Hikes in Central New Mexico to Experience this Season

By Colin Peña, New Mexico Daily Lobo

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

November 25, 2019 – From climbing massive mountains then skiing down them up north, to desert backpacking and rock climbing down south, there are outdoor activities year-round in New Mexico. For many students at the University of New Mexico, these outdoor activities are popular, but it is not always necessary to take a three-hour drive to have a good time outside.

Exploding 5,000 feet above the Rio Grande, the Sandia Mountains sit in Albuquerque’s backyard. No Albuquerque local can find the eastern direction without looking for them, but the Sandias are often forgotten when talking about New Mexico’s natural beauty.

The views of the Sandias from anywhere on campus or in town are always amazing. I recommend going outside and looking up at them right now. Whether snow dusts the tops and outlines the trees and rock faces, or if they are all shrouded in a cloud, the mountains are always a spectacle.

For the snow junkies, the Sandias don’t have as much to offer as the rest of New Mexico. The bunny hills at Sandia Peak might not compare to the world-class Taos runs, but if you are not picky and want to go skiing, it certainly is a place you can do so. For those who are less dogmatic about winter fun, there are plenty of little hills off the side of the road to sled down as well…