Three Guns Spring Trail Loop

MODERATE 144 reviews

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.

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no shade
rocky
18 days ago

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rocky
washed out
1 month ago

There is almost no shade going up on this trail. The trail is washed out and it’s very buggy. That said, it was still beautiful! Just a bit unbearable with the heat. I got way too late of a start. I did the loop (did not do the tail end that would have been another 800 ft climb in about a third of a mile). I love how close it is to Albuquerque and will do it again in cooler weather. Lots of cactus and brush on the way down. Lots of flowers and butterflies!

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great exercise and beautiful scenery—yet so close to Albuquerque!

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1 month ago

the trail is definitely a kick in the pants. ascending right from the parking area. it's pretty well marked out, and travelled. great views of Albuquerque from a point at the top just east of the embudo trail marker..

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washed out
1 month ago

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1 month ago

beautiful views!

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rocky
1 month ago

good short hike

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2 months ago

Well traveled trail but you have to pat attention or you might miss some of the turns. Intermittent shade on the way up; and up you go, 1600 feet to reach Embudo Trail. The trail is gravel based so be careful on the way down. The trail up to The crest and intersection with Embudo trail is steeper and rockier than the main trail. Great views of rock formations on the way up and I 40 to the south and airport to the west as you reach the crest. We encountered only 2 other hikers during the 4 hours we were on the trail but it was 90 degrees at the lot. Cooler and a breeze higher up.

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rocky
2 months ago

It is getting hot so best to start hiking at 6am. Not a lot of shade. Incline from the start. Some parts of the trail are steep, strenuous, rocky, and have very loose gravel. Slipping and falling is highly possible while decending. Trekking poles are highly recommended. You don't want to slip and fall on cactus growing along the path. Encountered swarms of gnats. Both cactus and wild flowers are in bloom. Beautiful scenic views. If you plan on taking your dogs, please keep them leashed and pickup after them. Quite a bit of dog feces on the trail.

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rocky
2 months ago

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3 months ago

Be cognizant of where the trail ends. You may very well continue beyond the end of the trail by a mile or two. Some good views to be seen beyond the end of the official trail.

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3 months ago

pretty difficult Trail as it's an incline from the very first step

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3 months ago

may 22nd, 2019. 52 degrees and beautiful. steady incline on the entire way on. on the way back out your almost at a jogging speed its downhill. beautiful trail. the spring is closed and you can see where a old trail used to be. the trail will dead end and you will need to walk back to a side trail with no markings. that is where the trail continues. not hard.

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5 months ago

here it is April 4th. it's a little chilly out slight breeze. we did enjoy our hike getting outside getting a little exercise so beautiful views coming back to the car. we did not have enough time to do the whole we did three quarters of the way.

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5 months ago

Very nice trail, mostly up, and straight. The trail was easy to follow, as there is mainly only one path. The trail is made of sandy little gravels, but it wasn't difficult. Only a little steep. Nature around was lovely and we felt surrounded by nature. We only went 3/4 up the trail and back, as it started snowing and being really windy, and it took us 1h40 mins.

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5 months ago

Favorite trail in Albuquerque! It's not too busy and it's a good workout. The views are worth it!

6 months ago

Great hike. Nice workout

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6 months ago

Bring microspikes if snowing. We would’ve gone further but the snow drift was more than a foot deep.

This was a beautiful, calming, inspiring trail, hiked under partly cloudy skies, cloaked by 45 - 60° temperatures. I took this loose-rock trail to a side trail off to the left, exploring a little off trail and found a great meditation spot under a pine tree. Continuing on I also explored another side trail to the right, to what I thought was Three Gun Spring (but may not have gone up far enough, regardless it was awesome). I then back-tracked again to the main trail and meandered up to where Three Gun Spring met Embudo Trail (194). The last mile is the beginning of why this trail gets rated as moderate, but this junction is a great spot with spectacular views. After soaking the Universe in, I enjoyed the views back down the mountain to relax with a marvelous stretching session. See you soon! Namasté.

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7 months ago

Rain cut the hike short. Would’ve continued if the trail looked like it’d hold mud well.

recorded Three Gun Spring Trail

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snow
7 months ago

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