This past Saturday my wife and my in laws decided to take a short trek up to the Sandia Man Cave. It’s quite a coincidence as I recently asked my friends for some free or inexpensive things to do in the Albuquerque area and my good friend recommended I check out the Sandia Man Cave.
I should warn those looking to make the trip that the caves are off NM-165 which is not a paved road. It’s a dirt road which is pretty smooth in most areas, but there are some definite areas where I had to slow down to a crawl. We were driving my Ford Five Hundred and I didn’t want to bottom out. So, heed with caution if you’re in a low car or it’s been raining.
Some websites say it’s a .47 mile hike but it felt a little longer than a half mile. It’s a gentle climb up to the cave and will give you some breath taking views of the surrounding area.
One thing my dear friend failed to mention is that upon arrival to the cave, you must go up a spiral staircase that actually hangs out over the ledge. There is nothing underneath you as you climb up the stairs except air. That being said, the staircase felt very sturdy and I just didn’t look down as I went up the stairs.
Hopefully you enjoy my photos I snapped during my hike and if you’re in the area, it’s worth checking out. You will give some incredible vistas of the Sandia Mountains and Las Huertas Canyon.