Day Hikes in the Albuquerque Area

Sandia Mountains, sunrise, Cibola National Forest near Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Sandia Mountains at sunup

 

While some of the hikes listed below can be turned into overnight trips, as a sixty-plus "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, please read my "caveats" at the bottom of the page.


Jemez Mountains via San Ysidro

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

El Cajete in the Valles Caldera

Sulphur and Alamo Canyons in the Valles Caldera

 

The Gilman Tunnels are open again, after a closure during much of 2017.

 

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)

Schoolhouse Mesa (archaeological hike)

Boletsakwa (archaeological hike)

Sayshukwa (archaeological hike)

 

To the Northwest via U.S. 550

Sandia Mountains, winter storm, snow, Cibola National Forest near Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sandia Mountains in winter

Sandia and Manzano Mountains

For a brief YouTube preview of Sandia Mountain hikes, click here.

 

TWA Canyon in the Sandias

Pino Trail in the Sandias

Embudito Trail in the Sandias

Eye of the Sandias

Rocky Point Trail-Crest Trail Loop in the Sandias

The "delightful mess of trails" below Crest House in the Sandias

North Crest Trail, North Sandia Peak, and the Survey Trail

North Faulty Trail in the Sandias

A note on the new access route for the Del Agua Trail.

 

A trail map for the Manzanita Mountains

Fourth of July High Loop in the Manzanos 

Monte Largo Canyon in the Manzanos

To the South via Interstate 25

San Lorenzo Canyon

Gonzales Mine via the Quebradas Backcountry Byway

Plus ultra

Close to Home

Navajo Draw near Rio Rancho

Rio Grande Bosque


Navajo Draw hike, Rio Puerco, desert landscape, mesas, near Albuquerque, New Mexico
Looking west from the Navajo Draw hike.

Caveats

 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 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.


Abandoned adobe ranch house, Ojito Wilderness near San Ysidro, New Mexico
A crumbling adobe ranch house in the Ojito Wilderness