The Volcanoes Trail

EASY 43 reviews

The Volcanoes Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 295 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Great vistas of Albuquerque and the Sandias, as well as some fantastic geological features. The hiking in, around, and on top of the Volcanoes within Petroglyph National Monument is a fun and quick excursion. What makes this hike unique are the sweeping vistas of Albuquerque, the Rio Grande valley, and the Sandia Mountains across the valley. There are numerous trails and junctions found throughout the volcanoes making it possible to piece together hikes to one, two, or all three volcanoes. Most of the trails are easy enough for smaller children with an occasional shade area with benches to rest. Also, if you're an avid mountain biker, the trails are open and available to bikes and if you enjoy wide open riding then this would be a great place to try. The trails that I reported on didn't cover every square inch of where you could possibly hike. Therefore, the distance and elevation profile are only for the trails I hiked that day.

2 days ago

Easy trail with excellent views of the Rio Grande Valley.

18 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. I hiked it with my 3 children, one in a back pack carrier one on a bike and one hiking. my thoughts. unless you have a good bike and are experienced leave your bike at home there are parts that are a bit rocky. considering its volcanoes I'm not complaining. Definitely well marked for where to go for the hike there are parts you can get to that have great views.

1 month ago

Nice hike!

1 month ago

1 month ago

I thought this trail was really cool- I mean how many places offer volcano hikes? It was very easy and well labeled although a number of the off trails were closed for restoration.

The hike took you to the summit where the vantage point was great. I also saw some lizards and rabbits on the way!

I went in August and saw only one other person with a dog the whole time.

hiking
1 month ago

exactly as described... Easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Very rocky in some locations so hiking poles do help. Moderately trafficked until the second volcano and most people stopped for the peak and then backtracked to the parking lot. Great view of ABQ below around the 2nd peak.

hiking
2 months ago

Great scenic hike. Unfortunately lots of the side trails are closed for restoration. First volcano is not accessible at top. Second volcano has a small side trail that allows you to access the top--which is mostly flat. Great picture opp there. If you choose to hike 3rd volcano, you will find it rather steep with some loose rock, so watch your footing. Once you get to the top, it's all downhill. Nice cooling breeze on the back side of the volcano. Altogether a great hike for all.

3 months ago

nice easy walk. Beautiful scenic view on all sides of your walk.

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail to jog. That third volcano will get ya but it's literally all downhill from there.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail does have areas that are closed off, this is true, it is still pleasant and opens at 9 am, but you might be able to arrive earlier, wink.

hiking
6 months ago

The trails leading to the north and south peaks are closed for restoration until further notice. Still a beautiful hike, just disappointing not being able to get to the top of every volcano.

hiking
7 months ago

Not worth it all the trails are closed going up to the top. Don't understand why they do this and take away trails that are actually worthwhile to hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Not worth it all the trails are closed going up to the top. Don't understand why they do this and take away things that are actually worthwhile to hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Did all the loops around the three volcanoes a couple Saturday's ago. Great views of Albuquerque. Easy hike.Worth doing.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Yes, there were a lot of people on the trail but the trail is so long and you can go so many different directions, you can find yourself all by yourself. The people were friendly and didn't disturb the peace at all.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike, pretty views. Conveniently close to Albuquerque. The only downside was the amount of people on the trail at the time. We went when it was 60 degrees on a random weekend in January and there were a TON of people there. Most were nice and friendly, but there were a handful of rude and loud groups who would leave litter, climb up into the volcano (which were closed off for trail renovation with very clearly marked signs), and play music very loudly. Aside from that, it was well worth the short drive there and a nice way to spend a few hours.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful view of Burque! Fun, easy, many options.