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Sandia Foothills Open Space

Contributors: Colleen Boyle

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 and Area Descriptions:

    Hours of Operation:

    April - October: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    November - March: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Holidays: Sandia Foothills Open Space areas including the Elena Gallegos/Albert G. Simms Park are open 365 days a year.

    Elena Gallegos/Albert G. Simms Park:

    Winter Hours (In effect starting November 1st): 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Summer Hours (In effect starting April 1st): 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

     

    Access:

    To access the Foothills Open Space parking areas from I-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 Road
    Menaul: 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.

    *Fire Restrictions

    Please see here for more information about fire prevention and restriction levels.

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