Also check out the individual site pages and download the site guides.


WARNING: Flying is dangerous. The descriptions of typical flying conditions listed in the site guide reflect the experience of the authors of the guide. The conditions that you encounter at the site may differ, sometimes substantially, from those encountered by the authors. The descriptions of their experiences may not be relevant to the likely experience of any other pilot, particularly one who is relatively inexperienced or new to the site. A decision to launch is always that of the individual pilot. When deciding whether or not to fly, a pilot may wish to take into account the descriptions in this site guide but must also consider numerous other factors including the pilot's training and experience, familiarity with the site, equipment, physical and mental condition and the specific conditions in existence at the time of the decision. Always ​fly within the USHPA recommended operating limitations for your rating as specified in the USHPA Pilot Proficiency System. Pilots of relatively little experience or who are new to the site are urged to consult with other local pilots at the site in order to obtain their assessment of the conditions. ​Always get a site briefing from a local pilot. Do not fly sites alone or without a local pilot present. If locals are not flying, there is likely a reason.

Other sites are flown.

Other sites that are flown in this region are discussed on the other sites page, and members regularly discuss those on our members chat forum. See the Other Sites tab.


10,378 FEET (3,163 M)

Sandia Peak is a high altitude, thermic site atop the steep mountains just east of Albuquerque. It faces west. Experienced pilots can fly the ridge, or do big cross-country flights from here. It requires an orientation by a local P4 to fly it. There are 2 variations for launching:  the newly improved launch at the top of the Sandia Peak Tram, and one at the top of the Sandia Crest road. Between the two launches, pilots have choices of NW to SW winds. 

It can be flown year round.

Sandia Peak is an USHPA insured site.

The Foundation for Free Flight helped fund this launch.

6100 FEET (1859.28 METERS)

La Bajada is a ridge soaring and thermal site between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It faces west, and pilots fly wind directions from NW-SW. It can be flown year round.

That's Sandia Peak in the background.

La Bajada is a USHPA-insured site.



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