Cibola National Forest Sandia Man Cave Trail 72

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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A short and easy hike to an important archaeological area. Sandia Man Cave contained artifacts from some of the ?rst humans to inhabit the continent of North America. 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. First excavated in 1935, archaeologists discovered artifacts that showed that the cave, like several other areas in New Mexico, had been used by the Folsom Culture about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. In 1936 a young archaeologist named Frank Hibben uncovered artifacts from a much earlier culture.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

A short and easy hike to an important archaeological area. Sandia Man Cave contained artifacts from some of the ?rst humans to inhabit the continent of North America. 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.

First excavated in 1935, archaeologists discovered artifacts that showed that the cave, like several other areas in New Mexico, had been used by the Folsom Culture about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. In 1936 a young archaeologist named Frank Hibben uncovered artifacts from a much earlier culture.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Length: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sandia Ranger District, 11776 NM 337, Tijeras, NM 87059; (505) 281-3304; www.fs.usda.gov/cibola
Local Maps: USGS Placitas; trail map available at Sandia Ranger District
Topo Map: Cibola National Forest: Sandia Man Cave Trail (#72) Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes Near Albuquerque Guide Book
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