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Cibola National Forest

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Albuquerque, NM
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A city in the desert with fragrant forested mountains at the literal edge of town

The Cibola National Forest is literally at the edge of the city. You can take a bus or drive to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wenatchee, Washington
nice trails and great views

The majority of the trails are very easy. If you go to the peak, there are great views of the... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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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)
Albuquerque, NM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cibola National Forest is literally at the edge of the city. You can take a bus or drive to the edge of town and hike from the desert into forested mountains. On hot days, the coolness of 10,000 feet is a joy. The views...More

Thank pacific_gator
Reviewed 19 October 2017

The majority of the trails are very easy. If you go to the peak, there are great views of the city. It's pine woods, and smells wonderful. Most trails would be difficult on a bike, but if you're in training, going up the road to...More

Thank kmchicag0
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Cibola is a hidden gem amongst the typical desert landscape of New Mexico. There are huge pine trees and grass.

Thank Shantkayaks
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Beautiful terrain and views. Hiking ,mountain biking and sledding and skiing in winter. All on east side of mountain. I do not think it is a good idea if you have breathing problems. I have taken people up there and the altitude made it difficult...More

Thank Sandi M
Reviewed 1 June 2017

We were glad to finally get to hike this trail as it was closed for maintenance when we were here last year. We were not disappointed as the views were absolutely stunning. The trail is well marked and you can climb as high as you...More

Thank 4givN
Reviewed 20 May 2017

My wife and I recently visited New Mexico and stayed in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. On the drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe we stopped at the Sandia Peak Tramway and rode it to the top of the mountain. As you leave the base...More

Thank pparrothead
Reviewed 19 May 2017

A good place to get out of the town. Lot's of hiking trails (short and easy to long and difficult). Plenty of camping sites and picnic locations.

Thank mmikko
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Cibola National Forest is a refreshing change from most "tourist attractions" in that it is completely noncommercial. Great views of the mountains.

Thank dg2727
Reviewed 20 April 2017

we just drove thru this. it was beautiful with all the trees. we didnt get off the main road so not sure what lays hidden inside

Thank Mickey W
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Beautiful place to go, whether driving or hiking. We came from down in the valley, where the we were sweating at close to 70 degrees and were surprised when our guide drove us up to the top of the mountain to need coats as it...More

Thank SarahJo4110
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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.