Volcano Trail

2.92 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 900 ft
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The trail is interesting geologically with small and large lava rock scattered throughout. There is one place on the Vulcan Volcano (northern) where a bit of walking to the saddle may be required. The goat heads may get you - so be prepared. Also, there is no escape from the sun out here, so ride early or late. http://www.nps.gov/petr/

The trails are all connected, and can be ridden as a large figure-8 starting either direction. Stay off the access roads to have more fun. Take two trips around the three volcanoes to make it more meaningful.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  Fatbike1   on Mar 29, 2016
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Reviews (13)

Granny Gear

November 22, 2016
zcs626 Granny Gear  
Review: Per usual or ABQ, lots of climbing, especially at the Vulcan Volcano. This to me is more of a hikers trail than a biking trail. Still great scenery, but its a rocky/gravel short 3ish mile ride. Hike-a-bike was required for me going up the Vulcan Volcano. Can't say it's not worth going, just tame your biking experience to nice scenery rather than a "fun" trail.

Granny Gear

May 14, 2016
Review: Hard pack trail was fun for a sorta out and back ride nice view of the city


March 19, 2016
Fatbike1 Epic  
Review: There is a fun loop that circles clockwise around all the volcanoes from north to south and ends on a downhill near the model air park. Used to be all single track. Perfect for fat bikes with all the sandy sections of Single track. Watch out for goat heads, an invasive weed with nasty thorns. Please don't track those to other trails.


February 10, 2016
MTBCrash29 Doubletrack  
Review: 5 plus miles of a really good trail. Lots of loose rock, plenty of climbs and a few good descents. Really windy on occasion and that makes the ride a little difficult. Can get hot, so bring water. Some trails close for maintenance from time to time but overall the trail will offer 5 miles of main line trail. Hikers and pets are on the trails, but you will not be surprised since there is plenty of line of sight on the trails.


July 12, 2015
zj123 Gramcounter  
Review: Good trails around the old volcanos, make sure to pack a lot of water and be ready to hike some of the trails to the top that are too steep and rocky to ride up. Very interesting area with volcanic rock everywhere. Trail starts from the parking lot as double track then turns to single track around the volcanos and back.

Granny Gear

September 12, 2014
DakotaBear Granny Gear  
Review: Extremely rocking with many loose rocks....easy to loose your wheels from under you. Scenery was good and the trail was not crowded.

Granny Gear

September 12, 2014
DakotaBear Granny Gear  
Review: Extremely rocky with many loose rocks along the trails...easy for your tires to loose traction. Scenery was nice and the trails were not crowded.

Granny Gear

July 20, 2012
guitarfool Granny Gear  
Review: Great ride, cool view of city and remote locale makes for sparse traffic! Facilities available ):o)

Granny Gear

April 2, 2012
derkthar Granny Gear  
Review: Very cool area, with a very wide view of everything around. There are plenty of paths to choose going through here, so you can make it as long or short of a loop as you want. There are some fairly steep climbs, but the hardest part is the loose rocks. There are many baseball size or bigger rocks that are loose and quite unavoidable, and often slip when you hit them. Fun downhills, just take it slow, again because of loose rock.

Granny Gear

December 31, 2011
j2loosy Granny Gear  
Review: All I'll add is if you go up and down and around each volcano (4) you'll have a nice 14 miler that will test and improve all your skills. Great training and no hikers like the foothills...so you can bomb descents!

Volcano Trail MTB Trail 2.92 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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