3 Great Hiking Trails in Albuquerque
Explore Albuquerque’s high desert landscape and amazing views
If you’re interested in getting out of the hotel to get some fresh air, heres a list of some of Albuquerque’s favorite hiking trails!
South Piedra Lisa Trail
South Piedra Lisa Trail is a moderate 4.4 mile hike thats very popular amongst local hikers and trail runners. It features beautiful wild flowers and picturesque views of canyons and rock formations. On this hike, you may encounter numerous wildlife, such as squirrels and various birds.
Piedras Marcadas Canyon Trail
Piedras Marcadas Canyon trail is a fantastic 2 mile hike for all skill levels. This trail features sandy trails with lava rocks and petrolgyphs. In fact, it has some of the largest petroglyph concentrations in the National Monument! The name of this cultural landscape translates to “canyon of marked rocks”. If you want some enjoyable views and a pleasant, quiet trail experience, then this trail is for you!
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#petroglyphs are rock carvings made by scraping into the surface of rock varnish (patina), then exposing the lighter rock underneath. These ancient #rockart practices are tens of thousands of years old & can be found across the world. The depictions are a gateway into the history of our ancestors & #humanevolution . The petroglyphs located in the #riograndevalley are estimated to have been created between 1300 & 1680. There are approximately 25k Petroglyph samples within the Petroglyph National Park boundaries and 90% are believed to have come from the ancestors of today’s Pueblo people. #pueblosindigenas #nativeamericanhistory #nationalparkservice #albuquerquenewmexico #puebloan #rockcarving #volcanicrocks #engravingart #bernalillo
La Luz Trail
La Luz Trail is a well-known challenging hike that offers spectacular panoramic views of Albuquerque! The trail goes from hot desert landscape to cool Canadian forest. It offers the chance to see a wide variety of wildlife and wildflowers. It’s a difficult 13.3 mile long hike, so make sure to bring plenty of water, food, and plan enough time for the trip. Also, there is a $3 fee to park.
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I’ve been living in Albuquerque for more than a year now and this is my first ever hike in our beautiful desert. 🌤🌵 ⠀ The La Luz Trail begins at the La Luz Trailhead and proceeds approximately eight miles to either Sandia Crest or the Sandia Peak Tramway. So yes, it’s 16 MILES back and forth. We only ended up doing 7.63 miles in total. 😅 ⠀ 17, 431 steps in four hours and my body is thankful. Cardio done right. ⛰💪🏻 ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #hikewithnike #hikersofinstagram #hikingtrails #hikemoreworryless #hikemore #hikerlife #hikeon #hikelife #hikevibes #hikelikeagirl #hike365 #hiketheworld #hikeday #hikeandfly #hikelikeawoman #hikeitbaby #hikewithme #fitnessislife #fitness24seven #fitnessinspo #fitnessaddiction #fitnesscommunity #fitnessfam #fitnessmotivation #fitnesstraining #fitnessaddict #fitnessgram #fitnessstyle #fitnessworkout