Distance: About 3 1/2 miles round trip loop from the parking lot to the JA Volcano and around the Vulcan Volcano back to parking lot.
Difficulty: easy to moderate
The entire trail starts at the parking lot and goes past the JA Volcano to the scenic overlook, up to the Vulcan Volcano and back to the parking lot, with sweeping views of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley throughout.
JA Volcano and the Albuquerque Overlook
Distance: 1 mile round trip from parking lot to scenic overlook and back.
This sub-section of the trail departs from the parking lot and heads east to a scenic view of the Rio Grande Valley, Albuquerque, and the Sandia Mountains. You will have to turn around the way you came back to the parking lot to complete it. This trail has three shaded rest areas with benches and trash receptacles.
Vulcan Volcano Loop
Distance: 2 miles from north side of parking lot around Vulcan Volcano and back.
This sub-section of the the trail can be found by going to the northside of the main parking lot near the gate. The trail along the eastern base of Vulcan is difficult to find but do not give up. A gradual incline up the east side of Vulcan leads to a level, mini-volcanic valley on Vulcan’s north side. Continue on trail and go left (south) when you approach the ‘Y’ on the northwest side of Vulcan. At next ‘Y’ go left again for an up-close look at this well preserved cinder cone. Follow trail down, continuing south on old road which leads back to the parking lot.