Albuquerque

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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  • 1. 516 Arts

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. ABQ BioPark

    Old Town | Garden

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

  • 3. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. KiMo Theatre

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

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

  • 5. National Hispanic Cultural Center

    Barelas | Museum/Gallery

    A showpiece for the city, and a showcase for Hispanic culture in Albuquerque's historic Barelas neighborhood, this beautifully designed space...Read More

  • 6. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

    East Side | Museum/Gallery

    Previously known simply as the National Atomic Museum, this brilliant Smithsonian affiliate traces the history of the atomic age and how nuclear...Read More

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  • 7. Rail Yards Market

    Barelas | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The Sunday market here (May–October, 10–2) is a fine excuse to explore this wondrous, light-filled, almost cathedral-like space, said to have...Read More

  • 8. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

    North Valley | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Along the banks of the Rio Grande, this 270-acre refuge in an especially tranquil portion of the bosque (about midway up on the Paseo del Bosque...Read More

  • 9. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

    Far Northeast Heights | Viewpoint

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

  • 10. UNM Art Museum

    University of New Mexico | Museum/Gallery

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

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