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. Programs start at 6:30 pm. New members and visitors are always welcome.


Latest Information on the 2017 NSS Convention (click on maps to download color jpg)

Area Map ABQ & Rio Rancho

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Map of Convention Site

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Convention Area

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Santa Ana Star Center & Campground

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UNM West

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Santa Ana Star Center - Ground Floor

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Santa Ana Star Center - Second Floor

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UNM West - Ground Floor

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June 6, 2017:

Please 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. Come join us at 6:00 pm to meet 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. NOTE: starting in July, 2016, the meeting will start 30 minutes earlier.


The 2017 NSS Convention will be held at the Santa Ana Star Center in our own back yard. Click on the left logo to visit the NSS web site for more information. Click on the photo below to see the work of some 2015 Ice Gremlins.


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

Sandia Cave

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. New information on the progress of this on-going restoration project is available HERE. We make weekly 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 or contact the Grotto Chairman.

Download the most recent Sandia Grotto Brochure HERE

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

Sandia Grotto Land line:

(505) 271-9844

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

Albuquerque, NM

We now meet on the floor just above the NE entry door, where we have better cell phone service. Often the doors to the building will be locked around 7:00 P. M. or before, so if you arrive after that time please make prior arrangements so that we will know to open the door for you. Park on the east side of the building and enter through the door on the NE corner.

(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

Public Calendar of Events


This is a link to an occasionally used Google event calendar, currently in work.


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Rev. 5-20-2017 E-mail Contact: Sandia Grotto of the NSS Contact: Webmaster Contact: Sandia Grotto Chairman