Mars Court Trailhead

Area Status: Open

Mars Court Trailhead is approximately 9.4 miles south of I-40, off NM 337. The trailhead provides access to David Canyon via Manzanita Mountains Trail System. The parking area can accommodate a small number of horse trailers as well as approximately 10 + vehicles.

Please refer to the Manzanita Mountains Trail System map 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, Horseback Riding and OHV use.

At a Glance

Fees: This area does not require an amenity fee.
  • If you recreate on a regular basis in the Sandias or other national lands you might consider purchasing one of the America the Beautiful Passes or a Sandia Annual Pass at the locations listed below.
Usage: Medium
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Click here to Purchase America the Beautiful Passes or contact the locations listed below. **Sandia Amenity Passes can be purchased at locations marked with asterisks.
  • **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 the west (Albuquerque) drive East on I-40 and exit at Exit 175. At the bottom of the ramp there is a traffic light. Continue straight through the light on NM 337 (south) for about 8.3 miles. Turn right (west) onto Raven Road. Continue for approximately 1.7 miles until you come to Mars Road. Turn right onto Mars Rd.  Mars Court Trailhead vehicle parking is located to the right as you enter the area, for trailers, continue around the loop and park along the fence.

General Notes:

(MVUM) Official Motorized Vehicle Use Map

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