Cibola National Forest Three Gun Trail 194

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Three Gun Trail is an ideal trail to hike to get you into the middle of the southern Sandia Mountains. The trail o?ers hikers access to the Embudo Trail, Embudito Trail, Hawk Watch Trail, Whitewash Trail, and Crest Trail. This 8-mile out-and-back hike will take you up the gradual ascent through Tijeras Canyon to a saddle at the head of Embudo Canyon. The Three Gun Trail, also known as Tres Pistolas, offers hikers an ideal outing in the wintertime to get that hiking. Supposedly, three Spanish conquistador pistols were found in the canyon, which gave the trail and a spring in the area their name. The trail and Tijeras Canyon, which the trail runs through, face south and receive plenty of sunshine in the winter months, keeping the majority of the trail snow and ice free.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

The Three Gun Trail is an ideal trail to hike to get you into the middle of the southern Sandia Mountains. The trail o?ers hikers access to the Embudo Trail, Embudito Trail, Hawk Watch Trail, Whitewash Trail, and Crest Trail. This 8-mile out-and-back hike will take you up the gradual ascent through Tijeras Canyon to a saddle at the head of Embudo Canyon.

The Three Gun Trail, also known as Tres Pistolas, offers hikers an ideal outing in the wintertime to get that hiking. Supposedly, three Spanish conquistador pistols were found in the canyon, which gave the trail and a spring in the area their name. The trail and Tijeras Canyon, which the trail runs through, face south and receive plenty of sunshine in the winter months, keeping the majority of the trail snow and ice free.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-6 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sandia Ranger District, 11776 NM 337, Tijeras, NM 87059; (505) 281-3304; www.fs.usda.gov/cibola
Local Maps: USGS Tijeras; trail map available at Sandia Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Cibola National Forest: Three Gun Trail (#194)

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