In the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, the Capulin Snow Play Site has 3 runs dedicated to sledding and tubing in the Cibola National Forest. A gentle-slope area is perfect for smaller kids, and facilities include a public fire ring and an open shelter.
The parking area accommodates plenty of vehicles, but beware of ice and snow piles that can trap lower-clearance vehicles. Only inner tubes or all-plastic sleds and saucers are permitted at this area; for safety reasons, no sleds with wood or metal are allowed. Sledders hike up the side of the hill and wait for their turn to launch down the wide slopes.
This family-friendly area is unsupervised, and proper winter clothing and footwear are a necessity; helmets are also recommended. Snow is weather-dependent. The $3 USFS amenity fee can be paid by cash at the parking-area kiosk or purchased and printed online beforehand (Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day are free days).
Take the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the top of the Sandia Mountains from the Albuquerque foothills, and snowshoe, ski, or just play in the snow along Ellis and other trails at the top. When conditions permit, the Sandia Ski Area, with plenty of mellow runs, is perfect for families. Warm up with hot chocolate at Ten3 restaurant near the top tram terminal. Round-trip tram tickets are $29 per adult and must be purchased online.