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.
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.
Scenery from the Sandia Crest Nature Trail
It's not too shabby at all up there!
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