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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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We called ahead to ask about the Water Canyon campground. There was no charge, so win. We brought our two toddlers. It was rough getting in and it poured on all of our stuff for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jacqueline C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called ahead to ask about the Water Canyon campground. There was no charge, so win. We brought our two toddlers. It was rough getting in and it poured on all of our stuff for and hour, but we loved the adventure. It was obvious that this is not a maintained location, but we were fine with that. Really, there... More 

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Matteson, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Roads to the trails were a little iffy and not marked very well to insure you were goign in the right direction. We kept plugging along and finally came upon our destination. We walked the Crimson Maple Trail and it would have been a beautiful hike if we had timed it right for the leaves. Although the leaves were gone... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice drive around the east side of Sandia mountain. Took the scenic drive from I40 north to Santa Fe. Nice afternoon drive through the area.

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Thank Robert L
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

There is a primitive campgraound (picnic table, fast moving trout stream) by the side of the road near some cliffs that I love to go to. As a technical rock-climber, my friend and I were able to practice on these cliffs. Also, hiking along the stream, we came into open meadows, which were quite the wilderness experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Wow, what a view; the Aspens were stunning in the sun. For an short window of time, the Aspens explode into golden glory; this year that was during Balloon Fiesta. It did take a 4 mile round trip hike at high altitude along the ridge in order to reach the best vantage point, but the vista was worth it. Take... More 

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Thank LadyLux86
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank Gperea
Santa Fe,NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 peak however. There is an amazing overlook at the crest.

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Thank Carolyn D
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 air so crisp we sure enjoyed this drive

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Richard F
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is an ideal day trip getaway from Albuquerque and easily accessible on foot unless you plan to do some serious climbing. Also, if you go during the winter months plan on dealing with snow and cold temperatures, but that shouldn't come as a surprise given the elevation. Bring a camera!

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