Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

hiking
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:)

hiking
19 days ago

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

it was awesome great views

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

Nice hike, cool temps in the morning!

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

2 months ago

Wasn’t really impressed. Lots of winding trails to choose from. Very open. Pretty views but wouldn’t do again.

So I’m fairly new to hiking/backpacking with only about 100 miles under my feet so far. With that said, however, parts of this trail were pretty hard compared to trails with a “hard” classification. My daughter is very active and even she had a tough time. This trail is BEAUTIFUL and totally worth the sweat and effort despite my previous statement. If, like me, you’re newer to the hobby just be aware that this will be challenging and then GO!!!!

2 months ago

The trail was beautiful but a little more sun than I like.

2 months ago

Great hike! Great views. Downhill so conserve your energy for the way back!

on Tecolote Trail

2 months ago

Very easy and short trail. Nice views at the top. It did get a little crowded at around 9.

Definitely use the Alltrails app to record your hike as there are many unmarked trails along the ridge.

Very beautiful trail with grass and flowers. The north-facing view at the end was great. We came back via the north crest trail giving us some shade and some westward views. We had to hike on the road for about 1/3 mike to get back to our car. Total distance doing this route was 6.7 miles.

3 months ago

Trail is closed until further notice as of July 8th, 2018.

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