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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
Nice easy walking, with pretty views of the city when returning. Excellent trail even though the Petroglyphs weren't all that extraordinary.
Super easy. Some nice Petroglyphs.
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.
Not much to see, but it's super easy
good easy walk great to see wildflowers and birds and petroglyph along the route
not very scenic, more like taking a walk
This trail is a scenic route around the Petrogylph Monuement. You will see little critters and many different wild flowers.
The trail is very sandy and very pet friendly. Lots of different types of grasses growing throughout and a ton of grey and white tail rabbits.
Easy, sandy trail
Nice easy winter walk
nice day hike trail, walked it twice, and climbed the mesa, nice and chill, a lot of petroglyphs to look at ☺
Nice easy hike; you can bring leashed dogs along. No shade, recommend doing early in the morning in the summer. Halfway along the loop there are some neat Petroglyphs. Watch for snakes!