Three Guns Spring Trail Loop

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Sandia Mountain Wilderness

Three Guns Spring Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop 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.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,496 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

The south trailhead is in Tijeras Canyon on Montecello Rd on Old Route 66.

hiking
bugs
5 minutes ago

This trail was fun, it’s a good little climb from the parking lot and it’s more noticeable as you get closer to the top. There’s not as much shade at first but then there’s quite a bit I’d say probably halfway up and on. There are views on the few longer switchbacks that are towards the top and the trail is well kept and easy to hike. It took my dog and I about 2 1/2 hours, we stopped a few times to get him some water so if you don’t stop 2 hours is a pretty good estimate. I’ll definitely do this one again!

hiking
7 days ago

Very enjoyable trail! Our 4 months old puppy had no problem dealing with it. Took us about 2h

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

12 days ago

This was a good trail for a quick hike. I took my dog and she had not trouble navigating.

recorded Three Guns Spring Trail Loop

hiking
14 days ago

Good trail for a moderate 2 hour hike. Ascent can be strenuous but the trail is laid out well to give you rests. When coming back down, you may miss the turn off to the separate descent trail so keep an eye out for the fork in the trail. The descent trail is gradual & you can run it, lots of vegetation along the trail.

hiking
bugs
16 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

This wasn’t my favorite trail but it was not a bad hike. Do have to watch on the way back to be sure to take the correct way. Changes of scenery are nice. No need to return.

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

This is a very sunny trail with a steady climb. Saw a rattlesnake on the trail today and many large butterflies. Trail is maintained well. The loop wasn't connected at the bottom so be mindful when heading back to the parking lot that you don't miss the connection.

running
no shade
1 month ago

Not bad for a trail run but the trail is relentlessly uphill and doesn’t really go anywhere so I would skip it for hiking.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

I wasn’t a huge fan of this hike. Overall, the actual trail was pretty covered and narrow. Dogs were on leash. Diff to find a spot to move off the trail during COVID-19. Anticlimactic bc you get to embudito trail and want to keep going for several miles to get to a peak. However, it was too late to do so. Took the trail to the right on the way down (which would have been the trail on the left otw up) and it was much prettier. Buggy and it’s only April. Missed a turn early on and ended up in a wicked narrow ravine for a bit. Make sure you pull up the map before you get to TH bc we lost service. Or use gps. Would go back to try trails to Sandia Peak.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great uphill climb that’s great for a workout. Mostly in the sun so I would recommend a morning hike not midday.

Lovely evening hike. Not super crowded. Slippery gravel but great trail conditions other than that. We got a little lost going down because we weren’t paying attention but it wasn’t hard to get back to the trail.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

It makes for a nice little workout since it's somewhat of a steep hike. There is not much shade and the trail is kind of narrow. It makes it difficult to move aside to let others pass if you have dogs like we did. The trail was however well kept and easy to follow without a map or directions. Once you reach the top there are nice views and other connecting trails. Coming back down is when you get the best views.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Nice trail. Steady climb on mostly narrow trail. Lots of hikers On the trail despite COVID. Absolutely no shade, hats and sunscreen a must .

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike that can be done fairly quickly. Most of the elevation gain is in the last mile of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice view , not a lot of shade. Short and sweet, I enjoyed it :)

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail, steady incline all the way up. Beautiful views all the way. Didn’t see any snow until about 7,500 feet

hiking
icy
muddy
4 months ago

Amazing views!!

hiking
4 months ago

A very nice trail with so much plant diversity. It was a quick drive from the city and the hike had some very nice scenery. I wish the views at the end of the trail were a little better.

hiking
4 months ago

This place is great...relaxing, beautiful, challenging. I would highly recommend it. I hiked in on January 13 and documented the whole thing. You can find it on YouTube by searching for Nash Potatoes Outdoor Show. Enjoy!

hiking
icy
muddy
over grown
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Steady Incline all the way up. Trail still has some snow & slippery. Beautiful hike. This hike would be hard on kids that don't have hiking experience.

hiking
5 months ago

Good views/ length, few slippery spots, perfect weather

Only went partial ways, but Dog friendly for the first .7 miles

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