Boca Negra Canyon Trail

EASY 37 reviews

Boca Negra Canyon Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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.

0.6 miles
91 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers

no dogs

A series of short trails in Albuquerque's Boca Negra canyon.

3 days ago

This trail is good if you only have a short length of time, or you don’t normally hike. I find the petroglyphs amazing to see, but it’s also very disappointing to see how much the rocks have been defaced.

15 days ago

Nice easy climb and hike. Lots of Petroglyphs and wildlife.

30 days ago

lots of petroglyphs along this trail to see. Great experience, just be ready for the heat. With the volcanic rock being black and no tree around it gets a little rough on a summer day.

1 month ago

We were able to do this adventure w/my dad on his cane & my son. The petroglyphs were beautiful and easy to see when on the main path. Once on top it was worth it and wonderful view of mountains & the local area. So glad it is preserved!

2 months ago

Nice hike, pretty view from up top and lots of petroglyphs to study.

2 months ago

Very simple hike but exciting! Hike up mountain with Petroglyphs all around! You do have to weave into of black rocks watch your footing and wear hiking shoes!

5 months ago

Nice Easy Hike with lots of awesome petroglyphs! Would definitely recommend to any hiker! :)

8 months ago

In a word... Petroglyphs :D

9 months ago

Fun short hike

9 months ago

I have been here a million times! Each time I always see something new! Lizards,chipmunks and even a squirrel this time! Great for all ages. Please respect the Petroglyphs!! I cannot stress than enough!

10 months ago

Short hike from the parking area up a nice trail (but might be steep for those with leg problems) up to a nice vantage point overlooking the area. Several petroglyphs are seen from the trail.

11 months ago

Short trail, impossible to get lost and very good views of the petroglyphs. I went with my nine-year-old son and we both enjoyed it immensely.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fun short trail to get your hike going. It's paved and has some concrete steps along the way.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Our first trail on our honeymoon to the southwest in 2014, and still one of the most memorable for me. The weather was perfect (yes, pleasant weather in late July/early August) and the views amazing! Like Rinconada Canyon, we will be going on this trail a lot once we move to Albuquerque later this summer.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rocky lava trail that is moderately steep. Includes stairs and roped off areas at certain points. The history included on the plaques is interesting. Very nice way to explore the hill and petroglyphs.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

not very long, but has nice views from the top

Monday, March 06, 2017

Great views and lots of fun history. It's a little rocky and you have to climb a little so maybe not best for elderly.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The petroglyphs were awesome, rough, rocky, well maintained trail

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Super short and a lot of stopping to look at the petroglyphs, but the rocky terrain is nice.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This trail is about viewing Petrogylphs, not so much about the hike experience. Great place to take visitors to ABQ.

Friday, August 14, 2015

If you have young kids and you want to help stimulate their interest in archaelogy you can't go wrong with Boca Negra Canyon. This series of trails, tucked into an otherwise anonymous neighborhood in Albuquerque offers lots of visual gems and good rock scrabbling for kids ages 7 - 14 or so. You and the kids can get right up to many petroglyphs and make up stories about them or debate what they depict. Is that an alien or a man wearing an antler's head as a mask? You decide. Not great in the summer as it will be sweltering and there are no trees on this sandy trail.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Fun and easy hike on a cooler day. lots of petroglyphs to see too

Monday, January 12, 2015

The glyphs are interesting, even though there is also modern graffiti everywhere. Worth it if you don't have time to go on a longer hike elsewhere in the park. $2 admission fee.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nice little hike. The three trails in this little park are great for about an our trip. the first trail rises about 700 ft and can be a bit nerving if it is windy (and it was).

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Go for the glyphs not the hike. Take your cell phone and listen to the information on the history of the place. Very interesting.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Short trails with petroglyphs among neighborhood homes in the city of Albuquerque

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Duplicate of the other entry for Boca Negra canyon. Includes several short trails with petroglyphs.

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