The Cibola National Forest and trails are open, however, Forest
employees are furloughed. This info is from the Sandia Tram website.
Click Here for the tram.
Albuquerque, NM. July 15, 2013. Cibola National Forest and Grasslands
Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman announced that Sandia Ranger District is
going out of fire restrictions effective 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16,
“The Sandias have recently received a lot of rain, which has
increased the moisture levels in the vegetation to the point where it
should limit the spread of any human or natural-caused wildfires,” said
Kohrman. “In addition, the long-range weather forecast is predicting
cooler weather and more rain for the area, which is a good indicator that
the monsoon season has arrived.”
The only district that remains
closed is the Mountainair Ranger District. The area has received some
scattered precipitation, but it is still very dry. District staff are
closely monitoring the conditions and will reassess when more
505 281-3304 for day to day news.
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Cibola National Forest click here!
ABOUT THE LA LUZ TRAIL
La Luz trail gives you panoramic views of Albuquerque.
As you hike you are treated to ever-changing views of cliffs and trees and
wildflowers. The wildflowers are amazing many are unfamiliar.
After hiking up the trail take the tram ride down and have someone pick
you up. The walk back to the trail head is hot in the summer and there is
At the crest you can also have a meal, snack or drink at the High
How to get there: Take Tramway to the Juan Tabo turnoff. Turn right and follow
signs to the parking area. There is a parking fee of $3 per car.
Trail Length: 8-9 miles
Level of difficulty: Strenuous. Take plenty of water and high- energy food, and
give yourself plenty of time to descend before darkness.
Altitude range: 7,000 to10,378 (At the junction of La Luz and
Spur Trail 84, you can choose to go left to the Sandia
Crest House, the highest point in the Sandias at
Times to go: Late spring, summer and well into fall.
Careful: Be prepared for unexpected weather changes and a full day of
hiking if you plan to reach the crest. Take rain gear and warm jackets,
and make sure everyone in your party is physically up to the challenge.
Hiking part way and turning around is a good plan when first starting out.
Always stay on the trail.
WATER: 2 quarts per person min. Also take food and snacks for the trip.
MAPS: Sandia Mountain Wilderness, Cibola National
(Available at Sandia Ranger Station. Call 281-3304.)