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Sandia Crest Byway

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Address: Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM

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Living in FL, I missed the snow and wanted to see some so we drove up Sandia Crest Byway. It was a nice drive to the top. A little scary at times since the road wasn't completely... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Living in FL, I missed the snow and wanted to see some so we drove up Sandia Crest Byway. It was a nice drive to the top. A little scary at times since the road wasn't completely clear from snow in some areas but everything was fine. There were people sledding in certain areas. Wish we would have taken a... More 

Thank Cell15
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband I took a trip to see the snow since we missed it so much from Michigan. The views are amazing and the little restaurant had perfect hot chocolate, but the drive up was terrifying! No one knows how to drive in the snow (a few inches in the road), we saw a mustang stuck in a snow bank,... More 

Thank Alix B
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the time to drive up the east side of the Sandia Mountains. You get to go through lots of forest which changes as you get higher. Finally, you get to the crest and can treat yourself to beautiful 360 degree views, including Albuquerque below.

Thank dbinhou7511
Riverside, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic to see the ice build on the trees and bushes as you drove higher up the mountain. The views form the top are spectacular. I wouldn't want to drive it when it was snowing, I bet it's pretty treacherous. Well worth the trip, if it had been warmer we might have done one of the hikes, but 20 degrees... More 

Thank muffins1
Lancaster, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Getting to the top of Sandia Mountain is a bit of a drive from the city of Albuquerque, but well worth the trip. Spectacular views from the observation area a short walk from the parking area at the end of the Byway.

Thank PATravelnut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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 18 November 2016 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 12 November 2016 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 3 November 2016

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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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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