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Cibola National Forest

Albuquerque, NM
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Ranked #11 of 116 attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Running
Description: 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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West Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We went twice - once up the tram, and the second time drove up to Sandia Crest. The drive was amazing. The views were even more spectacular. Definitely a sight to see.

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Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

While driving to Albuquerque we decided to make a side trip to Sandia Crest for the view. It appeared to be snowing at upper elevations but we decided to make the drive up. By the time we reached 7,000ft we had snow flurries and coverage in the trees and on the roadside. At the 10,000ft level we had a total... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I love hiking in the great forest with the smell of pine and the warm sun on me. It is quiet, peaceful and beautiful. Completely different forest than the great Northwest. I love the warm air blowing through the trees.

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Ofallon, IL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Hiked several trails on east side of Sandia Peak. A little muddy & icey due to recent snows/thaw. Easy to navigate & beautiful surroundings. Several spots to park & hike.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Albuquerque is a city with so much to offer in outdoor activities, and CNF is one of the great treasures. There are some many trail options and things to explore. You must remember that your are going into a wilderness area. Be sure that you are adequate prepared. There are many trails at lower elevations for exploring/exercising, but you also... More

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Austin TX
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Liked - Easy and short drive from ABQ. Road was empty and the mountains gorgeous. Nothing to dislike!

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chetek
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We started out on the Tramway Trail and connected with the La Luz Trail. We were about 7 miles into the hike when we started to hit snow. We met up with a ranger, who was very helpful and said we should be able to make it to the tram station and offered different options to accomplish this. We continued... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The Cibola National Forest is so beautiful! I've never seen so many ponderosa pine in all my life! You can take that drive by going East on I-40, and getting off at the Cedar Crest exit, hwy # 14. This is called the Turquoise Trail by the locals. Keep driving north, and you'll see the signs for Sandia Crest. That... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

This park has many hiking trails and well-maintained recreation areas. The hikes are challenging to the high altitude and some rocky terrain. The trails are well-marked. Many of the recreation areas have restrooms. There is a small lodge with gift shop, food and restrooms at the topic the mountain. Be prepared for the changing temperatures on the mountain by layering... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The La Luz Trail is great hiking challenge with some great views. Its 8+ miles to get all the way up. The best views start above the 3 mile mark. if you don't want to do the 16+ mile roundtrip you can take the Tram down (check schedule for operations). it costs $12 to go down and they don't take... More

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