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“Link up of several trails in the John A. Milne & Gutierrez Canyon Open Space”
— Luke Dunklee
While a series of informal trails exists on the property available for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, the Open Space Division is currently working to formalize a sustainable trail system. Many of the existing informal trails lead to private property. Please respect all private property.
Fun singletrack that is tight and off camber in sections, reaching a high point with a nice view of the Sandias.
Need to Know
My route as posted here includes a couple of dead end spurs. Ignore these or explore as desired. The trail system is still under development, but judging from the posted trail map this route includes parts of Arroyo Loop
, Doe Run
, Canyon Trail, and Sandia Vista
. I'm happy to take this down if someone has a more complete/official version to post.
Elevations here range from 6,100' to 7,600'. Steep-sided, rocky canyons containing usually dry stream beds characterize this property. Pinon
-juniper forests dominate this site, but there are also scenic stands of ponderosa pine. Deer, bears and mountain lions are frequent visitors to this area. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the East Mountains from various vantage points in the John A. Milne Open Space.
History & Background
The 300-acre Gutierrez Canyon property was purchased by the City of Albuquerque in 1963, making it one of the first pieces of land the City set aside for the preservation of nature. In 2008, the City purchased a 420-acre property contiguous to Gutierrez Canyon now know as the "John A. Milne Open Space.” This addition creates a total of 720 acres of protected Major Public Open Space stretching from Highway 14, east to Gutierrez Canyon Road.