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Address: 35 Canyon Rd., Sandia Park, NM. To see details about an open space, click anywhere on the green shaded area on the map above. To see the open space on Google maps and get directions to it, click on the blue location pin.

Hours of Operation: The trail is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year.

Contact: Bernalillo County Open Space Staff at (505) 314-0400 or openspace@bernco.gov.

About the Property

The 18-acre Sandia Knolls Open Space was dedicated to Bernalillo County by the developer of the Sandia Knolls subdivision in 1956, and is bordered by Campbell Ranch to the north. At that time, the tract was identified as a future park. Nevertheless, the park was never developed, likely because of its poor location in the northern reaches of Sandia Knolls subdivision away from any major streets. Current access from Frost Rd. requires several turns and climbs on narrow residential streets. Also, Bernalillo County did not have a Parks and Recreation Department in 1956. After the Bernalillo County Open Space program was founded in 1998, Sandia Knolls was added to the Open Space inventory because its existing appeal is more representative of an Open Space than a park, making it the first of its kind and the Oldest County-Owned Open Space.

Today, Sandia Knolls is characterized by a piñon-juniper forest and a small arroyo that bisects the property. A small cluster of unmaintained, user-created trails also affords opportunities for non-motorized recreation for neighboring residents. Bernalillo County has no current plans to construct any improvements at Sandia Knolls. Rather, this Open Space will remain as a tranquil hideaway in the Sandia Knolls neighborhood.

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