Sandia Crest Trails & Trailheads

Area Status: Open
Crest Trail



Want to take a hike, but not sure which trail to take?

Look for "Suggested Hikes" and "Useful Information" when you refer to the Sandia Crest Trails and Trailheads and Sandia Mountain Trail Guide 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) open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding.

At a Glance

Fees:   Requires a fee or a day-use 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).
  • The cost is $5.00 per vehicle for 1 day unless you purchase the New Mexico Enchantment Pass or an Interagency Pass.
  • The fee for 15+ passenger, vans and buses is $10 per vehicle.
Open Season: Open year round weather permitting
Usage: Heavy
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Please display passes as directed when purchased.
Operated By: 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 536 and follow it for about 14 miles to the end of NM 536. The South Crest 05130 trail access is at the end of the lower parking area, near the vault toilets. The North Crest 05130 trail access is by the towers across from the lower parking lot.

General Notes:

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