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Cibola National Forest

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Albuquerque, NM
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Mountain glory

Beautiful protected mountains. Must see las huertas picnic ares on east side then try the crest for... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
George P
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Hawks, eagles and deer are what I've seen many times checking this area out. Any of the forest are... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2016
AlwaysWunderlust
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Santa Fe,NM
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A 1.5-million-acre park whose elaborate trail system includes La Luz Trail, which climbs over 3,300 feet in nine miles.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“east side” (14 reviews)
“hiking trails” (11 reviews)
“scenic drive” (3 reviews)
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Albuquerque, NM
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"canyon campground"
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"maple trail"
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"sandia peak"
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"new mexico"
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"sandia mountains"
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"nice trails"
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"closed for maintenance"
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"high altitude"
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"santa fe"
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Beautiful protected mountains. Must see las huertas picnic ares on east side then try the crest for a great view of the city

1  Thank George P
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Hawks, eagles and deer are what I've seen many times checking this area out. Any of the forest are amazing and this won't disappoint. Very quite and never run into anyone as many times as I hiked the trails. That is not true at the...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2016

Got off on the wrong road and found ourselves in this national forest, we were so amazed at the different flora we stopped numerous times, glad we were on a road that was not traveled very heavily the trees were so pretty and green the...More

1  Thank marywD5517UX
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

We took the Cedar Crest Scenic Highway to drive up to the top through the forest. It was an absolutely beautiful drive. It was amazing how much cooler it got the higher we went up. At the summit 10,500 ft. it was 25 degrees cooler.

Thank Richard F
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Lots of space, clean air and a great place to turn the kids out. Beautiful place and out door experience.

Thank UncleRoy1
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

Decided to take do an afternoon hike, but the trail we chose was closed for maintenance. We went a little further to Tres Pistolas, and were very glad we did. The hike was an easy climb, until the trail splits off to the switchbacks. We...More

4  Thank 4givN
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

We stopped here to do some hiking, didn't have much luck hiking since there was still snow on the ground and we were in shorts

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Reviewed 22 April 2016

We went for a drive, and went on the Sandia Crest scenic byway. The drive took us up the mountain into the Cibola National Forest. Halfway up our drive, the weather started to change to rain, fog, sleet, then snow. We had to turn around...More

1  Thank Gail R
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Reviewed 6 April 2016

While on a road trip to Arizona in March, my boyfriend wanted me to experience the scenic southern route along Hwy. 60 through New Mexico. We took Interstate 25 south from Albuquerque to Socorro, where we hopped on Hwy. 60. Talk about a beautiful drive!...More

2  Thank Andrea J
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

The drive to Sandia Crest travels through forests that are beautiful. I drove this in early spring for birding. At that date the birding was only so-so but I enjoyed the scenery and a couple of short hikes.

1  Thank Tom-MN67
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oilpainterpat
17 September 2015|
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Response from catherineh417 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure where you can find that information. A good rule of thumb is that the higher the elevation and latitude, the sooner the color. Generally, aspen change first, beginning in late September.
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