The Volcanoes - Petroglyph National Monument

#1 of 9 trails in Petroglyph National Monument
Great vistas of Albuquerque and the Sandias, as well as some fantastic geological features.

2.3 miles Out & Back 242 feet
Dog Friendly
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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.

zach Little

9 Completed8 Reviews


Courtney H.

Marshall Herman

10 Completed1 Reviews

Margie Pea

1 Completed1 Reviews

Julie Gouveia

3 Completed3 Reviews

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

Gary Hornbeck

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

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

9 Completed2 Reviews

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

Morgan Hamilton

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

34 Completed19 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.