While some of the hikes listed below can be turned into overnight trips, as an "old dog" I prefer daytime rambles. Each hike is an all-day hike in the sense of including driving time, going slowly enough to appreciate where you are, and saving a little daylight in case things don't go as planned. Each hike can be done by an experienced hiker in decent shape. Before doing any of the hikes, be sure to read my "caveats" at the bottom of the page.
Due to fire danger, Albuquerque area national forests are closed to the public, along with open spaces east of the Sandias and Manzanos. If you're looking for alternative places to ramble, consider New Mexico's state trust lands. To find out more, including about some specific adventures, check out the SLO's Open for Adventure web page.
By law, every private use of state trust must generate revenue to support New Mexico's educational system. Because of that, recreational use of state trust land requires a $35.00 annual permit, which can include multiple family members. As you fork over the dough, think about the kids whose education you're advancing.
There are rules to follow, and some state trust lands are closed to recreational use. Be sure to read the online instructions (and your permit) carefully before going anywhere. The SLO's online interactive map will help you find the trust lands scattered across the state.
Joan Delaplane Trail at Jemez Springs
Upper Virgin Canyon via Jemez Springs and La Cueva
Calaveras Canyon via Jemez Springs and La Cueva
Barley Canyon via Jemez Springs and La Cueva
Hay Canyon via Jemez Springs and La Cueva
El Cajete in the Valles Caldera
Sulphur and Alamo Canyons in the Valles Caldera
Holiday Mesa via Gilman Tunnels
Stable Mesa via Gilman Tunnels
Schoolhouse Mesa via Gilman Tunnels
San Miguel Mountain via Gilman Tunnels
Astialakwa and Patokwa (archaeological hike)
Amoxiumqua (archaeological hike)
Kwastiyukwa (archaeological hike)
Tovakwa (archaeological hike)
Kiatsukwa (archaeological hike)
Schoolhouse Mesa (archaeological hike)
Boletsakwa (archaeological hike)
Sayshukwa (archaeological hike)
Clear Creek and San Gregorio Reservoir in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness
Guadalupe Ruin in the Rio Puerco Valley
Las Milpas Ridge (archaeological hike)
Tapia Canyon (archaeological hike)
Juan Tabo Canyon in the Sandia foothills
Jaral Canyon in the Sandia foothills
TWA Canyon in the Sandias
Pino Trail in the Sandias
Embudito Trail in the Sandias
Embudo Trail in the Sandias
Mano Trail loop hike in the Sandias
Three Gun Spring Trail in the Sandias
South End of the Crest Trail and CCC Trail in the Sandias
South Crest-Faulty Trail loop hike in the Sandias
Armijo-Faulty-Cienega Trail Loop in the Sandias
Tecolote Trail in the Sandias
An easy trail to Capulin Peak in the Sandias, including a connector route from Balsam Glade
An easy trail to an overlook for upper Las Huertas Canyon
Rocky Point Trail-Crest Trail Loop in the Sandias
The "delightful mess of trails" below Crest House in the Sandias
Gravel Pit Trail in the Sandias
Crest Spur Trail loop hike in the Sandias
Notes on the Ellis Trail and a Power Line Route in the Sandias
10K Trail north from the Sandia Crest Highway
10K Trail south from the Sandia Crest Highway
The No-Name Trail from the 10K Trailhead to the Upper Tram Terminal
North Faulty Trail in the Sandias
A note on the new access route for the Del Agua Trail.
Golden Open Space in the East Mountains
Ojito de San Antonio Open Space in the East Mountains
Tunnel Canyon loop hike in the Manzanita Mountains
Otero Canyon in the Manzanita Mountains
David Canyon in the Manzanita Mountains
Bear Scat and Rocky Top Trails in the Manzanita Mountains
A trail map for the Manzanita Mountains
Fourth of July High Loop in the Manzanos
Driving instructions for getting to the trailheads at the old JFK Campground.
Salas Trail and Salas Cabin in the Manzanos
Monte Largo Canyon in the Manzanos
Mesita Blanca near Tohajiilee
"Mesa Olvidada" near Mesa Cocina, north of Tohajiilee
A bit of CDT on Mount Taylor near Grants
For a truly different ramble in the Albuquerque Bosque, check out the Glass Garden.
Navajo Draw near Rio Rancho
Routes, conditions, and access may have changed since I posted a hike. Don't blindly trust any single online source of information.
Most of the hiking pages assume that you have a GPS unit and know how to use it. While I provide coordinates for waypoints, errors are possible. Before you do any of these hikes, plot the waypoints (in Google Earth, for example) and study the route. Also, no hiking guide is a substitute for past experience, the right gear, and common sense.
Many of these places don't have cell phone coverage so if you get yourself into trouble, be ready to get yourself out of it.
Most hikes in the Southwest require that you carry all the water you will need. Water sources listed in a hiking guide may be dry when you get there. If you find water in the wilds, purify it before using it.
Some of my hikes are to isolated archaeological sites. By law, the locations of most sites are kept confidential to protect the sites from vandalism. For hikes to those sites, the access route is described on a password-protected page. Those with a legitimate reason to visit the sites can obtain the password by contacting me.
Even on non-archaeological hikes, it's common to encounter archaeological remains in New Mexico. Keep in mind that unauthorized disturbance of sites, even keeping "just" one artifact, is a crime. This applies to historical artifacts as well as prehistoric ones. For ethical hikers, the only "artifacts" to be taken from the landscape are other peoples' recent trash.