Leave your scuba gear at home and come see the best underwater life at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium located inside the ABQ Bio Park. Catch a glimpse of nature's underwater wonders such as the colorful and swaying live coral, mesmerizing jelly fish, menacing sharks, electric eels and giant sea turtles.
Nature lovers, discover the outdoor beauty of the city and spring up at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden in Albuquerque. Stroll along the 36 acres of gardens and conservations that include the Sasebo Japanese Garden with waterfalls, koi pond and Japanese plants, and the Desert Conservation with saguaro cactus and palo verde trees from the Sonoran Desert.
Address: At the end of Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122 - MAP
Sandia Ranger Station: (505) 281-3304
Natural born hikers choose La Luz Trailhead located on the west face of the Sandia Mountains, just outside of Albuquerque. The eight-mile trail is strenuous and offers hikers panoramic views of ABQ cliffs, trees and wildflowers. Check out the La Luz Trail Run and many other outdoor events held here.
Raiders of the Lost Ark fans will be right at home at the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque. Discover hundreds of archeological sites and explore 24,000 prehistoric images etched along 17 miles of volcanic rock by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers. You're going to feel like a regular Indiana Jones after exploring this attraction.
Outdoor enthusiasts love the Sandia Foothills Open Space, located at the base of the Sandia Mountains. Spend some time hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking on this beautiful Albuquerque terrain. The foothills provide ideal park amenities and a variety of challenging trails with abundant native wildlife and outdoor beauty.
You'll find your head in the clouds at the Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway in Albuquerque, where you'll turn to see some of the most spectacular 11,000 square-mile panoramic vista's of the Rio Grande Valley. The tram ride takes you to the mountain top to enjoy the view of the great outdoors from the observation tower and mingle with friends at two popular restaurants.