The North Valley/Los Ranchos/Corrales areas are all in a lush green valley that runs along the Rio Grande. This area is known for great outdoor and nature-lovers? activities, wineries, farmers markets and peaceful spas.
Distance from Airport: 9.5 miles/15.29 kilometers (North Valley); 15.7 miles/25.27 kilometers (Los Ranchos); 19.8 miles/31.87 kilometers (Corrales)
Activities: Indian Dances and Demonstrations, Hiking, Bicycling, Mountain Biking, In-Line Skating, Horseback Riding, Bird Watching
Highlights: Area is part of the Rio Grande Valley State Park, a 4,300-acre nature park
Albuquerque's rich, fertile North Valley area hugs both sides of the meandering Rio Grande. Early Spanish colonists selected the North Valley for use as farmland, and it retains much of its rural character. Winding streets lead past old farmhouses, and the deep lots run perpendicular to the river, bordered by irrigation ditches that still bring vital water to local farms, including orchards and vineyards. The North Valley is part of the oldest wine-producing area in North America, and several wineries are located here. The area's weekly farmers markets are extremely popular, selling fresh, seasonal produce as well as baked goods, preserves and crafts.
Many bed and breakfasts are located in this quiet, pastoral valley with stunning views of the Sandia Mountains. Visitors here can immerse themselves in nature at the Rio Grande Nature Center and hike, bike or ride the Bosque Trails. Even if you don't stay here, you might want to visit some of the North Valley's many galleries or arts and crafts shows. The North Valley is also home to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Unser Racing Museum and Casa San Ysidro, the Historic House Museum.
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and Corrales are small villages nestled north of Albuquerque, on the banks of the Rio Grande. Prehistoric sites indicate that the Corrales Valley has been occupied since as early as 500 A.D., when the ancestors of the present-day Pueblo Indians derived sustenance from the fertile valley. Later, Hispanic, European and American families settled here to raise grapes, apples and livestock. Today, Corrales is surrounded by Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, but it retains its broad green pastures and orchards, as well as a strong artistic flair.
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