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Cibola National Forest

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Address: Albuquerque, NM

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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Snowy surprise

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Sutherland, Nebraska
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42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 was a winter wonderland! Absolutely gorgeous, both the view from the top of the mountain... More 

Thank SarahJo4110
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Sandia peak,Mount Taylor in Grants New Mexico are beautiful and a hikers and trail bikers dream,you can hike to the top of Sandia Peak from the west face of the mountain but you will want to take a lot of water and energy snacks is only for the fittest hiker,you can drive up or bike up the east side but... More 

Thank Donnie G
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Depending on which side of the Sandia Mountains you enter, the Cibola NF will give you a completely different experience. On the Westside, you will be awed by dizzying cliff faces. On the Eastside, you will walk among towering pondersosa and cedars.

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Houston, Texas
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701 reviews
313 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Place to go hiking right on the east edge of Albuquerque. Very different looking at the west side of the mountains from the city, or driving around to the east side. Plenty of trails and picnic areas. Get away and see the forest (and maybe some forest friends).

Thank dbinhou7511
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

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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34 attraction reviews
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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 

Thank Carol G
St. Petersburg, Florida
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188 reviews
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Reviewed 17 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 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.

Thank wfdanieljr2011
Chicago, Illinois
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162 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 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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