Placitas Trailhead

Area Status: Open

Please refer to the Placitas Area Trail System map and Sandia Mountain Trails 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 and Horseback Riding.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Parking
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.
Open Season: Open year round
Water: No
Restroom: At Piedra Lisa North Trailhead
Passes: Click here Purchase America the Beautiful Passes here or at the or at 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: US Forest Service

General Information


From Albuquerque, drive north on I-25 to Exit 242 Bernalillo/NM 165, stay to your right as you exit the ramp. Proceed east on NM 165 and drive about 2.5 miles, to the first entry point to Forest Road Loop 445. Turn onto Forest Road Loop 445 and drive until you see the parking lot.

(MVUM) Official Motor Vehicle Use Map - North

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General Notes:

The Placitas Area Trail System encompasses a number of designated National Forest System trails as well as a number of user-created, unofficial trails. The Sandia Ranger District asks users to minimize their impact(s) to this fragile environment by observing the following:

  • Be courteous to other users – bicycles yield to hikers and horses
  • Travel only on established trails – limit cross country travel
  • Trail construction is not permitted unless approved by the Cibola National Forest Service
  • Bicycles are not permitted within the Sandia Mountain Wilderness
  • No Motorized Vehicles (including “e-bikes”) permitted on trails

Recreation Map

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