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Albuquerque, NM: Hawk Watch Trail

Wind past parched arroyo and panoramic views on this 3.2-mile out-and-back that leads to a seasonal bird-watching Mecca in Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountains.

Rating

Enjoy a springtime trek into one of the Sandia’s most prominent southern canyons. You’ll cross an arroyo and begin a moderate climb that continues as this route branches east at the national forest boundary. Rewards await: Expansive views of the Manzanita Mountains and a bird-watching outcrop 1,000 feet above the parking area. Schedule your hike during Hawk Watch International’s banding season (early March-May 5) and you may get an up-close raptor education from on-site volunteers. -Mapped by Bill Velasquez

To Trailhead

Take I-70 E to exit 170 (toward Carnuel) and continue east on US 66 for almost 2 miles. Turn left into Monticello, bearing right to follow Monticello Dr. for 0.5 mile before turning left onto Alegre Rd. Take the second right off Alegre and drive 0.2 mile to the Tres Pistolas trailhead.

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