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Cibola National Forest

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Albuquerque, NM
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Beautiful Drive Beautiful Scenery

We took the Cedar Crest Scenic Highway to drive up to the top through the forest. It was an... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2016
Richard F
Louisville, Kentucky
Great place to turn the kids loose

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

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Amarillo, Texas
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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 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
Reviewed 18 May 2016

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

Thank UncleRoy1
Reviewed 14 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
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

Thank nanaof1boy3girls
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

Thank Gail R
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
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
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Cibola National Forest covers a wide expanse of central New Mexico and varies in landscapes. The prettiest part requires a drive up to or a tram ride to the top of Sandia Peak where you will see the vast conifer forest. This part is definitely...More

Thank Tennessee50plus
Reviewed 14 March 2016

Visited during our Sandia Peak Tram ride in the middle of March 2016. The entire area was kind of rustic brown color - nothing much to see though!

1  Thank D L
Reviewed 13 March 2016

We drove to the address on Google Maps for this national forest and there was literally nothing there. It took us six hours out of our way, which when we only had 3 days to visit a lot of different places in New Mexico, was...More

1  Thank RachelSMsRC
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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.