The Volcanoes Trail

#1 of 9 trails in Petroglyph National Monument
The Volcanoes Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail located near Albuquerque, NM and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.5 miles 285 feet Out & Back
dog friendly hiking mountain biking road biking walking horses
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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.

Nicolette Kurtz

3 Completed0 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

3 Completed4 Reviews

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


33 Completed28 Reviews

Juan Covarrubias

3 Completed1 Reviews


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.