Spring is the perfect time of year to enjoy the stunning New Mexico sky and desert landscape before the heat of summer descends. So tie on your boots and head out to one of these amazing nearby trails.
South Piedra Lisa Trail
This moderate trail is located in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. It's a local favorite, as you can tell by how heavily trafficked it usually is. With a length of approximately 5 miles, it's a great way to work on getting back in shape for the busy summer season. And yes, you can bring your four-legged friend – leashed dogs are welcome.
This national monument features several beautiful trails, however, not all are marked for length or ability levels. But this is a perfect opportunity to explore the park on a leisurely weekend afternoon. You can see the lava cones, volcanic flow, petroglyph markings on rocks and get in a good workout at the same time. Be sure to check out the Rinconada Canyon Trail, one of the most popular trails at the park. It's 2.2 miles long with a difficulty level of "easy to moderate" and will give you the chance to see up to 300 petroglyphs.
Paseo de la Mesa Trail
Head west and enjoy the stunning views afforded by this trail. It's a simple, approximately 4-mile hike that will allow you to see all of the local mountains from the Sandias to the Manzanos. This is a multi-use trail, so feel free to bring your bicycle or in-line skates.
Michial M. Emery and Trail 305 Loop
You'll enjoy a stroll on this approximately 3-mile loop that's a favorite hiking spot for Albuquerque residents. The views are beautiful, and at this time of year, and you'll get to see the best of New Mexico wildflowers. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Paseo del Bosque Trail
Perhaps the most well-known, well-trafficked, and most beautiful trail system in the city, the Paseo del Bosque system connects 16 miles of multi-use trails easily accessible to everyone. Here, you can walk, run, bicycle, and skate. You'll find multiple access points, including one at the southeast side of the Alameda Boulevard Bridge. This trail is lush and beautiful, reminiscent of the former wetlands located on the Rio Grande's floodplains.
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