The Bear den is going for a hike and invites the rest of the pack to join them!
When: Sunday, April 14 @ 1:30 pm
Where: Sandia Man Cave (near Placitas) see driving directions below
We’ll meet at the trail head near the parking lot at 1:30 (free parking, btw). The trail is a short 1/2 mile from parking lot to cave (1 mile round trip). A very kid-friendly, easy hike. 193 feet elevation gain. If you plan to explore the cave, bring a flashlight, dust mask and be prepared to get dirty. Stay at the cave or return to the parking lot as your own schedule permits.
Pack water, a snack, a hat and wear your Class A or B uniform or tshirt or clothes that can get dirty. And let’s hope for more of this lovely weather!!!
It is an approximately 40 minute drive from Sandia Heights.
From Albuquerque, drive north on I-25 to Exit 242 Bernalillo/NM 165, stay to your right as you exit the ramp. Proceed east on NM 165. The drive to the Sandia Man Cave is approximately 11.3 miles from I-25. NM 165 veers south and heads into the Sandia Mountains. When the pavement ends the road is bumpy but OK for passenger cars ~ 3 miles. The parking area is on your left.
About the cave:
The cave was discovered in 1936 by a University of New Mexico anthropology student. From 1937-1941 UNM excavated it. Found in the cave were stone arrow and lance points, basket scraps, bits of woven yucca moccasins, and skeletal remains of Ice Age animals such as the mastodon.