Albuquerque: Places to Explore


Los Ranchos/North Valley

Many attractions lie north of Downtown, Old Town, and the University of New Mexico. Quite a few, including the Anderson and Casa Rodeña wineries and the Rio Grande Nature Center, are clustered in two of the city's longest-settled areas: the more rural and lush cottonwood-lined North Valley, and Los Ranchos, along the Rio Grande. Early Spanish settlers made their homes here, building on top of even earlier Pueblo homesteads. Historic adobe houses abound. This area is a natural gateway to the West Side. Drive across the lovely Montaño Road bridge and Petroglyph National Monument is moments away, as is the highly recommended side-trip destination, Corrales.


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