Rinconada Canyon Trail

EASY 52 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.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

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.

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hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Love this trail. The petroglyphs are amazing.

1 month ago

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

Very kid friendly, fun walk, bring a camera!

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

walking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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6 months ago