Local Area Attractions
New Mexico is rich with activities! Everything from A-Z you will find right here in Albuquerque and the neighboring areas. Make your trip a trip to remember and customize it to fit your personality. We hope that you will find this Local Attractions page to be a helpful guide during your stay with us!
Sandia Peak Tram
A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of natures more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque, in the Sandia Foothills off of Tramway Rd..
Rio Grande Zoo
Take a walk on the wild side with a trip to our beautiful 64-acre Albuquerque Zoo! See over 250 species of exotic and native animals. Ride the zoo train or camel, and watch the daily Giraffe, Polar Bear, Seal and Sea Lion, and Crocodile feedings just to name a few. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Admission is charged.
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History is a continually-evolving display of art, artifacts and photographs depicting the richness of New Mexico culture. Since they change the exhibits frequently, theres always something new to see. The museum also offers special tours of Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, an Old Town walking tour, and a docent-guided tour of the outdoor sculpture garden. Click for admission details.
Albuquerque Natural History Museum
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a natural history and science museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico near Old Town Albuquerque. The Museum was founded in 1986.The Museum's permanent exhibit halls illustrate a "journey through time", covering the birth of the Universe(13.6 billion years ago) to the Ice Age(10,000 years ago). The eight journey through time halls are as follows: Origins, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Jurassic Super Giants, New Mexico's Seacoast, Age of Volcanoes, Evolving Grasslands, Cave Experience, and New Mexico's Ice Age. Hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm Everyday (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day). Click here for Admission Details.
Rio Grande Nature Center
The Rio Grande Nature Center is a non-profit organization that supports the Nature Center's mission to preserve and protect the Rio Grande bosque, to educate the public about Rio Grande ecosystems, and to foster positive human interactions with those systems. Experience the living environment of more than 270 acres of riverside forests and meadows. All manner of birds and migratory fowl can be seen year-round. Enjoy strolling along two miles of trails, bird-watching, and studying desert creatures and wildflowers. Visit the Nature Center online for more information.
Local Area Activities
Just half a mile down our street is the local train station. This two story train will take you downtown Albuquerque where you can visit the "old town" area, museums, zoo, botanical garden, aquarium and much more! This train will also take you to Santa Fe where you can visit the historic churches and other amazing things that Santa Fe has to offer.
We are centrally located between all of the pueblos, casinos, Indian ruins, golf courses, and much more!!
Step through our secret passage way to the Kaktus Brewery open 7 days a week! Enjoy live music, food, and great beer!Using German made equipment this nano-brewerey produces 500 barrels yearly, with 6 to 8 beers on tap. Specializing in lighter style lager beers while keeping the favorites such as porter's, ESB's, IPA's and other classic Ales.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
27TH ANNUAL FIERY FOODS AND BARBEQUE SHOW
The National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show celebrates it's 27th this year. It is the largest and most visited show about spicy foods and barbecue in the world. Over 200 booths filled with more than 1,000 products related to chili peppers. Enjoy samples of spicy foods, plus find great books, clothing and decorator items.
RIO GRANDE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL--SPRING SHOW
Creativity is in bloom at Albuquerques first major art event of the year, the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival. Fine art is the focus of this festival, and the trend is to leave the show with something new for oneself or the house. This juried arts and crafts show is one of the largest in the state and features the work of more than 225 fine artists and craftsmen from all over the nation. See website for details and discounts.
SOUTHWEST CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE FEST
The Southwests largest gathering of chocolatiers, coffee roasters, tea houses, cake, donut and candy makers, wineries & more. There will be cooking demos, baking contests, chocolate eating contests and a barista latte art contest as well as live music. For kids there will be free games, bounce houses and face painting!
FIESTAS DE ALBUQUERQUE
Featuring food, live music, dance, activities and more from five major eras of Albuquerques history, this event will have something for everyone! As you walk through different areas of Historic Old Town you will be able to experience the awesome history of the Native American Era, learn about the founders from the Spanish Era, enjoy mouth watering delicacies and learn how to craft piñatas from the Mexican Era, and listen to live, historic music and see blacksmith demonstrations from the Territorial Era.
GATHERING OF NATIONS POW WOW
North America's largest pow wow and Native American competition featuring Indian singing and dancing with more than 3,000 participants, isles of shopping, and native foods and music. The event will be held at the UNM Arena and lasts all day and night Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th.
The Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentation & Show will be held Thursday evening, April 24th at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The American Bus Association has designated the Gathering of Nations Native American Powwow as one of North America's 100 Best Events for 2014.