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Cibola National Forest

Albuquerque, NM
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Ranked #4 of 86 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Running
Owner description: A 1.5-million-acre park whose elaborate trail system includes La Luz Trail, which climbs over 3,300...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Running
Owner 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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Sault Sainte Marie
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I loved this walk althought it was not easy. Uneven paths, rocks, mean cacti that can pellet your pants, shoes and skin with tiny but hard to remove needles. Parking was free, but I did not see any other facilities nearby.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you want a good escape from Albuquerque be sure to hit the hiking trails at the base of the Sandia Mountains. There are many hiking trails that enter the national forest in which you can get away from fast pace of the city. The trails range from easy to hard in intensity. I recommend getting hiking trail maps from... More 

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Russellville, Arkansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We ended up here by mistake when we were trying to find the Sandia peak tram. We ended up at the peak but not by tram. The view at the top however was worth the drive. We got here right before sunset and it was beautiful. It is much colder and windy so make sure and pack a coat and... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We drove to the top of the Sandia Mountains on the east side. We visited the Gift Shop. We had coffee and hot chili soup. We hiked the trail near the gift shop. It is the trail that takes you to a stone building built by the CCC back in the 1930s or maybe the 1920s. I do know the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Love driving the winding roads from Albuquerque to the top of Sandia mountains. Nothing more peaceful than hiking around on the well-groomed trails and seeing the stone house and seeing snow in the fall with the aspen quaking golden leaves. A favorite place to me for sure.

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Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I drove through around sunset/twilight and it was an amazing experience! Lots of great views and places to turn off the road for hiking trails. I made it to the top just before sunset and the view of the mountains and the city below was breathtaking!!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you enjoy hiking, picnicking, and relaxing in one of the United States many National Forests, then don't pass up the chance to visit the Cibola National Forest in Central New Mexico. This is a year round very active forest and you will always find something fun to do, including the skiing in winter.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We did some of the smaller trails including the one that will take you to the Aerial Tram at the top of the mountains. The views at the top are awesome of Albuquerque. I would consider these easy to moderate. We also did some of the lower trails but they were a bit more rocky and lots of loose gravel.... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Forests are always beautiful, even in fall when groups of trees start to turn color. We drove up the mountain. There weren't many people on the road. The highlight was a family of 5-6 deer grazing on the side of the road who posed for pictures.

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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

U can enjoy a couple of hours walking in the mountains good scinec landscapes, in summer you can see birds

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