10k Trailhead and 10K Trail 200

Area Status: Open
10K Trailhead

10K North and 10K South Trailheads “meet” on Scenic Byway 536, on opposite sides of the highway.

--10K Trailhead gives access to 10K Trail 200 going North, and ends at the Del Agua Overlook on North Crest Trail 130.

--10K South Trailhead ends at the junction of Tree Spring Trail 147 and South Crest Trail 130. When hiking across a ski run area, look for a blue diamond marker on the opposite side to help keep you on track as you cross over.

The elevation gain is about 600 feet from beginning to end.Please refer to Sandia Mountain Trails and  Sandia Crest Trails and Trailheads maps to plan your course.

  • Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed
  • It is the recreationist’s responsibility to know which trails are designated for motorized vehicles and to follow the guidelines.
  • It is a multi-user area
  • Trail(s) are open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback riding, Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets, Parking
  • Requires a $3 fee or an amenity pass.
  • If you do not have a pass, you may purchase one online, or look for the Pay Station on site.
  • Envelopes for payment are in the box next to the fee tube.
  • ​CASH OR CHECK ONLY at pay station.
Open Season: Open year round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Mountain bikes are not allowed on the portion from Ellis Trail 202 to Del Agua Overlook because they cross into the Wilderness.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
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: Forest Service

General Information


From I-40 and Exit 175, drive toward Cedar Crest on N-14. Follow N-14 aka the Turquoise Trail, for approximately 6.5 miles, to NM 536 aka the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway. Turn left onto NM 536 and follow it for about 11.3 miles. 10K North is on the right side and 10K South is on the left side.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing


Toilets: 2

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9,440 ft