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Cibola National Forest

Albuquerque, NM
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Ranked #11 of 125 Attractions in Albuquerque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I love hiking here. Great scenery change with the elevation. Make sure to bring extra water and snacks if you plan to hike more than 2 hours because it's strenuous. Trails tend to be crowded with people and dogs on the weekend. If you are not used to the altitude you may get tired very quickly!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Over the course of the summer, we have hiked various trails in the Cibola National Forest. Some of my favorite trails are on the eastside, but they are all enjoyable. We have found that each one is both beautiful and unique. The views are nothing shy of breathtaking. This is a must for anyone that enjoys nature and the great... More

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Michigan
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

We chose the Faulty route from Canyon Estates that was rated a "moderate" hike. We expected it to be 9 miles long. We ended up doing a bit more because the signs were nonexistent and were challenged by two ascents. Still, we had the trail to ourselves in the morning and the hike was invigorating. Hard to see much because... More

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West Chicago, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

After traveling to the top on the Sandia Tramway we had a wonderful time wondering the trails in the park

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Albuquerque NM
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

You can get there quickly from Albuquerque. A little relief from the desert. Lovely forest drive, and facilities for hiking or picnics that offer peace and quiet.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Get just a bit out of town to a gorgeous place to hike and experience the serene goodness of nature. So worth the drive (or bike ride) to get here and feel like you've gotten much further out of town than reality. Good times!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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91 reviews 91 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We hiked one short trail and really enjoyed the scenery. You need to acclimate to the altitude before you do too much here. We hiked a trail that had a gradual increase in elevation. It was pretty easy and very beautiful. We had packed a lunch and found a big rock to sit on and dine. We plan to go... More

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Buda, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Jaw dropping beauty at every turn! We even saw a little snow falling in MAY. We caught sight of a white tailed fox and some unusual birds. The restaurant/gift shop at the top was a treat to explore & had great views from its deck & large windows all around.

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West Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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7 helpful votes 7 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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