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Cibola National Forest

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Address: Albuquerque, NM
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A 1.5-million-acre park whose elaborate trail system includes La Luz Trail,...

A 1.5-million-acre park whose elaborate trail system includes La Luz Trail, which climbs over 3,300 feet in nine miles.

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I visited the part of Cibola National Forest that covers the Sandia Mountains and Sandia Crest with family over winter vacation, and it was incredible. On the eastern side of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2016
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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Piscataway, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Visited during our Sandia Peak Tram ride in the middle of March 2016. The entire area was kind of rustic brown color - nothing much to see though!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

We drove to the address on Google Maps for this national forest and there was literally nothing there. It took us six hours out of our way, which when we only had 3 days to visit a lot of different places in New Mexico, was a huge waste of time for me. We drove here from Albuquerque and can only... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

I visited the part of Cibola National Forest that covers the Sandia Mountains and Sandia Crest with family over winter vacation, and it was incredible. On the eastern side of the mountains, the forest is thick and temperatures were relatively high for late December (low 60s). As you start to climb, the temperatures drop with a visible gradient. Eventually, the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

This is one of those places that would fit nicely on your bucket list. You can make it as relaxing or strenuous as you choose, so plan ahead with clothing and shoes just in case you get the urge to venture farther into the natural beauty of the area, pack your camera, and definitely take a lot of water to... More 

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

This forest rocks for interurban recreation! The Sandia Ranger District has done an outstanding job on providing Albuquerque and nearby residents with opportunity to explore and exercise. From the trails outside of Tijeras to the east side foothills of Albuquerque, get out and bike and hike!

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Lovely drive through beautiful forest. We drove up the mountain then down the unimproved road. You want a vehicle with some clearance for the unimproved road.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

Great park in the forest outside of ABQ. Its huge and its not hard to find solitude. Lots o trails and snow in the winter.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We decided to take a quick hike. We researched it and found the Armijo trail. It was supposed to be a 2 hour hike. we took our kids...4 hours later, we found our way out. I don't know what happened, but for a while, I thought I would end up sleeping in the forest and be eaten by bears. As... More 

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Hobbs, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

My Dad lives up here in the Cibola National Forest and its truly so beautiful! So many trees and wildlife. There's also a ton of easily accessible hiking and biking trails.

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Somerset, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

We love forests of any kind, so we are not hard to please. We visited during the first week of October and the leaves had already begun to turn. We are from New England where the Fall colors are unparalleled, but the bright golden autumns of the West are truly lovely as well. We love the quivering Aspen leaves! A... More 

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