Top Adventures in Albuquerque

  • Petroglyphs National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Petroglyph National Park - Amazing Rock Art - Petroglyph National Monument has one of the biggest, and easiest to find group of petroglyphs in the United States. There are over 20,000 carvings in this monument. It is on the western side of Albuque...

    2 miles 10 ft gain

  • Photograph the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

    This is one of the most photographed festivals in the world. Professionals and amateurs gather here each year to take millions of photos, and your goal (albeit a difficult one) is to capture a unique perspective at this event. Something that conve...

  • Hike Embudito Canyon

    This is a hiking area in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. This route is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop up Oso Ridge and down Embudito Canyon.  There is plenty of room to park at the Embudito Trail Trail head, on the eastern side of Albuq...

    4.2 miles 1204 ft gain

  • Hike the Pino Trail

    Take Simms Park road (continue straight through the roundabout) all the way until it ends. There is a parking area right by the trailhead. Enjoy the views of the Sandias Mountains and the pines. Photos: Rocky A, hounddiggity, Eugene Kim, 

    8.9 miles 2726 ft gain

  • Ride to the Top of Sandia Peak

    Start at the Sandia Mountain base terminal where you can purchase your tickets to ride the tram (Tip: If you make reservations at the peaks restaurant, High Finance, you can get a discount on your ticket). Enjoy the 15 minute ride to the peak whil...

    10378 ft gain

  • Summit South Sandia Peak

    *This is a loop hike so you can go either direction. I like going counterclockwise to hike the steepest part up instead of down at the end of a long hike.* You'll start out on the Three Gun Trail for about half a mile until you reach a spur to tak...

    10.78 miles 3595 ft gain

  • Hike the Hawk Watch Trail

    The trail starts out at the Three Guns Trailhead and has great signage as you drive to it. You'll start the hike on the Three Guns Trail for about 0.5 mile before you'll officially cross into Cibola National Forest. Once you enter there will almos...

    3.4 miles 1540 ft gain

  • Hike La Luz Trail

    Leaving from the foothills above Albuquerque this trail leads you from the desert up to the peaks of the Sandia Mountains.  You'll climb from the city at 7000 ft above sea level all the way up to 10,378 ft in altitude along a trail the changes fro...

    7.2 miles 3378 ft gain

  • Hike the Piedra Lisa Trail

    Up near the iconic La Luz Trailhead is a smaller and somewhat hidden trail a little farther up the road, Piedra Lisa Trail.  This short two mile climb to the ridge that divides the view of Albuquerque and Placitas tops out at a rocky outcrop that ...

    4.2 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Summit Point 8300

    Point 8300, also nicknamed Mayan Temple by the locals, is the highest point in the Rincon Ridge. In order to reach the summit you start by following the South Piedra Lisa Trail for about 2.25 miles to the ridge. Once you reach the ridge the Piedra...

    6.5 miles 1300 ft gain

  • Hike the 10K Loop

    10K trailhead springs from it a whole handful of beautiful trails.  With access to a rocky path that leads off into raw wilderness, a clean and smooth walking, hiking, and mountain biking trail covered by tall pine canopy, or a wide cut service ro...

    5.2 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike the Sandia Crest Trail

    This point-to-point hike took me about 11.5 hours to complete, however I consider myself to be in decent hiking shape and was moving at about 2.5 miles per hour for the majority of the hike. I would give yourself ample time if you want to complete...

    26.5 miles 4904 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Albuquerque KOA

    • Cedar Crest, New Mexico

      Nine Mile Picnic Site

      Overview **Nine Mile Picnic Site is currently closed for improvements**If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, cool spot with a slight breeze, Nine Mile Picnic Site could be just what the doctor ...

    • Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Capulin Spring Picnic Site

      Overview Capulin Spring is a well-loved recreation spot. It accommodates fifty people. This picnic site is surrounded by heavily wooded land that affords shade to escape the heat of the day. The sp...

    • Bernalillo, New Mexico

      Albuquerque North / Bernalillo KOA

    • Oso Corredor Trail

      Doc Long Picnic Sites A And B

      Overview Doc Long Picnic Sites is named for Dr. William Henry Long. He was one of three forest pathologists in the USA who conducted pioneering research of tree diseases.Doc Long, worked in New Mex...

    • Cedar Crest, New Mexico

      Cienega Picnic Site

      Overview Beautiful, shady, cool and green are just a few words that recreationists have used to describe the Cienega Group Picnic site. It is fairly flat, accessible, semi-private and accommodates ...

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