Why are the Sandia Mountains pink?
Potassium-feldspar (K-spar) crystals embedded within the Sandia granite give the mountains their distinct pink color.
Are the Sandia Mountains open?
Area Status: Open
The Sandia Mountains are chock full recreational activities, for all seasons. Just east of Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains are the most visited mountains in New Mexico.
What kind of animals live in the Sandia Mountains?
slopes of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, rich with a large variety of wild birds and animals. In the twenty years we’ve lived in our mountain home we have seen over 60 species of birds, plus bear, cougar, fox, coyote, raccoon, ringtail, bobcat, deer, skunk and the ubiquitous squirrels, chip- munk and rabbits.
What do you do if you see a black bear?
Alter your route or back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came. Walk, do not run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it reacts. In most cases, the bear will flee. If the bear walks toward you, act boldly, yelling and throwing something at it.
How many bears are there in Colorado?
It is estimated that today there are between 17,000-20,000 bears in Colorado. The black bear is the only species of bear in Colorado. They are black in color, but they can also appear blonde, brown and cinnamon.
What kind of bears are in Albuquerque?
You can find black bears in virtually all forested areas of New Mexico. Females usually maintain a home range of five to seven square miles. Males on an average occupy an area of 25 square miles, although they can extend their territories to as much as 50 square miles if habitat quality deteriorates.