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Sandia Crest Scenic Byway, New Mexico
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Description: Meander up this paved road on the back side of the Big Watermelon Mountain that hovers over Albuquerque and you`ll end up at the radio towers overlooking the entire Rio Grande corridor. Sandia Crest is a mile above the surrounding countryside and 2 miles above sea level. The all- weather, paved Sandia Crest Highway (NM 536) is the highest scenic drive in the southwest. The Sandia Mountains were created by an uplift, leaving the forested eastern slope you'll drive up, and a craggy, cliff-like western face. Part of the Cibola National Forest, the Sandias are home to Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bear and many other mammals and birds— including the golden eagles you may see soaring at the Crest. To experience some of the many moods of the Crest, we recommend an afternoon hike along the trails. Then relax awhile at the Sandia Crest House Gift Shop and Restaurant. Stay to enjoy the sunset— sometimes spectacular! — and the incredible night view of the city lights and starry skies.

Location: NM 536 for 13 1/2 miles   Latitude: 35.211707   Longitude: -106.445863

Address: Sandia Ranger District-Cibola National Forest
11776 Highway 337
Tijeras, NM  87059
Phone: 505-281-3304

Season: Year Round

Fee: N/A

Reservations: N/A
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability
 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports

Services and Facilities
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability  An A for Accessible indicates the service or facility is accessible to people with disabilities
 Visitor Center  Group Campgnd  RV Sites
  Exhibits  Campgnd, Primitive  Electric Hookup
 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: See Sandia Mountain Picnic Areas for recreational facilities. Remember that agencies abutting scenic and backcountry drives may post local access or fire restrictions. Check by phone if you have questions.
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