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Sandia Crest Byway

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Address: Cibola National Forest, Sandia Park, NM

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Beautiful views of the City!

A half hour drive from downtown rewards with mountain air and a beautiful evergreen forest dotted with Aspen. It must be beautiful in the fall but it was great in April for our... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
El Paso, TX
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El Paso, TX
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A half hour drive from downtown rewards with mountain air and a beautiful evergreen forest dotted with Aspen. It must be beautiful in the fall but it was great in April for our visit. Fascinating to see the desert and the city below.

Thank mrsc_5000
Auburn, Washington
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237 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tram was closed for maintenance while we were in Albuquerque so we drove to the top. It was a very nice drive up there and the view was excellent. We took a short walk on a trail to the south of the visitors center that went right along the edge of the drop off...nice. Depending on the time you... More 

Thank Roadtrip E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I drove all the way to the the top of Sandia Crest. From there, you can look down below to smoggy Albuquerque. There is about a 20 degree difference in temperature between Albuquerque and Sandia Crest. When I was there in March, the temperature in Albuquerque was in the 70s, and on Sandia Crest there was snow. Also at the... More 

1 Thank Andi55_13
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Just the ride on the tram to the top was worth going. The trails at the top of the crest are beautiful and there are overlooks that you can see all the way down to the city. We went on a day that it started to snow and it was breathtaking! Even in the snow the trails are well marked... More 

1 Thank Cheryl L
Albuquerque, NM
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Take the drive up the backside of the Sandia Mountains to reach the crest and look down on Albuquerque from almost 11,000' asl. Take a hike on the trails and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the gift shop. Along the winding drive to the crest if you look carefully you'll probably see some deer along the road as... More 

Thank sportsdvl
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

The drive up Sandia Crest was a nice little drive. We drove to the top which gave us nice views; however the little gift shop/cafe was underwhelming. There was a 20 degree difference between the top of the mountain and the base.

Thank supermom_of_3Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Living in FL, I missed the snow and wanted to see some so we drove up Sandia Crest Byway. It was a nice drive to the top. A little scary at times since the road wasn't completely clear from snow in some areas but everything was fine. There were people sledding in certain areas. Wish we would have taken a... More 

Thank Cell15
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My husband I took a trip to see the snow since we missed it so much from Michigan. The views are amazing and the little restaurant had perfect hot chocolate, but the drive up was terrifying! No one knows how to drive in the snow (a few inches in the road), we saw a mustang stuck in a snow bank,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Worth the time to drive up the east side of the Sandia Mountains. You get to go through lots of forest which changes as you get higher. Finally, you get to the crest and can treat yourself to beautiful 360 degree views, including Albuquerque below.

Thank dbinhou7511
Riverside, Connecticut
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Fantastic to see the ice build on the trees and bushes as you drove higher up the mountain. The views form the top are spectacular. I wouldn't want to drive it when it was snowing, I bet it's pretty treacherous. Well worth the trip, if it had been warmer we might have done one of the hikes, but 20 degrees... More 

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