Free Sandia Mountain NHC Open Day and Bears

April 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Attractions, Sport & Leisure

I can’t guarantee you’ll see a bear, but you’ll certainly hear about them!

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but the center has started its 2013 series of monthly summer open days when visitors have free access to explore. On the first Sunday of the month until October you can hike, take in the scenery, do a bit of bird-spotting, try geocaching and the solar telescope, and enjoy the monthly themed activity or presentation.

That means the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday April 7, 2013, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free.

There is a presentation on bears at 10 am. I’m really hoping to get to this with Mr Cheap, as I want to find out more about bears. I saw a bear in the wild for the very first time last year… on my birthday! That felt like an extra-special birthday gift, although the poor bear took one look at me and ran away. (And I even had my makeup on.)

Usually the 128 acre piñon-juniper forest with over 5 miles of walking trails is only open to school groups, but this Sunday anybody can turn up to hike, spot wildlife from the observation deck and bird blind, do geocaching, or even take a picnic. During the open day a solar telescope will be available to view the sun.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center open day:

  • When: Sunday April 7, 2013
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm. Bear presentation at 10 am. No registration required to visit.
  • Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest
  • Price: Admission is free!

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest. Take exit 175 from
I-40 East, along NM 14 / The Turquoise Trail. Get directions to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.



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