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About Albuquerque

Beside the Rio Grande and picturesque 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.

Hiking

  • 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

Skiing

Growers Market

  • 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
www.albuquerqueoldtown.com

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th St NW
Museum, gift shops, Indian dances & craft demos, restaurant, Pueblo history
www.indianpueblo.org

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW
Art exhibits, performing arts, genealogy center, restaurant, gift shop.
www.nhccnm.org

Nob Hill District

Near UNM on Route 66 (Central Ave.), historic shopping & dining district.
rt66central.com

Open Spaces

A number of hiking trails, centers, special activities around the city - treasured gems!
www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/events

Neighborhood Walking Tours

www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/tours-sightseeing/walking/neighborhood-walks

Bike Trails

A number of bike trails navigate through the city

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.
www.rgnc.org

Petroglyphs National Monument

6510 Western Trail NM
Hiking trails, petroglyphs, visitor center
www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway - Day Trip

Scenic route to Santa Fe
www.turquoisetrail.org

Acoma Pueblo - Day Trip

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

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument - Day Trip

Southwest of Santa Fe; about 45 minutes North of Albuquerque
Hiking amidst tent-like rock formations
www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html

Bandelier National Monument - Day Trip

Just outside of Los Alamos; near Santa Fe
www.nps.gov/band/index.htm

Jemez Mountains - Day Trip

About 45 minutes NW of Albuquerque
Hiking, camping, drive through Jemez Pueblo
www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/tours-sightseeing/self-guided/jemez-mountain/