Sandia Cave Trail

EASY 36 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
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

It's a fun short trail.

5 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
5 months ago

hiking
5 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!

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

6 months ago

6 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!

6 months ago

6 months ago

Uniquely New Mexican!