Day Trips from Santa Fe Sights

Sandia Crest

  • NM 536 Map It
  • Sandia Park
  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

For awesome views of Albuquerque and half of New Mexico, take NM 536 up the back side of the Sandia Mountains through Cibola National Forest to Sandia Crest. At the 10,378-foot summit, explore the foot trails along the rim (particularly in summer) and take in the breathtaking views of Albuquerque down below, and of the so-called Steel Forest—the nearby cluster of radio and television towers. Always bring an extra layer of clothing, even in summer—the temperature at the crest can be anywhere from 15 to 25 degrees cooler than down in Albuquerque.

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NM 536, Sandia Park, New Mexico, 87047, United States

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Published 10/27/2015


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