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338 mi 544 km of trail 14 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 29 Trails Intermediate Trails 73 Trails Hard Trails 32 Trails
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Recommended Routes in Central New Mexico - 11

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Favorite The view of the Sandia ridgeline from the trail, with the tramway cables visible overhead. The upper station of the tramway is visible on the right side of the picture. The crash site is at the base of the large rock formation on the left.
Difficult

Domingo Baca Trail / TWA Flight 260 crash site

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,142' Up 653.03 m Up 2,142' Down 653 m Down

Sandia…, NM
Favorite Embudo Horse Trail's higher route provides several scenic overlooks of Albuquerque. Embudo Trail is visible to the right.
Difficult

Embudo Canyon

6.6 mi 10.7 km 1,712' Up 521.96 m Up 1,714' Down 522.37 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite West Ridge Trail Lookin to the West
Intermediate/Difficult

Birdhouse Loop

11.4 mi 18.4 km 1,542' Up 469.93 m Up 1,538' Down 468.77 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite Barrel Cacti blossom in beautiful spring color.
Intermediate/Difficult

Three Guns to Embudito Trailhead

7.9 mi 12.8 km 2,277' Up 694.16 m Up 2,368' Down 721.8 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite A first look at the beginning of the Embudo Canyon trail!
Difficult

Whitewash Loop

12.9 mi 20.7 km 2,910' Up 886.86 m Up 2,910' Down 886.98 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite Meadow just below Kiwanis Cabin
Difficult

10K Crest Trail Loop

12.3 mi 19.8 km 2,267' Up 690.85 m Up 2,273' Down 692.71 m Down

Sandia…, NM
Favorite This trail skirts the beautiful Sandia Wilderness
Intermediate/Difficult

Placitas Stripmine Loop

5.0 mi 8.1 km 535' Up 163.21 m Up 525' Down 160.11 m Down

Placitas, NM
Favorite Maples in late October
Intermediate

Fourth of July Loop

5.8 mi 9.4 km 1,008' Up 307.36 m Up 1,018' Down 310.27 m Down

Meadow…, NM
Favorite Looking for petroglyphs.
Easy/Intermediate

Rinconada Canyon Trail

2.2 mi 3.6 km 108' Up 32.9 m Up 108' Down 32.94 m Down

Albuque…, NM
Favorite Height of land on Gnasty trail.
Intermediate

Otero Canyon Loop

5.5 mi 8.8 km 640' Up 194.99 m Up 638' Down 194.49 m Down

Carnuel, NM
Favorite Fall colors on the 10k Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

North 10k Trail and Osha Loop Trail

7.6 mi 12.2 km 1,272' Up 387.8 m Up 1,268' Down 386.37 m Down

Sandia…, NM

Trails in Central New Mexico - 120

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7.7 mi 12.3 km #1La Luz Trail
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 36 
4.6 mi 7.5 km #2Pino Trail
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 27 
5.3 mi 8.6 km #3Embudito Trail #192
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM 11 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #4Pokerchip South
Easy/Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM
Easy/Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM
3.4 mi 5.5 km #5Dragon's Back Trail
Intermediate
Jemez Pueblo, NM
Intermediate
Jemez Pueblo, NM
19.4 mi 31.2 km #6Paseo del Bosque Trail
Easy
South Valley, NM
Easy
South Valley, NM
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Elena Gallegos Trail 341
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
Intermediate
Sandia Heights, NM
4.2 mi 6.7 km #8Trigo Canyon Trail #185
Difficult
Meadow Lake, NM
Difficult
Meadow Lake, NM
5.3 mi 8.5 km #9Coyote Trail (Trail 5619)
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
2.2 mi 3.5 km #10Cienega Trail #148
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
Difficult
Sandia Heights, NM
3.2 mi 5.2 km #11Otero Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate
Carnuel, NM
1.8 mi 2.8 km #12Cajun Pine
Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM
Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM
1.0 mi 1.6 km #13Drop In
Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM
Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM
16.1 mi 25.9 km #14South Crest Trail #130
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM 11 
3.9 mi 6.2 km #15Whitewash Trail
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Very Difficult
Carnuel, NM
6.4 mi 10.3 km #16Corrales Bosque Part 1
Easy/Intermediate
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
Easy/Intermediate
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
5.8 mi 9.3 km #17North Faulty Trail
Difficult
Placitas, NM
Difficult
Placitas, NM
1.7 mi 2.8 km #18Embudo Horse Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carnuel, NM
2.4 mi 3.9 km #19West Ridge
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
Difficult
Carnuel, NM
1.9 mi 3.1 km #20Cedro Singletrack (Trail 5252B)
Easy/Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM
Easy/Intermediate
Ponderosa Pine, NM

Photos of Central New Mexico - 149

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South Peak trail looking southwest toward ABQ Sunport and Kirtland AFB.
Mar 11, 2020 near Carnuel, NM
Summit of South Peak Sandia Mountains. Looking towards North peak. Taken February 2020.
Mar 11, 2020 near Carnuel, NM
On the way to the South Sandia Peak from the South Crest
Apr 14, 2019 near Carnuel, NM
Embudo Horse Trail's higher route provides several scenic overlooks of Albuquerque. Embudo Trail is visible to the right.
Feb 29, 2016 near Carnuel, NM
The view of the Sandia ridgeline from the trail, with the tramway cables visible overhead. The upper station of the tramway is visible on the right side of the picture. The crash site is at the base of the large rock formation on the left.
Aug 18, 2015 near Sandia…, NM
Maples in late October
Oct 20, 2019 near Meadow…, NM
An Abert's squirrel munching on a pine cone.
Jun 28, 2020 near Sandia…, NM
An Abert's squirrel.
Jun 28, 2020 near Sandia…, NM