Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney specializing in habeas corpus. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys hiking. If you are in Albuquerque and looking for a relatively short afternoon hike, consider these three trails:
1. Piedras Marcadas Canyon . This lightly traveled trail in the Petroglyph National Monument near Albuquerque offers a glimpse into Native American history. The trail is home to one of North America’s largest collection of petroglyphs. The 1.6-mile hike is ideal for any skill level and is open from February to May. Dogs are also allowed on the trail provided they are kept on leash.
2. The Volcanoes. Also located in Petroglyph National Monument, this trail takes hikers on a 2.9-mile loop around and on top of three volcanoes. Accessible all year, Volcanoes is suitable for any skill level. Hikers are treated to beautiful views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains. Those with dogs may use this trail as long as their pet pooches are kept on leash.
3. Tree Spring. This 3.9 mile out-and-back trail is located in the Cibola National Forest. The path is moderately trafficked and friendly to dog owners, provided they keep their dogs on leash. Open from April to November, Tree Spring offers nature lovers views of wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife.