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Sandia Crest Byway

Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM
+1 505-281-3304
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It is so beautiful!

The view is spectacular. I highly recommend it. Even driving up was an experience. We stopped a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Atlanta, Georgia
Hiking South Crest Trail

Finally had the opportunity to hike 10k south on South Crest Trail to Canyon Estates. The trip was... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Sandia Park, New Mexico
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“winding drive” (5 reviews)
“gift shop” (27 reviews)
Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM
+1 505-281-3304
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view is spectacular. I highly recommend it. Even driving up was an experience. We stopped a couple of times for short hikes, and enjoyed the final reward. It is very windy and cold up there so go prepared. There is a souvenir shop but...More

Thank Marthabuca
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Finally had the opportunity to hike 10k south on South Crest Trail to Canyon Estates. The trip was 16.5 miles so start early. We parked a car at Canyon Estates and drove to 10K South trailhead, hiked to Crest trail which intersects at Tree Springs...More

Thank L M
Reviewed 2 November 2017

We drove up to the peak . An easy drive to be rewarded with great views. There is a ranger in the visitor centre who definitely did not like Cougars. Souvenirs , cafe ,toilets and trails. There are so many communication pylons it is called...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 2 November 2017

After driving 11 miles on a winding (beautiful) road we finally arrived at the top and being early November it was quite cold and windy at the top. We were required to pay to park (at least $3). Both of us were in need of...More

Thank RonalFos
Reviewed 16 October 2017

A chance to view the earth from 2 miles above sea level! OK, so if you start out on this awesome drive from Albuquerque you are half way there already. Don’t pass up this relatively, short, scenic drive to the top of the imposing Sandia...More

Thank SledMan
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We drove up to Sandia Crest on a weekday and parked near the gift shop. Parking is no charge if you display a US NP Pass; otherwise it is $3. There are restrooms conveniently located near the parking lot. There were less then a dozen...More

1  Thank Mikejack52pe
Reviewed 20 September 2017

What a view when you get to the top of the mountain; over 10,000 feet up. You can see all of Albuquerque and the surrounding area. There is a gift shop and cafe also. We were hungry and had a green chili cheeseburger and green...More

Thank davidjensen399
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

A great place to watch the sun set. It gets very cold once you get towards the top, so be sure to bring a warm layer. Maybe even some gloves.

Thank Blkstarr26
Reviewed 4 August 2017

If you want an ideal place to bask in nature, this is where to go. Ignore your ears stopping up; the rise in elevation is worth it. We saw a couple of deer along the way. There are a few stops where you can get...More

Thank Austin H
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We had not realised that the Sandia Crest byway was off Route 14 when driving down from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. This was not a problem as we had a really good view of this mountain from our hotel room in ABQ and decided to...More

Thank Martin G
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dolores b
29 August 2017|
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Response from coachee1313 | Reviewed this property |
About 35 minutes since the road to the top is loaded with twists and curves
stephen a
3 January 2017|
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Response from Darren S | Reviewed this property |
Roads are good. Most of the way I recommend calling city off Albuquerque 311.
Kathy Y
6 November 2016|
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Response from Mike H | Reviewed this property |
Restaurant is shut down for demolition to build a new one. Mountain roads are always weather dependent; check the weather reports. That being said, I've driven up there in January and February, but then I have a 4WD truck.