Sandia Cave Trail

EASY 40 reviews

Sandia Cave Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Placitas, New Mexico that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

views

muddy

rocky

no dogs

The trail is fun, there's a cool spiral staircase to get up to the cave. The road to get to the trailhead is VERY rough - you can make it in a car but it will be slow going.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful Hike! Make sure to bring a mask and flashlight if you want to explore the cave.

1 month ago

great adventure.

1 month ago

Little over a half mile from parking to the cave. Make sure you take a dust mask if you go over the half wall.know your physical limitations in the cave. My son and I had a blast.

4 months ago

Great trail (: We didnt go all the way in the cave but it was pretty cool. Awesome veiw.

hiking
6 months ago

We had a great afternoon of hiking and exploring the cave. It was a great experience. We didn't go prepared so we had no flashlights except our phones, no water and no clue of what to expect. We spent about 30-45 minutes in the cave and there were quite a few people we meet on their way out. It was cool. It was fun and it was not too difficult besides some squatting and crawling in some tight spots. Definitely a must do.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun short hike with son. If you want to go over the wall to the back.where a face mask.

hiking
7 months ago

It's a fun short trail.

7 months ago

The trail is fun, there's a cool spiral staircase to get up to the cave. The road to get to the trailhead is VERY rough - you can make it in a car but it will be slow going.

hiking
7 months ago

Very short and easy hike. At the end, there is a spiral staircase that leads into the cave. There are some nice views as you come close to the end as well. I would like to mention though, that the drive there is about 3 miles on a very rough gravel road- so just be prepared for that! It's kinda out there. Very nice though!

7 months ago

easy to find great short hike for kids..dogs are allowed. interesting and great day trip

8 months ago

Awesome experience and not difficult... quick easy trip of about a mile and a half total round trip. We did it with a three year old in less than an hour with her walking all the way out and some of the way back. The Cave is more than we expected, and goes back quite a ways... It has a tight spiral staircase to get to the entrance. I recommend not going past the wall inside. There is a somewhat sketchy looking rock hanging from the ceiling beyond the wall... wouldn't want to be the guy under that when it gave up. If you want to see back into the cave bring a bright flashlight, because your cell phone light won't cut it! Great trip all around!

8 months ago

Uniquely New Mexican!

9 months ago

Its a fun and fast getaway. best part its only minutes from Albuquerque. i got nervous when the winds started picking up. Enjoy!

hiking
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's not at all about the trail for me! The cave was awesome! There were good views and some good photos were taken, but the cave was great, we went back pretty far, plan to go back better prepared.. maybe with a canary! ;)

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Loved it. I made it to the cave on my 3rd try

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Good small hike with nice views , good to do with a family

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Short easy hike, the cave was awesome but super dusty..bring a headlamp and a particle mask if you're going in!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Very well marked and easy to access. The last mile of the dirt road is a little bumpy. You just need to go slow, it's not to rocky. Nice easy hike up to the cave. You can get in the cave just unhook the latch at the top of the stairs. We then hiked a little further up a small trail behind the parking lot to give our dogs more exercise. It was a little more challenging but not to difficult. The views were amazing. Great hike for the whole family.

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nice easy trail for a quick hike. The cave entrance is now blocked off with a gate but it is still a decent walk.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice easy trail.

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