The Volcanoes Trail

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The Volcanoes Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

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. Also, if you're an avid mountain biker, the trails are open and available to bikes and if you enjoy wide open riding then this would be a great place to try.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy trail to navigate. Some inclined to get your heart beating but not too bad at all. This place is great for views! Beautiful area and the trail was pretty quiet. A lot of areas are closed off but those are mostly secondary trails so it doesn’t ruin the hike.

hiking
18 days ago

This was an awesome, gentle afternoon hike—if you’re into the geology aspect, it’s super cool! The views of the sandias are incredible too.

27 days ago

Good one to run..a little boring to walk.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes to do with my dogs! Esp at dusk with the sun setting and the city lighting up. It never seems super busy at the times I have been there especially on the brisk windy days, which are oddly my favorite because it reminds me of Living in Wyoming

hiking
1 month ago

well worth it. user friendly

1 month ago

Nice, short hike with a beautiful view of the Sandias.

2 months ago

Hiked this trail over 100 times. It’s my conditioning trail because it’s so close.

2 months ago

Great trail that makes for a fun run. Went early in the morning mid week and there were very few people there.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy hike within the city of Albuquerque. My puppy came along and had a blast!

hiking
3 months ago

Great easier type hike! Great wide open vista views 360 degrees. Well marked and maintained trails, clean potty at trail head. Beautiful weather for January, and good for winter hikes. Same hike in July would be brutal anytime after 10am. Was a little disappointed that both the bigger volcano trails were closed for habitat rehab. You can still summit the center volcano, but the far north and south ones are closed to hiking. I'm completely on board with the habitat rehab, hopefully they will open a trail or 2 up to those summits sometime in the future.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Not the best trail for mountain biking. Some spots require dismounting. Great walking trail however, with awesome views.

4 months ago

nice trail.......did it right after work ......nice 3 miles in under an hour!

mountain biking
5 months ago

tough if you aren't used to the altitude, as we were. But beautiful scenery through the volcanic areas.

5 months ago

Great short trail

hiking
5 months ago

A nice hike alongside volcanoes in the wide open Albuquerque land. Easy through most, moderate in some areas. Rocky trail mixed with a few patches of sand. Watch your step!

5 months ago

Easy trail with nice views of the city. I must have overlooked a portion of the loop, because it didn’t seem to be the full 3 miles, but it was still a nice, peaceful hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Giant loop, with option to add in an additional loop. The trail doesn't provide shade - but the views are AMAZING. Worth it.

6 months ago

Great round trip for 3 miles. It's a nice easy hike and great for training.

6 months ago

I loved this trail! Finally a good time of year for it as there is no shade. Great view of Albuquerque. Wear good shoes because the terrain is a little rocky. Short and sweet, great hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with an AWESOME view of the city

backpacking
7 months ago

Great easy hike!

hiking
7 months ago

When they open the rest of the trails up, five stars. Perfect for a cloudy, summer day. Early weekday morning, there were hardly any other hikers. My dog is quite a good hiker and rock climber and loved the volcanoes. We even saw a jackalope who'd lost his antlers and a teeny, tiny baby great horned lizard.

hiking
9 months ago

The views were beautiful and it wasn't too hard to complete the whole trial. I think it was neat to hike up active volcanoes and there are rest spots periodically in the beginning. On top of that there are signs with interesting facts about the terrain. There was one moderate section on the Vulcan loop so those not ready for that steer clear. In addition don't keep valuables in the car because ours were broken into and my boyfriends wallet was stolen. Albuquerque is beautiful on the whole but crime is high.

hiking
10 months ago

Love the Volcanoes! Went for a Saturday evening hike most recently, and there were only a few other people on the trail. It tends to get somewhat crowded with hikers and bikers on weekend mornings. The views are worth it, though. The rock can be a bit tough on dogs' paws. Please stay on designated trails.

11 months ago

Simple and beautiful. Great view of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains.

11 months ago

Nice leisurely trek with beautiful scenery!

hiking
11 months ago

I am new to Albuquerque, and I thought this trail was fantastic! The views of the Sandia Mountains and the city are incredible. Not to mention the drive out there in the first place is pretty fantastic. It is a very easy hike, but you can hike up the Vulcan for a bit of a sweat. It was very windy when we went, so it is a good idea to bring layers.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Chill hike with great views.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Great Hike with nice views on the east side! Even my dogs loved it!

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great view!

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