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Sandia Heights Suite - 1100 Sq Ft Foothills Wilderness/City Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom apartment - 3 beds + futon; bath, laundry, chef's kitchen. Sleeps 6.

Extraordinary Sandia wilderness boundary residential suite - just 3 miles from Tramway Blvd! A destination in itself, our contemporary retreat offers 1100 sq ft of urban comfort in the heart of high country spectacle. Suite is private guest apartment attached to Host property. Location is a 15 minute scenic drive up from I-25 in North Albuquerque.

Please note - the last mile of FR 333-D to the Suite property is an unpaved, rocky forest road, so you may want to slow down and enjoy the scenery!

Sandia Suite is a 2-bedroom contemporary open plan walkout apartment with a private entrance patio. The Suite has it all - a great room entertainment area, vista sunroom dining area and high bar, fully equipped chef's galley kitchen, laundry room, a spacious bath, private patio with superlative mountain views and a chiminea fireplace. The Sandia Suite comfortably sleeps up to 6 people. All this in a spectacular up-close Sandia mountain setting with direct access to wilderness trails and city venues.

Suite electronics include WiFi internet, Netflix streaming movies, and 20+ over-the-air TV channels. Guests also have access to resident host Erica's extensive DVD and book lending libraries upon request.

Host also welcomes Suite guests to share sunset and city views from the Reception south deck - upon request.

More Details

Erica Enyart
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 1, 2017

About Erica Enyart

I am a long-time fan and resident of the Land of Enchantment! - and also a custom home builder in the area for more than 30 years, specializing in solar architecture.

Erica Enyart purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Erica Enyart chose New Mexico

This wilderness boundary property in the Sandia foothills is the realization of a dream for me - to be surrounded by the serenity of nature - with the vitality of urban engagement close at hand. All in one place!

My 2009 whole-house solar make-over of this vintage off-grid residence was a challenging personal test of my professional commitment to solar building. The extraordinary beauty of this mountainside location was a big incentive - and a spectacular gratification!

What makes this apartment unique

The best of both worlds come together here. The conveniences and excitement of urban Albuquerque are just a few scenic minutes away from the luxury of contemporary lodging at 7000 feet in the Sandia foothills. Because the last mile of Forest Road 333-D is unpaved and rocky, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is a good choice for comfortable access.

Your Sandia Suite delivers incomparable up-close views - and access - to mountain spectacle right from the lounge chairs of your Suite's private patio - or from inside through the 12' wide solarium window wall!

Your Suite features a chef's kitchen and solarium dining area and bar - an invitation to entertain 'ensuite.' Or take a scenic 15-minute drive to area restaurants and live music venues - and return for an exceptional night's sleep in the quiet embrace of the mountain.


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Sunport International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
County Line Restaurant at Tramway Blvd.
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Sandia Casino Resort at I-25 and Tramway Rd.
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5.5 Miles
Sandiago's at Sandia Peak Tramway base terminal
Nearest Ski
5.5 Miles
Sandia Peak Ski area via Tramway
Car: necessary

We are located in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains at 7000 feet elevation in the far northeast of the Albuquerque metro area, 15 minutes - 7 miles - up from I-25 via Tramway Rd. and FR 333.

Host's Directions:

Take I-25 exit 234 at Tramway Blvd. north, drive East 3.1 miles, turn left turn (north) on Forest Road 333, proceed north for 2 miles on curvy paved road then straight on DIRT road FR 333-D - proceed 1 mile further - past Piedra Lisa parking lot and through community gate - it is not locked - to 'T' at Circle Drive street sign, turn left (South) to second house (69) on your left.

Our immediacy to I-25 makes it a short 30-minute drive to and from the Sunport International Airport - and a very scenic 60 minutes to Santa Fe’s charms.

Fifteen minutes down the forest road from your Suite and another 15 min. freeway drive via I-25/I-40 takes you to the cultural hub of Albuquerque at historic Old Town - including the stunning NM Museum of Natural History and the Alb. Museum of Art and History. The Albuquerque BioPark and Botanic Garden is also found here – along with the acclaimed Alb. Zoo - on the banks of the fabled Rio Grande.

From Old Town, visitors can 'cruise' east on Historic US 66 - now Central Ave - through Albuquerque's vibrant downtown club and gallery scene to the University of New Mexico campus and its many exhibit and entertainment venues!

For lunch, or after, you may want to continue your explorations east up Central into the Nob Hill historic district for Albuquerque's best boutique shopping - and more fine dining and live music possibilities!

For the archaeologically and geologically 'hands-on' adventurers, Albuquerque's 'west side' has some big draws - the Five Sisters volcanoes, the world-class Petroglyph National Monument rock art loop trails - and the informal playground of the BLM sand dunes just north off Nine-Mile Hill...


Albuquerque Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Toilet, tub/shower; 2 vanity counters; natural light; second glass door into laundry room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 1 queen bed in Master bedroom 2 twin beds in Bedroom nook 1 futon couch/queen sleeper - Grt room area, open
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski privileges optional
The Sandia Suite mountain retreat is a short walk to numerous Cibola National Forest trails. The Suite itself is at 7000' elevation on the boundary to the Sandia Wilderness Area in the Cibola NF.


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Sandia Heights Suite - 1100 Sq Ft Foothills Wilderness/City Retreat
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Fantastic Place

  • 5 of 5

Visited for a long weekend with my girlfriend and my parents. We were very happy to find an interesting place to stay outside of the city. We were even more happy when we arrived. This was our first time staying in the foothills and the extra 15 min drive was well worth it. The house is only a mile from the La Luz trail head which we hiked during our stay. Definitely would recommend staying here in the foothills. Erica was a gracious host and the place was even more impressive in person than the pictures.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place by Sandia Mountains, surrounded with nature and peace!

The host and her family are just amazing!!

Highly recommended, and planing to be back!

Thank you, Erika!

Thais and John Totzke

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Woodlands, TX

Really wonderful spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our second time staying here and enjoyed it just as much. Peaceful spot nestled in the foothills with hiking trails out the back door. We got lucky with some spring snowfall that made for a lovely afternoon watching it, and a great morning hike the next day.

Really appreciate the amenities, especially the washer/dryer (hike through spring snow = mud). Great Wi-Fi speed allows us to get work done with no interruptions. The mattress in the master was much more firm than we remembered, but then I read a previous review about the mattress being too soft, so I can see where it's impossible to please everybody.

Overall, love this place and will be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent, private and with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Erica is an absolute sweetheart and the space that she rents out is very quiet with all the amenities that anyone would ever need. The views are looking out the back side of the house and the property is incredibly private and peaceful with mountain views that are absolutely beautiful. I would recommend Erica and her property to anyone considering a stay in the State Forrest of the Sandia mountains.


  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve - and the Archbishop - were the best of guests! The Suite was treated with care and they were wonderfully engaging. I much enjoyed hosting their visit and hope they return to New Mexico again soon. host Erica
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Chicago, IL, Sandisfield MA

Beautiful place in the Sandia foothills

  • 5 of 5

This was our first VRBO rental. It's the ground floor of a gorgeous home in the foothills of the Sandia mountains, reached by a narrow, winding Forest Service road, the last mile unpaved. The unit is beautifully furnished and the kitchen well equipped, the scenery spectacular. The owner, who lives in the house above, is gracious and cordial, a delight. There are several trails nearby, with ample parking at the trailheads.

I can think of only three drawbacks. First, because it's on the ground floor, with a walk-out to the driveway, the property is a little dark. The owner has compensated for this with strategically placed LED lighting. Second, we found the master bedroom mattress to be a bit soft for our taste. It didn't seem to affect our sleep, however. Finally, the property is located close to 7,000 feet above sea level. Consequently, I would not recommend this unit for someone with pulmonary problems.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, clean, off the beaten path.

  • 4 of 5

The house was beautiful and well-maintained and clean and quiet! Though it was a bit of a drive off the main road to the house, it was something we got used to quickly and something you don't enjoy in the city. If you like driving, it would be perfect. Staying there can put your mind at ease and fully relax you. The furniture, kitchen, sheets, utensils were top notch. The only regret we have is that we didn't stay longer!! Definitely recommend to family and friends. Already did. We plan on returning for sure.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, that last mile of the Forest Rd. 333 is the 'wilderness' part of the "wilderness-city" location - assures serenity, but kicks up dust too! Erica - host at Sandia 'Wilderness' Suite
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $100


FULL REFUND - less $100 Cancellation Fee - of any confirmed Booking if cancelled 30 days or more ahead of Guest check-in date.
FIFTY PERCENT (50%) Booking REFUND if booking cancelled less than 30 days from check-in date but more than 14 days from check-in.
NO REFUND if cancellation is less than 14 days from check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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