There are miles and miles of paths in the Sandia foothills- a very popular area for mountain bikers. In the NE portion of the city, there are a couple of access points to the Foothills trails, that are free access/parking. #365 is the main trail going North/South along the mountains.
The link below shows several access areas. At the base of the Tram and Elena Gallegos are both fee areas.
Embudito Canyon, access to trail #365 or #192 can be accessed from Montgomery, East past Tramway to the 2nd stop sign, Glenwood Hills Dr. turn left. Travel down Glenwood Hills ~1/2mile, you will see a sign pointing to the right 'Trailhead'. At the end of the road is a parking area. (No bathrooms).
Another small parking area can be accessed from Spain Rd, North of Tramway- East bound Spain dead ends into High Desert Road, travel to the right, trailhead parking area to the left.
Equipment: Mountain Bike, helmet, and plenty of water! Beware, on weekends the trails can get crowded with bikers and runners-be aware!
Doggie Doo pick up bags are also available at each of these trail areas- please pick up after your pet!!
Hiking the Albuquerque Municipal Open Space areas is great whether you're hardcore outdoorsy--there are some really hilly trails--or just want to find a nice rock from which to watch the sunset. It's hard to get lost because from every high point you can look west and see the city, but if you face east, all you see is mountain and wilderness.
Picture coming soon.
Equipment: Good shoes, sunscreen, water, and a healthy respect for snakes. Also, every once in a while there's a rash of car break-ins at the Open Space parking lots, so don't leave your diamonds on the dashboard.
In Albuquerque, this is a "Must See" so that's where I've put it.
Click here..Must See