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Sandia Crest Byway

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Address: Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM
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Beautiful 14 Mile Drive

It will take some time to reach the Sandia Crest because most of the way up the speed limit is 25 mph. The reason being there are multiple hairpin curves before you reach the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It will take some time to reach the Sandia Crest because most of the way up the speed limit is 25 mph. The reason being there are multiple hairpin curves before you reach the crest. Once you get to the crest the views are spectacular. On a clear day you can see for 100 miles in every direction. There is... More 

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Placitas, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son was visiting from North Carolina and we decided to take the drive up to the crest of the Sandia's and although it was May we were greeted with snow on the ground and in the air. It was quite beautiful, but obviously no visibility to see the city and surrounding vistas.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Forget the expensive ride on the Tram and take the drive up the backside of the mountain. Beautiful drive and lots of wildlife to see. Great cafe and gift shop at the top. Don't forget $3 for parking through the Forestry Service. A wonderful, inexpensive day trip.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive takes you to the very top of Sandia Peak at 10,678 feet. The view is fabulous and the wind is too. They have a restaurant and a gift shop at the top. If you happen to be a birder, there are Mountain Bluebirds and other high altitude critters to see. It is best in October when the aspens... More 

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nashville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The good - we saved a ton of money by driving 14 miles to the top. I had been on the tram before, and it can be very time consuming and a bit pricey. To me, the views from the backside of the mountain were a little better. There is a nice gift shop and you can hike over to... More 

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The tram ride is very nice and gives an opportunity to view the city of Albuquerque and the surrounding Sandia mountains. The ride is about 15 minutes each direction. Worth the time if you like views that seem to go on forever. One caution, make sure that no one in your party has altitude problems/concerns. The change in altitude may... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Growing up in Albuquerque, my favorite place to go was Sandia Crest and the Sandia Mountains. I learned to ski at the Sandia Peak Ski Area when I was a child. I fell in love with God there, and with the beauty of His Creation, nature. I always find myself when I go to the Sandia's.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

If you have out of town friends or family visiting, you want to take them to the top o' the mountain, whether you do the tram, or the drive. At some point, you gotta do the tram, but I consider that more of a special occasion considering the ticket price, whereas this drive is more of an any time kind... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The Sandia mountains are so beautiful and are a lovely drive at any time of year. Also, unlike some of the other mountain passes in NM, this road is safe and never sketchy, even in winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Outstanding views of the valleys and surrounding mountain ranges.Big choice of paths and trails to explore. October is special, with the aspens in gold and red. Beautiful.

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