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Cibola National Forest–Embudito Canyon

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Cibola National Forest
Embudito Canyon

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111
Embudito Canyon webpage
Embudito Canyon Trail webpage
Sandia Crest Trails map
Cibola National Forest website

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Cibola NF–Embudito Canyon
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About Embudito Canyon
Embudito Canyon is a favorite of Albuquerque locals and a staging area for many activities and hikes into the Sandia Mountains. Translated as ‘little funnel’ in English, this canyon is a major drainage of spring snowmelt and summer monsoon storm waters. People hike here all year, but despite its proximity to Albuquerque, its parking lot is relatively hidden and keeps the use numbers down.

Albuquerque Open Space Foothills Trail 365 starts here and heads north to the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. Many locals hike these trails, but they are most popular for mountain biking.

Embudito Trail 192 heads east into the Sandia Mountain Wilderness and is one of the ways to ascend South Sandia Peak. This trail runs for 4.1 miles until it connects up to the Three Gun Trail 194. From here one can either travel south on Three Gun Trail and connect to the Embudo Trail 193 or continue on Embudito Trail 192 to the summit of South Sandia Peak and intersections with the South Crest Trail 130s and the CCC Trail.

The unofficial and unnamed trail for the summit of Point 8009 also leaves from here. The start of this trail begins just inside the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Boundary by the signboard.
From Embudito Canyon webpage

About Embudito Canyon Trail
The Embudito Trailhead gives access to Embudito Trail 192. The trail is 6 miles one way. It begins at Embudito Trailhead and ends at South Crest Trail 130. It intersects with Three Gun Trail aka Tres Pistoles 194. When you reach this intersection go left to continue on Embudito and finish at the Crest Trail 130.
From Cibola National Forest website

About Cibola National Forest
The Cibola National Forest covers more than 1.6 million acres in New Mexico, with elevations ranging from 2,700 feet to over 11,300 feet. We have four ranger districts: Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor. In addition, the Cibola has four wilderness areas: Sandia Mountain, Manzano Mountain, Withington, and Apache Kid.
From Cibola National Forest website