Well, it may not look like it, but you are 7,200 feet high in the Zuni Mountains. The sanctuary is situated on a little over 300 acres of land with rich-sodden arroyos cutting through the property. Lands to the east, west, and south of ZMS are private property. Please do not cross these fences. Want to hike? Directly north of Sanctuary land is the Cibola National Forest, which includes thousands of acres of semiarid forest. The hike to the top of the mountains takes 3-5 hours.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind:

  • If you’re not used to being at high altitudes, you may want to take it slow for a couple of days & rest often.
  • Remember to drink plenty of water.
  • Remember to breathe.
  • Remember to drink plenty of water.

Some visitors may experience a mild headache or nosebleed. Do not worry. If you experience more severe symptoms, like major shortness of breath or heart palpitations lasting longer than an hour, PLEASE contact a resident immediately.

Note the arid climate.

The dry heat and strong sun will tend to tucker you out a little quicker. Seek shade. Rest when needed. Drink plenty of water! As you bask in the sun, don’t forget the temperature will plummet as the sun goes down, so prepare to dress warmly or cuddle up. Preparing layers of clothing to bring with you prior to sundown also helps. Clothing is optional, but be aware of weather & bug seasons to make your visit more enjoyable.