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“How to feel far from the city while you are relatively close!”

Ranked #35 of 224 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: A 1.5-million-acre park whose elaborate trail system includes La Luz Trail, which climbs over 3,300 feet in nine miles.
Reviewed May 24, 2012

We went hiking this week on a trail off of Las Huertas Creek- just take 165 through Placitas to about mile marker 14 and you'll see a small parking area for about 7 cars. On the right is a dip and the beginning of trail. It's green, relatively untraveled with many wildflowers and flowering shrubs. It is quiet except for the utterances of an occasional bird or insect. The barrel cacti were showing off their magnificent deep red blooms and you meander through alpine and high desert zones. There are views of San Antonio on the back side of the Sandias and if you look closely there are rocks with fossils reminding you that what is 9000 feet above sea level used to be below the ocean. Without straining ourselves too much we were able to climb a ridge for more views looking west towards Placitas.
Albuquerque and Rio Rancho vanished as I immersed myself in the limestone and granite refuge of a late Spring rebirth.

Thank cdlune
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

So many different things to do in the CNF. There is some primitive camping near Sandia Peak - the views are great, and the hiking is great. Hasn't been much snow lately, so the cross-country isn't that great. Again on the way to Sandia Peak, there is a cool place for sledding for the kids. Well kept and not trashed.

Thank sfairborne2001
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

High mountain biking and hiking trails. Some trails are very remote.Take lots of water and emergency supplies. Beautiful scenery in the high desert. Cell phones may not work so be aware of your surroundings and stay safe. Wildlife, including black bears and mountain lions may be sharing your trail.

Thank lugubrious
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Cibola Forest offers a beautiful, scenic drive to Sandia Peak. It's a great alternative to the tram. There are also many, many gorgeous hiking trails, as well as an easy, signed nature walk at the peak. The peak and parts of the trails at the peak are easily accessible to people of all fitness levels and physical abilities. It's definitely worth the trip!

Thank limeijulia
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

Around every corner of my drive through the park was another amazing view, I just wished there were more places to pull over when I wanted to stop and admire it.

Great options for hiking trails, I followed a couple along a ways and was rewarded with lovely forest in all directions.

I hope the albequerque locals come to visit a great park so close to their city.

Thank Sarah11eleven
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