We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Cibola National Forest

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Albuquerque, NM
Website
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 123 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Wildlife

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Carolyn D
,
Santa Fe,NM
Add Photo Write a Review

123 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 121: English reviews
Santa Fe,NM
Level Contributor
84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

Helpful?
Thank Carolyn D
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 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

Helpful?
Thank marywD5517UX
Louisville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
907 reviews
521 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 363 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.

Helpful?
Thank Richard F
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
171 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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!

Helpful?
Thank umakethecall
Amarillo, Texas
Level Contributor
54 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.

Helpful?
Thank UncleRoy1
Peterborough, Ontario
Level Contributor
95 reviews
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 

Helpful?
4 Thank 4givN
Layton, Utah
Level Contributor
57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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

Helpful?
Thank nanaof1boy3girls
Phillipsburg, New Jersey, United States
Level Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

Helpful?
Thank Gail R
Level Contributor
40 reviews
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 

Helpful?
2 Thank Andrea J
Wasilla
Level Contributor
90 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

The drive to Sandia Crest travels through forests that are beautiful. I drove this in early spring for birding. At that date the birding was only so-so but I enjoyed the scenery and a couple of short hikes.

Helpful?
1 Thank Tom-MN67

Travelers who viewed Cibola National Forest also viewed

 
 

Been to Cibola National Forest? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cibola National Forest and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
11 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Cibola National Forest staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?