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Review of Sandia Crest Byway

Sandia Crest Byway
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

One of those "must go" drives if you are in the area. You can actually see for 100 miles or so from the crest.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Our intentions were to drive up to the lookout and then continue on thru the backroads on 165 to Farmington. This I understand is even a better view than what you get coming from I 40 up to The crest and look out. The drive to the crest is a very nice drive and there are several pullouts so you can stop and look. It is worth going out of your way to get there.
We get to the crest and spend a few minutes looking out over the valley a nice view
If you have been reading my reviews you have seen we have made three attempts to get to Salt lake and have not made it this time we are determined
As we continued back to 165 to take the back road of (unpaved 165) dark starts catching us. We made the turn onto the back road and see a sign that it is not maintained for cars and after about a mile we believed it so we turned around. It is only about a 7 mile drive of unpaved road and think it is worth the time but not in the dark.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive the unpaved road.
If you get there early enough instead of coming back down take the back road ,it comes out on paved state highway 165 near the town of placitas and then on to I-25 near Bernalillo.
Total drive is roughly 18 miles but takes about 49 minutes.
Over the years we have found a lot of hidden treasures or great drives just by taking unknown routes this 165 drive is one,most stop at the crest look out and then turn back and go to I40 the way they came
We had to miss this drive and go back to I 40 and then to Farmington. That drive was 49 miles which was only 48 minutes but added 30 miles to the drive and back over what we had seen
I only mention this in the review as it is still part of the Sandia Crest.
Here again there are two many places in New Mexico that you can spend more than a day. A 3.00 fee is not bad for day use,but you are still limited to haw far you can walk or hike. For a short saty it is fine

1  Thank doc191
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is a beautiful drive up the Sandia Crest Byway. Definately a great escape from the summer heat of the valley below. Numerous picnic/hiking/camping spots along the way. Amazing views, both east and west as you climb to the top. Unfortunately, we did not plan, with appropriate clothing or shoes to be able to walk along the trail at the top.

1  Thank TravelCritter6
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Reviewed July 23, 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.

Thank juwaraba
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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.

Thank toonderdan
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