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Sandia Crest Byway

Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM
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Great view

What a view when you get to the top of the mountain; over 10,000 feet up. You can see all of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Johnston, Iowa

A great place to watch the sun set. It gets very cold once you get towards the top, so be sure to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful scenic ride up, saw some deer, temps are 20 degrees lower at the top than at the bottom. Nice views and trails. Gift shop with snacks. Outhouse type toilets (bring hand sanitizer).

Thank Rhjones69
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We chose to drive to the crest via the Sandia National Scenic Byway which winds up the backside of the mountain which is 10,678 ft. high. You have to see it to believe the views.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This crest has a great view from the top. You can even hike from the crest to the tramway. My recommendation is going by the tramway and hiking about 2 miles to the crest and then going back to tramway.

Thank leggettr
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The ride to the top can be wicked if you are afraid of heights but once you get all the way up, it is so worth it. Amazing views of the entire metro region that cannot be missed. Be prepared for the temperature change from...More

Thank coachee1313
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Great tram ride to the top of Sandia Crest. We were able to stay at the crest and hike around. We took the second to last tram down and saw a beautiful sunset to boot!

1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed 19 May 2017

An Amazing views while driving to the top, over 10000 feet. It is cooler than town at the top. It takes about 1/2h drive there and another back - and well worth.

Thank mmikko
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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
2 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.