ENJOY AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
The greater Albuquerque/Santa Fe area offers a unique active lifestyle for all ages. For example, it’s one of the few places where you can golf and ski in the same day! Below is a short list of the many things to see and do.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Hundreds of balloons transform the metro area into a floating art exhibit every October. Balloonists and visitors come from all over the world for this exciting and picturesque event.
Arts, Crafts & Festivals
Arts and crafts shows, studio tours, art exhibits and festivals keep calendars full year-round. From Native American Pueblo events to world-famous chile festivals, you’ll enjoy the color, tastes and sounds of New Mexico.
Beer & Wine
Albuquerque and Santa Fe are noted for their microbrews, and New Mexico has become well-respected for its many exceptional wineries. Follow our wine trails and take in the many beer and wine events throughout the year.
Biking & Hiking
Road biking, mountain biking and hiking routes cover every kind of terrain, many of which can be accessed from within Albuquerque’s city limits, including the Bosque trail and hikes to Sandia Peak.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Whether you choose to ride the Sandia Peak Tram from Albuquerque to ski the Sandia Mountains, head south to Ruidoso, or north to Santa Fe, Red River or Taos, you’ll find plenty of exceptional skiing and snowboarding.
The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Aquarium provide fun, educational experiences for all ages.
The greater Albuquerque area offers several world-class casinos featuring Las Vegas-style gaming as well as horseracing.
Performing venues range from intimate night clubs to outdoor amphitheaters capable of hosting the largest of national tours, including the famed Santa Fe Opera.
You’ll find a wide range of public and private golf courses for every level of golfer, all with breathtaking views and most open year round.
Museums and Cultural Centers
First-class museums cover the art, history, and natural history of the city and state, along with unique museums such as Explora and Tinkertown
New Mexico State Fair
The state’s “biggest show” ever September, the State Fair is one of New Mexico’s most popular events, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year
Sandia Peak Tram
Ride the world’s longest tram from the base of the Sandia Mountains to Sandia Peak, where you’ll have 360° views of Albuquerque, Mount Taylor, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Cibola National Forest.
Each spring and fall the New Mexico skies fill with migratory birds, which can be seen in abundance at the Rio Grande Interpretive Center and Bosque del Apache
A lively theater scene features traditional favorites and cutting-edge productions.
Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
Thrilling, scenic, and even placid waters on the Río Grande and Río Chama, with trips guided by professional boat operators
Fishing & Boating
From fishing the famed San Juan Quality Water to catching the big one at Elephant Butte Lake, there’s plenty of fish to be caught in New Mexico. Boating, paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking are also popular activities