Sandia Crest is part of the Cibola National Forest
. Paved all-weather roads lead to the observation deck, where a panorama encompasses 15,000 square miles. Hiking trails cover 80 miles. Sandia Crest Road Scenic Byway, an 11-mile stretch of Hwy 536, is on the stretch of Hwy 14 and 536 that links Albuquerque
and Santa Fe
. Volcanic rock formations, ghost towns and old turquoise and gold mines are found along the way. A self-guiding nature trail begins at the crest and loops for .25 mile. Cross-country skiing is offered during winter. Located 16 miles east of Albuquerque
on I-40, 6 miles north on Hwy 14, then 13 miles northwest on Hwy 536.