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Rinconada Canyon Trail

EASY 288 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 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

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Super easy loop with some really cool petroglyphs!

hiking
16 days 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
25 days ago

Great easy walk. Fun searching the rocks for petroglyphs.

hiking
28 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
2 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
2 months ago

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

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no shade
3 months ago

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bugs
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rocky
3 months ago

Great hike with several Petroglyphs. Millions of beautiful wild flowers! Not too crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

Great Trail

hiking
4 months ago

The gate for the trail parking lot closes at 4:30 pm local, however, the ranger told us there were three spots outside the gate we could use. Found an open spot and walked the 2.2 miles around the trail. Without binoculars it was hard to see any petroglyphs, but we didn't really care. It was beautiful day and we were simply happy to be outside enjoying it.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

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no shade
4 months ago

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no shade
4 months ago

This was a very easy - moderate trail. I started at 8 am in August and took my time waking and taking pictures and finished about 10:30 ( I went slow look and pics). Bring water and there is a bench half way to rest. Great hike for families with kids (no strollers or bike).

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

The first .5 mile you won’t immediately see petroglyphs, but you start to see more after that. It was an enjoyable hike!

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Took my four youngest kids and it was still fun and easy enough for them and it was overcast so not too hot. Lots of centipedes and beetles but no pesky things on the trail. Easy hike for young kids and not too long.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Sandy path. Good to see some petroglyphs

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