** Please note that the SMNHC and its trails are not open to the public, except on special public days.**
Note: If you look us up on Google maps, we may come up as located at the NM Museum of Natural History, but this is NOT our physical address.
Interstate 40 East through Tijeras Canyon.
Get off at Exit 175 for Cedar Crest/Tijeras.
Stay Left and follow signs toward Cedar Crest onto NM-14 North.
Drive 3 miles north on NM-14.
Turn Left onto Columbine Lane.
(Columbine is a small road that can be hard to spot. It is immediately after a small closed-down shopping center. If you reach Talking Talons Thrift Store and Triangle Grocery, you have gone a little too far. On public days, watch for an SMNHC signboard.)
Follow Columbine Lane as it curves (arrow road signs will point the way) for approximately 1/2 mile.
Columbine Lane ends at the SMNHC.
Visitor parking is in the gravel lot upon entering the grounds. Additional parking is straight back, beyond the casita building.
(If the gate is closed, we are not open. Do not park in front of the gate.)
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
60 Columbine Lane
Cedar Crest, NM 87008
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104