Las Huertas Canyon

4.7/5 (17 reviews)
Placitas, New Mexico (Sandoval County)
Last Updated: 01/04/2023

Trail Information


The drive through Las Huertas Canyon in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness is a popular one due to its close proximity to the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area. In addition to providing an alternate route to Sandia Peak, this trail offers people an escape into a cool pine forest, away from the heat and bustle of nearby cities and towns. This trail also provides access to two large group picnic sites (Las Huertas and Balsam Glade), limitless hiking opportunities, and the Sandia Cave archaeological site. The Sandia Cave (a.k.a. Sandia Man Cave) is a National Historic Landmark that has played an important role in the history of archaeological thought about the Paleoindian period and Southwestern archaeology. It is located high up on the steep cliff walls of Las Huertas Canyon. Las Huertas Creek, which is adjacent to the trail, is the only year-round stream in the Sandia Range. The water draws birds and other wildlife to the picnic grounds and surrounding areas. aspen and fir trees surround the trail, providing shade from the sun.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (17)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail, no issue in 2WD. Great scenery
Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I did the trail in winter season on my FJ Cruiser 4 wheel drive and I didn't have any problems getting to the top, however I invite my family to do the trail with me 3 days ago and their cars are rear wheel drive so we ended up getting stuck for 6 hours and we didn't have more option but to turn around. I can't wait to run the trail on Summer
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 01/04/2023

closed for the season
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Only scouted in about half a mile from the southern trailhead because we had family in a 2 wheel drive vehicle with all-season tires. Decided the snow meant they shouldn’t attempt it but 4WD with AT should be fine.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful views. This trail can be very busy on weekends and Holidays, but it is generally not a problem if you are not in a rush. Lots of room for passing nearly everywhere on the trail. This trail changes a lot through the year, and it can get rough or muddy after rain/snow.

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