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Sandia Crest Is The Perfect Place To Explore When You Need To Beat The New Mexico Heat

The Sandia Mountain chain is crowned by Sandia Crest near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The non-volcanic geologic masterpiece provides a scenic splendor and a beautiful background for the city below. Sandia is the Spanish word for watermelon, and at sunset, the mountain reflects sunsets and creates a very convincing watermelon shade!

The Turquoise Trail or State Route 14 will transport you to this forested paradise, should you choose to drive the well-maintained paved road to the top on the east side. To get here, exit US Route 40 at Tijeras to join the Turquoise. The original Route 66 runs nearby and is marked. On the way up, you will also pass Tinkertown Museum, which makes a fun little stop on your drive to the east side of the mountain.

Photographer David Cooper travels across the Southwest and Western states, exploring the beautiful, unique, and little-known spots along the way. His adventures have carried him to Tent Rocks and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, a Viking Castle at Lake Tahoe, and Bryce Canyon In Utah.