Albuquerque Activities & Adventures

Adventures and Activities

Hot Air Balloons, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Hot Air Balloons Balloon Fiesta


It’s common to see hot air balloons dotting the skies on any given day, which is why New Mexico is widely regarded as the “Ballooning Capital of the World.” Every October, thousands of visitors make their way to Balloon Fiesta Park to witness hundreds of balloons in all shapes and sizes ascending over Albuquerque.
Golf Course in Albuquerque, Photo from Visit Albuquerque
Golfing Numerous Courses


In a state that averages more than 300 days of sunshine annually, it’s always the right season for golf in New Mexico. 
Expansive view of the Rio Grande Valley from the top of the Sandia Mountains
Sandia Mountains Views From the Crest


Very few destinations can rival the diversity of hiking options offered by a city that sits a mile high and is framed by a mountain range that reaches over 10,000 ft. From the cottonwood-lined banks of the Rio Grande to the alpine ridge of the Sandia Mountains, hiking in Albuquerque is a one-of-a-kind experience fit for any skill level.
Three bicyclists along the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque
Bicycling Extensive Trails


From the network of single-track trails at the base of the Sandia Mountains to the 50-mile activity loop that surrounds the city, Albuquerque is a paradise to experience on two wheels. The diversity of terrain and moderate high-desert climate offer plenty of options for bikers of every skill level.

Kayaking in Central New Mexico
Kayaking All Skill Levels


The Rio Grande - one of the country’s longest free-flowing rivers – courses its way right through the center of Albuquerque, and offers visitors with a wealth of rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and other water sport activities for all ages and skill levels.
Fisherman in New Mexico choosing a lure
Fishing in New Mexico Anglers' Delight


Fishermen of all ages and abilities can test their skills on a number of stocked ponds throughout the city – from the sandy banks of Tingley Beach to the tree-lined shores of Sandia Lakes – anglers will find plenty of quality waters in Albuquerque.
Sandia Peak Ski Area, looking east over the Estancia Valley
Sandia Peak Ski Area


Find yourself at an elevation of over 10,000 ft. within an hour’s drive from downtown Albuquerque, and discover New Mexico’s oldest ski mountain – Sandia Peak Ski Area – with nearly 40 runs for every skill level spanning over 1,700 vertical feet, a terrain park for snowboarding, and a large network of trails for cross-country skiing.