Two Sandia Views
I managed a short evening outing a week ago to the crest of Sandia Peak outside of Albuquerque. New Mexico’s biggest city doesn’t get much respect as an outdoor/nature town, but it’s got a very satisfactory backyard wilderness. Sandia Peak rears up a vertical mile above the city center, with much of that gain represented by sheer cliffs of pink granite, some of the steepest and most impressive in the state. Lush conifer forests and aspen groves perch high above the desert flats of the Rio Grande Valley. If Sandia were an isolated massif out in the desert, it would be considered a spectacular and unique sky island range. Right next to Albuquerque, it’s just the local playground, but it’s still a beautiful place.
Unfortunately, the aspen groves up high had been rather wind stripped, but there was still some nice color down in the canyons. And sunset on such a range crest is always glorious. I need to come down here more often!