Spring is finally here! And now it’s time to get outside and enjoy the natural splendor of the Albuquerque area. We are very fortunate to have so many amazing landmarks and places to see here in the Albuquerque area. You can take a trip back in time as well with all the historic landmarks as well. Here are some of the best outdoor attractions to take in during the Spring months.
Nestled against the breathtaking Sandia Mountains, this 640-acre open space park offers a plethora of activities to visitors. At an altitude of 6,500 feet, guests can enjoy stunning views of Mt. Taylor, the Jemez Mountains, and the Tijera Arroyo. With seven covered picnic areas and two reservation areas equipped with BBQ grills, visitors can savor the views while enjoying a meal. The park boasts several trails that allow for exploration of the area’s natural beauty. A nominal fee of $2 per vehicle on weekends and $1 on weekdays makes this park an affordable option for outdoor enthusiasts.
Cibola National Forest
The Cibola National Forest is a vast area covering over 1.6 million acres in New Mexico. It has four ranger districts, namely Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor, and four wilderness areas, including Sandia Mountain, Manzano Mountain, Withington, and Apache Kid. The forest’s elevations range from 2,700 feet to over 11,300 feet, offering a diverse landscape to explore. Hiking trails are abundant, and visitors can enjoy viewing the forest’s wildlife. Additionally, the gift shop and cafe provide a relaxing spot to unwind and satisfy your hunger.
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107-2965
The 270-acre area of riverside forest and meadows is a prime location for hiking trails along the Rio Grande River. It is also known for its exceptional birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd NW Western Trail at Unser Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
The West Mesa volcanic escarpment outside of Albuquerque boasts over 15,000 petroglyphs or prehistoric rock art images. These designs and symbols were carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers between 400 to 700 years ago.
1800 Tingley Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tingley Beach, located just minutes from downtown Albuquerque near the Rio Grande, is a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers three fishing ponds that are open to the public free of charge, as well as opportunities for wildlife watching, hiking, and boating. Visitors can also enjoy paths for running and walking.
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