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They can’t whine when their mouths are wide open.

Imagine a family vacation where your children’s attention spans and hearts are captured all at once, and where hands-on learning feels like a never-ending playground. With aspen-covered mountainsides, rock formations and tons of exciting outdoor activities, the natural beauty of the Southwest is the perfect place for your family to discover new things. Like an even deeper bond.

The Ultimate Outdoor Family Weekend in Albuquerque

Day One


After a filling breakfast, take the family on a drive to Valles Caldera National Preserve, where you’ll spend the morning hiking and viewing wildlife, exploring the supervolcano and learning about the area’s historic sites.


Spend the afternoon at the ABQ BioPark, which includes a 64-acre zoo with over 900 animals, botanical gardens, aquarium and fishing lakes.


Cap off your exciting day with live outdoor music at the Albuquerque Zoo’s summer concert series. Pack a picnic ahead of time or enjoy the many delicious selections of the Cottonwood Café.


Tuck your exhausted little ones into bed at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, where they’ll fall asleep to dreams of tomorrow’s adventures.

Day Two


Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, then head outside to your hotel's pool for a fun morning splashing around and cooling off in the Albuquerque sun.


Dry off then head to the Sandia Mountain foothills for lunch and a hike at the Elena Gallegos picnic area.


Take a scenic drive to Wildlife West Nature Park to see and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the southwest high desert.


Soar 10,000 ft. above Albuquerque in the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway as you take in unparalleled views of the city.


Treat the family to BBQ at The County Line of Albuquerque under the towering purple Sandia mountains.


Imagine the perfect trip to Albuquerque. Then plan it.