Sandia Crest Scenic Byway: San Antonito to Sandia Crest Professional Review and Guide
"A 14-mile drive from scrubby piñon-juniper forest to tremendous views and lush sub-alpine forest on the highest highway in New Mexico. The paved highway to the top of the Sandia Mountains is one of the most spectacular drives in New Mexico. The road ends at the highest point in the Sandia Mountains, the 10,678-foot Sandia Crest. Although the Sandia Mountains are not large in area, they are high and even have a ski area. The mountains form a spectacular backdrop to Albuquerque, their imposing cliffs towering more than a mile above the city.
The views, combined with close proximity to Albuquerque, attract many thousands of people every year to Sandia Crest. Special attractions: Sandia Crest, Sandia Peak Tramway, Sandia Mountain Wilderness, Sandia Peak Ski Area, Cibola National Forest, Sandia Man, Tinkertown, hiking, fall color, and views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."