3 Gun Trailhead/ 3 GunTrl 194/ Hawk Watch Trl 215

Area Status: Open

Three Gun Trailhead gives acces to the Three Gun Spring/Tres Pistoles Trail 194. It is 4.0 miles long and ends at Embudito Trail 192. Hawk Watch Trail 215 splits off toward the east, from Three Gun Trail, about 0.5 miles into your hike.

The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding

Please refer to the map link below to plan your course. Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed.

Sandia Mountain Trail Guide

At a Glance

Fees: This area does not require an amenity fee.
  • If you recreate on a regular basis in the Sandias or other national lands you might consider purchasing one of the America the Beautiful Passes or a Sandia Annual Pass
Usage: Light-Medium
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Purchase America the Beautiful Passes online or at locations listed below. **Sandia Amenity Passes can be purchased at locations marked with asterisks.
  • **The Sandia Ranger Station, 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059, 505-281-3304
  • **The Cibola Supervisor's Office, 2113 Osuna Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-346-3900
  • **REI, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87107  (REI does not carry America the Beautiful Passes)
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


Drive east on I-40 and take the Carnuel exit. Drive 1.5 miles east on Old Route 66. There is a brown sign marking the turnoff from Route 66 into the Monticello subdivision. Turn into the subdivision and follow Monticello Drive to Alegre Drive NE. Turn left, and follow the road until you can turn right at the intersection of Alegre and Sempre Verde. Follow signs to Three Gun Spring/Tres Pistoles Trailhead parking area.

General Notes:

For Your Own Benefit:  Please Do Not leave your valuables in plain view, inside your car. Leave valuables at home or store them in your trunk. There is a history of vandalism in this lot.

(MVUM) Official Motor Vehicle Use Map - North

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  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

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  Elevation : 
6,320 ft - 8,460 ft