Life in Albuquerque

Though the unmatched education you’ll receive at the nationally ranked University of New Mexico School of Medicine is reason enough to attend, you’ll score a sunny, picturesque bonus living in the one-of-a-kind city of Albuquerque.

310 Days of Sunshine Per Year

In livable and affordable ABQ, you'll dwell in the high desert Southwest among a diverse population that's informed by Native American, Hispanic and Anglo traditions. Despite living alongside approximately 500,000 other residents, the city boasts a small-town charm. 

It's one of the many aspects – along with the absence of gridlock traffic and a yearly average of 310 days of vibrant sunshine – that make us proud and delighted to live in New Mexico's largest city. 

Centrally Located to School, Work and Leisure Adventures

Because we're bisected by two major highways, it's easy to get to and from UNM campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos and Taos as well as tourist destinations such as the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument. 

New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment

Near the Rio Grande and the gorgeous Sandia mountains, Albuquerque offers just about everything: a genuine casual elegance, reasonable cost of living, mild weather and juxtaposition of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures. 

The city’s adobe architecture, art, and ecology are the essence of everything New Mexican. A mild, four-season climate make this a favorite locale for hiking, trail biking, mountain climbing, hot air ballooning, skiing, snowboarding, skating/longboarding and sunset watching.

Visiting Albuquerque? Places to Explore.

Hiking Trails

  • Foothills on west side of Sandia Mountains (Embudo, Embudito, Pino & La Luz Trails)
  • East side of Sandia Mountains
  • I-40 East, 14 North to 536 (Sandia Peak Ski Area)
  • Tree Springs Trail

Bike Trails

A number of bike trails navigate through the city: 

Open Spaces

A number of hiking trails, centers, special activities around the city - treasured gems!

  • Los Ranchos, 6718 Rio Grand Blvd NW; Saturday 7am-12pm, year round
  • Downtown, Central/8th at Robinson Park; Saturday 8am-12pm, April-November
  • Rail Yards, 777 1st St SW; Sunday 10am-12pm, May-October

Old Town

Central Ave NW/Rio Grande Blvd NW

Historic area; shopping, restaurants, museums 


Nob Hill District

Near UNM on Route 66 (Central Ave.), historic shopping & dining district. 


Neighborhood Walking Tours

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th St NW

Museum, gift shops, Indian dances & craft demos, restaurant, Pueblo history


National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW

Art exhibits, performing arts, genealogy center, restaurant, gift shop.

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

2901 Candelaria NW

Visitor Center, ponds & 2 mi. of trails through the Bosque by the Rio Grande River; also paved trail for jogging, biking, rollerblading.


Petroglyphs National Monument

6510 Western Trail NM

Hiking trails, petroglyphs, visitor center


Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway - Day Trip

Scenic route to Santa Fe


Acoma Pueblo - Day Trip

West of Albuquerque, see website for location and tour information.


Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument - Day Trip

Southwest of Santa Fe; about 45 minutes North of Albuquerque

Hiking amidst tent-like rock formations


Bandelier National Monument - Day Trip

Just outside of Los Alamos; near Santa Fe


Jemez Mountains - Day Trip

About 45 minutes NW of Albuquerque

Hiking, camping, drive through Jemez Pueblo

Explore New Mexico

Learn more about all the Land of Enchantment has to offer from outdoor activities to cultural events.

“Hot” Dining Tip: Ask For Christmas Any Day of the Year

For those who love the food and beverage scene, Albuquerque boasts some of the best red- and green-chile cuisine on the planet, not to mention farmer's markets, artisanal coffee shops and microbreweries. In fact, we're known as one of the country's top beer destinations. 

Insider tip: When ordering New Mexican fare such as a savory blue-corn waffle, enchiladas or a breakfast burrito, you'll be asked the state question “red or green?” (Seriously. It's really the State of New Mexico's official question.) Ask for Christmas – smothered in both red and green – and the most delicious plate of December 25 hues will arrive.