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“Fantastic views” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandia Crest Byway

Sandia Crest Byway
Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM
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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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61 attraction reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Fantastic views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

The road up the back side of the Sandia mountains climbs up a windy byway lined with trees and day picnic areas to explore. It's a great escape from the heat of the city, full off green pines and wonderful views. The amenities at the top are nothing to get excited about, but the views are definitely something to be excited about! Driving the entire byway is an interesting mix of desert and mountain.

Visited July 2012
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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“Breathtaking Views of the Burky”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Cool Pines, Sheer rock faces, unobstructed views of both the East and West sides of the Sandias. Hiking trails abound as well as road and mountain biking trails for the adventurous. If you love hummingbirds the outdoor patio for the snack bar is amazing. The birds share the feeders with a bird at every feeding spot. I've never seen hummers behave this socially.

Visited July 2012
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Virginia
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“Great place to cool off and enjoy view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Super windy road lined with evergreens which have mostly escaped the beetles and green understory and wildflowers. We saw a very photogenic deer, a chipmunk who came right up to us to say hi, and lots of hummingbirds (I wore a pink shirt and was very popular!). The temp when we started up was 92 and at the top was 66, plus a nice breeze. High altitude (10,000+ feet) makes for shallow breathing and possibly a slight headache until your body adjusts. Amazing panoramic views. Large gift shop and snack bar area. No real bathroom facilities -- vault toilets instead. Worth the drive and dramamine.

Visited July 2012
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New Mexico
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“Wonderful Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

The road winds and winds but it's only for about 12-13 miles. The trees are lush and the forest is fairly thick. The temperature is always cool up there so take a light jacket. There are several picnic grounds (no overnight camping allowed) and it is $3.00 for day use at each one. If you are going to hang out in that area a lot, you can get a $30 pass for a year at the Forest Service station in Tijeras. Everything is very clean (bathrooms, picnic tables, etc.) We did notice a couple of small graffiti marks. This place is a great place to spend the day. I love this drive.

Visited July 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“Nice drive and great views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

The drive up Sandia (watermelon) mountain takes you through the forest and past the ski resort to the parking lot at the top. A $3 fee is required if you do not have a park pass. Gorgeous views of Albuquerque and a short loop trail along the cliff edge and back through the forest. There is a longer trail to the top of the tram car that runs down to ABQ. There is a large gift shop and snack facility. Local volunteers spend time there to answer questions. We drove down from Santa Fe on 14, the Turquoise Trail, because of the turquoise mine in Cerrillos. Through Madrid which has many shops with local artists and worth a stop.

Visited June 2012
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