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Cibola National Forest

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Address: Albuquerque, NM

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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Mountain glory

Beautiful protected mountains. Must see las huertas picnic ares on east side then try the crest for a great view of the city

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful protected mountains. Must see las huertas picnic ares on east side then try the crest for a great view of the city

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Santa Fe,NM
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hawks, eagles and deer are what I've seen many times checking this area out. Any of the forest are amazing and this won't disappoint. Very quite and never run into anyone as many times as I hiked the trails. That is not true at the peak however. There is an amazing overlook at the crest.

Thank Carolyn D
Fort Worth, Texas
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26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Got off on the wrong road and found ourselves in this national forest, we were so amazed at the different flora we stopped numerous times, glad we were on a road that was not traveled very heavily the trees were so pretty and green the air so crisp we sure enjoyed this drive

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Louisville, Kentucky
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525 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We took the Cedar Crest Scenic Highway to drive up to the top through the forest. It was an absolutely beautiful drive. It was amazing how much cooler it got the higher we went up. At the summit 10,500 ft. it was 25 degrees cooler.

Thank Richard F
Tucson, Arizona
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194 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is an ideal day trip getaway from Albuquerque and easily accessible on foot unless you plan to do some serious climbing. Also, if you go during the winter months plan on dealing with snow and cold temperatures, but that shouldn't come as a surprise given the elevation. Bring a camera!

Thank umakethecall
Amarillo, Texas
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56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Lots of space, clean air and a great place to turn the kids out. Beautiful place and out door experience.

Thank UncleRoy1
Peterborough, Ontario
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Decided to take do an afternoon hike, but the trail we chose was closed for maintenance. We went a little further to Tres Pistolas, and were very glad we did. The hike was an easy climb, until the trail splits off to the switchbacks. We stayed on the easy trail which took us to a trickling waterfall. We saw several... More 

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Layton, Utah
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73 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We stopped here to do some hiking, didn't have much luck hiking since there was still snow on the ground and we were in shorts

Thank nanaof1boy3girls
Phillipsburg, New Jersey, United States
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

We went for a drive, and went on the Sandia Crest scenic byway. The drive took us up the mountain into the Cibola National Forest. Halfway up our drive, the weather started to change to rain, fog, sleet, then snow. We had to turn around before reaching the top. Coming down the mountain, the weather went in reverse. We ended... More 

Thank Gail R
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

While on a road trip to Arizona in March, my boyfriend wanted me to experience the scenic southern route along Hwy. 60 through New Mexico. We took Interstate 25 south from Albuquerque to Socorro, where we hopped on Hwy. 60. Talk about a beautiful drive! We went through some truly quaint and some tiny towns. Our drive took us through... More 

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