Weighing in at a massive 1.6 million acres, this National Forest is divided into four Ranger Districts: the Sandia, Mountainair, Mt. Taylor, and Magdalena. When you add in the National Read more...
Weighing in at a massive 1.6 million acres, this National Forest is divided into four Ranger Districts: the Sandia, Mountainair, Mt. Taylor, and Magdalena. When you add in the National Grasslands, the recreational opportunities are endless.
Here you’ll find some of the best mountain biking in New Mexico. We’re particularly fond of Otero Canyon and the slickrock of Red Rocks Trail. There’s also the grueling climb to the top of Sandia Peak. It’s 10,000 feet of lung-busting good times.
For those interested in summit views without the all the aerobics, the Sandia Peak Tramway offers a more genteel way to the top. However you get up there, you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley. Sunset is the best time to catch those classic New Mexico colors. If the 10,378 foot peak isn’t high enough for you, hot air balloon rides can be booked from Albuquerque.
Of course, there’s tons of hiking too. One of our faves is the Strawberry Canyon hike, a 2.5-mile trek up to McGaffey Lookout Tower and another set of stunning panoramic views.
With most campgrounds not more than an hour’s drive from Albuquerque, you’ll have your pick of the area’s traditional sites, cabins, or lodges. But remember, it’s a desert. Bring good, sturdy boots and lots of water.