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SHOT 12/31/10 11:30:33 AM - Snow covered mountain peaks and clouds in the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, N.M. The Sandia Mountains are a mountain range located in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, immediately to the east of the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico in the southwestern United States. The range is largely within the Cibola National Forest, and part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. It is home to the Sandia Peak Ski Area. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, 10,678 feet (3,255 m). Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. in 2009 the city's population was 528,497 according to U.S. census estimates which ranks it as the 34th-largest city in the U.S. As of June 2007, the city was the sixth fastest-growing in America. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2010)

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SHOT 12/31/10 11:30:33 AM - Snow covered mountain peaks and clouds in the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, N.M. The Sandia Mountains are a mountain range located in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, immediately to the east of the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico in the southwestern United States. The range is largely within the Cibola National Forest, and part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. It is home to the Sandia Peak Ski Area. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, 10,678 feet (3,255 m). Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. in 2009 the city's population was 528,497 according to U.S. census estimates which ranks it as the 34th-largest city in the U.S. As of June 2007, the city was the sixth fastest-growing in America. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south..(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2010)