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Cibola National Forest

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Address: Albuquerque, NM
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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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Amazing experience!

I visited the part of Cibola National Forest that covers the Sandia Mountains and Sandia Crest with family over winter vacation, and it was incredible. On the eastern side of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Andrei S
Clemmons, North Carolina
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the part of Cibola National Forest that covers the Sandia Mountains and Sandia Crest with family over winter vacation, and it was incredible. On the eastern side of the mountains, the forest is thick and temperatures were relatively high for late December (low 60s). As you start to climb, the temperatures drop with a visible gradient. Eventually, the... More 

Thank Andrei S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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129 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

This is one of those places that would fit nicely on your bucket list. You can make it as relaxing or strenuous as you choose, so plan ahead with clothing and shoes just in case you get the urge to venture farther into the natural beauty of the area, pack your camera, and definitely take a lot of water to... More 

Thank umakethecall
St. George, Utah
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

This forest rocks for interurban recreation! The Sandia Ranger District has done an outstanding job on providing Albuquerque and nearby residents with opportunity to explore and exercise. From the trails outside of Tijeras to the east side foothills of Albuquerque, get out and bike and hike!

Thank Nasafotie
Norman, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Lovely drive through beautiful forest. We drove up the mountain then down the unimproved road. You want a vehicle with some clearance for the unimproved road.

Thank Diane W
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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95 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Great park in the forest outside of ABQ. Its huge and its not hard to find solitude. Lots o trails and snow in the winter.

Thank B1gDaddy
Chandler, Arizona
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63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We decided to take a quick hike. We researched it and found the Armijo trail. It was supposed to be a 2 hour hike. we took our kids...4 hours later, we found our way out. I don't know what happened, but for a while, I thought I would end up sleeping in the forest and be eaten by bears. As... More 

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Hobbs, New Mexico
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54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

My Dad lives up here in the Cibola National Forest and its truly so beautiful! So many trees and wildlife. There's also a ton of easily accessible hiking and biking trails.

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Somerset, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We love forests of any kind, so we are not hard to please. We visited during the first week of October and the leaves had already begun to turn. We are from New England where the Fall colors are unparalleled, but the bright golden autumns of the West are truly lovely as well. We love the quivering Aspen leaves! A... More 

Thank Rochele
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160 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Being down in the valley many do not realize the mass amount of forest available a short distance from town. Anything from hiking to history is available within 30min of the hustle of downtown. Take the time to pick up a map and explore the many miles of trails available to access from the multiple trail heads right off the... More 

Thank Chris M
Springfield, Illinois
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

The rocky road to the top of the mountain has some great scenery. The campsite at Water Canyon was level and clean. The best part was seeing all the stars and planets in the sky.

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