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Sandia Foothills Open Space

Information about Sandia Foothills Open Space.

HOURS: Winter Hours Nov. 1–March 30, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Summer Hours April 1–Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Multiple trails
CONTACT: Emergencies call 911  To report suspicious activity or vehicle lock-ins, please call 242-COPS.

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.

Access & AreasSandia Foothills Open Space

To access the Foothills Open Space parking areas from Interstate 40, exit on to Tramway (north for all sites except for the Route 66.)


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

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