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Balsam Glade Picnic Area

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Open through Mon Oct 14 2013
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35.21361, -106.40722
35°12'49"N, 106°24'26"W

From Albuquerque, drive approximately 7 miles east on I-40 to Exit 175. Continue north on Highway 14 for another 7 miles to Highway 536. Go west on Highway 536 for approximately 9 miles to the picnic area.

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The Sandia Crest Scenic Highway extends 13.6 miles from the picnic area into the Sandia Mountains. It is a popular path for motorcyclists and auto touring, with its miles of winding road to the summit.

Day hikes are available along many surrounding trails, including to La Madera Canyon Overlook.

Sandia Peak Ski Area offers a tram to 10,678' Sandia Crest, which gives visitors a different vantage point to see the surrounding range and valleys. It provides a panoramic view of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley below. Sunsets are spectacular, as are night views of the city lights and starry skies.

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