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 Springs Trail at Elena Gallegos. From the parking lot, the concrete-paved trail winds past several shade structures with benches and informational displays before reaching the turnaround at an observation blind that overlooks a spring-fed pond. On a clear day, westward views are stupendous. A wildflower enthusiast accompanies the group on an informative morning stroll. This is not a hike! This is a short (0.6 mile), easy, slow-paced walk that is also wheelchair and walker accessible. There is a $1 park entry fee. Restrooms are available. Limited enrollment.

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 (primarly in the Bosque).