Free Sandia Open Day & Geology

November 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Attractions, Sport & Leisure

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but on December 4 you can explore, hike, enjoy the scenery, and try the solar telescope.

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday December 4, 2011, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free. 

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, or even have a picnic.

At 10 am, there’s a presentation on regional geography, and between 11 am – 2 pm, a solar telescope will be available to safely view the sun. I looked through some solar telescopes this summer (thanks to The Albuquerque Astronomical Society!) and it was pretty amazing to look the sun straight in the eye. I want to take Mr Cheap to see it too, but he says that I am the center of HIS solar system, and my blinding beauty is enough for him.  From this I gather that he’s going to be asking for a really expensive Christmas gift this year.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center open day:

  • When: Sunday December 4, 2011
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm. 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, about 10 minutes from the I-40 / Tramway intersection. Get directions to the SMNHC.



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