The Volcanoes Trail

EASY 80 reviews

The Volcanoes Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico 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 288 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.

walking
1 day ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

We started around 3:30 and finished right at 5 when it closes. We brought two dogs and saw quite a few other people hiking the trail. Along the loop there are a lot of side trails you can take, and all the volcano trails are closed but we went up the first one and saw people at the top of all three. The view of Albuquerque and the Sandia mountains is incredible, everyone should do this hike at least once!

1 month ago

great views, awesome first trail if your just getting into biking.

1 month ago

Easy trail with excellent views of the Rio Grande Valley.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike!

2 months ago

3 months 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
3 months ago

exactly as described... Easy hike.

hiking
3 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
3 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.

mountain biking
4 months ago