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Three Guns Spring Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tijeras, 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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,496 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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Getting There

Parking is at the east end of Copper NE, Indian School NE, and Menaul NE.

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

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Ben Sweeney
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Running

Nice little trail with a few different viewpoints back toward Carneul along the way. Steep enough that my “run” ended up as a walk in many places.

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David Sanchez
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Rene Sourisseau
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Hiking
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Rachel Ely
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Hiking

Serious workout as the trail up is mostly uphill. Decent view at the top. The way down was a much needed break.

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Kyle Rotzoll
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Kim Sabo
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Hiking

First half is hot, sandy, and all desert. Once you get up the switch backs at the top it is beautiful and cools down significantly.

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Alexander Marx
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HikingGreat!

Really nice Trail right outside ABQ and with plenty of options to extend towards top of the Sandias or back down on Embudo, etc. Did it from the Montecello parking lot and back about two months ago and you're pretty exposed for the first mile or so. Great views southward and the "wall" of the Sandias towering above you. If you go a little further you'll get great views on the city as well.

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Liz Walker
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HikingNo shade
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Amy Schuldt
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Hiking

Def go clockwise around the loop! We went counter and it made the trek up more challenging. Fun picture spots on the rock formations.

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Kay Fayad
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Hiking

This was a nice trail for only being about 15-20 minutes outside of ABQ, but the views weren’t stellar. I would probably do it again but keep on the trail up to the south peak!

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Lore Q
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HikingNo shadeScramble

This was a good trail. No shade at all and it is a bit steep.. next time I would like to continue to oso ridge...

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Grant Tosterud
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Hiking

Going up is pretty relentless. It’s a constant trek up hill. A good workout, especially if you keep a good pace. Good views of the canyon from the top, but if you head north on Embuto just half a mile, there are some good views of Albuquerque. Going down, you have to watch for the fork to the left to stay on the trail when you’re back towards the bottom. Saw plenty of lizards, and one snake, but it was not a rattler. Enjoyable hike overall.

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Brodie Leap
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Hiking

2 hours well spent! Beautiful views at the top! Best in the morning when it’s not blazing hot with the sun is overhead. Very little shade. First half is 98% up hill. On the way back, be careful to stay left on the trail near the parking lot. It’s easier than it should be to veer just right and no signs. I ended up in someone’s back yard and they kindly informed me I was on private property.

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Jennifer T
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Hiking

Not too much shade, but a nice hike overall!

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Grace Walder
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HikingNo shade

Not much parking which can be a bummer if you don’t get there early enough. This is a great introductory trail to the Sandias. Plenty of people and dogs but not as many as some of the most popular trails.

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Sharayah Burden
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HikingBugs

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!

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Sandra Perin
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Hiking

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

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Sofia Love
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HikingNo shade
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matthew lents
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This was a good trail for a quick hike. I took my dog and she had not trouble navigating.

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Dianna Dekelaita
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Margaret Foley
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Hiking

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.

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Tera C
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HikingBugsNo shade

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.

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Jarred G
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RunningNo shade

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.

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Kristin Bradford
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HikingNo shade
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Lisa Gaul
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Hiking

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

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Grace Marshall
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Hiking

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.

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Anahi Holguin
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HikingNo shade

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.

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lynn padilla
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HikingNo shade

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

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