The Volcanoes Trail

#1 of 9 trails in Petroglyph National Monument
The Volcanoes Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Albuquerque, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles 147 feet Loop
dog friendly kid friendly birding hiking mountain biking road biking walking horseback riding views wild flowers
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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.

Andrew O'Neal
1 month ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Not worth it all the trails are closed going up to the top. Don't understand why they do this and take away trails that are actually worthwhile to hike.

Andrew O'Neal
1 month ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Not worth it all the trails are closed going up to the top. Don't understand why they do this and take away things that are actually worthwhile to hike.

Russell Gysberg
1 month ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Did all the loops around the three volcanoes a couple Saturday's ago. Great views of Albuquerque. Easy hike.Worth doing.

Sue Bucknell
2 months ago

19 Completed19 Reviews

Kenzie Clark
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Yes, there were a lot of people on the trail but the trail is so long and you can go so many different directions, you can find yourself all by yourself. The people were friendly and didn't disturb the peace at all.

Nicolette Kurtz
3 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Easy hike, pretty views. Conveniently close to Albuquerque. The only downside was the amount of people on the trail at the time. We went when it was 60 degrees on a random weekend in January and there were a TON of people there. Most were nice and friendly, but there were a handful of rude and loud groups who would leave litter, climb up into the volcano (which were closed off for trail renovation with very clearly marked signs), and play music very loudly. Aside from that, it was well worth the short drive there and a nice way to spend a few hours.

Linda Ervin
4 months ago

3 Completed4 Reviews

Beautiful view of Burque! Fun, easy, many options.

Katie C
4 months ago

44 Completed41 Reviews

Juan Covarrubias
5 months ago

4 Completed1 Reviews


zach Little
9 months ago

9 Completed8 Reviews


Courtney H.
9 months ago

Marshall Herman
10 months ago

10 Completed1 Reviews

Margie Pea
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Julie Gouveia
11 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

This trail was a lot of fun for the family. Pretty views and a little rock climbing

Gary Hornbeck
11 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Not at bad hike. No shade trees, so you if you hike the whole system you are exposed to the sun the entire time.

Rad Honey
1 year ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

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

Lincoln Marr
2 years ago

9 Completed2 Reviews

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

Morgan Hamilton
2 years ago

15 Completed12 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!

Jennifer Kelly
3 years ago

38 Completed18 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.

David Saladin
4 years ago

2 Completed1 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.