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HIKE — Sandia Cave – August 18

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Member and hiking leader Earlene Shroyer will lead a hike to Sandia Cave –  Saturday, August,18


SandiaCave“Sandia Cave is one of the most important archeological sites of prehistoric man on the American continent.  It was discovered in 1927, and excavation was begun in 1936.  Artifacts up to two thousand years old were found in the upper layers of the cave’s recesses.  Breaking through a limestone crust, archaeologists discovered stone tools from the Folsom culture, dating back six thousand to ten thousand years.  The cave is registered as a National Historic Landmark.

The cave itself is high in the eastern wall of Las Huertas Canyon.  It extends more than 450 feet into the mountain with a downward slope of nine degrees.  Sandia Cave is seven to ten feet in diameter for its entire length.” (Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide, pg. 81)


Sandia Cave:

Meet: 8:15 a.m. Lower Rail Runner parking lot in Bernalillo @ Hwy. 550, depart 8:30 a.m.

Arrive at Sandia Cave parking area around 9 a.m.

Return to vehicles around 12 p.m. noon

Hike length: 1-mile round trip, easy, 140’ elevation gain in .5 mile

We’ll take a leisurely pace and stop to enjoy the fossils in the limestone along the way.

Approx. 140’ spiral staircase to the entrance of the cave.  Not for anyone who is afraid of heights.

Wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots, bring plenty of hydrating beverage, a snack, sunscreen.

No pets allowed.

Sign up: Earlene Shroyer

Limited to 15 folks


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