Piedras Marcadas Canyon

EASY 218 reviews

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

The trails are very sandy down in the canyon and lava rock in the way sometimes.

hiking
13 days 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.

hiking
closed
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Fun little hike. Very sandy.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

like walking on a beach the sand was so thick

hiking
3 months ago

Me and my two girls (10,8) enjoyed this trail. My wife, dog and boy had to turn around because it was too hot. Temps weren’t bad, but the sand was very hot and our dog couldn’t handle it. The best petroglyphs are at the end of the main trail. Don’t turn around til you’ve seen them.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Old art on rocks and lots of sand. Most excellent.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a trail that's a little difficult to stay on the trail. There are so many glyphs to find you are bound to vear off the trail and still not see everything. Great place to see, though. This was one of the first trails we hit when we moved to New Mexico. Bring lots of water, especially in warmer months. Hats and sunscreen are also highly recommended as there is little to no shade.

hiking
4 months ago

It was hard to follow the trail because there were so many side trails so I ended up going backwards. Did 1.3 miles(not sure why it stopped recording) and it was definitely an easy walk as my dog and I acclimate to New Mexico climate!

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Easy little parking lot on Jill Patricia - a little residential street across Golf Course from a Sonic, (as the kind gentleman at the Visitor Center pointed out). Key for us - Piedras Marcadas stays open til dusk, unlike the rest of Petroglyph National Monument, whose access gate closes at 4:30 PM. An easy but unshaded path with fine sand that kicks up in the wind. Neat to see the petroglyphs and the landscape is striking.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

This is a very easy trail - great for beginners. Very sandy, with a small uphill/downhill grade.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is filled with petroglyphs but feels peculiar as it is so close to residential housing and retail. Well marked trail but easy to get off the trail to view the petroglyphs and views. Easy to navigate and a novice trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Good walk, had my Girl Sophie out but definitely needed her shoes. Sharp lava rock all throughout but gives a beautiful view of the city from the topside.

hiking
8 months ago

Took my dog for a walk here today. Dog waste pickup bags are at the start of the trail. There were several filled poop bags left by people on the trail. C'mon people! Dispose of the waste you pick up rather than leaving the bag on the trail! No wonder dogs aren't welcome places! The trail is marked with arrows. Easy footing but it is sandy. Saw several rabbits. Petroglyphs are visible and really stand out when the sun is right. It was an enjoyable, easy walk.

hiking
10 months ago

Neat trail at a neat National Monument. Lots of petroglyphs to look at. Easy walk in sand and no shade.

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy trail with lots of petroglyphs. Took my dog with me, and she enjoyed it. Make sure to take water. Unfortunately, there is a lot of vandalism and fake petroglyphs. Some are obvious, but some are harder to tell if they are fake or real. I played it safe by only taking pictures of ones I knew were real because they were in the brochure!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice Trail. Flat trails. Liked the petroglyphs. Saw a chipmunk.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty easy trail some wildlife

11 months ago

Quite fun!

11 months ago

Beautiful oasis between rows of houses Be careful not to touch or climb onto the petroglyphs. They are everywhere.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Lots of petroglyphs and wildlife - jackrabbits, hummingbirds, glowers & assorted plant life. Easy walk.

hiking
Friday, July 20, 2018

Very easy, well marked, heavily trafficked, touristy road stop stroll i would say.

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