DescriptionThe forest comprises scattered mountain ranges rising from the desert east and south of Albuquerque and stretching west to Arizona. Cibola National Forest's 1,625,542 acres encompass four ranger districts: Sandia, Mt. Taylor, Mountainair and Magdalena. Recreational opportunities include camping, fishing and hiking.
The rugged Canadian River Canyon west of Roy provides another type of beauty within Kiowa National Grassland. The forest also administers Black Kettle National Grassland, in neighboring western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. Camping and fishing center on the grassland's five lakes. In some areas, hunting is available in season, and there is skiing at Sandia Peak Ski Area.
A chairlift carries visitors to the northeastern face of Sandia Peak. The lift may be accessed via the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or by automobile, taking I-40 exit 175 north to SR 536. The tram operates daily 9-9, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; Wed.-Mon. 9-8, Tues. 5-8, rest of year. It is closed for 10 to 12 days in April and November for maintenance. The tram also transports mountain bikes for cyclists exploring the peak's upper trails. Phone (505) 856-7325.
Things to SeeSandia Crest
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramwaysee Albuquerque.