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Things to Do in New Mexico

Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican cultures influence the state: ruins at Aztec and Pecos,  Gila Cliff Dwellings, Chaco Canyon, petroglyphs and Bandalier’s ancestral pueblo homes. Santa Fe is famous for its arts district and Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Natural attractions include Carlsbad Caverns and Capulin Volcano. Route 66 contrasts with the historic Santa Fe trail. Taos is a popular ski resort. Find many things to do: ghost towns, hot springs, Roswell UFOs, forts, ranches, missiles, Los Alamos and Kit Carson. Albuquerque, the capital, features an aquarium, garden, zoo, Old Town, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and balloon and rattlesnake museums. Restaurants serve southwest cuisine. Stay in hotels, inns, B&Bs and resorts.
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History Tours of Old Town

303 Romero (Plaza Don Luis)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-246-8687
Learn about Albuquerque during a 75-minute historical walking tour of Old Town.
Hours & Admission
Friday to Wednesday 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations required. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Tours of Old Town

Petroglyph National Monument

6001 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-899-0205
Over a period of thousands of years, hunting parties chipped an estimated 17,000 petroglyphs into a dramatic lava rock escarpment. Three walking/hiking trails wind through the petroglyphs where visitors can also see desert plants and possibly animal species high above and on the sand below.

The petroglyph in the photo was taken in Rinconada Canyon. It is believed to feature a bird with a breathline and an ancient stone tool.
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Petroglyph National Monument, National Park Service

Sandia Peak Tramway

10 Tramway Loop NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-856-7325
The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest aerial tramway in the world. Passengers travel 2.7 miles up to the 10,378-foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest. The view from the top is breathtaking and encompasses the Rio Grande Valley; it is a great sunset watching area.

The New Mexico Ski Museum is located at the base. Restaurants are located at the top and bottom....
Hours & Admission
Daily Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday to Monday, Labor Day to Memorial Day, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

2601 Central Avenue NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-764-6200
The garden showcases the natural environment of the Rio Grande Valley. It encompasses 36 developed acres, including a 10,000-square foot glass conservatory with native and exotic plants from desert and Mediterranean climates, a whimsical children's fantasy garden, the award-winning Rio Grande heritage farm, Sasebo Japanese garden and the seasonal butterfly pavilion featuring hundreds of free-flying North American butterflies and moths.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission. Under 3 free.

ABQ BioPark Zoo

903 10th Street SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-764-6200
The 64-acre ABQ BioPark Zoo offers close encounters with more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. Popular species include seals, sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, koalas, Mexican wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, jaguars, zebras and rhinoceros. By design naturalistic habitats incorporate landscaping with trees, grasses, water features and rockwork. Of particular note is the riverside wildlife of the forests and the cottonwood groves that line the Rio Grande.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Albuquerque Aquarium

2601 Central Avenue NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-764-6200
At the Albuquerque Aquarium visitors are invited to take a journey down the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way various ecosystems and species are showcased: freshwater rivers, estuaries, coral reefs and open and deep ocean habitats. Other highlights include an eel tunnel, seahorses, luminous jellies and a 285,000-gallon saltwater tank with brown, sand tiger, blacktop and nurse sharks, reef fish, eels and sea turtles, among others.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-243-7255
Operated by the city of Albuquerque, visitors can view permanent displays of the city's history along with international exhibits.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

American International Rattlesnake Museum

202 San Felipe Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-242-6569
This one-of-a-kind museum, located just off Old Town Plaza, has living specimens of common, uncommon and very rare rattlesnakes of North, Central and South America in naturally landscaped habitats. More than 30 species can be seen, then view a seven-minute film on this contributor to the ecological balance of our hemisphere. Throughout the museum are rattlesnake artifacts from early American history, Native American culture, medicine, the arts and advertising.
Hours & Admission
Daily September to May, Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., June to August, Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Casa San Ysidro

973 Old Church Road
Corrales, New Mexico
505-898-3915
The Gutiérrez-Minge House in the village of Corrales dates back to the 1870s.

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers Tours.

Coronado State Monument and State Park

485 Kuaua Road
Bernalillo, New Mexico
505-867-5351
Drive through Corrales to Coronado State Monument and the remains of Kuaua pueblo, where Spanish explorer Francisco V’squez de Coronado is thought to have spent the winter of 1540 to 1541.

The visitor center exhibits artifacts. See views of the Rio Grande River.
Hours & Admission
Wednesday to Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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