“Mild terrain with enough chunky volcanic rocks to add technical interest”
— John Geronimo
Petroglyph National Monument day use area. Gate and area open 9 am to 5 pm. It is also possible to park at the Maloof Air Park to the west.
Three low volcanoes rise from the plain west of Albuquerque. From north to south, they are named JA, Black, and Vulcan. Part of Petroglyph National Monument, the popular hiking trails that run around them can also be ridden.
Need to Know
Obviously very hot and dry in the summer. Take plenty of water and repair equipment or tubeless with sealant for the goatheads. There are pit toilets at the parking area.
Most of the terrain is gently rolling but the singletrack has enough chunky boulders and loose rocks to be interesting.
There is fast sandy doubletrack that takes you between and around the volcanic cones. The sand can get deep but it is not as bad as the steep deep silt of the El Cerro de Los Lunas area.
The one steep section is on the northeast side of the northernmost or "Vulcan" volcano. This volcano is best ridden clockwise so you can ride or walk down this section.
There are miles of additional doubletrack accessible in this area as well.