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The city of Albuquerque sits a mile above sea level (5,000-6,000-foot elevation) and has a high-desert climate, which means around 310 sunny days and cool, crisp evenings. Albuquerque's climate and landscape are perfect for outdoor adventure vacations. We have four seasons, so plan for potential snow in the winter and sunny days in the 90s during the summer.

Albuquerque and the surrounding mountainous terrain are a paradise for hikers and bikers. Varying levels of trails crisscross the Sandia and Manzano Mountains adjacent to Albuquerque, for some of the best hiking and mountain biking in New Mexico. Runners—including several Olympic distance runners—often take advantage of the benefits of altitude training in Albuquerque.

Not into heights? Venture out on the interconnected trail system throughout the city. The Paseo del Bosque Trail is an easily accessible 16-mile multi-use route enjoyed by walkers, runners, cyclists, inline skaters and even horseback riders. Start planning your fitness vacation today.

Hiking Options - From a Casual Stroll to Climbing Mountains

The Sandia (“watermelon” in Spanish) Mountains, the eastern landmark of the city, beckon outdoor enthusiasts. In the evening, the mountains turn a pinkish hue as the sun sets, creating a spectacular backdrop for the city. There's a reason the International Science Times named Albuquerque one of the "Top 10 Skinny Cities" in America. The high-desert landscape offers an array of hiking options, with challenging trails to the top of Sandia Peak, rolling paths through the foothills and even historical trails at Petroglyph National Monument. Those options are right in the city, but many more routes will take you away from the city for a day trip in any direction. 

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Biking at a Mile High

Whether you bring your bike with you or rent one in town, there is an array of options for cycling in and around Albuquerque. The Sandias are perfect for beginner to advanced mountain biking. Road cyclists head out from the city in every direction—for flat training rides or challenging mountain inclines. If you are a leisurely biker, check out the local rental companies that offer guided tours of areas like Old Town and the Paseo del Bosque Trail, which was named one of the 20 best bike paths in the West by Sunset Magazine. 

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Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway's 2.7-mile ascent to the 10,378-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains is a thrilling way to see Albuquerque and the surrounding landscape. From the top, take in a panorama of more than 11,000 square miles. The tram offers excellent access to a variety of hikes and wildlife experiences, and the peak is the perfect location to catch a gorgeous New Mexico sunset. Intrepid hikers may be interested in the La Luz Trail, which takes you to the highest point of Sandia Peak. To save some time (and energy), you can catch the tram for a ride down with a one-way ticket.

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Let Someone Else Lead the Way

If you're looking for a local to help you experience the magnificent landscapes around Albuquerque, you have a variety of options. From cultural jeep tours to canoe/kayak floats down the Rio Grande, and from themed bike outings to scenic photography expeditions, local companies have got you covered. 

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Ever Seen a Super Volcano?

For an interesting day trip, head northwest to the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains, about 1.5 hours from Albuquerque. The 89,000-acre property is situated inside a collapsed crater that offers tremendous outdoor activities. During the winter, enjoy sleigh rides, cross-country skiing and snowshoe hikes. Summertime visitors hike through the backcountry and mountain bike. Artists of all kinds seek the beauty of the preserve to feed their creativity. Guided tours are available year-round. 

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Hot Air Ballooning Capital

Clear blue skies, calm winds and mild temperatures are the norm in Albuquerque, encouraging year-round hot air ballooning. You don't have to be as adventurous as you might think to take a flight. Local hot air balloon companies provide rides for visitors on a daily basis (weather permitting).

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Golf at High Altitude

If you haven’t played golf in the Albuquerque area, you're missing out on one of the sport’s best-kept secrets. The area’s unique scenery combines with affordability to provide an unbeatable cost-to-quality value. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several of Albuquerque's public courses among the best in the country.

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