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 climb 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 shift considerably throughout the day and evening, it's a good idea to bring along a couple of layers when exploring.

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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...

ABQ BioPark

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The city's foremost outdoor attraction and nature center, the park comprises Tingley Beach (and its trout-stocked ponds) as well as three...

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

  • Museum/Gallery

This light-filled modern structure, designed by noted architect Antoine Predock, serves up a brilliantly curated selection of contemporary...

American International Rattlesnake Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Included in the largest collection of different species of living rattlers in the world are such rare and unusual specimens as an albino...

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

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This dramatic museum celebrates the city's legacy as the hot-air ballooning capital of the world. Albuquerque's high altitude, mild climate...

Casa Rondeña Winery

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Perhaps the most stunning of Albuquerque's wineries, Casa Rondeña—which is technically in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, not the city...

Downtown Growers' Market

  • Park/Playground

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

Ernie Pyle Library

  • Library/Archive

After several visits to New Mexico, Ernie Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize–winning news reporter, built a house in 1940 that now contains the...

Gruet Winery

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

First-time visitors may be forgiven for pausing as they approach Gruet's redbrick chalet-style building, set down as it is hard by the...

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

  • Native American Site

The multilevel semicircular layout of this museum was inspired by Pueblo Bonito, the prehistoric ruin in northwestern New Mexico. Start...


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