The Volcanoes Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 374 feet Route Type: Loop

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Note: Trails heading to the volcanoes may be closed for restoration. Please check with the park page before attempting. Biking is now allowed on this trail. Great vistas of Albuquerque and the Sandias, as well as some fantastic geological features. The hiking in, around, and on top of the Volcanoes within Petroglyph National Monument is a fun and quick excursion. What makes this hike unique are the sweeping vistas of Albuquerque, the Rio Grande valley, and the Sandia Mountains across the valley. There are numerous trails and junctions found throughout the volcanoes making it possible to piece together hikes to one, two, or all three volcanoes. Most of the trails are easy enough for smaller children with an occasional shade area with benches to rest.

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rocky
11 days ago

Great trail for a 5k trail run but the 89 degrees, 13% humidity, and 33MPH wind killed me!!

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rocky
28 days ago

Rocky with a great hill to run up and down. Be careful not to twist an ankle on the rocks. Great views at the top.

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1 month ago

Easy-breezy with nice views of the city and Sandias. No shade though so be sure to bring a hat!

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1 month ago

Walked partial loop with my 10-year-old daughter. It was windy today but beautiful sights.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful view, cool geology, a nice run! For those wondering about the closed trails: it is extremely disrespectful to the native peoples to hike to the top of the volcanoes. Instead, there is a wonderful view from the trail on Vulcan!

recorded The Volcanoes Trail

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1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Gates are only open 9AM - 5PM.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Very enjoyable and all respecting social distancing!

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2 months ago

It’s unfortunate most of the Vulcans peaks are closed off with threat of fines if you go up them. Remember when you used to be able to go up them...

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Pretty trail with city and Mountain View’s

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2 months ago

Went while weather was overcast and rain could be seen off the distance. For no shade this was the perfect time to be there. Great hike with opportunity to hike up a volcano for some incredible 360 views. Some parts of the trail were closed but no big deal.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike early in the morning. Beautiful views of the “Duke City” and Rio Grande Valley. Could only imagine the view from the look out point at sunset and into the early hours of the night with the glow of the city illuminating the valley floor. So quiet and breathtaking and bustling city life is only a short drive away. I give this trail and hike 4 stars only because I wasn’t able to share it with my lady other than that it was spectacular. Will return with my Queen and will update the star factor.

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2 months ago

The main trail remains open, but many offshoots not on the map are closed for restoration. These look like social trails that were not intentionally created by the state parks/rec, but rather people just wandering. Mostly sand/rock with some deep ruts due to water flowing. Wonderful views, but it can get very windy on the trail.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Nice easy walk.

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5 months ago

Great views. Easy hike.

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