Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Really great hike. Road up to the trail head was a little rough. Great views up top

Gorgeous views and well marked trail. Easy for my 6 and 8 year olds to hike.

enjoyable. it can get windy up top so make sure to check the weather.

wonderful fall hike. the colors are truly stunning.

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4 days ago

Elic fall hike!! Did the loop. Rolling up on a black bear forging on acorns made it absolutely awesome!

Just amazing and a must do if you are around Albuquerque and have some time to kill.

Awesome hike. Not too hard. Beautiful views.

We hiked this on 10/10/18 and the leaves were beautiful - probably peak for the red maples. Pretty trail but signage is not very good. We ended up on Cerro Blanco but turned back once it joined up with Crest Trail. It was pretty much all uphill to that point.

The east part of the Rincon Spur Trail ends at the Knife Edge of the Shield (furthest waypoint on recording). This is 0.8 miles from the south Piedra Lisa Trail junction. You can hike and scramble with minimal climbing for about 2/10 of a mile up the Knife Edge to about 9000 ft elevation. After that you would be free climbing. Unmatched views, serious wind and a plenty steep enough trail await.

We walked to the cabin from the tram. Really nice hike. Pretty & pretty easy:)

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19 days ago

Beautiful trail. Mostly uphill for the first half but worth it!

it was awesome great views

Gorgeous hike! Little shade, but amazing views and foliage in the summer.

Great views! Will definitely do again.

Incredible hike. Started at 9am and the weather was comfortable the whole way up. Mountain provided plenty of shade. I actually split off at the end of the La Luz to go up to crest and think it was worth it. Had a nice lunch at the Cafe at the top and then took trail along the ridge over to the tram. Allowed me to knockout the stone cabin as well. Adds about 2 miles, but if you have the energy I'd recommend it.

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27 days ago

Hiked this middle of September and enjoyed it very much! Great views! Distance out is about 2.2 miles and a little steep in places. Nice shade through the trees which is a must when it's 85+ degrees and sunny!

My favorite trail in the Sandias. I usually take it up to the 10k, then to the ski fields to the top of the mountain, then back down.

A well maintained and marked trail. Definitely a moderate trail. It gets your heart rate up.

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1 month ago

Hard hike with tons of rocks. Recommend doing during fall or early spring.

Very beautiful location. Visited last on 9 Sept.18. It was closed. I was kinda disappointed to see they cut down quite a few trees etc. at the entry where you park. I really hope that is because they are going to upgrade. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Great hike, some up and down, great views of the city and the mountains! Some shade, but a hat and water definitely needed.

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1 month ago

Great trail to hike. Took my 8 year old son and we had lots of fun.

Great trail. Not too many people. Came across two groups of two horses, several dogs and we saw a black bear!!! Not 100 ft from the trail. It ran fast an opposite way when it saw us first. Very exciting!!

Nice hike, cool temps in the morning!

Nice trail. I thought there were a lot of bikers, but I went on a Sunday. I went the counterclockwise route and am glad for it. If you don’t mind a steeper climb until the first junction then it makes for a nice gradual downhill hike out when you get into Tunnel Road. Will definitely do it again but only on a weekday when there aren’t as many bikers.

Nice trail right outside of ABQ. Beautiful rock formations. Not much shade. Much fun. Namaste

Easy to follow trail, lots of up hill climbing. Mostly full sun, so start your hike early. We'll be back.

Fantastic views of Sandia Peaks. Fairly shady but excellent work out!

Really nice trail, climbed my own trail for a bit before realizing the trail went the same way. Love the boulder outcrop 2.5 mikes in, great view

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