Albuquerque

Things to do in Albuquerque

This National Historic Landmark, in Sky City Pueblo, was made using more than 20,000 tons of earth and stone over the course of a decade (1629-1640).

What Lies Beneath: In the New Mexico Badlands, a path carved by lava leads visitors from the Bandera Volcano to a cave where temperatures never reach above 31 degrees Fahrenheit. The ice floor is 20 feet thick and gives off an eerie green glow from the algae beneath.

Drop by the visitor center for a map; then visit the three different ruin sites—Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira—that contain remains of 17th-century Spanish missions.

View the fascinating assemblage of folk art—including an entire city of carved wooden miniatures.

Known for its reds, Casa Rondena is an award-winning winery and one of the oldest in New Mexico; its Meritage Red—a fruity blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes—was recently named by a national food magazine as among the 10 best reds in the U.S.

Visit the museum for its Acoma tribal art and history exhibits. Then take a guided tour to the mesa-top pueblo, which has been inhabited continuously for some 1,200 years, and where tribe members still occupy the same adobe dwellings their ancestors did.

Set in the Rio Grande Valley north of Albuquerque, the lavish spa is an opulent desert oasis.

The spacious rooms here are kitted out with handsome Native American furnishings and surround a courtyard pool.

Take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders, whose tours traverse the Rio Grande and then soar high above the city and cloud-scraping Sandia Mountains.

Evoking the South Dakota Badlands, this New Mexico preserve has a stark, austere beauty. This park’s rugged volcanic terrain means there are few actual trails; stop by the ranger station to pick up a map.

The building adjoins the grounds of the famed Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Midway between the balloon museum and tramway, the swanky Sandia Resort & Casino has handsomely appointed rooms with deep soaking tubs and panoramic views of the mountains and Rio Grande Valley.

This famous trading post sells kachina dolls, Zuni pottery, and turquoise jewelry.

The tram ascends a 10,350-foot Sandia Mountain peak for breathtaking views over the city.

The largest Latino cultural center in the country.