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The Sandia Mountains

Favorite thing The Sandia Mountains seem to embrace Albuquerque. They remind me of the Andes Mountains in Chile for they seem to follow wherever one travels!

Here are some interesting facts about the Sandias:

*While Albuquerque sits at the center of the Rio Grande Rift area, the Sandia Mountains are located on the east edge of this zone.

*Some say when the Sandias were formed by uplift, they rose vertically more than 5 miles.

*The west side of the mountains is very rocky, while the east side has a gentle slope.

*37, 232 acres have been designated a wilderness on the western slope

*The Sandias have been deemed a sacred place by the Pueblo People of the area, who were granted most of the west side by a Spanish land grand in 1748.

(For more information see: www.cybergata.com/sandia.htm)

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VeronicaG
Oct 18, 2007

Where the Buffalo Roam (Kind of)

Favorite thing The Sandia Pueblo is on the north boundary of Albuquerque. Although they are small in population, they own a large amount of land with spectacular geography. Their casino has been hugely successful for them (but maybe not for the people who lose money there). They have started to raise buffalo on their grasslands. The buffalo would not let me get very close. I hope you can see them in the picture. BTW, it is NOT "gaming;" it is GAMBLING.

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AlbuqRay
Aug 07, 2005

Unforgiving Bike Paths

Favorite thing - Albuquerque is loaded with trails, which is good. However, these are largely bike trails and really not good for walkers as they are long and the desert sun is very unforgiving.
If you do venture upon the trails take A LOT of drinking water, a compass, sun block, sunglasses, a watch, etc. A bike will not only get you places faster but keep you cooler too as breezes in late August seem to be obsolete. Desert creatures are abundant and I was pleasently surprised at the amount of roadrunners (Albuquerques state bird) and hummingbirds. A pocket camera might be a good idea to take along on the walk as well.

-Albuquerque airport is nice, older, and seemingly uncrowded. Not a lot of shops available there, but they do a great job at displaying some of their Native & Spanish cultures in murals, paintings, and glass displays.

-Beauty & photography in the strangest of places... Some shots I took because they were a little off the wall, no real focal point in the picture. But they turned out the best, simply because of the shadows the sun plays on odd curves, like this picture I took at the botanical garden maze. It's a picture of nothing, but I thought it looked kind of interesting!

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lovemycacti
Feb 28, 2004

Things to Do Around Albuquerque

Favorite thing Arranged by:
- In Albuquerque itself
- Half days out of Albuquerque
- Day trips out of Albuquerque
- Overnight trips
- Long trips

Note! Original image was high resolution and very readable. I believe that it is still readable in the new VT picture format.

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AlbuqRay
Jun 04, 2014
 
 
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Hiking at Sandia Crest

Favorite thing There are lots of trails for hiking, and unfortunately, the visitor center does not provide any hand out maps. You can take a look at their map in the center, and decide from there which trail to take. The trail we took started behind the observatory deck, winding our ways through the mountain. The trail was unmarked and narrow, be careful.

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jujub
Sep 21, 2002

The aerial tramway to Sandía...

Favorite thing The aerial tramway to Sandía Peak is a beautiful and spectacular trip. Also, you can drive up the east side of the mountain to Sandía Crest. The tram ride is most enjoyable in daylight, but I think the view from the top is best at night when you can see the lights of Albuquerque, and sometimes Santa Fe and Los Alamos, spread out below.

zZigzZag
Aug 24, 2002

Take a ride up the Sandia Peak...

Favorite thing Take a ride up the Sandia Peak Tramway! This site is located in the Cibola National Forest and escalates up through the Sandia Mountain Wilderness! Head north out of Albuquerque to find this great spot!
***This is the third longest clear span in the world!***

Fondest memory My daughter is attempting to look through the viewer in this photo! Ifyou can see...each tube reveals another spot to observe! There is a bar/cafe,gift shop, and skiing in the winter at the top!

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jgemini65
Aug 25, 2002

Pretty sky

Favorite thing I liked how pretty the sunsets were here. There were different shades of orange, yellows, purples. The clouds looked cool. Bring your camera if you go out around dusk.

Fondest memory The air felt clean and crisp compared to LA. It was funny to hear how the locals did complain about how the pollution would settle up against the Sandias. I guess L.A. air must be really bad.

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supune
Sep 30, 2010

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Take the tram to the top of...

Favorite thing Take the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountain, or if you're adventurous, hike the La Luz trail to the top and enjoy the view of Albuquerque below.

Fondest memory Southwestern/Mexican food!!! There is a serious lack of good Southwestern/Mexican food in Boston/Cambridge. Tex/Mex is a poor imitation and is too Americanized. I wish I had more picture of Albuquerque to show, but I just got my digital camera last Nov. and I've only been home for a few days since.

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kjow
Aug 25, 2002

Climb to the top of a mountain...

Favorite thing Climb to the top of a mountain or high place and sit there for at least an hour and contemplate all you see

Fondest memory the orange light of a sunset reflected on a near by mountain

pufit
Aug 24, 2002

Sandia Crest

Favorite thing Sandia Crest is 16 miles east of Albuquerque (I-40, 6 miles north on SR-14, 14 miles NW on SR536). There is an observation deck and various hiking trails.

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jujub
Sep 21, 2002

Things To Do in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Located in Old Town, this museum is well worth paying the modest $3- entrance fee (children $1-, seniors $2-). Largely chronologically organized, the there are valuable ancient artifacts and old...
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Old Town

Probably the busiest tourist attraction in town is the Old Town, which is the remains of the original city center around a plaza, with adobe buildings turned into restaurants and shops. Mostly kitsch...
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is NOT in Old Town, nor in downtown Albuquerque, but it is easy and find as it can be seen from I-40 freeway. This is a wonderful place to visit for it's ceremonial...
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

New Mexico is where the world's first atomic bomb was developed, built, and detonated, so it is appropriate that the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is located here. It is the only...
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Sandia Peak

Sandia Mountain is a 10,000ft peak that defines the landscape of Albuquerque, towering over it. Cable car rides are available to the top and there is skiing in winter and hiking during the summer...
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