Cibola National Forest Hawk Watch Trail 215

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Hawk Watch Trail and the Three Gun Trail share the same trailhead and parking area. The trail was constructed for Hawk Watch International (an organization that studies raptors) to study and band raptors during their migration period from late February to early May. This 3.4-mile out-and-back hike takes you up a steep climb to a lookout area where the raptors can be viewed. From the Three Gun/Hawk Watch trailhead, begin hiking north on the obvious gravel trail. After a very short distance, come to a trail sign for the Three Gun Trail (#194) and continue north through the wide-open canyon. Yuccas, one-seed junipers, cholla and prickly pear cacti, and a variety of desert grasses dominate the landscape. There is little opportunity for shade on this trail, which makes it a nice hike during cooler weather.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

The Hawk Watch Trail and the Three Gun Trail share the same trailhead and parking area. The trail was constructed for Hawk Watch International (an organization that studies raptors) to study and band raptors during their migration period from late February to early May. This 3.4-mile out-and-back hike takes you up a steep climb to a lookout area where the raptors can be viewed.

From the Three Gun/Hawk Watch trailhead, begin hiking north on the obvious gravel trail. After a very short distance, come to a trail sign for the Three Gun Trail (#194) and continue north through the wide-open canyon. Yuccas, one-seed junipers, cholla and prickly pear cacti, and a variety of desert grasses dominate the landscape. There is little opportunity for shade on this trail, which makes it a nice hike during cooler weather.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2-3 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: Hawk Watch Trail (#215)

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