Juan Tomas Open Space is a City of Albuquerque Open Space property located in the Manzanita Mountains south of Tijeras. It has a wonderful, easy-to-moderate 3.7 mile loop hike with very little change in elevation. Walk through ponderosa, meadows, and other vegetation. We might see some local inhabitants, such as mule deer, wild turkey, or elk along the way. No restrooms available. Limited enrollment.
David Ryan is an experienced hiker, a backcountry explorer, and the author of several outdoor walking books including The Gentle Art of Wandering. Many of his insights into wandering were developed while looking for archaeological sites in the New Mexico backcountry as a volunteer for the Bureau of Land Management. He is also the co-author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque. He has conducted many workshops on hiking and wandering.