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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516 Arts

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516 Arts holds a special place in the New Mexico art scene. World-class contemporary art dominates the changing shows at this multilevel...

Downtown Growers' Market

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Toe-tapping music, the freshest of fresh produce—and surely the delicious shade created by the towering cottonwoods here in Robinson...

KiMo Theatre

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Decorated with light fixtures made from buffalo skulls (the eye sockets glow amber in the dark), Navajo symbols, and nine spectacular...

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?...

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...