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Address: NM
Activities: Hot-air ballooning, Hiking
Description: The Sandia Mountains tower 5,000 feet over the flood plains of the Rio...
The Sandia Mountains tower 5,000 feet over the flood plains of the Rio Grande, making a 37,000 acre wilderness area a short drive from Albuquerque.
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La Luz Trail

One of the prettiest hikes in ABQ with a great view of the rocky faces of the Sandia Mountains. These photos are from no closer than 3 miles from the top so wait until at least... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Took about an hour to get to the top of the winding road, but panoramic views were spectacular. Oh- it's also much colder up there.

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Copalis Beach, Washington
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Sandia mountains are on the east side of Albuquerque lots of hiking trails 1 possible fishing area las hurtes creek do not try hiking the area at night take a compass gps and cell phone you can take the tram up the west side of the mountain or drive up the east side.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

One of the prettiest hikes in ABQ with a great view of the rocky faces of the Sandia Mountains. These photos are from no closer than 3 miles from the top so wait until at least mid-April to make it all the way.

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Good place to go bushwacking, camping and trekking. easiest way to do the la luz trail is from the car park for the tram that goes to the top. we didnt realise this and spent 6 hours bushwacking on the other side of the mountain, still had an amazing time and made it all the better when we got to... More 

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HOUSTON
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Small 15 party wedding at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Spectacular rock formation in the location chosen for the wedding. Hiking to the site was breathtaking. Clear skies, lovely weather.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

If you follow the Turquoise trail one of the first stops outside Albuquerque is Sandia Park. After a disappointing drive to the Sandia peak tramway (which presented a very long queue and an even longer wait), we were not expecting anything quite so good. But, the Sandia Mountains have a working ski lift in summer months. And guess what, if... More 

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Dundee, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Be sure to take the drive up the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, NM. You wind up and back and forth til you come out at the top with Albuquerque 5,000 feet or so below you. An amazing, very beautiful view. DO put your vehicle in LOW GEAR to come back down. Our brakes were 'smoking' by the time we got... More 

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Beacon, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took the Turquoise Trail from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, and decided to drive to the top of Sandia Peak to "check out" the tram before committing (we have a 7 year old, and wanted to gauge the fear factor). The drive up is a beautiful, windy road flanked by stunning examples of the striations in soil and rock (indicative... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Drive up the road to the Crest on the east side of the mountains and look for a parking lot on your left which is the head of several trails. Bathrooms and trash are available. Tree Spring takes you to the top of the mountain with a fantastic view of Albuquerque. Be prepared for cooler weather and wind at the... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've lived in Albuquerque for 17 years, and love the Sandias. There is always so much fun to be had... hiking, picnics, napping, sledding, mushroom hunting, kite flying... these mountains never cease to inspire and enrich.

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