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Designation: New Mexico Scenic & Historic Byway
Fees: Fees for skiing
Length, One-Way: 28 Miles (46.67 Kilometers)
Time: 1 Hour

General Information

Description - 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.

Attractions - The Sandia Crest Byway is known for it's Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : Follow NM route 14 north from I-40 east of Albuquerque to NM route 536 west.

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Additional Information:
New Mexico Scenic Byways - New Mexico boasts numerous scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways. Billy the Kid Trail, El Camino Real, Historic Route 66, Jemez Mountain Trail, Santa Fe Trail and Turquoise Trail are all National Scenic Byways in New Mexico.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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