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

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
11 days ago

Took off 1 star for no trash cans on trail equals litter & alot of trails were closed.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail some trails blocked off. Main trail is good
Hiked to the top of the volcano at Vulcans loop me and the dog. The last 600 yds or so could be tricky. Loose rocks and soil. Would be very tricky if it was rainy or muddy. Watch the weather. About 2.5 miles in. Bring water.

2 months ago

Really good and tough ride!

hiking
4 months ago

Great boost for beginners. Good incline changes, uphill and downhill terrain. Easy to navigate. Bring water if you are hiking in the sun like I did. Got my heart rate up and had a great time. Beautiful views of the city.

walking
5 months ago

Pretty cool!

5 months ago

Easy loop but interesting geology.

hiking
5 months ago

great easy trail

mountain biking
6 months ago

Pretty, sweeping vistas. No petroglyphs. Wouldn't bike this trail again without a much fatter tire, given the rocks and sand.

6 months ago

This was a great little family hike. The view is beautiful and there was hardly anyone on the trail. 2 volcanoes are closed for restoration, but the hike is still beautiful and a great time and 1 volcano is still open.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice little hike. Always a few tourists. Great for a quick morning hike. This time of year, the desert is in bloom.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike around the volcanos with decent views of the Mountains and city.

hiking
6 months ago

Pleasant and easy hike. The tops of JA and Vulcan Volcanoes are closed for ecological restoration. You can go to the top of Black Volcano though.

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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
8 months ago

well worth it. user friendly

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 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
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

mountain biking
Sunday, November 05, 2017

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

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Great short trail

hiking
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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!

Friday, October 27, 2017

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
Saturday, October 14, 2017

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

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