Elena Gallegos Picnic Area
- Simms Park Rd
- weekday/weekend parking $1/2
- 7am-7pm mid-Oct–mid-Apr, to 9pm mid-Apr–mid-Oct
Lonely Planet review for Elena Gallegos Picnic Area
Elena Gallegos Picnic Area, in the foothills of the Sandias, is a popular jumping-off point for hiking, running and mountain-biking trails; some are wheelchair-accessible. Go early in the day before the overhead sun gets too hot, or at dusk to take advantage of the panoramic sunset views and watch the city lights begin twinkling below. Time your walk carefully, though, because darkness falls quickly after the sun sets and howling coyotes ring the park. They won’t bother you, but if you’re a fully fledged urbanite and unaccustomed to uninvited nighttime company, it might be unnerving.