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. Old Town Plaza

    Old Town | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Tranquil, with the lovely 1793 San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church still presiding along the north side, Old Town Plaza is a pleasant place to...Read More

  • 2. San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church

    Old Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Well over two centuries after it first welcomed worshippers, this structure, erected in 1793, is still active (mass is offered daily). The building...Read More

  • 3. 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

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