“Sandia Man Cave, Trailhead & Trail 72”
The Sandia Man Cave is located on the north end of the Sandia Mountains high up on the steep cliff walls of Las Huertas Canyon. The trailhead is off of NM 165 and is marked with a sign. It is a 0.47 mile hike from the parking lot to the cave. The trail leads to a concrete staircase, then to a limestone ledge in the cliff, and finally to a metal staircase that spirals up to the mouth of the cave. A daylight visit is advisable, as well as appropriate clothes and shoes. 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. No human remains were discovered.
Location is a bit off on this site. Search "sandia cave" on google maps instead. Drive down a dirt road for a few miles, you'll see a sign that says "sandia cave" on the right. On the left is an obvious dirt parking lot. Find the sign for sandia cave and take that for about half a mile.
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