Looking for a great trail in Sandia Mountain Wilderness, New Mexico? AllTrails has 39 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Sandia Mountain Wilderness ranging from 2.2 to 11.9 miles and from 6,030 to 10,652 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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Just east of Albuquerque are the most visited mountains in New Mexico. Millions of people journey into the Sandia Mountains each year. More than half these visitors ride the Sandia Peak Tram or drive the Sandia Crest National Scenic Byway to take in spectacular panoramic views of Central New Mexico and to enjoy many other recreational opportunities. The Four Seasons Visitor Center offers year round interpretive exhibits and seasonal programs at the upper Tram Building. The Scenic Byway has several newly remodeled picnic grounds with shelters and group areas for reservation. The National Fee Project is currently in operation for all developed sites on the Scenic Byway and along the west and north sides of the district in the Juan Tabo, Basin, and Las Huertas Canyon Areas. A daily amenity fee of $3.00 is required for all vehicles parking in designated, developed recreation sites around the District. An annual pass is favorable, with particular support given to the concept of fees staying available to the unit where they are collected. The Sandias are part of the signature of Albuquerque's unique sense of place. They serve as a premier open space refuge to a population of over 700,000 people in the extended metropolitan area. Over one-third of the State's school-age population lives within an hour's drive of the Sandias, and there is a great demand for fire prevention, fire ecology, and other environmental education programs. Sandia Mountain is a landmark in the spiritual universe of many active traditional Indian beliefs. It is regularly visited for ceremonial purposes by the Sandia Pueblo and at least annually by many other pueblos. It also has direct ties to Spanish land grant communities established by the King of Spain in the 1700's and Mexican land grants from the 1820's. Some Spanish land grants adjoining the Sandias are still active. Water sources are not only sacred to Indian beliefs, but also played a key role in sustaining the agricultural bases of the land grant communities. Several ditch systems still function today, including one actively maintained in Las Huertas Canyon as an "acequia madre" for a community's agricultural water. These traditional communities are encountering greater conflicts with the growing recreational uses of the Sandias. The lesser-known southern part of the District includes the Manzanita Mountains, which form a low ridge between the Manzano Mountains to the south and the Sandias to the north. A portion of this area is in the Military Withdrawal, where public use has been restricted since 1943. The Military Withdrawal and adjacent Forest Service land has been the subject of intensive ecosystem planning to reduce fuel loads and the risk of wildfire, to enhance wildlife habitat and ecosystem health, and to improve recreational opportunities.

nice time out and back. worth doing!

This was a beautiful, calming, inspiring trail, hiked under partly cloudy skies, cloaked by 45 - 60° temperatures. I took this loose-rock trail to a side trail off to the left, exploring a little off trail and found a great meditation spot under a pine tree. Continuing on I also explored another side trail to the right, to what I thought was Three Gun Spring (but may not have gone up far enough, regardless it was awesome). I then back-tracked again to the main trail and meandered up to where Three Gun Spring met Embudo Trail (194). The last mile is the beginning of why this trail gets rated as moderate, but this junction is a great spot with spectacular views. After soaking the Universe in, I enjoyed the views back down the mountain to relax with a marvelous stretching session. See you soon! Namasté.

15 days ago

16 days ago

Great trail! Great leg workout too with the elevation. Went during sunset and the views were spectacular!

Great hike for a little workout. The views are beautiful!

This trail was pretty awesome today. It started with no snow at the parking lot/trail head and had over a foot in spots at the saddle. I always do a little meandering at the top and soak in the views & energy. Even though it started at 24° I was still sweating by the time I got to the top. Always fun, always beautiful. See you soon!

Great trail!!

This hike is fun any season. The road getting there is bumpy, we usually get there by truck. It’s a tough steep hike from start, which is nice, it gets easier as you go up. Haven’t made the whole hike yet, because it takes too long, maybe one day

1 month ago

Great trail. Easy to navigate. A few icy/slippery spots.

This trail is gorgeous and the view from the top is worth the trip up. The trail gets steep at times but it is very doable for most.

Quick christmas eve hike, nice mountain rock formations.Has a sheepish climbs, would've been perfect with trail running shoes instead of hiking shoes.

one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on

the trail is not Mark that good the last couple miles back to the tram parking lot

Amazing place to (hike to) see the sunset. A good hour jog up and you can see surprisingly far... it's truly a beautiful view.

trail running
2 months ago

I love this trail! Sometimes I hike it, sometimes I've run it. Did it Today, up and then back down, in 3 and a 1/2 hours total!

Great trail, a little rutted out in places. if you plan going out and back it gets kind of slick on the way down the steep parts.Really great views as you gain elevation. I plan to connect to Embuto and make it an up an over to the Albuquerque side next time.

Amazing views.

Nice trail, not much elevation gain, so more like a 5.5 mile walk. Pretty muddy in places, but we did it in mid-December. Would do it again!

Snow the last few miles but great hike

This trail is more rugged after the turnoff, having to weave through in some parts, but I love that stuff! Beautiful views, gorgeous falls, will definitely do again.

on Tunnel Springs Loop

2 months ago

I would rate this fairly easy to moderate until the last mile heading down the canyon, lots loose rock , boulders , a real ankle breaker. The views are awesome and worth the effort. We did it in 2-3 inches of snow without cramp-ons so that made it more challenging. All in all a nice hike. How it got it’s name I don’t know.

Beautiful and nice hike, though I logged it on Strava as 7.6 miles.

2 months ago

Amazing trail! Very little snow and ice left on the trail in the shade in early April. Views are breathtaking.

Definitely not for those with bad knees. Views throughout the trail were spectacular. Easy to lose the trail in a few spots due to poor marking, but otherwise not to be missed!

3 months ago

good views

My wife and I are here from North Ogden Utah. We hiked South Piedra Lisa with local friends. We liked the trail. We hiked the trail at a casual pace in about three hours. We found that the trail had portions of steep grade and loose gravel. I would recommend trekking poles to help stabilize your footing. The flora is marked by junipers, prickly pear and staghorn cacti. Respect the cacti that line the trail. The slightest brush will result in a painful encounter with tiny clusters of needles in your skin.
You are rewarded with a beautiful view of the valley and spires at trails end.

3 months ago

Last two miles is pretty snowy. Still able to make it through with just tennis shoes, though. A great hike as always especially with tramming down.

Trail head has some construction going on so we opted to use the tramway trail to get to la luz and the tram is going to be closed for two weeks or so after today.

3 months ago

great fall hike. nice views at the top!

What a great hike!
A little trailblazing, a few sections of class 2, with a couple of class 3 moves on my route, thick brush and brambles in places, a little wayfinding in there, a stream, 2 waterfalls, trail difficult to follow in places...
Awesome hike!

One of my favorites in the area. The view just keeps getting better as you climb

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