people groups and cultures ranging from Native Americans, Spanish settlers, and American ranchers. The trail is a loop or you could make an out and back hike. While the first half of the trail you're hiking right next to the canyon / mesa side but if you do the loop the trail heads right through the middle of the canyon on the way back. On the way back you're too far to see the petroglyphs. This is a great hike with nothing too strenuous as far as elevation gain. A great hike for families and petroglyph viewing. Be sure to visit the visitor center a mile up the road and the other places to hike at the National Monument.

hiking
4 days ago

Can't see the petroglyphs very well but it's a nice hike.

hiking
14 days ago

easy day hike. takes about an hr.
flat, sandy, no shade.
would be a great jog.

walking
16 days ago

Very kid friendly, fun walk, bring a camera!

18 days ago

walking
20 days ago

walking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hit up this trail with my husband and our 6-month-old in a baby carrier and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our weekend in Albuquerque. There are a surprising number of petroglyphs along this short route and the canyon felt otherworldly on the foggy morning that we were there. We were glad we hiked the trail clockwise so that we were rewarded with the most interesting features toward the end. We also avoided getting stuck behind a couple of groups this way, though there weren't too many people out to start with and most of those were trail runners.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

4 months ago

Nice easy walking, with pretty views of the city when returning. Excellent trail even though the Petroglyphs weren't all that extraordinary.

walking
4 months ago

Super easy. Some nice Petroglyphs.

4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Really nice trail although no shade. Definitely start early in the morning before the sun is at its hottest. Lots of petroglyphs and picture opportunities. Only a few small inclines but for the most part flat. Trail is unpaved and sandy so expect some unevenness.

walking
5 months ago

Not much to see, but it's super easy

hiking
5 months ago

good easy walk great to see wildflowers and birds and petroglyph along the route

backpacking
6 months ago

7 months ago

not very scenic, more like taking a walk

7 months ago

This trail is a scenic route around the Petrogylph Monuement. You will see little critters and many different wild flowers.