An Introduction to Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

“New Mexico’s Downtown”

Facts, Figures & Phone Numbers scrolldown Information Sources & Web Links scrolldown
Getting to Albuquerque scrolldown Dates in Albuquerque History scrolldown
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Facts, Figures & Phone Numbers

Population (2000 Census) of Albuquerque MSA 712,000

Elevation 5,800 feet above sea level

Albuquerque forecast and current weather conditions remote site from The Weather Channel

Climate High desert, intense sunlight. Very dry, sometimes less than 20 percent humidity. Acclimating to high altitude can take a few days—don't be surprised if you feel fatigue, unusual thirst or slight dizziness at first. Also, sunscreen and a hat are advisable year round.

Average high/low temperatures and precipitation by month:

January 47/23° F 0.4 in.
February 53/27° F 0.4 in.
March 61/33° F 0.5 in.
April 70/41° F 0.5 in.
May 79/50° F 0.7 in.
June 89/59° F 0.6 in.
July 92/64° F 1.4 in.
August 89/63° F 1.5 in.
September 82/56° F 1.0 in.
October 71/44° F 0.9 in.
November 57/31° F 0.4 in.
December 48/24° F 1.0 in.

Albuquerque Metro Area Map

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Getting to Albuquerque

Easily accessible in the north-central part of New Mexico, Albuquerque is bisected by east-west Interstate 40 and north-south Interstate 25.

Mileage from selected cities

Dallas/Fort Worth 644
Denver 437
Las Vegas 586
Los Angeles 811
Phoenix 458
Salt Lake City 604


Albuquerque is served by Amtrak remote rail service.

The Albuquerque International Sunport remote
is served by eight major commercial carriers: American, America West, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, Southwest and United. It also receives regular service from commuter airlines: Mesa, Rio Grande Air and Skywest. Regional airline service is provided by Great Plains.

Many visitors to New Mexico arrive at the Albuquerque Airport and rent a car, so they may explore the state's scenery at a leisurely pace. All major national car rental agencies have counters in the baggage claim area of the airport. The airport is 10 minutes from Downtown and 15 from historic Old Town.

Southwest Airlines has many flights a day serving Albuquerque International Sunport.

FYI New Mexico State law requires that all passengers traveling in a moving vehicle wear a safety belt. Any child under one year and under must be in a child restraint seat in the back seat. Any child five years and under riding in the front seat must also be in a child seat secured by a safety belt.

Many metro area hotels offer limousine service. For those traveling directly to Santa Fe, busses take visitors to downtown Santa Fe. Travel time to Santa Fe is a bit more than an hour.

Plans & Reservations

Lodging dirgif Make hotel reservations in advance. Albuquerque hosts a number of conventions and close-in lodging can be hard to find during such meetings.

Dining dirgif Reservations are suggested, though not required at most Albuquerque restaurants. Casual dress is fine for all but the most upscale restaurants.

Information Sources & Web Links

City of Albuquerque Government Web Site

Bernalillo County Government Web Site

Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau publishes events calendars, brochures and a full-color Visitors Guide. Write: PO Box 26866, Albuquerque, NM 87125; or phone toll free 800-284-2282 or 505-243-3696. While in the city, visit the information booth located in the Albuquerque International Airport, lower level at the bottom of the escalator in the baggage claim area, open daily 8-5. Another information booth is located in historic Old Town at Plaza Don Luis on Romero NW, across from the San Felipe de Neri Church, with seasonal hours.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

Public Transportation For Sun Tran bus schedules and routes, 505-843-9200

State Visitor Information Center Located at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center pic
2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, 505-843-7270

The University of New Mexico Information Center located at 1700 Las Lomas NE at University Boulevard, Albuquerque, NM 87131, 505-277-0111

New Mexico State Tourism Division 800-545-2042

Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau 800-777-2489

Ski New Mexico remote site 505-982-5300, 800-755-7669

Taos Visitors Information 800-732-8267

Weather and Road Conditions 800-432-4269. Life in the mountains can be unpredictable.
Rain in Albuquerque can be a snow storm in Santa Fe and a blizzard in Taos—even in late April!

Dates in Albuquerque History

1100–1300 CE Communities develop and thrive with sophisticated trade routes and farming techniques along the banks of the Rio Grande

1540 Spanish arrival; conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado winters at a pueblo on the west bank of the Rio Grande 20 miles north of Albuquerque.

1706 Acting governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdés establishes Albuquerque, named for the Duke of Alburquerque; later the first "r" was dropped from the spelling

1821 First Santa Fe Trail wagon trains from Franklin, MO reach Santa Fe.

1848 US claims the territory for its own

1879 The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway arrives in NM

1889 Albuquerque wins heated battle for housing the state university

1912 New Mexico is admitted to the US as the 47th state

1926 Route 66 is officially designated by the federal government

2006 The City celebrates the Tricentennial remote of its founding with a year-long series of events

Visit the Calendar of Events Search Page for complete exhibit and performance information.

LAST MODIFIED: December 1, 2009

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