Free Sandia Event & Open Day: October 2
The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but on October 2 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 October 2, 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 have a picnic.
At 10 am, there’s a presentation on Seasonal Changes in the Sandias. And between 11 am – 2 pm, a solar telescope will be available to safely view the sun. I looked through some solar telescopes at a recent Arts in the Park event (thanks to the guys at The Albuquerque Astronomical Society!) and it was pretty amazing to look the sun straight in the eye.
- When: Sunday October 2, 2011
- Time: 9 am – 4 pm. No registration required to visit.
- Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest
- Price: Free!
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest, about 10 minutes from the I-40 / Tramway intersection.
Directions: From I-40 east, take the Cedar Crest exit 175 to Highway 14, the Turquoise Trail. Go through Cedar Crest and about 3 miles from 1-40 look for the Conoco Station on the right and the coffee shop on your left – turn left straight after the coffee shop onto Columbine Lane – it’s a dirt road. The center is about 1 mile ahead – at the end of Columbine.