Sandia Mountains
Sandia Mountains
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The Sandia Mountains tower 5,000 feet over the flood plains of the Rio Grande, making a 37,000 acre wilderness area a short drive from Albuquerque.
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,610 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Driving up to the Sandia Mountain via magnificent Doc Long Scenic Byway was amazing - so much beauty. We found a nice picnic area in the Sandia Forest for lunch and ate our sandwiches surrounded by lush greenery and heart stopping vistas. The winding road continued in the Cibola National Forest and up to the Sandia Mountain Ski Lodge, where we stopped to enjoy the scenery and take a short break before driving to our hotel in Albuquerque.
Written 17 May 2024
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EaglesFan27
Reading, PA697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The Sandia Mountains provide really nice views of the Albuquerque area. The trails have varying difficulty levels and have some great scenery. The best part is that most of the parking lots are free.
Written 20 February 2024
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Mommytwofour
Davenport, IA159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
This is a must see for all. The views are spectacular. By tram it’s about a 29 min ride to the top but they close the tram for two weeks in the spring and fall for maintenance so make sure to check the website. Otherwise it’s about an hour drive to the top. There is a gift shop and restaurant at the top there hours very depending on season and if the tram is running. I believe that the tram cost about 20$ pp. There are several trails to hike and explore the mountain. If you drive up, there are several picnic locations to stop and hike at along the way. It’s about 10-15 degrees cooler at the top so I would recommend a jacket or sweatshirt. Parking is 3$ per car if driving up, but this is on the honour system since they don’t have anyone actually taking cash you just place it in an envelope and place the parking pass in your car window. The views are beautiful you can see all of Albuquerque and beyond. Elevation I believe is 12,000 feet which literally takes your breath away as you walk up and around the trails.
Written 10 November 2019
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Symi
Ottawa, Canada183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Drove up with a friend who lives in the area !!! Were fortunate to have our very own guide ❤️ Worth the drive up and the walk in the trails ! The view is incredible! We had gone up with the tram rail on our last visit to New Mexico, this was a whole other experience!!! Love New Mexico and it’s beauty!!!
Written 4 November 2019
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Ofelia U
Goodyear17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
It was beautiful and finally we visit the White Sands❤️❤️❤️...we actually lived there for 7 months, but visit the Sandía Mountains Casino, Santa Anita Casino, all Albuquerque, Santa Fe..and much more ❤️❤️❤️
Written 9 October 2019
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Tammi
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
My husband & I absolutely loved the Sandia Mountains. A surreal beauty of God's forever in our hearts! I recommend all to visit this Mountain, feel the Love within the Mountain. The food we ate at their restaurant was delicious, I thank Madaline for all her help, our waitress Melody was terrific! Both Tram guides were awesome & gift shop so wonderful!
Written 8 October 2019
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Donald Salt
Albuquerque, NM37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
I live in Albuquerque, so I go to the mountain a lot! Its definitely the best view of the city you can get at over 10,000 feet. Driving up the back side will take about an hour from the city, or a 20 min tram ride will get you to the peak. Both ways are amazing, so take your pick and enjoy the ride.
Written 31 October 2018
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S Ward
Albany, NY138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Listen to recommendations and wait a day or two before visiting the 10,80 ft elevation peak. We visited the first day and it took me about 20 min of getting used to the air, the elevation and for my heartbeat to slow down. Views are stunning.
Written 4 August 2018
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AnnaWallace78
Goodman, MO24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
This was my first visit to New Mexico. We drove up into the Sandia Mountains during the Balloon Festival and watched the balloons rise off into the sunset. It was breath-taking!
Written 13 May 2018
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travelerkent
Lake City, Florida396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We drove up to the top of Sandia Mountains and took the hike along the top to the Kiwanis cabin. the views were great. the trail is right along the edge of the mountain peak. We drove up from Benillito side and came down the other side.
Written 15 June 2017
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