09 Sandia Crest National Scenic Byway

Published: October 12th 2009
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Sandia Crest Byway

On my west coast trip I stopped at Madrid NM and was told by a local that this was a must ride. He was right. Its a 14 mile road that takes you to the top of a local mountain. The only way off is to turn around and come back down. The road is a lot of tight twisties and real fun. It smelled great! In the 14 miles you climb 10K feet to an elevation of 10621 ft. 23 miles south of Madrid on Hwy 14 or 3 miles north of I-40 on Hwy 14 is the entrance to the byway. The top is at coordinates are N 35 12.632' W 106 26.958' . The pictures will tell you how beautiful it is. Nothing else for me to say.

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at the top

There was a building but I don't think it was manned.
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Antenna Mountain on the top

My GPS stopped working at the top.. I figured this might have caused some interference.

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