Las Huertas Canyon

4.7/5 (13 reviews)
Placitas, New Mexico (Sandoval County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (13 reviews)
Status: Open
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.
Trail Review: Las Huertas Canyon - Scott Bram
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice drive up to the summit through the canyon. Aired-down to 20psi and that smoothed things out nicely.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Our family loves this little drive on the Sandias. We take the kids up there for a picnic and get the cars tires dusty. We approach it from Placitas, and travel to the crest. It is rocky so know it will be hard on street tires. The drive is peaceful, and the dirt road runs along the Las Huertas creek. It has a couple of picnic areas and a cave to explore- "Sandia Man Cave". It is not hard or technical, just rocky. It is a good beginner trail for those getting into offroading. When you reach the top of the mountain you get great views of the surrounding area.
Trail Review: Las Huertas Canyon - Jen MacCornack
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail/forest road takes you to other connections. Best part of this road is it leads you up to the Sandia Cave hike. Simple hike for anyone that can climb stairs and go half a miles. Overall easy 2wd use. Passenger car doable if you go slow and keep an eye out for the several rocks and dips.
Trail Review: Las Huertas Canyon - Jonathan Suitter
Trail Review: Las Huertas Canyon - Jonathan Suitter
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/01/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Pretty even trail. It does have a few picnic areas along the way. They did close it to camping. There is a parking lot at the beginning of the path to the cave. The picture is of the cave entrance, taken from the road.
Trail Review: Las Huertas Canyon - Brian
Trail Review: Las Huertas Canyon - Brian

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