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Piedras Marcadas Canyon is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop 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 bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 180 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

This interesting landscape features sandy trails with lava rocks and petroglyphs.

hiking
18 days ago

Super easy, I went early in the morning before it got too hot and saw a lot of magical hummingbirds.

hiking
no shade
23 days ago

This is the easiest petroglyph trail that I’ve found. Well marked and fairly level sandy paths the whole trail. There are a lot of nice petroglyphs to see, and they are spread out over the whole trail, There isn’t any shade, but the hike is not strenuous in the least. I came unexpectedly and unprepared after work in my leather ballet flats and had no problems finishing the trail (I did have water, which I recommend bringing). Saw a lot of wildlife: lizards, hares, and even hummingbirds.

hiking
1 month ago

highly recommend, great seeing so many petroglyphs! Kid friendly too, not very busy for a Saturday morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

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bugs
no shade
3 months ago

So sandy, felt like I was walking up to a beach! Very nice short walk with great city views

hiking
3 months ago

i like the upper part, great view.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little trail for the dogs and I. Walk it early if you don’t want any other foot traffic. Lots of petroglyphs rabbits and even seen a roadrunner. Thank not 4 out of 5 stars cause my lady wasn’t with me.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail isn’t marked if you go up the side haha but good hike!

hiking
4 months ago

nice easy hike.

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no shade
4 months ago

Entire trail was sandy! Trail weaves in and out and branches off of itself so it is sometimes a bit tricky to know which way to go! Otherwise petroglyph viewing was amazing! More petroglyphs than other trails in the monument and much less crowded!

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Nice little hike in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Trail is sandy and well marked. The petroglyphs were fascinating and plentiful!!

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off trail
6 months ago

Nice easy hike. Saw a roadrunner, jackrabbits and coyotes ..... Very sandy. My sneakers are full :)

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Easy sandy walk through the petroglyph rocks. It was a perfect day to do so!

hiking
7 months ago

very beautiful trail for the morning. chilly. too beautiful to pass

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no shade
7 months ago

an easy, fascinating trail with a lot of history. There are some rambling routes off of the main route so you can determine your own distance to some degree. Soft, sandy surface throughout.

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no shade
7 months ago

Easy hike, pretty colors. Saw lots of petroglyphs, as well as jackrabbits and other wildlife.

hiking
8 months ago

As a plus size girl I recommend this short and easy trail. The view is amazing and each stop there are old drawings on the rocks to look at. I recommend to go before sunset because the sun goes behind the mountain sooner than it gets dark.

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no shade
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

Lots of petroglyphs. Sand trial.

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10 months ago

Great short walk. Saw coyotes, hawks, and lots of jackrabbits. There's no shade, of course, so this one is best early morning or late afternoon/early evening. The signage could use some repair but otherwise great.

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closed
off trail
over grown
11 months ago

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11 months ago

Not marked very well. As you can tell by the recording we ended up off the beaten trail. Saw several jack rabbits. So cute.

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11 months ago

Had a great time exploring on and off-trail! So many petroglyphs to see and wildlife to observe!

hiking
no shade
Wed Jun 26 2019

Fun little hike. Very sandy.

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Mon Jun 10 2019

Awesome seeing so many petroglyphs. Fun to explore off the path.

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Fri Jun 07 2019

like walking on a beach the sand was so thick

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