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.
dogs on leash
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.
Easy trail with excellent views of the Rio Grande Valley.
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.
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.
exactly as described... Easy hike.
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.
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.
nice easy walk. Beautiful scenic view on all sides of your walk.
Great trail to jog. That third volcano will get ya but it's literally all downhill from there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did all the loops around the three volcanoes a couple Saturday's ago. Great views of Albuquerque. Easy hike.Worth doing.
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.
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.
Beautiful view of Burque! Fun, easy, many options.