Kiwanis Cabin Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open

Kiwanis Cabin - Sandia Crest New Mexico

The cabin of local limestone was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) around 1930. The cabin was planned by a local Kiwanis group.

Access the Kiwanis Cabin by walking the Kiwanis Cabin Trail 93 & road 94: 1/2 to 3/4 miles long depending on which approach you choose to take.

Please refer to the Sandia Crest Trails and Trailheads and the Sandia Mountain Trails map to plan your course.

  • No Camping Allowed
  • Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed
  • It is the recreationist’s responsibility to use a map and follow the guidelines.
  • Trail(s) are open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing.

Kiwanis Cabin: Civilian Conservation Corps (Regional Historic Quality)The SBAC has determined that the CCC ruins are potentially a nationally significant historic intrinsic quality; however, the only visible site access and interpretation is at the Kiwanis Cabin. Therefore, the SBAC considers this intrinsic quality to be only regionally significant at this time. The Kiwanis Cabin is located seven tenths of a mile from NM 536 Milepost 13.6 (Sandia Crest). There is adequate parking, a visitor’s center, and an improved path to the site. The U.S. Forest Service provides interpretation via rangers at the visitor center and interpretive signs at the site.In the span of eight years, from 1933 to 1941, 54,585 Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in New Mexico built hundreds of roads and rails, 795 bridges, 472 lookout towers large dams and reservoirs, installed millions of rods of fences and planted millions of trees for reforestation and to prevent gully erosion.When these New Mexico men joined the corps, along with 3.5 million other Americans, the country was in desperate straits. Close to 25 percent of the population was unemployed. Hunger and despair had become a way of life.A group of local corps alumni want to see a memorial CCC museum of national stature built on the site where CCC Camp 814 F-8-N Sandia Park once stood on a piece of land just off NM 536, the Sandia Crest Road. They want people to know what they accomplished in youthful days during the Great Depression. And they want today’s youth to know that youth are a major asset to this country, just as the CCC men were when they were boys. The CCC was the greatest-ever conservation effort in American history.

At a Glance

Fees:   Requires a fee or an amenity pass.
  • If you do not have a pass, look for the Pay Station. Envelopes for payment are in the box next to the fee tube. CASH OR CHECK ONLY at pay station. The cost is $3.00 per vehicle for 1 day unless you purchase the Sandia Ranger District Annual Amenity Pass. The Sandia Annual Pass costs $30.00. It is valid for a full year until the end of the month in which you purchase it. (See “Passes" info below).
  • If you have a current America the Beautiful Interagency Annual, Access, Senior, Military or Every Kid Outdoors pass, please display it on your dashboard or hang it on your rearview mirror as directed when purchased.
  • The fee for 15+ passenger, vans and buses is $10 per vehicle.
  • To purchase a Sandia Annual or Interagency Pass see the "Passes" info below.
Open Season: Open year round
Usage: Heavy
Restroom: Yes, at the Sandia Peak parking area near the trailhead
Passes: Click here to Purchase America the Beautiful Passes or contact the locations listed below.
  • The Sandia Ranger Station, 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059, 505-281-3304
  • The Cibola Supervisor's Office, 2113 Osuna Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-346-3900
  • REI, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87107  (REI does not carry America the Beautiful Passes)
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From Albuquerque, drive east on I-40 to Exit 175 toward Cedar Crest/N-14. Follow N-14 aka the Turquoise Trail for approximately 6.5 miles, to NM 536/Sandia Crest Scenic Byway. Turn left onto NM 536 and follow it for about 14 miles to the end of NM 536. Turn left into the Sandia Crest lower parking area and park at the south end. Then refer to your map.


To the Sandia Peak Tram - Take Tramway Blvd to Tramway Road turn east toward the mountain, and follow the signs to the lower tram. Pay the parking fee at the guard shack. (There is a $2.00 parking fee. The parking area is in the Sandia Peak Tramway parking lot.) Purchase your Tram ticket inside the Sandia Peak Tram Terminal. Upon arrival at the top, refer to the Sandia Crest Trails and Trailheads map.

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