If you don’t know sprawling Albuquerque, you might be surprised by its natural landscapes and breathtaking vistas. This daylong itinerary takes you to some of ABQ’s best outdoor experiences, while also emphasizing eco-friendly and sustainable ideas.
Hike or mountain bike the majestic Sandia Mountains on the eastern edge of the city; there’s an extensive trail system. The Rio Grande River meanders through Albuquerque, and it’s great for kayaking, canoeing, and river rafting. Albuquerque is known as the “Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World” because of its ideal conditions. Explore the ancient rock art at Petroglyph National Monument, a vast expanse of volcanic rock covered in intricate petroglyphs.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, is also surrounded by diverse landscapes, including high desert vistas, expansive mesas, and rugged canyons; see Around New Mexico for nearby itinerary ideas.
Oh, and then there’s the indoor adventure of New Mexico’s distinctive Southwestern cuisine, fusing Native American, Mexican, and New Mexican influences. And the other indoor adventure – craft breweries.