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Art-Historic-Scenic Tours

Petroglyph National Monument remote site

6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albq, NM 87120
Tel: 505-899-0205

Petroglyph National Monument stretches 17 miles along Albuquerque's West Mesa, a volcanic basalt escarpment that dominates the city’s western horizon. Authorized June 27, 1990, the 7,236 acre monument is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque. See the Collector's Guide article about Petroglyph National Monument pic


The Art Collection of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya remote site

1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
Tel: 505-771-6060, 505-867-1234 ext 51

See dozens of pieces of original art displayed in public areas of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa just north of Albuquerque. The collection includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics, as well as Native American weavings, pottery and baskets . . . all by artists living and working in New Mexico.

For a personal and professional Guided Group Tour for your business, organization, club, conference or seminar, schedule one by advance reservation through the Concierge Desk at the numbers above.

ArtsCrawl remote site

PO Box 36588, Albq, NM 87125
Tel: 505-244-0362

Artscrawl is Albuquerque's monthly self-guided gallery tour - a project of the Albuquerque Art Business Association. Each month a different area of the city hosts Artscrawl with special events such as exhibition openings, artist receptions and demonstrations, benefits and open houses. The Artscrawl areas are the Northeast Heights, Historic Central Avenue (Route 66), and Old Town. You are directed through each Artscrawl with a map and information on the events at each gallery. The goal of Artscrawl is to encourage casual gallery hopping and acquaint you with Albuquerque's art and artists. You can observe and enjoy the fine art, ask gallery owners questions about your own collection (existing or planned), meet the artists and learn about their techniques. First Friday is a citywide event happening the first Friday of each month, also featuring exhibition openings, artist receptions, demonstrations, benefits and open houses.

Indian Pueblo Events remote site

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New Mexico Guides Association remote site

PO Box 1601, Santa Fe, NM 87505-2463
Tel: 505-988-8022

A professional association of tour guides ready to help you with knowledge of New Mexico's history, art, culture, natural history, archaeology and architecture.


Around-Town Adventures

Albuquerque Biological Park remote site

Tel: 505-764-6200

Albuquerque Aquarium: Our aquarium in the desert introduces you to rarely seen aquatic species and habitats as the Aquarium story line follows a drop of water downriver from the headwaters of the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico 1,185 miles away. Major exhibits feature the Gulf Coast with esturaine species and authentic shrimp boat, an artificial coral reef teeming with life, the exciting walk-through moray eel tunnel, a combined ray and shorebird exhibit, and our spectacular 285,000 gallon shark tank. A stop at the San Esteban restaurant and the Aquarium gift shop will satisfy shopping and dining needs. 2601 Central Ave NW, Albq, NM. Admission includes Botanic Garden adjacent: adults $7, children/seniors $3. Combo admission including Rio Grande Zoo: adults $12; children/seniors $5. Click for the Albuquerque Biological Park events calendar Calendar

Rio Grande Botanic Garden: Located just across the plaza from the Aquarium, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden offers a pleasant alternative to that hectic day of sightseeing. Visitors tour formal walled gardens that illustrate traditional Spanish-Moorish and English landscape design in tile, ironwork, plantings and water features. Contemporary glass conservatories showcase plants of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts of North America in one wing and plants from the world's Mediterranean climates in the other. The garden's gift shop stocks disposable cameras, film and botanical goods. 2601 Central Ave NW, Albq, NM. Admission includes Aquarium adjacent: adults $7, children/seniors $3. Combo admission including Rio Grande Zoo: adults $12; children/seniors $5. Click for the Rio Grande Botanic Garden events calendar Calendar

Rio Grande Zoo: Exhibits include giraffes, emus, Komodo dragons, white rhinos, koalas, elephants (and many more) in species-specific habitats. New projects include an award-winning 350,000 gallon Sea Lion exhibit; the newly-opened Koala Creek, showcasing wildlife from Australia; the Southwestern Cottonwood Cafe; and our beautiful Conservation Gift Shop. Open year-round 9-5. 903 10th Street SW. Adults $7, children/seniors $3. Combo admission including Aquarium and Botanic Garden: adults $12; children/seniors $5. Click for the Rio Grande Zoo events calendar Calendar

Tingley Beach: The newly renovated Tingley Beach features three fishing ponds stocked with rainbow trout, a cafe, gift shop and a train station for the Rio Line that makes a loop to the Albuquerque Zoo and Albuquerque Aquarium/Rio Grande Botanic Garden. A model boat pond will be completed soon. Contructed wetlands to the west in the cottonwood bosque are the site for many education programs, including Twilight Bosque Tours in the summer. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset and is free to the public. On Tingley Drive, south of Central Avenue just before the Central Bridge.


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta remote site

Toll-free: 888-422-7277

In October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide the Balloon Fiesta is MECCA. There's something for everyone to enjoy. . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. No matter who you are, the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will leave you awestruck and wanting more.

Casa Rondena Winery remote site

733 Chavez Road NW, Albq, NM 87107
Tel: 505-344-5911
Toll-free: 800-706-1699

A rare vineyard experience tucked away among the ancient cottonwoods in Albuquerque's serene North Valley. Offering a superb portfolio of handcrafted fine wines, wine gift treasures, and unsurpassed hospitality for weddings, parties and special events amid Albuquerque's most charming vineyard setting with pond and fountains.

Explora! remote site

1701 Mountain Road NW, Albq, NM 87104
Tel: 505-224-8300

50,000 sq ft of ideas you can touch. Visitors are encouraged to keep their hands ON the 250 exhibits throughout its facility. Discover a new way of looking at the performing arts in the Explora Theater. The store at Explora provides a quality shopping experience with educational books, hands-on science kits and challenging puzzles for all ages. Our five classrooms host on-going educational programs, birthday parties and seasonal camp classes, and there are numerous opportunities for community rentals throughout the museum. Whether you're 1 or 101, you'll find new and exciting exhibits and experiences. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun Noon to 6pm. Admission: Adults $7; Seniors (65+) $5; Children (1-11) $3; Children under 1 free.

Gruet Winery remote site

8400 Pan American Frwy NE, Albq, NM
Tel: 505-821-0055, Toll-free: 888-857-9463

One of the best sparkling wine producers in the nation. Tasting room, tours, retail. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5

New Mexico Museum of Natural History remote site

1800 Mountain Road NW, Albq, NM
Tel: 505-841-2802

Billions of years of natural history. Permanent and changing exhibits. DynaTheater showing films on the hour beginning at 10am daily. LodeStar Planetarium and Virtual Voyages plus astronomy exhibits. NatureWorks Gift Shop. Daily 9 - 5, closed Thanksgiving & Christmas and non-holiday Mondays in Jan. & Sept. Price range of individual & combination tickets: Adults $7 - $21; Seniors (60+) $6 - $24; Children (3-12) $4 - $16.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festivals

EXPO New Mexico
Tel: 505-292-7457

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festivals presents three of the nation’s “Top 100 Art Shows” – all here in the heart of New Mexico!  Mark your calendars and enjoy a wide variety of juried fine art and craft, as well as live music, artist demonstrations, specialty foods and a simply exceptional experience of the arts. Since 1989, these annual festivals have become a tradition for art enthusiasts and collectors alike!  Visit all of Rio Grande's signature events, taking place at Expo New Mexico over the following dates: October 6-8, 13-15 at the Sandia Resort & Casino; Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26 and March 9-11 at Expo NM; July 29-30 in Denver, Colorado.

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway remote site

#10 Tramway Loop NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
Tel: 505-856-7325

The world's largest single-span tramway, 2.7 miles above deep canyons. 10,378' at observation deck. Panoramic view of 11,000 sq miles of the Land of Enchantment. I-25 north to Tramway Road exit, then east on Tramway Road; or take Tramway Blvd north from I-40 and Central Ave approximately 8.5 miles to stop sign, then right on Tramway. Call for prices.

Out-Of-Town Adventures

Acoma's Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum remote site

12 miles southwest of I-40 from Exit 102
PO Box 310, Acoma, NM 87034
Tel: 505-470-4966, Toll-free: 800-747-0181

Known as Sky City, the Pueblo of Acoma has been a cultural tourism destination for more than half a century. Concealed in a pristine valley, a 367-foot high mesa of solid sandstone provides the setting for an amazing community which has been the spiritual and cultural hub of the Acoma people for two millennia. Walking, guided tours. Visit the Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum. Shuttle from Tourist Center to Sky City article. Videos prohibited. Photography/sketching fees. Call for tour price and to verify that Sky City is not closed for a special Pueblo religious event.

Clear Light Cedar remote site

P.O. Box 551, Placitas, NM 87043
Tel: 505-867-2381, Toll-free: 800-557-3463

When you walk through the doors of Clear Light - The Cedar Company, you will discover the incredible aroma of green cedar needles. Here at Clear Light we create products that treat your body and mind to the natural pleasures and benefits of fragrance—Green Cedar Needle Sachets, Cedar Mountain Moisture Lotion, Cedar Mountain Mist, Cedar Blend Potpourri, and handmade Cedar—Piñon Incense.

Tinkertown Museum remote site

121 Sandia Crest Road, Sandia Park, NM 87047
Tel: 505-281-5233

The life work of Ross Ward, the Tinkertown Museum is one of New Mexico's most renowned folk art environments, including an animated miniature wood-carved western town and circus. On The Turquoise Trail, 1.5 miles west of Highway 14 on the Sandia Crest Road. Open daily 9 - 6 from Apr 1 - Nov 1. Adults $3; Children (4-16) $1; Geezers (62+) $2.50.

Wildlife West Nature Park remote site

19 miles east of Albuquerque in Edgewood, NM
Tel: 505-281-9453

Wildlife West is a 122 acre, hands-on environmental education center. It features plants and animals indigenous to the Southwest as well as their habitats. It is also a renewable energy project incorporating recycled building materials in its buildings and habitat constructions. Wildlife West also presents music festivals. From Albuquerque take Interstate 40 east about 19 miles to exit 187 (Edgewood). At the end of the exit ramp turn left (north) back under the freeway. At the four-way stop, go straight ahead and take the first left (west) immediately before the Conoco station. Follow the frontage road for 3/4 mile to Wildlife West Nature Park.

Outdoor Recreation

Castle Dawn Ballooning, Ltd. remote site

323 Romero St NW, Suite 13, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Tel: 505-843-9388 | 505-280-0849

View the expansive vistas of the Southwest from a totally new Perspective! "On a clear day, you can see forever" -- never more true than from a hot air balloon.

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park remote site

2901 Candelaria NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Tel: 505-344-7240

Located on the east bank of the Rio Grande, the visitor center houses exhibits on the ecology, geology and history of the Rio Grande Valley. Nature trails. Daily 10-5. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission: $3 per vehicle; $15 per bus.

World Balloon remote site

4800 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Tel: 505-293-6800, Toll-free: 800-351-9588, Fax: 505-294-5619

World Balloon is the oldest and largest balloon company in New Mexico -- giving passenger balloon rides in the city of Albuquerque for the last 26 years. In addition to passenger rides, World Balloon operates various corporate balloon programs. World Balloon has an FAA certified balloon repair station and a part-141 flight training facility (one of only two in the country) on the premises. World Balloon operates the balloon ride concession for the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Hawk Watch International remote site

1420 Carlisle NE, Ste 206, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Tel: 505-255-7622

Educational tours to observe and photograph hawk and eagle migrations in Sandias (March and April) or Manzanos (September and October).

Rainbow Ryders remote site

11520 San Bernadino NE, Albq, NM 87122
Tel: 505-823-1111, Toll-free: 800-725-2477

Balloon rides, sunrise and sunset. Group discounts, hotel: pick up and return. Continental breakfast, champagne and refreshments. Gift certificates, weddings, promotions and sales.

Sandia Peak Mountain Biking remote site

Sandia Peak Ski Area, NM
Tel: 505-242-9052 | 505-242-9133

Mountain bike trail system 15 plus miles, full service rental shop, bike/chair lift, scenic rides and outdoor grill. Helmets mandatory. (Sorry no bikes on tramway.) 20 miles NE of Albuquerque via I-40, NM 14 and Scenic Byway 536 or via Sandia Peak Tramway. Open Thursday-Sun 10-4 and holidays.

Sandia Peak Ski Area remote site

No.10 Tramway Loop NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
Tel: 505-242-9052, Toll-free: 800-776-SNOW

13,350 ft. elevation. Ski in the morning. Golf in the afternoon.

Shady Lakes remote site

I-25 north to Tramway exit, west Tramway one mile,
then right on NM 313 (US 85/North 4th St) for a half mile
Tel: 505-898-2568

Nestled among cottonwoods, acres of blooming water lilies and recreational fishing. Rainbow trout, black bass, channel catfish and bluegill. Open April-October.

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