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Best trails in Sandia Park

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Looking for a great trail near Sandia Park, New Mexico? AllTrails has 34 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Cerrillos Hills State Park or Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sandia Foothills Open Space Park or Bernalillo Watershed Research Natural Area. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 12 easy trails in Sandia Park ranging from 1.7 to 13.4 miles and from 6,072 to 10,659 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Sandia Park
Top trails (34)
#1 - Domingo Baca Trail #230
Elena Gallegos Picnic Area/Albert G. Simms Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 5 h 37 m
This hike starts out in a desert open space environment (no shade) and changes into the lush greenery and streams in the Sandia Mountains. Starting at the Domingo Baca trail, you can continue along this route to the site of the wreckage of a TWA flight which crashed in 1955 high in the mountains. Note that the trail after the crash site is very difficult and steep with lots of scree and loose dirt in many places.Show more
#2 - Tree Spring Trail
Cibola National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
A great summer hike since the trail is shaded about 80% of the way. $3 parking fee.Show more
#3 - Kiwanis Cabin via South Crest Trail
Cibola National Forest
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 56 m
Easy forest hike above 10k feet to a 1930s CCC project. From the trailhead hike south along the paved trail to the right of the restrooms. A few hundred yards along the trail the pavement will turn to dirt. There is an intermittant hand-rail, always stay to the left of the rail. At 0.25 miles the trail will turn sharply left and ascend a stairway. Take the stairs to the top. At the top turn hard right and look for the fork in the trail. Take the right fork to Crest Trail #130. The trail will switchback through the forest most of the rest of the hike. At 0.55 miles the trail forks again at the junction of a forest road. Hike right on the road and follow the road to the cabin area. At 0.75 miles reach the CCC - Kiwanis Cabin. Return via Reverse Route.Show more
#4 - North Sandia Peak Trail
Sandia Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
This trail along the ridgeline takes you out to the North Peak, a significant landmark of the Sandia Mountains. Along the way there are overlooks and side paths that provide impressive views of the Shield, the North Peak above it, the Needle, and the western canyon below. Most of the trail is along the Crest Trail (#130), but make sure to watch for the faint path to the west (left) to take you back up to the ridgeline, through some beautiful Aspen groves, and out to the North Sandia Peak. You know you've reached the peak when you find a couple of old cement foundation blocks from a signaling beacon used during World War II.Show more
#5 - 10K Trail (South Section)
Cibola National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
#6 - 4 Seasons Nature Trail #97
Cibola National Forest
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
#7 - Tecolote Trail
Cibola National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
#8 - Cienega Trail #148
Cibola National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
#9 - Mesa Trail Loop and Los Duendes Trail
Golden Open Space
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
The main trail is under 3 miles (loop) but there are many other trails that go along the edge of the canyon or into the canyon. Much of the trail is among the Pinon and Juniper forest but there are other types of vegetation, especially in the canyons. There are nice views of the Sandias and surrounding area and there are some areas of nice volcanic features like a small cave and some nice canyon features. Show more
#10 - Kiwanis Cabin via South Crest #130 and Gravel Pit #339 Loop
Cibola National Forest
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Easy forest hike above 10k feet to a 1930s CCC project. From the trailhead hike north along the paved trail. A few hundred yards along the trail the pavement will turn to dirt. There will be several trail markers on the trail, follow Crest Trail #130.. At 1.1 miles the trail will fork at the junction of a forest road. Turn left on the road. Hike on the road and follow the road to the cabin area. At 1.35 miles reach the CCC - Kiwanis Cabin. Return via Reverse Route.Show more
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