The Volcanoes Trail

EASY 152 reviews

The Volcanoes Trail is a 2.9 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
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Great short trail

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month 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
2 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.

2 months ago

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

2 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
2 months ago

Easy hike with an AWESOME view of the city

backpacking
2 months ago

Great easy hike!

hiking
3 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
5 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
6 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.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Nice leisurely trek with beautiful scenery!

hiking
7 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.

9 months ago

Chill hike with great views.

9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Great view!

hiking
10 months ago

Easy and short hike. Maybe a little much for young children and elderly as there are some rocky and steeper areas of the trail. Had fun with my cattle dog and enjoyed the views.

hiking
11 months ago

We started around 3:30 and finished right at 5 when it closes. We brought two dogs and saw quite a few other people hiking the trail. Along the loop there are a lot of side trails you can take, and all the volcano trails are closed but we went up the first one and saw people at the top of all three. The view of Albuquerque and the Sandia mountains is incredible, everyone should do this hike at least once!

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