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Cibola National Forest

#34 of 222 things to do in Albuquerque Features Animals
Albuquerque, NM
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Stunning Views

We were glad to finally get to hike this trail as it was closed for maintenance when we were here... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peterborough, Ontario
Beautiful National Forest, and more......

My wife and I recently visited New Mexico and stayed in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. On the drive... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Wilmington, North Carolina
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A 1.5-million-acre park whose elaborate trail system includes La Luz Trail, which climbs over 3,300 feet in nine miles.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“east side” (13 reviews)
“sandia crest” (10 reviews)
“hiking trails” (11 reviews)
Albuquerque, NM
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were glad to finally get to hike this trail as it was closed for maintenance when we were here last year. We were not disappointed as the views were absolutely stunning. The trail is well marked and you can climb as high as you...More

Thank 4givN
Reviewed 20 May 2017

My wife and I recently visited New Mexico and stayed in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. On the drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe we stopped at the Sandia Peak Tramway and rode it to the top of the mountain. As you leave the base...More

Thank pparrothead
Reviewed 19 May 2017

A good place to get out of the town. Lot's of hiking trails (short and easy to long and difficult). Plenty of camping sites and picnic locations.

Thank mmikko
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Cibola National Forest is a refreshing change from most "tourist attractions" in that it is completely noncommercial. Great views of the mountains.

Thank dg2727
Reviewed 20 April 2017

we just drove thru this. it was beautiful with all the trees. we didnt get off the main road so not sure what lays hidden inside

Thank Mickey W
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Beautiful place to go, whether driving or hiking. We came from down in the valley, where the we were sweating at close to 70 degrees and were surprised when our guide drove us up to the top of the mountain to need coats as it...More

Thank SarahJo4110
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Sandia peak,Mount Taylor in Grants New Mexico are beautiful and a hikers and trail bikers dream,you can hike to the top of Sandia Peak from the west face of the mountain but you will want to take a lot of water and energy snacks is...More

Thank Donnie G
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Depending on which side of the Sandia Mountains you enter, the Cibola NF will give you a completely different experience. On the Westside, you will be awed by dizzying cliff faces. On the Eastside, you will walk among towering pondersosa and cedars.

Thank choltz2016
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Place to go hiking right on the east edge of Albuquerque. Very different looking at the west side of the mountains from the city, or driving around to the east side. Plenty of trails and picnic areas. Get away and see the forest (and maybe...More

Thank dbinhou7511
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We called ahead to ask about the Water Canyon campground. There was no charge, so win. We brought our two toddlers. It was rough getting in and it poured on all of our stuff for and hour, but we loved the adventure. It was obvious...More

1  Thank Jacqueline C
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How do I find out when the tress are in color?
17 September 2015|
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Response from catherineh417 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure where you can find that information. A good rule of thumb is that the higher the elevation and latitude, the sooner the color. Generally, aspen change first, beginning in late September.