Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Cibola National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

I hiked this with my husband and our dog today, Sunday, November 10. It was a perfect fall day in New Mexico. The road to the trailhead is unpaved for the last several miles and is somewhat rough. We made it by driving carefully in a passenger car, but something with a little more ground clearance would have been preferable. The trailhead starts right at the Sandia Caves parking area. We started around 8:45 AM. It took us 1:50 to reach the top including a 15 minute snack break. We clocked it at 3.8 miles each way. The trail is a little tricky to follow in places, and there is lots of low growth. Definitely heed the advice of a previous reviewer to wear long pants no matter what time of year. A couple route-finding notes: You will come to an open meadow at around 3 miles. Take the lesser-traveled trail to the right here, not the one that seems to go straight ahead. Then around 3.2 miles, you'll see a trail that goes off to the right and up hill. There was a tree down there when we hiked it. You need to take this trail to the right. It goes all the way to the top with no scrambling/climbing needed. Watch for cairns to guide you. You'll either have to scramble or will get cliffed out if you stay on the main trail. The views from the top are limited. We didn't see anyone else all day. A nice day hike near ABQ to get away from crowds!

Nice hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Did this hike on 10/27. Still hints of color on the trail. Yellows and oranges and reds. A lot of the leaves have fallen so if you’re planning on making the 1 1/2 hr trip for the 3 mile hike you better do it soon :) it’s always great to get out to nature though!!

Dog friendly. Moderate difficulty. Rest/food at either end. Great views and crest trail or inner wood if desired.

Just hiked this today. Not much of the beautiful colors left. I would have loved to make it last week. Still fun and easy to follow

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing leaves!

Well well worth the hike. So beautiful

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rocky
17 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Honestly was a little disappointed by the views on this trail! They were right there.. but covered by trees. I think it would be a great running trail as you’d be concentrating on the ground. I wore shorts and sweatshirt and got a slight sweat going! It was a gorgeous day. Also bring $3!

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked on 10/23. Colors are incredible! It's slightly past peak but that just means the ground is also covered in colorful leaves. This is a 6 star hike when you can catch the leaves turning. The last mile is down a dirt road but still gorgeous.

hiking
21 days ago

my sister and I hiked this trail Sunday, October 20th. The color and foliage was at an extreme PRIME! We drove into the trail in a passenger car and I couldn’t suggest something higher as the road to the trail is rocky, bumpy, has holes and drops. Our navigation said we arrived about 15min before hitting the actual trail- plan to drive about 30 minutes from the main road into the trailhead. A definite must visit trail in New Mexico! Add it to your bucket list (+ it’s a photographers DREAM! )

Horse riding the trail was a challenge. Foot traffic was gracious allowing equine to pass, but the narrow rocky trail created a few leg scraps while traversing and navigating a portion of trail steepness. The fall leaves are very breath taking. This is the way to create Great memories.

hiking
23 days ago

Fun trail, lots of people on it. Once you get near the end (the last mile) it is a dirt road which is fairly well traveled with vehicles. Happy to do again!

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rocky
23 days ago

Great hike , a little windy but beautiful fall scenery will be back

on Fourth of July Trail

hiking
24 days ago

I hiked this with my husband and dog on Saturday, October 19. It was peak fall foliage time - the colors were absolutely gorgeous. We were the fourth car in the lot when we arrived around 8:00 AM. Follow signs for Fourth of July Campground. There is a small parking area at the end of the campground, or there is parallel hiker parking further out if that is full. By the time we finished shortly after 11:00, there had to have been more than 100 cars there. It was bananas! This made the portions of the trail near the campground extremely crowded. We very much enjoyed the loop overall (we didn't see anyone anywhere except within .5 miles of the campground) but were glad we didn't start any later. A note about the forest road: it is very rough and narrow in places. I advise an SUV or truck with sufficient ground clearance (not a passenger car).

Stunning views! One of the best hikes I’ve been on around ABQ!

Beautiful fall colors. I give the trail a solid 4 but the leaves were a 5.

hiking
29 days ago

Incredibly beautiful, mid October for amazing colors, dog friendly. A bit busy.

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rocky
29 days ago

It was a great trail. There was some heavy foot traffic on the trail and in some places was difficult to get by people. We went in October during the leaf change and it was gorgeous. The route on the map above is closer to 6 miles than 4.3.

Sandia crest top of the mountain beaitufil overlook Douglas firs and yellow leaf quaking aspen Oct 13

hiking
30 days ago

Gorgeous ! Perfect time of year for this one. Lots of people and puppers out.

Beautiful fall colors at the overlook. My recording showed 5.6 miles.

This trail is 100% perfect. As a native New Mexican, I always heard it was beautiful but never made the drive out before. I really wish I had! I hiked today, 10-11-19 and the conditions were perfect, lots of beautiful fall color, rock outcroppings gorgeous vistas, blue skies and cool (not cold) weather. Hurry, before the leaves are gone!

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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Always beautiful!!!

hiking
1 month ago

They have been clearing trees and it just isn’t that interesting. Easy stuff with some areas with rocks. Fine for kids.

Hiked 130 to 93 to 94 to 130 to 339, and 97 back to the tram. Fun , easy hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

Nice clear trail. I bet some of the views would be neat at night, but definitely bring a flashlight 'cause quite rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

thoroughly enjoyed it

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