The Volcanoes Trail

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The Volcanoes Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail 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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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.

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14 days ago

A nice hike that is a close to Albuquerque for a morning trip. The volcanoes are cool to see but the trails to the tops of most have been closed off. The trail is easy to follow but pretty rocky in sections. Dog friendly! No shade!

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1 month ago

Lovely views, easy hike. Would give it 5 stars except there were lots of photos of petroglyphs and all the access points to see them were closed.

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1 month ago

Walked the trail at sunrise. Easy trail for beginners.

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1 month ago

I love this trail and the view of the Sandias and Albuquerque from it.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Sweeping views of downtown ABQ. Would give 3.5 stars/5

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2 months ago

i love this place. pictures can't express all the beauty and grandness of this place. i like to go close to sunset, otherwise it's too sunny.

great hike! brings you right up to the black volcano, no shade and some elevation. This took about an hour on the entire loop, don't forget your water!

running
3 months ago

Good trail with some great technical sections. Just be advised that the only volcano you can go to the top of is Black Volcano (center). The trails to the top of the north and south volcanoes are closed for restoration.

if you want a little bit of a challenge, you have to hike the backside of Vulcan. other than that, it's not much more than a walk in the park. very easy and suitable for anyone. I saw people with dogs and bikes. I'm thinking the best time to do this hike is in the morning when it's so cool, before the sun comes up. there is no shade. I cannot emphasize that enough no shade.

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4 months ago

Fun to hike with dogs. Saw a Centipede {HUGE) on one of the old volcanoes. Cool views of the city. Bring water.

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4 months ago

5 months ago

it's not all that interesting. great place to walk a dog.

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5 months ago

A good hike to finish your weekend. This was my second time visiting this place. Just be mindful of the rocks in the middle of the trail. A couple of times I almost tripped.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

I recommend this trail for families with children or dogs, and trail runners. The trail is wide and has gentle slopes most of the way. The ascent up the volcano is steeper and very gravely/rocky on the east slope. With children it would be better to ascend on the east and descend on the west side. There are vault toilets at the trail head. The busiest times are weekend mornings.

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rocky
6 months ago

A great easy hike to enjoy 360 views in the cooler months! The trail starts off as gravel and then turns into gravel/sand/loose rocks. It's a pretty easy hike most of the way with some moderate sections where there's a steeper incline. There's no shade (aside from a couple of resting spots with benches), so it's not ideal for summer. I rated it 4 stars because you can't go up one of the volcanos currently, and some other routes up the remaining two are closed.

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