WHY IT’S OUTSTANDING
The Hilldale/Tijeras Canyon Trail area is the southern terminus of the Sandia Mountains before rising into the Manzano Mountain range to the south. When hiking this area, take a moment to imagine the history of Tijeras Canyon as a pass between Albuquerque and satellite communities to the east. Communities such as Carnuel were established by governors to serve as buffers for Albuquerque against Indian attack. It wasn’t long ago that from this trail you would be looking down upon horse drawn carriages going to town for supplies.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take I-40 to the Tramway exit (Exit 167). Go north on Tramway Blvd. Head east at the first traffic light, which is Encantado. Follow Encantado around and head east on Hilldale. Stay on Hilldale until it ends.