Albuquerque Sights

Albuquerque's terrain is diverse. Along the river in the North and South valleys, the elevation hovers at about 4,800 feet. East of the river, the land rises gently to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, which rise to over 6,000 feet; the 10,378-foot summit is a grand spot from which to view the city below. West of the Rio Grande, where Albuquerque is growing most aggressively, the terrain rises

abruptly in a string of mesas topped by five volcanic cones. The changes in elevation from one part of the city to another result in corresponding changes in temperature, as much as 10°F at any time. It's not uncommon for snow or rain to fall on one part of town but for it to remain dry and sunny in another, and because temperatures can rise and fall considerably throughout the day and evening, it's a good idea to bring along a couple of layers when exploring large areas or for several hours.

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Public Art Walk

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Wondering about that vibrant mosaic mural encircling the Convention Center? The towering aluminum totem at the Old Town entrance to I-40?...

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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Along the banks of the Rio Grande, this 270-acre refuge in a portion of the Bosque (about midway up on the Paseo del Bosque trail) is...

San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church

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Well over two centuries after it first welcomed worshippers, this structure, erected in 1793, is still active. The building, which replaced...

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

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Tramway cars climb 2.7 mi up the steep western face of the Sandias, giving you a close-up view of red rocks and tall trees—it's the...

Special Collections Library & Center for the Book

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Designed by Arthur Rossiter in 1925 in a Spanish–Pueblo Revival style, this was the main Albuquerque library for some 50 years (renowned...

Tamarind Institute

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This world-famous institution played a major role in reviving the fine art of lithographic printing, which involves working with plates...

Turquoise Museum

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Just west of the hubbub of Old Town, this museum inside a small strip mall focuses on the beauty, mythology, and physical properties...

UNM Art Museum

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University Art Museum features magnificent 20th- and 21st-century prints, as well as photos and paintings that rival the finest collections...

Unser Racing Museum

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Albuquerque is home to the illustrious auto-racing family, the Unsers, whose four generations of drivers have dominated the sport since...


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This imaginatively executed science museum—its driving concept is "Ideas You Can Touch"—is right across from the New Mexico Museum...