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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 is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 374 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No shade
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Note: Trails heading to the volcanoes may be closed for restoration. Please check with the park page before attempting. 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.

There is ample parking but make sure to park in the lot outside the gate if going close to sunset.

Petroglyph National Monument - www.nps.gov/petr - (505) 899-0205

Head west on I-40 from Albuquerque until you reach Paseo Del Volcan. Get off the interstate and take a right. You'll drive 4.8 miles until the turn-off to the Volcanoes. Turn off onto the dirt road toward (right turn) the Volcanoes. You'll pass through a gate and come to the trailhead within a quater mile of when you left the road. There is no permit fee for hiking here. There's also a bathroom at the trailhead as well.

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James Domenick
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Heather Killingsworth
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Marc Lovelace
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Cold and blustery. Nice views.

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Michael Knight
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Luke Eichorn
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Did this hike in the middle of the day and it was hot, with no shade. A little smoke in the air made the Sandias a little hazy, but on a clear day, the view is spectacular.

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Aaliyah Watchman
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It was great.

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Rachel Ralya
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R Y
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

I like hiking the volcanoes. It’s challenging just enough. I love the views and it’s pretty peaceful. No shade of course so make sure to bring plenty of water.

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Heidi West
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Simple easy stroll around 3 volcanoes. No shade. You can only go to the top of one

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Miley Shenoy
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Nice views, easy hike

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Jackie M
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Didn't realize we could hike a volcano in NM! Minimal people on the trail mid-day during the week. Bathrooms available in the parking lot which was nice.

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R Y
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

I really like this one. It’s fun and has some great views.

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Luke Eichorn
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Most of the trail is open, but there are signs keeping you from going up JA volcano and Vulcan, but you can go to the top of Black with no problems. Great views of the city and Sandias! Would highly recommend for an easy hike.

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Anthony Garland
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Good trail if you like deserts and epic views of ABQ.

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Pedro Castaneda
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Dianna Dekelaita
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Amy Schuldt
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Samuel Rae Aragon
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awesome views

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Renelle Betterson
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Yelena Mitchell
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Great trail to start out with if you are not used to the elevation. Amazing view of the city and Sandias!

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