Sandia Grotto

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

In August we will continue to meet the first Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm, at the location mentioned below. We start with introductions and trip reports at 7:00. Programs will start at 7:30 pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. We finish up with a business meeting before adjourning by 9:00.


Due to Covid-19 concerns, we do not currently meet at the Church. Instead the Grotto has been meeting on-line using the zoom meeting application, and an in-person meeting at the QueLab address below. If you are on our mailing list, you should be getting email notices providing details on joining the virtual meeting. Others wishing to join our 7:00 pm meeting can contact our Chairman for more information on how to join our meeting.

Note: the August 2021 meeting will be held at the Quelab in Albuquerque, located at 680 Haines Avenue NW @ 7:00 pm.

We will meet for dinner at a pre-designated location.


August 3, 2021: Zach Englebert

Pryor Mountain Cave Inventory

Caver Quest is a free program running on a PC or Mac available at []
Prior to Covid-19 our pre-meeting dinner was at Yasmine's Cafe at 1600 Central Ave SE at 5pm.
January 5, 2021 February 2, 2021 March 2, 2021 April 6, 2021
May 4, 2021 June 1, 2021 July 6, 2021

August 3, 2021

September 7, 2021 October 5, 2021 November 2, 2021 (Officer election) December (No Meeting)
Please mark your calendars and check back for more information as we update the agendas


Check out our new Sandia Grotto Brochure. A few of our members will have spare copies for you.

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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... There is a trail to the cave that visitors follow up the hill to a circular staircase leading into the cave. Information on the results of a major restoration project is available HERE. We make occasional 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

{Brochure update is in work}

The 2017 book 12 Miles From Daylight with Sandia Grotto authors (plus many others) is often available at the Sandia Grotto Meeting. This book, published by the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project , won a Certificates of Merit at the NSS Convention in July.

If you missed it before, now is your chance to view the book. []


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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Sandia Grotto

3212 19th Ave SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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