Petroglyph National Monument The Volcanoes Trail

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Known to locals as the Albuquerque Volcanoes or the Three Sisters, the sacred volcanoes sit just west of the city. From the city and even at a ?rst close-up glance, this landscape appears to be a bit barren and much like the typical sagebrush-littered New Mexico desert. A closer look reveals that this nearly 3-mile hike covers the area that provided the volcanic boulders found on the Piedras Marcadas and Rinconada Canyon hikes. The Volcanoes Day Use Area in Petroglyph National Monument offers a unique opportunity to visitors and hikers. It wasn’t long ago that this area was used for military bombings, ranching, illegal dumping, and off-road vehicle use. Once it was taken over by the National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque, the true beauty and amazing history of the area was revealed and continues to unfold.
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Best Hikes Near Albuquerque

by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

Known to locals as the Albuquerque Volcanoes or the Three Sisters, the sacred volcanoes sit just west of the city. From the city and even at a ?rst close-up glance, this landscape appears to be a bit barren and much like the typical sagebrush-littered New Mexico desert. A closer look reveals that this nearly 3-mile hike covers the area that provided the volcanic boulders found on the Piedras Marcadas and Rinconada Canyon hikes.

The Volcanoes Day Use Area in Petroglyph National Monument offers a unique opportunity to visitors and hikers. It wasn’t long ago that this area was used for military bombings, ranching, illegal dumping, and off-road vehicle use. Once it was taken over by the National Park Service and the City of
Albuquerque, the true beauty and amazing history of the area was revealed and continues to unfold.

© 2013 JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Petroglyph National Monument, 6001 Unser Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120; (505) 899-0205; nps.gov/petr
Local Maps: USGS Los Griegos; detailed trail map and brochure available at visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Petroglyph National Monument: The Volcanoes Trail

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