East Mountains

The East Mountain area east of Albuquerque has the convenience of nearby Albuquerque yet provides a country lifestyle…the warmth and southwestern hospitality you encounter here will make you feel welcome! Great for commuters, nearly 30% of the residents make the workday trek to Sandia Labs, the University of New Mexico or the University’s hospital.

Boomers have also retired to the area, since housing is plentiful, the cost of living is below the national average, and summers are moderate. Temperatures tend to be 10 degrees lower than Albuquerque, and the area also gets more precipitation.

Bounded on the west by the eastern slope of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains and to the east onto the high plains, the Eastern Mountains refers to the communities loosely arrayed along I-40, including Tijeras, Cedar Crest, Sandia Park, Edgewood, Moriarty and Estancia.  Connected with Santa Fe on the north via the Turquoise Trail (N 14), and Mountainair to the south) via NM 337 S).

The area has active farmer’s markets, and the wide-open spaces include views of majestic mountains, big skies and long stretches of two-lane paved roads.

You can find tasty restaurants in Cedar Crest, Tijeras and Edgewood.  Shopping is modern and easy at the Triangle Grocery and at the Cedar Crest shopping center.  Edgewood is well supplied with the larger chain shopping conveniences.  The schools have modern campuses, and the businesses include physical therapy, banks, Craft Breweries and Coffee Houses.

For outdoor activities, the area is hard to beat.  Sandia Ski Resort and a vast trail network winds through the Cibola National Forest accessed off the Turquoise Trail in Sandia Park, along with trails and campgrounds  south of Tijeras, Rock climbing, hiking and  mountain biking are popular activities.

Click on the links below to learn about the East Mountains:

Turquoise Trail Link

East Moutain Directory Link

Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway Link

The Village of Tijeras Link


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