Cibola National Forest Hawk Watch Trail 215

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123

Cibola National Forest Hawk Watch Trail 215

Cibola National Forest: Hawk Watch Trail (#215) Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Albuquerque
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Sandia Ranger District, 11776 NM 337, Tijeras, NM 87059; (505) 281-3304; www.fs.usda.gov/cibola
Local Contacts
USGS Tijeras; trail map available at Sandia Ranger District
Local Maps