WHAT'S NEW IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Each season, Visit Albuquerque updates our visitors and contacts with information regarding new and exciting changes for the city, as well as our many area attractions. We also provide our community with up-to-date information on Albuquerque events. For a glimpse of what's new in Albuquerque, please view the articles below, and check out recent Albuquerque rankings and media coverage. For daily updates, visit our Latest News page to view media releases from Visit Albuquerque, our partners, and our community. 

New 50-Mile Activity Loop Expands Across City

Albuquerque’s 50-mile cycling, running and walking loop that connects more than 400 miles of existing bike paths is slated for completion in late 2017. The activity loop brings trail users through some the city’s most popular destinations: beginning in downtown, along the Riverside Trail up to the Paseo Del Norte, on to Balloon Fiesta Park and along the Sandia Mountains.

Renovations and New Lift at the Albuquerque International Sunport

The Albuquerque International Sunport kicked off a major renovation project in April of 2017. Known as the Terminal Improvement Project, or TIP, the $30 million renovation will upgrade both the arrival and departure levels. Highlights of the 15-month project include new ceilings, lighting, ticket counters, a more roomy and open bag claim area and new signage throughout the terminal. The city has already seen a number of increased lift and expects to see additional new direct flight routes as a result of the airport renovation.

Sawmill District Currently Being Developed in Historic Old Town

Anchored by the new Hotel Chaco, the Sawmill District is a community development plan that will promote a popular live, work, and play lifestyle for current and future residents, business owners, and out of town visitors. The district’s first retailer, Spur Line Supply Co., opened in September 2017 and features clothing, a children’s shop, records, stationary and florals.

New 50-Mile Activity Loop Expands Across City

Albuquerque’s 50-mile cycling, running and walking loop that connects more than 400 miles of existing bike paths is slated for completion in late 2017. The activity loop brings trail users through some the city’s most popular destinations: beginning in downtown, along the Riverside Trail up to the Paseo Del Norte, on to Balloon Fiesta Park and along the Sandia Mountains.

Renovations and New Lift at the Albuquerque International Sunport

The Albuquerque International Sunport kicked off a major renovation project in April of 2017. Known as the Terminal Improvement Project, or TIP, the $30 million renovation will upgrade both the arrival and departure levels. Highlights of the 15-month project include new ceilings, lighting, ticket counters, a more roomy and open bag claim area and new signage throughout the terminal. The city has already seen a number of increased lift and expects to see additional new direct flight routes as a result of the airport renovation.

Sawmill District Currently Being Developed in Historic Old Town

Anchored by the new Hotel Chaco, the Sawmill District is a community development plan that will promote a popular live, work, and play lifestyle for current and future residents, business owners, and out of town visitors. The district’s first retailer, Spur Line Supply Co., opened in September 2017 and features clothing, a children’s shop, records, stationary and florals.

Downtown Revitalization Projects

  • Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART)will run from Unser to Louisiana and will include 19 stations along the 9-mile Central Avenue, providing enhanced transit service along the Route 66 corridor. The all-electric bus rapid transit system—the first in the nation—began limited service in November 2017, and is slated to be fully operational in early 2018.
  • Civic Plaza upgrades - Downtown’s Civic Plaza will receive a $4 million upgrade as part of a multi-faceted plan to reinvigorate downtown. Proposed plans focus on replacing the fountain with an interactive, family-friendly, modern and sustainable water element, along with improvements to the surrounding area for shade, access and activities. Expected completion is January 2018.
  • One Central – downtown’s anticipated entertainment district. The area will feature restaurants, retailers, entertainment, residences and a 423-space parking structure. The parking structure is slated for delivery in November 2017, and the retail and residential portions will be delivered in the spring of 2018.
  • Innovate ABQ – a new innovation district for researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs that opened in August 2017. The six-story entrepreneurial hub includes research and commercial labs, science and technology companies, living spaces, educational programs and commercial businesses.

Otter and Penguin Exhibits Coming to ABQ BioPark

The City of Albuquerque is investing $2.3 million on a river otter exhibit at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium, slated to open in January 2018. A $12 million Penguin Chill exhibit is currently being constructed at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, with an expected completion date of Spring 2018. 

Hotel Chaco Opens in Historic Old Town

Situated in the heart of Albuquerque between Historic Old Town and the upcoming urban Sawmill District, Hotel Chaco opened in May 2017, beckoning luxury travelers seeking authentic experiences. The premier hotel features design inspired by Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological site, and an unbeatable location within Albuquerque. Paying homage to the hub for the ancient pueblo people in these lands, design elements include pueblo features, natural wool variation employed by Navajo weavers and original artwork. 

Los Poblanos Expands with $15 Million Renovation

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm received a $15 million bond to expand its hotel, restaurant and product business. This award-winning property, set among 25 acres of fields (including four acres of lavender fields), cottonwood trees, and gardens, leads Albuquerque in agritourism. The property more than doubled its room capacity from 22 rooms to 50 guest suites; tripled the size of its Farm Shop; and moved the onsite restaurant, Campo, to the restored 1934 dairy buildings, which includes a bar and bakery. 

ABQ’s Brewery Scene Continues to Boom

As the first city in the nation to officially designate a Brewery District (located off 1-25 near Candelaria), the city now has an official Downtown Brewery District as well. And with 40+ breweries and taprooms in the metro area (and more on the way), Albuquerque has more microbreweries per capita than Portland!

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