May is the best time for viewing wildflowers in the Sandia Foothills and one of the best accessible places to do this is along the Cottonwood Spring Trail in the Elena Gallegos Open Space. From the parking lot, the concrete-paved trail winds past several shade structures with benches and informational displays before reaching the turnaround point at an observation blind that overlooks a spring-fed pond. On a clear day, westward views are stupendous. A wildflower enthusiast accompanies us on an informative morning stroll.

 This slower-paced walk is approximately 0.6 miles long and is also wheelchair and walker accessible. Restrooms are available. Limited enrollment.

For all walks, bring clothing layers, water, sun protection, binoculars, camera, and anything you might want to be comfortable (e.g., sturdy shoes, trekking poles).

Colston Chandler, an Albuquerque resident for more than 50 years and UNM professor of physics for 36 of those years, is an outdoor enthusiast who has led many Oasis walks (mostly in the bosque).