Sandia Crest in Albuquerque, New Mexico - Elevation 10,684 Feet

Driving Up To Sandia Crest
If you're looking for fun things to do in Albuquerque, then driving to the top of Sandia Crest should be on your list. The Sandia Mountains is the range east of the city, and a road travels up the eastern slope to reach the top at 10,684 feet. Because I'm from Colorado, I call this drive the "Pikes Peak of Albuquerque." Truly, the views are scenic and worth a visit.

Other issues: There is a parking fee ($3 for cars) by the national park service. A restaurant and gift shop are at the top. Be prepared for much cooler temperatures due to the elevation gain. Directions: From Albuquerque, travel east on Interstate 40 into the canyon. Take Highway 14 north at Cedar Crest and follow the signs to the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway. The 14-mile road (Highway 536) begins in the town of Sandia Park. You could simply search for "Sandia Park, NM" on your smart phone.

Sandia Mountains, New Mexico
The Sandia Mountains as seen from Albuquerque. You'll be up near the antennae when you arrive.

Photos and videos by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

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Sandia Crest Scenic Byway

Photos

May 8, 2015 - The Sandia Crest Scenic Byway begins at Highway 536 in Sandia Park.
Sandia Crest Scenic Byway For miles, the road climbs in elevation through forest.
Sandia Crest Antennae The radio towers and antennae.
Sandia Crest, New Mexico

Sandia Crest, NM

Sandia Crest, New Mexico

Scenic Views at Sandia Point

TOP: Facing southwest, one can see pretty much all of Albuquerque. (As always, be sure to click the image to view it at a larger size.)

SECOND: The view to the south, which includes a great vantage point of South Sandia Peak.

THIRD: Facing west. The stray road is North Tramway.

Sandia Crest, New Mexico There are views to the east.

I'm not sure of the names of those mountains, but that's part of the Pecos River watershed.

Lightning Warning A warning about lightning strikes.
Sandia Crest Cliff I did a short walk on the Sandia Crest Natural Trail. There are a few cliffs.
South Sandia Peak, NM A better view of South Sandia Peak. I really need to hike that one.
Steve Me on Sandia Crest. A little too normal. I promise to do something crazier for the next photo gallery. :)

Videos

Scenery from the Sandia Crest Nature Trail

It's not too shabby at all up there!

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