Albuquerque Sports & Activities

Albuquerque is blessed with an exceptional setting for outdoor sports, backed by a favorable, if sometimes unpredictable, climate. Biking and hiking are year-round activities here. Usually 10°F warmer than Santa Fe's, Albuquerque's winter days are often mild enough for most outdoor activities. The Sandias tempt you with challenging mountain adventures; the Rio Grande and its cottonwood forest, the Bosque, provide settings for additional outdoors pursuits.

Ballooning

If you've never been ballooning, you may picture a bumpy ride, where changes in altitude produce the queasy feeling you get in a tiny propeller...

Bicycling

With the creation of many lanes, trails, and dedicated bike paths (by 2013 an impressive 400 miles of designated bikeways were in place), Albuquerque...

Bird-Watching

The Rio Grande Valley, one of the continent's major flyways, attracts many migratory bird species. Open Space Visitor Center. Sandhill cranes...

Golf

Most of the better courses in the region—and there are some outstanding ones—are just outside town. The four courses operated by the city of...

Hiking

In the foothills in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights, you'll find great hiking in Cibola National Forest ( www.fs.usda.gov/cibola ), which can...

Kayaking

Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures. The Rio at sunset (or just about any time) is best seen from a kayak or canoe and this reliable outfit offers...

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