The Albuquerque Volcanoes Mountain Bike Rides are popular, easy mountain bike rides on Albuquerque's west side in the US NPS Petroglyph National Monument. The volcanoes are visible from much of Albuquerque as several low hills on the west horizon. The trails provide stunning views of the Sandias and Albuquerque to the east. One of the larger volcanoes output warm air from far below which hints that not all the activity is dormant.
The area is totally open and hot in the summer so take plenty of water. This is a good spring, fall, or even winter ride.
There are a variety of double and single track trails that encircle the volcanoes. Many of these are rocky so are not as fast or easy as some dirt roads. A double track takes off north to the powerlines that gets sandy and rocky in places. The distances are all pretty short unless you ride back to the city to the east. Some double tracks go right over the tops of the volcanoes, which aren't very high, and some contour around them.
Length: Various but all are pretty short
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Some sand and some rocky stretches.
Getting There: The volcanoes are west of Albuquerque (although the city is steadily encroaching on the area) and three volcanoes are clearly visible on the horizon to the west. See the map at US NPS Petroglyph National Monument.
- On the west side of the volcanoes, from Paseo Volcan at Central and I-40 drive north towards the Double Eagle airport for about 4.8 miles until you get to the access road, turn right and drive about .3 miles to a USNPS parking area. It's all very open and pretty obvious. There are pit toilets here.
- On the east side drive up Unser past Montaño and up the hill past Boca Negra Canyon to Universe. Turn left and drive to the model airplane park. Then ride west up the double-tracks to the volcanos visible on the skyline.
- On the north, park at Unser and Universe.
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There are bathrooms at the east entrance on Paseo del Volcan and at the trailheads on Unser Blvd on the east.