Clean Air & Majestic Mountains
New Mexico draws visitors from all around the world who come anxious to experience the clean air, majestic mountains, and wide open spaces of the state. Albuquerque is located in the middle Rio Grande valley next to two mountain ranges, the Sandias and the Manzanos. graphicIn the mountains surrounding the city, outdoors enthusiasts can hike and mountain bike in the summertime and ski and snowboard at Sandia Peak Ski Resort in the winter. Central New Mexico has become a haven for skiers and snowboarders in recent years. Albuquerque is located only an hour from the Santa Fe Valley's many ski areas and less than two hours from the world-renowned slopes at Taos Ski Valley.
Many of the state's picturesque lakes and campgrounds are located just a few hours' drive from Albuquerque, including Conchas Lake, a fisherman's paradise, and the deep lakes of Santa Rosa, which draw scuba divers from all over the Southwest.
The city of Albuquerque also offers a long network of bike, walking and roller blade trails that stretch from the far Northeast Heights on one end of the city to the Rio Grande river on the opposite side. Recent efforts by the city and several community groups have focused on preserving and maintaining the hundreds of miles of continuous bosque, or riverbank, that line the Rio Grande on each side. Trails through the bosque allow outdoor enthusiasts to come face-to-face with New Mexico's exotic wildlife and lush natural vegetation.