Sandia Man Cave

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Ange
Albuquerque, NM161 contributions
High Clearance Vehicle A MUST!!!!!!
Jul 2021
I would not suggest driving this road without a high clearance vehicle and even then beware that it is greatly rutted through out. The cave is a quick walk off of the parking area and relatively small. You have to ascent a tall spiral staircase. I wouldn't say the drive several miles up a now dangerous road is worth the few moments at the cave. Every time it rains the roads get worse.

This cave is a major source of archaeologist scandal. An archaeologist working this site claimed that he discovered items that were later proved to not be as old as he claimed and disputedly not even from this site. He once had a plaque for his accomplishments at this site, but it was taken down.
Written July 27, 2021
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Marie5466
Canada927 contributions
Road needs grading, walk is easy
Jun 2019 • Friends
Uneven gravel road for about 3 miles to get to parking area leading to cave. Only ½ mile walk to cave. The road hasn’t been graded for a while and there are some rough spots. Consider only using a vehicle with high clearance. The walk is easy but beware of poison ivy (all around the parking lot and some along the path), especially if you bring dogs who walk in it and then rub on you!!! The cave is not that large, but you still need a light to go to the end of it. Nice short detour to see a sight that was used by the native people eons ago. Nice view from the cave.

Talked to some locals who said the road is usually in better condition. It hasn’t rained in months so not sure what they are waiting for to fix it. Not sure it would be drivable during monsoon season in its current sad shape.
Written June 28, 2019
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SoloEd
New Jersey72 contributions
Nice hike
Apr 2019 • Solo
The last 3 miles on the unimproved road was a bit rough with my rental car and had to take it real slow. There is a little parking lot at the beginning of the trail. I saw another cave high up along the trail but no access to that one.
I'm glad I went!
Written May 12, 2019
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Bob Kellogg
albuquerque6 contributions
Sandia Man Cave
Dec 2017
Interesting, but could only see from a distance. Not a great deal of information available about this site.
Written November 6, 2018
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Saoirse-sMom
Saint Paul, MN13 contributions
Fun hike and climb - with fantastic views!
Dec 2017 • Friends
The hike isn't long or very hard though you do need to watch where you're walking on the rocky and uneven trail. The views in the Sandia Mountains are amazing, as are the far distant views back toward Bernalillo and to the north. The harder part of the trip is the long slow drive on the dirt and rocky road. We managed to get a flat tire on the way out!
Written January 23, 2018
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Sofotravels
Texas358 contributions
A VERY hidden delight!
Jan 2018
You drive down a VERY bumpy road until you see the signs and parking lot. You may need an SUV or truck to survive the road. The trail is a slow uphill walk. The view is spectacular so bring your camera. You’ll be surprised by the spiral staircase that peeks out over the side of the cliff. Once inside you can climb through a rock window and slide down some slippery cave walls to the bottom. If you continue past that point and get injured I’m not sure you’ll make it out. It was an AMAZING experience. I have a lung disease and took my elderly parents. We all did well in all areas. Not the best place to take a pet.
Written January 3, 2018
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abeandsarah
Lubbock, TX167 contributions
Family Vacation
Aug 2016 • Family
This 10-15 minute hike was so beautiful. The views of the mountains are just breathe taking. The road to this hike is very bumpy. I recommend if you are planning on taking this trip to use a truck. The road to the hike is about 3 1/2 miles but well worth the views.
Written August 16, 2016
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44dave56
Placitas, NM2,238 contributions
Room with a view
May 2016 • Solo
This cave is easily reached after a 15 minute hike up the mountain where you reach a spiral staircase in a metal cage to gain entrance to the cave.

If you plan to go deeper into the cave ensure that you have good sources of light and are not afraid of tight spaces.
Written June 22, 2016
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Robert M
14 contributions
Day trip
May 2016 • Couples
Had a great time nice trails. Great views. It was a good hike but not to strenuous. Great time of year to go. Saw many people walking everyone was very nice. A great place to take the family but some sketchy parts of the trail.
Written May 31, 2016
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mydayscount
Missouri23 contributions
Small cave, short hike, nice view
May 2016 • Couples
Take SR 165 east off I25 all the way to the sign pointing to the parking area off to the left. Be prepared to drive the last three miles on a very bumpy, rutted dirt road. We made it in a Mustang, but had to drive very slowly and wouldn't have made it after a bit of rain.

The half-mile hike is all uphill to the cave, a bit steep in parts, ending in a metal spiral staircase to the mouth of the cave. The view from the staircase is beautiful as long as your fear of heights doesn't kick in. :-)

The first 20ish feet of the cave is wide open and offers a place for the claustrophobic to wait while the rest of the party goes deeper into the cave. Going deeper starts with crawling through a hole and dropping 10ish feet. As one of the claustrophobic, I can only tell you what others said about the rest. They said it was more than 500 feet deep, and that they could only crawl through the last section. I can say they all came back covered in orange dust. To best prepare, wear long sleeves and pants and definitely bring lights. To protect your vehicle seats, bring something to cover them or a change of clothes.

We definitely plan to go back when our grown children come to visit.
Written May 30, 2016
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