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NM 536 / NM 165 : Sandia Park - Placitas ( Sandia Crest Road )

NM - RioArriba/LosAlamos/... > New Mexico > United States > America
September 23, 2007 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

This is a must-not-miss side trip from the Turquoise Trail trip. This road rivals some of the best hairpins in Europe as it winds up the back of the Sandia where one can look over Albuquerque and about 100 miles of central NM. I had a friend who wore grooves in the sidewalls of his Yamaha on this road, but take it easy or well have to pull you r bike out of the top of a tree. It is also a decision point: its a round-trip to the top of the Sandia Mountain and back down to the Turquoise Trail, or a turnoff halfway back down takes you over to Placitas and connects you to the end of the Jemez Valley trip. A decent unpaved road (NM 165) will be no problem for dual-purpose bikes, but sketchy for Harleys and loaded tourers especially in the rainy season. About five miles north on NM14 from Tijeras, turn left on NM536, the Sandia Crest Road and wiggle your way up to the summit. If not continuing on to Santa Fe, on the way back down the Crest Road, turn off onto NM165, which winds down through the woods to the village of Placitas, where pavement resumes. This route takes you all the way to Bernalillo, where it becomes US 550. Food, fuel and lodging here. Forty miles west, you will find San Ysidro, and the bottom of the Jemez Valley route listed elsewhere on BBR. Or, you can bomb up Interstate 25 to Santa Fe and points north.

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