Foothills Trails of Sandia Mountain

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The foothills trails include Albuquerque Open Space trails 305, 305a and 366. US Forest Service Foothills Trail 365. Foothills trail 365 weaves in and out of Open Space, private, residential and Forest Service lands.

Trails open for Hiking and Mountain Biking.

**Please refer to the map links below to plan your course. Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed.

Open Space Map Look for "Foothills" under Open Space Trail Maps.

Sandia Mountain Trail Guide

At a Glance

  • There is a $2.00 parking fee at the northern trailhead entry point (Sandia Peak Tramway parking lot) - please pay at the guard shack.
  • There is also a fee to park your car at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. ($1.00 on weekdays and $2.00 on weekends - please pay at the guard shack)
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 under "Passes"  
Open Season: Dawn to Dusk
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
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
  • The SW Regional Office, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-842-3898 (does not carry $30.00 Sandia Amenity passes)
  • **REI, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87107  (REI does not carry America the Beautiful Passes)
Operated By: City Open Space

General Information


Tramway Boulevard to Simms Park Road. Turn east, toward the mountains, and continue up Simms Park Road, which leads into Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. Pay your fee at the guard station and ask for a map to help you along your way.

General Notes:

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