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“Nice mountain trails”

Ranked #33 of 222 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.
Larkspur, Colorado
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice mountain trails”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

Hiked several trails on east side of Sandia Peak. A little muddy & icey due to recent snows/thaw. Easy to navigate & beautiful surroundings. Several spots to park & hike.

Visited February 2014
Thank Charles M
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“So many outdoor options!”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Albuquerque is a city with so much to offer in outdoor activities, and CNF is one of the great treasures. There are some many trail options and things to explore. You must remember that your are going into a wilderness area. Be sure that you are adequate prepared. There are many trails at lower elevations for exploring/exercising, but you also have the opportunity to go much deeper into the wilderness if you so choose. Know your trails and plan ahead. Temperatures can fluctuate greatly from the based of the mountain to the top.

Visited January 2014
Thank DJM7859
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Austin TX
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116 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful drive to the top”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Liked - Easy and short drive from ABQ. Road was empty and the mountains gorgeous. Nothing to dislike!

Visited January 2014
1 Thank PeterPakChong
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55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful, challenging hike but need more trail markers.”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We started out on the Tramway Trail and connected with the La Luz Trail. We were about 7 miles into the hike when we started to hit snow. We met up with a ranger, who was very helpful and said we should be able to make it to the tram station and offered different options to accomplish this. We continued on, only to find no trail markers, except for a random gold painted arrow carved into a tree. We continued on for another mile or so, not seeing one trail marker. Although we felt we were probably on the right trail, we didn't want to risk getting lost at that time of day, so we made the tough choice to head back down. We were dissappointed to not make it all the way to the tram station, but it was still a great hike and worth the sore knees. I would really love to see a few blazes on some trees or a few more signs.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank prairiedave
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Omaha, Nebraska
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2013

The Cibola National Forest is so beautiful! I've never seen so many ponderosa pine in all my life! You can take that drive by going East on I-40, and getting off at the Cedar Crest exit, hwy # 14. This is called the Turquoise Trail by the locals. Keep driving north, and you'll see the signs for Sandia Crest. That will take you into the Cibola National Forest. the road is long and winding as you gain altitude going up to the top. I loved this drive, it's so beautiful! I plan on doing this when I go back to Albuquerque next year. Cedar Crest is a little mountain town, and if you go further up north on Hwy #14 you can go to the old mining town of Madrid!

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Sweetpea1051
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