The rugged and varied terrain of the Sandia Mountains makes a popular hiking destination. Take Hwy 165 through the village of Placitas just east of Bernalillo
and explore several trails leading into the Sandias. For a special treat, hike before sunset and bask in the rosy glow of the "Watermelon" Mountains. Also on this route is Sandia Cave, where the discovery of archeological remains provides evidence of life 10,000 years ago.