Mesa Point Trail is a 0.2 mile loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.2 miles Elevation Gain: 78 feet Route Type: Loop

nature trips

walking

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no dogs

Petroglyphs, panoramic views, and family-friendly The trail starts off at the base of the mesa. Once you begin the hike the trail climbs rapidly as you weave through boulders and switchbacks. From the beginning, you can see petroglyphs dotted throughout the hike next to the trail. There are informational signs to read along the way which explains certain details of the petroglyphs, the people who created them, and the surrounding area. A side trail summits the mesa where you get a 360-degree panoramic view. To the west are several extinct volcanoes while to the east is the Rio Grande River with the Sandia mountains rising abruptly past the river. For a relaxing hike give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to enjoy the petroglyphs and the views. This hike can get pretty steep in sections even though most of it is paved. For children (3 and under) it is very challenging. Be sure to check out the other 2 shorter trails in the Boca Negra Canyon. While shorter (between 5-15 minutes) it is worth it.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

I hiked this early November, temps were cool. This is a short hike ( about 45 minutes) but steep at points to the top. This has a few switchbacks and narrow trail at points. The best collection of petroglyphs I have seen to date. Depending on lighting look hard at different angles and petroglyphs are very faint but everywhere. I hiked this in light rain and it can be a bit slippery when wet. At the top is a pretty panoramic view of the surrounding areas. At the base of the trail is another flat trail through diverse landscape with small bush, grass, wildlife and interesting plant life. Public restrooms available too.

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8 months ago

Small path, rocky, very hot when we went (4:00 pm)

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bugs
no shade
8 months ago

Went up to the sights. Its a little workout that was unexpected because of the stairs and patjs leading a little closer to the petroglyphs. Super hot and no shade, always take water. We had some great pictures and met some neat people.

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rocky
9 months ago

I enjoyed the 360 view from the top!

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Wed May 29 2019

Great beginner trail, not much elevation gain, entire loop is only about 15 min to get to the top and back down.

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Tue Mar 05 2019

Not much of a trail and just a short path. there are other trails connecting. It's OK.

Wed Feb 27 2019

great hike

Tue Jan 08 2019

Very short, and a shame to see so much housing development so close to the historical sites, but a great hike regardless

Tue Dec 11 2018

Great view from the top!

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Tue Dec 04 2018

Nice little view from the top. Some nice petroglyphs along the way.

Sun Aug 12 2018

Quick hike with lots of rock climbing. Kids enjoyed it.

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Mon Sep 11 2017

Very short loop, but nice to be able to view some petroglyphs along an easy hike.

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Sat May 20 2017

Awesome petroglyphs! We got mixed in with the Boca Negra Canyon Trail.

Fri Mar 07 2014

Nice hike and neat petroglyphs. Lots of examples of animal, symbol, and human carvings. Good day trip, you can do the entire parking lot loop in about an hour.

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Sat Jun 01 2013

Short loop trail in Boca Negra canyon overlooking some ABQ area homes. The main attractions are petroglyphs carved into the rocks.

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