Rinconada Canyon Trail is a 2.2 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 114 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

historic site

Note: Biking is now allowed on this trail. Starting off from the trailhead you skirt along the right side of the canyon / mesa. Along the trail you'll notice many petroglyphs etched into the dark rocks from various people groups and cultures ranging from Native Americans, Spanish settlers, and American ranchers. The trail is a loop or you could make an out and back hike. While the first half of the trail you're hiking right next to the canyon / mesa side but if you do the loop the trail heads right through the middle of the canyon on the way back. On the way back you're too far to see the petroglyphs. This is a great hike with nothing too strenuous as far as elevation gain. A great hike for families and petroglyph viewing. Be sure to visit the visitor center a mile up the road and the other places to hike at the National Monument.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy and fun hike - especially in the morning... cool breeze and very few people! I can't imagine doing this trail in the summer time - you would probably get heat stroke very quickly.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Sandy entire trail

no shade
9 days ago

Fun for some close trail runs. Get out there early its hot! lovely city views! Dog friendly! easy/moderate depending on the heat.

hiking
9 days ago

Very sandy , beach like in places trail. Only a small area near any Petroglyphs if you are going for that reason. If so, go to one of the other trails nearby. This is mid May, we were before noon and it was extremely hot. No shade. Be sure to have water and a hat I’d recommend. Certainly not a good place for summer. I enjoyed the different topography from the foothills and mountains, and it was fine for a nice walk.

This was a great hike! Good for all ages and not very strenuous. Amazing Petroglyphs to see and very educational.

Trail and Petroglyphs were a bit underwhelming, maybe a guided tour would be more enjoyable to add context.

running
no shade
1 month ago

Sandy trail - a curse on the way up, but great for knees on the way down. I ran and stopped at 10 or so markers, missed the first few because the signs are so small. The petroglyphs concentrate into more discrete clusters than I’ve ever seen on one trip. Bring gaiters if you got ‘em.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Not bad! No shade and it was cool to look at the pictures. I’ll probably come back to see how fast I can run the whole thing.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Super soft, loose sand about half of the trail. Was wearing decent trail runners and had to dump sand out twice, and normally that’s not an issue! Not really much in the way of scenery either. Good for exercise though! No shade at all!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Really relaxing and easy terrain.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

This is a very easy, but fun trail. It can be done at a leisurely pace in less than an hour.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

This trail was perfect for the spring time. Because of the lack of shade, make sure to hike it early or in cool weather. We went around the loop twice for a decent workout during covid-19 isolation!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Great trail. It got a little cold and windy today, but the initial overcast was nice since the trail has no shade. I completed this trail in a little under an hour stopping briefly for some water partway through.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Good for trail running

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail for a quick hike for the dogs and I. Petroglyphs to see if you take the time to stop. Been here a couple times and it is never really busy. Will make it one of the regulars for the pups. Gave it 4 out of 5 stars only due to the fact that my love was working and wasn’t with me on this short adventure.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Easy trail, especially if you just got to the area and are adjusting to the altitude. It took me awhile to really figure out what a petroglyph was and exactly what I was looking at. The biggest concentration of petroglyphs is on the back wall of the canyon. Neat to see this part of history. Bring water and there is no shade.

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy loop with some really cool petroglyphs!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome peaceful trail. Glad I got visit it on my short stay in ABQ - hopefully I’ll get to come here more often if/when I move here :-)

hiking
4 months ago

Great easy walk. Fun searching the rocks for petroglyphs.

hiking
5 months ago

Great, family-friendly hike on a warm winter day. Post lunch was a wonderful time to come-lots of cars in the parking lot, but not that many people on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great easy hike. The path is very sandy. The location and information signs let you know how far you’ve gone. The trip is a loop so the first half has the information and the petroglyphs, the second half is just a walk back. No strollers, walkers, or bikes because of the sand.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent short trail on the west side of Albuquerque. Well maintained trailhead with parking, toilets, picnic tables and shaded sitting area. No shade on the trail at all. The New Mexico sun can be brutal. Dress accordingly and bring your own water, none available at the trailhead. Sandy, well maintained trail with a few washout areas and lava rocks that can sneak up on you as you are focused on the Petroglyph’s. Great one hour day hike. Be mindful of the weather especially during monsoon season. Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail Very easy. It took me just over an hour.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Nice quick looped trail, little change in elevation. Nice views of the petroglyphs and great information from the trail markers. No shade and some, if not most, of the trail is sandy.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a nice walk, but the Petroglyphs were a disappoint. A little like old graffiti in the distance.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

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