Part of the City of Albuquerque Open Space System, this part covers 640 acres of high desert habitat with walking trails through chamisa, yucca, blue grama grass and Apache plume. The area includes seven covered picnic areas and two larger shelters with barbecue grills that can be reserved for large event groups, such as family reunions. A network of trails links to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness area, offering miles of additional hiking. For families, scout the Cottonwood Springs Trail, an easy nature trail that leads to a pond and a wildlife blind. Albuquerque has the largest amount of parkland and open space per capita among small cities in the U.S.—and this area in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains is one piece of that puzzle.