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4.4 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.4
5 Reviews

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Apr 30, 2006

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eiesch
96 McR Points
February 21, 2020
Great scenery, and twisty road. On the other side…
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Andrew V
18 McR Points
May 11, 2020
Great ride up and down the mountain. Usually…
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Written Directions

The starting point for this route is found about 5 miles north east of the town of Tijeras, NM (which is just about 7 or so miles East of Albuquerque). From Tijeras head north on state route 14 until you come to where 14 and Route 536. It is at this intersection where the route starts. Take a left (west) on 536 through Sandia Park and just continue into the park and up Cibola Mountain (13 mile trip). The end of the route is the top of the mountain so you'll have another 13 miles to get back. Note: this route is Called the Turquoise Trail and described (with map) in the National Scenic Byway web site.

Scenery

Heavily wooded along both sides. Occasional openings that oversee the eastern slope of this Mountain found on the Eastside of Albuquerque. Once at the top you can park and walk to the scenic overlook of Albuquerque.

Drive Enjoyment

This 13.6 mile stretch is loaded with hairpin turns as it climbs to the top of the Mountain. Short straights take you to the next turn quite often with downshifting required as you must climb out of each turn.

Tourism Opportunities

This is a national park (Cibola) so the only thing that is available in the area is at the top of the mountain which is only bathrooms. No fuel, restaurants, etc... along the way, however, this is an interesting Museum on the way up called the Tinkertown Museum. A man spent 40 years of his life putting together the carvings and collections of this 22 room museum.

If you need other amenities you can get them along Route 14 off of Interstate 40 east of Albuquerque. Other information about this road (also referred to as the Turquoise Trail) can be found at the Turquoise Trail web site.

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eiesch
February 21, 2020
96 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Enduro
Great scenery, and twisty road. On the other side of the mountain a dirt road leads to Placitas.
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Andrew V
May 11, 2020
18 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Adventure Touring
Great ride up and down the mountain. Usually some traffic and no authorized passing spots, but a great twisty road for any type of motorcycle.
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Grandad PJ
June 9, 2020
13 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Rode this today. Has many 180 degree turns very exciting. Need to by activity pass if you are going to park at top of Sandia Crest
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