The Volcanoes - Petroglyph National Monument

#1 of 9 trails in Petroglyph National Monument

Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started

Upgrade to Pro

Unlimited access to National Geographic TOPO! & Trails Illustrated Maps

Learn More »

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. Also, if you're an avid mountain biker, the trails are open and available to bikes and if you enjoy wide open riding then this would be a great place to try.

The trails that I reported on didn't cover every square inch of where you could possibly hike. Therefore, the distance and elevation profile are only for the trails I hiked that day.

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.

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

Petroglyph National Monument - - (505) 899-0205



2 Completed 2 Reviews

Very nice hike. Not too steep. There was a really cool cave on top of the first volcano. Awesome views



9 Completed 2 Reviews

Enjoyed this nice workout with expansive views of Albuquerque, the Petroglyphs and non-active Volcanos.



15 Completed 12 Reviews

Great and beautiful hike. Views All around. I didn't hike to the top because I read they were sacred, there is no enforcement so I'm sure it's not a big deal to most. Just be careful and respectful. Great and easy hike for a Sea-leveler like me!



32 Completed 17 Reviews

Hiked to the top of the 1st two volcanoes with my 4 year old son. He loved it and saw lots of cool (small) desert creatures. Full sun so make sure to dress appropriately with sunblock and lots of water. Hope to come back soon to hike the last volcano.



2 Completed 1 Reviews

Great beginner trail. I had so much fun and saw everybody from athletes training, to three generation families to small pets. Fun trails and challenging vertical climbs, up to the hiker.



58 Completed 51 Reviews

The Volcanoes are a great place to hike for great views of the city and some neat geological features including a neat natural lava arch on the tallest of the volcanoes. Most of the trails are very family friendly, though the ascend to the top of some of the volcanoes should be approached carefully due to loose volcanic scree.