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. Casa Rondeña Winery

    Los Ranchos de Albuquerque | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

  • 2. Ernie Pyle Library

    University of New Mexico | 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 smallest...Read More

  • 3. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

    University of New Mexico | Museum/Gallery

    Tapping a vast collection of sublime Southwestern artifacts and archival photos, the Maxwell's superb shows encompass three fascinating fields...Read More

  • 4. Petroglyph National Monument

    West Side | Ruins

    Beneath the stumps of five extinct volcanoes, this park encompasses more than 25,000 ancient Native American rock drawings inscribed on the...Read More

  • 5. Special Collections Library & Center for the Book

    Downtown | Library/Archive

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

  • 6. Tamarind Institute

    University of New Mexico | Educational Institution

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

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