Rinconada Canyon Trail

EASY 122 reviews

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

2.2 miles
114 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no shade

historic site

Petroglyphs, great hike for the family. 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.

9 days ago

This is a nice desert walk. There are a few petroglyphs along the way and many at the halfway point. There are almost no inclines. This would be a great family hike. It also seems like it would be a nice jog. The rabbits that went bolting across the path were really fun to see. There is no water and no porta potties along the path, but there were bathrooms at the beginning.

25 days ago

Not wheelchair nor stroller friendly. It is a desert hike without shade. Be prepared with water and good shoes. Petroglyphs are located in the back of the canyon so you should hike the entire 2.2 mile loop.

1 month ago

Easy hike, took me about 35 minutes. Petroglyphs are a little tough to see, but if you look up amongst the rocks, especially next to any of the markers, you'll see some cool ones. there is zero shade on this hike, so plan accordingly!

3 months ago

Not a bad walking/running trail. Petroglyphs were difficult to see. Much preferred hiking trail in Boca Negra. Pretty view and more petroglyphs.

4 months ago

Awesome scenery and art

5 months ago

Cool history along the canyon. the return path is pretty basic. there is almost no shade, so plan accordingly if you come in the summer or afternoon.

5 months ago

In March, it was a perfect time. A bit dry 2018, sorry New Mexico, wishing for help with your drought. It's an easy trail, first encounter with petroglyphs.

5 months ago

we really enjoyed this trail. I would recommend going in the early morning as the petroglyphs can be hard to see in the harsh sun.

5 months ago

Lovely, easy walk on well marked trail. Incredible petroglyphs!

5 months ago

It’s a nice walk and the petroglyphs are easy to see. The first 1/2 mile is littered with dog droppings. That doesn’t reflect well on the Albuquerque residents who are not following the posted rules. When I’m on a hike I’m really not wanting to focus on avoiding stepping on dog shit.

10 months ago

We did this trail around 10AM, it does get warm. There is no shade. The trail is a loop, with half the loop up against the rocks. The rocks are where the beautiful Petroglyphs are. We had our dog, and he saw lots of lizards. We did not see any snakes but were warned plenty about them.

11 months ago

The parking lot closes at 5. Note: there are 3 parking spaces outside the gate and you can be on the trail until sunset.

Best to see artwork so old.

Worth the walk.

Rabbits, jackrabbits, lizards, centipedes galore and rattlesnakes too.

11 months ago

this is not the hardest trail, by any means, but it is very enjoyable. I took my 57 year old mom, who is pretty sedentary, and she was able to complete the full loop (with some grumbling though LOL). the trail is pretty sandy in some areas, with some small inclines, but nothing difficult. We came across a snake, not sure what kind, but I'm telling myself ITS NOT A RATTLESNAKE. it was about 3 feet long and skinny, light beige-y with brown spots/pattern. a decent amount of petroglyphs were visible, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, snake sighting be damned :)

trail running
Monday, August 07, 2017

Good trail to run 2 mile loops.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Went on this trail during our honeymoon a few years ago, and it was so enjoyable! When my wife and I move to Albuquerque later this summer, we'll definitely go on it as often as we can.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Very nice west side trail. Hiked it around 8:30 am on a Saturday with our dog, and there were only a few other hikers (most with dogs) and trail runners. There aren't as many petroglyphs as other nearby hikes, but that didn't really matter to us. The trail itself is mostly flat and easy to navigate. Quick, enjoyable hike.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Love this trail. The petroglyphs are amazing.

Monday, March 13, 2017

We loved this trail. We have a disabled daughter and she was walk the whole trail with minimal assistance.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Can't see the petroglyphs very well but it's a nice hike.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

easy day hike. takes about an hr.
flat, sandy, no shade.
would be a great jog.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Very kid friendly, fun walk, bring a camera!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hit up this trail with my husband and our 6-month-old in a baby carrier and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our weekend in Albuquerque. There are a surprising number of petroglyphs along this short route and the canyon felt otherworldly on the foggy morning that we were there. We were glad we hiked the trail clockwise so that we were rewarded with the most interesting features toward the end. We also avoided getting stuck behind a couple of groups this way, though there weren't too many people out to start with and most of those were trail runners.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nice easy walking, with pretty views of the city when returning. Excellent trail even though the Petroglyphs weren't all that extraordinary.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Super easy. Some nice Petroglyphs.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Really nice trail although no shade. Definitely start early in the morning before the sun is at its hottest. Lots of petroglyphs and picture opportunities. Only a few small inclines but for the most part flat. Trail is unpaved and sandy so expect some unevenness.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Not much to see, but it's super easy

Friday, September 09, 2016

good easy walk great to see wildflowers and birds and petroglyph along the route

Monday, July 11, 2016

not very scenic, more like taking a walk

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This trail is a scenic route around the Petrogylph Monuement. You will see little critters and many different wild flowers.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The trail is very sandy and very pet friendly. Lots of different types of grasses growing throughout and a ton of grey and white tail rabbits.

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