Sandia Foothills Open Space
Hours of Operation
- April - October: 7: a.m. to 9 p.m.
- November - March: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Holidays: Sandia Foothills Open Space areas are open 365 days a year.
The Sandia Foothills Open Space contains approximately 2,650 acres of steep sloped hills intersected by gravelly drainages at the base of the Sandia Mountains.
The numerous drainages support a wider variety of shrubs including chamisa, apache plume, three-leaf sumac and oak species. Wildlife in the Foothills includes mule deer, coyote, black bear, cougar, rabbit, rock squirrel, lizard, and rattlesnake - plus a wide variety of birds. Elevation ranges from 5,720 to 6,800 feet above sea level in the area.
The plant species include a variety of grasses and wildflowers, cane cholla and prickly pear cactus. Single-seed juniper and piñon trees dot the landscape.
Maps & Area Descriptions
- Foothills overview map
- Elena Gallegos / Albert G. Simms Park
- provides access to to Embudito Trail #192 & Foothills Trail #365.
- Piedra Lisa Trailhead provides access to Trail #365 and Foothills Trail.
- Menaul Trailhead provides 4 shaded picnic areas and access to trails 365 and 401.
- Embudo Canyon Trailhead provides access to Embudo Trail #193 & Foothills Trail #365.
- Copper Trailhead provides access to Foothills Trail.
- Manzano/Four Hills has hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails.
- Route 66 Open Space was acquired in 2011 and is currently under development. It is contiguous with the Manzano Open Space/Four Hills.
To access the Foothills Open Space parking areas from Interstate 40, exit on to Tramway (north for all sites except for the Route 66.)
Copper: East of Tramway on Copper Ave.Embudo Canyon: East of Tramway on Indian School RoadMenaul: East of Tramway on Menaul Blvd.Piedra Lisa Canyon: East of Tramway on Candelaria Road and south on Camino de la Sierra.Embudito Canyon: East of Tramway on Montgomery Blvd, north on Glenwood Hills Rd. and east on Trailhead St.Manzano/Four Hills: End of Stagecoach Rd. in the Four Hills Village neighborhood.
Route 66 Open Space: 1/2 mile east of the Tramway exit on the I-40 frontage road.
Recreation in the Sandia Foothills
Trailheads provide access to the Foothills trails as well as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area, managed by the US Forest Service. Recreational opportunities include hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. A map of the Foothills trail system is available. Picnic shelters are located at the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area, Menaul, and Embudo Canyon.