Three Gun Spring Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Three Gun Spring Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandia Park, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

4.9 miles
1528 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

trail running



wild flowers


Up and down from Tijeras Canyon - going down into Albuquerque, from Albuquerque city parking- it's mostly up. It's basically a granite trail with fine granite gravel. It can be slippery others say to use poles-but good gripping shoes are better.

7 days ago

South facing trail that has a good incline. Definitely want to hike during the cooler months. Nice views at the top of trail.

9 days ago

Beautiful views. Great place to enjoy the sunset!

15 days ago

great hike and some good exercise accompanied with ace views. definitely a popular trail so don't come here for solitude but in all ways a nice way to spend two hours outdoors.

and for those so inclined the trail connects to others if you wanna keep trekking....

2 months ago

I liked this trail. It was a pretty simple trail starting out, but got really sunny, not much shade. Great views once you got higher. The trail got pretty steep once you got a mile and half in, so the steepness might not be everyone's cup of tea. Overall, it was enjoyable, and I'd definitely go again.

5 months ago

Went past three gun and kept going to Oso pass. Really good hike, leaning towards difficult last mile to big 4 point trail intersection at Oso pass. Took a little longer than I expected, and because of that, had to break out the rain ponchos due to late afternoon thunder shower. Take lots of water, I nearly drained 3 liters and it didn't get above 85 on our hike. shade once you go up a ways. Spectacular views of west cliff faces, have fun!

6 months ago

I did this on 2017 Father's Day with my family! Beautiful views at the end!

7 months ago

I love this trail but unless its done early in the morning is can get really hot! There is very little shade for the first couple of miles until you start to ascend into the tree line. Take lots of water and sunscreen.

7 months ago

One of my ABQ favorites!

7 months ago

My guess was that it was "closed" for construction that must happen during the day (saw some equipment). We went at 5:30pm on June 7 and seemed pretty open to us....

7 months ago

On June 7 in the late afternoon, the last road segment to the trailhead was blocked with signs "Road Closed" and "Trail Closed". Does anybody know why the trail is closed, an estimate of how long the trail will remain closed, or -- short of driving to Carnuel -- how to confirm that that it is re-opened?

7 months ago

Well maintained trail. Crusher-fine under foot. Very open with little shade, so go super early or avoid summer months. Steady climb all the way to the turn around

8 months ago

Nice trail on well maintained gravel most of the way. Uphill is tougher than expected, but very nice. Fairly private with very little traffic during a weekday. Really liked this trail and the views.

8 months ago

It's not a bad trail, definitely tougher than I expected. It's a steady incline from the trail head to the end point (Embudo crossing). There is no water along the way, so make sure to bring enough.

10 months ago

Definitely a hike!! Well worth it though. The views were amazing!!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Great starting point in Tijeras Canyon to climb South Sandia Peak. Make sure you start early in the day as the beginning of this trail does not have much shade. Once you go over Post Pass, you drop down into some very nice (and cool) canyons before climbing up to Oso Pass. From Oso Pass, it is a very steep climb up to South Sandia Peak. The views along this hike are very nice. Instead of retracing your steps, you can hike down the south crest trail to the Canyon Estates trail head parking lot. When I did my trip I was dropped off at the Three Gun Spring trail head and picked up at the Canyon Estates. Take lots of water with you.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

eh, there is no real turn around point so you have to hike the same route up and back. if youre looking for a good workout, this is a good trail because its a steady climb the entire way up. its about a 1700 foot incline from the starting point to the first 3 miles, which is where i turned around at.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This trail is great In the early spring and late fall. It has a fairly dry ascent until right before the match up with Embudito. From there it is in the pines and will be shaded and to a degree sheltered from winds. It is a wonderful start to a crossover to Oso Pass and Embudo or even a long out and back to the south peak. Either way there is a ton of fun to be had in the south Sandias.

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