10 Underrated Hiking & Biking Trails Near Albuquerque

For those who’ve hiked through the Bosque and the Petroglyphs countless times and are looking for something a little more adventurous, we’ve put together a list of our favorite hidden gems in and around Albuquerque that may not be on your radar.


Travertine Falls
Level: Easy
Dog Friendly!

Enjoy a family friendly hike to a quiet waterfall near Tijeras, NM. The hike is 1.1 miles round trip, making it an easy weekend destination. To enjoy the waterfall at its peak make plans to go after a rainstorm.

Directions: From the intersection of NM 337 and NM 333 (Old Route 66) drive north under the overpass of I-40, as if you were going to access I-40 West.
Instead of taking the I-40 Ramp on the left, Turn Right onto Arrowhead Trail Road.
Follow it to the end. Canyon Estates Trailhead is off the looped paved area.


Trigo Trailhead
Level: Intermediate-Hard
Dog Friendly!

Follow a stream up to some amazing waterfalls and explore caves on this 8.8 mile round trip hike. Experience breathtaking views the whole way up. The previously closed campground is now open so you can drive directly to the trailhead. Don’t forget to pack a hat and wear pants to have the most comfortable hike as there is lush greenery.

Directions: Take I-25 S and NM-47 S to Rio Del Oro Loop N in Valencia County. Continue on Rio Del Oro Loop. Drive to Trigo Springs Rd


The Grand Enchantment Trail
Level: Hard
Dog Friendly!

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Part of a 770 mile hike stretching from Phoenix, AZ to Albuquerque NM, finish The Grand Enchantment Trail from Tijeras to Albuquerque (Segments 38-39). Start off at Tijeras from Travertine Falls and continue on the peak down to La Luz trail to Albuquerque. Take in amazing views from the top of the Sandia Crest. Pack plenty of water and snacks for the 25 mile hike.

Directions: From the intersection of NM 337 and NM 333 (Old Route 66) drive north under the overpass of I-40, as if you were going to access I-40 West.
Instead of taking the I-40 Ramp on the left, Turn Right onto Arrowhead Trail Road.
Follow it to the end. Canyon Estates Trailhead is off the looped paved area.


ABQ Glass Graveyard
Level: Easy
Dog Friendly!

Uncover this old landfill nicknamed the “Glass Graveyard” in Albuquerque’s Bosques. Near the Barelas Little League Field in the Bosque, the graveyard makes a fun afternoon treasure hunt to find fun trinkets that date from the 1920s to the 1940s. Follow the Paseo del Bosque trail to find this hidden treasure.

Directions: From Bridge Street heading west, turn north on 8th Street and then turn west again on Marquez Street. Marquez Street turns into an Open Space parking area which is perfect for access to the Paseo del Bosque trail.


Bandelier Stone Lions
Level: Intermediate-Hard
Best leave the dogs at home!

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Shrine of the Stone Lions, Yapashi Ruins, Bandelier NP. I finally got to tick this one off my list, while getting in a training run! We took the Ponderosa trail head for the 16 mile r/t trip, and what a beautiful day we were blessed with! The two carved stone mountain lions are still held sacred by the pueblo people, though there's not as much information on these unique ruins located in Bandelier's backcountry as I hoped. The trail is definitely on the challenging side, but so beautiful and worth the time. How lucky we are to have Bandelier in our backyard! #stonelions #yapashi #bandelierbackcountry #bandeliernationalmonument. #trailrunning #trainingrun #nmtrue #explore #explorenewmexico #getoutside

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Starting off at the Bandelier National Monument, continue on to see the shrine of two stone lions carved as part of a hunting ritual of the Yapashi Pueblo people. This shrine is still in use and should be left undisturbed and respected. The total hike is 13 miles which can be done in a day or overnight.

Directions: Take the I-25 N toward Santa Fe. Take exit 276 for NM-599 S toward Madrid,turn left onto NM-599 N. Take the US-84 N/US-285 exit on the left toward Española. Merge onto US-285 N/US-84 W, Take the NM-502 W/Los Alamos exit. Merge onto Los Alamos Hwy. Continue onto NM-502, take the NM-4 ramp to Bandelier Nat. Mon./White Rock. Continue onto NM-4 W, turn left onto Entrance Rd.


Otero Canyon, West Figure 8
Level: Intermediate
Best leave the dogs at home!

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Hit some MTB trails today! 🤙

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This 8.8 mile Figure 8 loop is perfect for mountian biking! Enjoy a variety of wildflowers along with some fun jumps! Just be careful to not end up on Kirtland Air Force Base’s land. This trail is best from April to September.

Directions: Take I-40 E to NM-337 S. Take exit 175 from I-40 E. Continue onto NM-337 S


Domingo Baca Trail #230
Level: Hard
Dog Friendly!

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Hiked to the crash site of the 1955 TWA flight 260

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This 8 mile hike to the crash site of the TWA flight of 1955 is high in the mountains. Find the remains at the end of the trail along with a small plaque. Attracting locals and tourists, this trail starts in a high desert climate and ends in a lush green environment. Make sure to wear good shoes as there can be loose dirt and steep edges.

Directions: Head North on I-25. Take Paseo Del Norte Blvd NE to Simms Park Rd. Continue on Simms Park Rd to your destination.


Tree Spring Trail
Level: Easy- Intermediate
Bring the dogs!

Keep your eyes peeled for fossils! This shaded trail is 3.5 miles and you can find a variety of wildflowers and plants. Look for strawberry plants, chokecherry, yucca, mountain parsley among many others! Come early to enjoy the cool temperatures. Find fun critters along the hike. This family friendly hike is excellent for all ages to enjoy this lavish treasure hunt for the eyes.

Directions: Take I-40 to the North 14 exit (exit 175). Go north 5.75 miles from when you pass under I-40 until you get to a triangle of asphalt with a road heading west. There are signs on both sides of the road indicating that this is the road to the crest.


The Eye of the Sandias Trail Loop
Level: Hard
Bring your furry friends!

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Great hiking this morning

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Enjoy this destination trail in New Mexico’s high desert. This rocky trail will lead you to the curious “Eye of the Sandias” which mysteriously appeared in the 60s. Best to go in the early morning or late afternoon to beat the heat.

Directions: Get East I-40. Follow I-40 E to NM-556 W/Tramway Blvd NE. Take exit 167 from I-40 E. Continue on NM-556 W/Tramway Blvd NE. Drive to Copper Ave NE.


Destination for cyclers: Old Town Farm Bike-In-Coffee

This cute farm offers coffee and other small eats to the cyclers of Albuquerque. Accesible via the I-40 trail, enjoy the pleasnt countryside inside the city. They offer a variety of outside shaded seating and lush gardens. Check out their Dog Blog for an unexpected inside eye on the farm.

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