Sandia Grotto

We are a caving club that is dedicated to the exploration, conservation, and protection of caves.

We meet the first Tuesday of every month, 6:00 pm, at the location shown below. We start with introductions and trip reports at 6:00. Programs start at 6:30 pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. We finish up with a business meeting before adjourning by 9:00.



The new book 12 Miles From Daylight with Sandia Grotto authors (plus many others) will be available at the Grotto Meeting. This book, published by the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project , was a big hit at the NSS Convention in June, and the International ICS in Australia. If you missed it before, now is your chance to view the book. []


March 6, 2018: Lechuguilla: A Caver's Journey of HIstorical Highlights, Interesting Facts and Photos

by Sandia Grotto member and longtime Lech caver Mike Mansur

April 3, 2018: Annual Grotto Auction

May 1, 2018: Volcanoes and Volcanic Landscapes of New Mexico

by Dr. Larry Crumpler, Research Curator at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

June 5, 2018: Dr. Dave Decker, Sandia Grotto member and owner of Southwest Geophysical Consulting, LLC
July 10, 2018 (Note: 2nd Tuesday) August 7, 2018 September 4, 2018
October 2, 2018 November 6, 2018 December (No Meeting)
Please mark your calendars and check back for more information as we update the agendas


The Sandia Grotto usually has an interesting program with a "Cave" flavor each month. When we know in advance the nature of the program we will post it here on our home page so that you can make plans to attend. For a chance to chat with the speaker and other Sandia Grotto members, join us for dinner prior to the meeting at 5 p.m., usually at the 66 Diner (1405 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque.) Come join us at 6:00 pm at the meeting to visit the cavers and tell us your interests. We usually start the program at 6:30 pm before our regular business meeting. Everyone is welcome to stay and join us in that discussion as well as join us after 9:00 at a local establishment for additional trip planning. Past programs are HERE.


The June 2017 NSS Convention was held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. We will be posting some photos on the Convention Page and have moved some of the related information to that page.

Sandia Grotto provides volunteer support to the USFS in a graffiti cleanup of New Mexico's

Sandia Cave

Also located in our back yard... We recently updated the 10 year old Sandia Grotto sign along the trail to the cave so that visitors could locate this web site. Information on the results of this on-going restoration project is available HERE. We make monthly trips to this site to police the area for trash and any new graffiti.


The Grotto also provides monthly caving opportunities including cave survey training at a local cave. If you are interested, please visit us at one of our monthly meetings.

Download the 3-Year Old Sandia Grotto Brochure HERE

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The Sandia Grotto meeting location is the Central United Methodist Church location next to the UNM campus.

Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE, Room 301 & 303. (Look for last minute changes at the door.)

Albuquerque, NM

Park on the east side of the building and enter through the door on the NE corner. We now meet on the floor just above the NE entry door in Rooms 301 & 303. Often the doors to the building will be locked around 6:30 P. M. or before, so if you arrive after that time please text or call Dave at 360.929.2233 for the access code if you need it.

(This is a test of your map reading skills. If you have limited map skills, we can teach you how to survey caves at a monthly hands-on survey project in a local cave and help you make your own maps.)









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USGS Topo Map above, Google Earth Satellite view below!


Sandia Cave Home Page

This is a link to an updated Google event calendar, mentioning some of the caving activities


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