There’s so much to do in this beautiful area. Our convenient location between Albuquerque and Santa Fe means you’ll be close to everything!
Albuquerque & Surrounding Area
The largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque still retains an old-world charm. Located in the center of the state, the city provides a gateway for travelers, especially those arriving into the international airport.
Known as the Heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque offers a taste of everything. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers can take advantage of two miles of trails, departing from the Rio Grande Nature Center and traveling along the river. A state-of-the-art aquarium adjoins the Botanical Garden along the river’s edge in the bosque, where the cottonwoods and red willows provide shade and shelter for wildlife in the center of town. The Sandia and Manzano mountains frame the city’s east and southern boundaries.
Sip a drink al fresco at the Old Town Plaza. Take the world’s longest, single-span, aerial tramway up to Sandia Peak for an 11,000-square-mile panorama. Travel down Old Route 66 with a stop at historic Kimo Theatre. View more than 1,000 hot air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta each fall.
The Church of San Felipe de Neri overlooks the central plaza of Old Town Albuquerque, where visitors rest before exploring the 130 shops, galleries and restaurants on the narrow back streets. Explore 4.6 billion years of history at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Then see the contemporary and traditional history and art exhibitions at the nearby Albuquerque Museum and visit Explora!, the science center and children’s museum. Don’t miss the 15,000 petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument. Another must-see is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, owned and operated by the 19 pueblo tribes of New Mexico.
Just 60 miles west of Albuquerque is the Pueblo of Acoma. Located on a 365-foot mesa, the “Sky City” is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States. Take the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway and travel through the mountains from Cedar Crest north to Santa Fe through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos. Corrales, an historic town on the Rio Grande, has attracted artists and writers who want to live in the country with access to city amenities. Nearby historic and scenic attractions include San Ysidro Church, the Riverside Nature Preserve and the Sandia Pueblo.
Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and is the oldest capital city in the U.S. Like most cities of Spanish origin, Santa Fe is built around a central Plaza, the heart of the city since it as established. The Plaza is surrounded by ancient flat-roofed adobe buildings, many housing numerous art galleries and shops. For an understanding of New Mexico’s history and cultures, visit the Palace of the Governors and the Wheelwright Museum of American Indian Arts. Other museums include the Museum of Fine Arts, the International Museum of Folk Art, and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.
Santa Fe has beautiful and historic churches such as the adobe Santuario de Guadalupe, the magnificent St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel with its miraculous spiral staircase, and the San Miguel Chapel, the oldest church in the U.S.
Santa Fe sits next to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, with ample hiking horseback riding and recreation. Sixteen miles from the Plaza is the Santa Fe Ski Area.
This lively town has performing and visual art events throughout the year, including the acclaimed Santa Fe Opera, the Desert Chorale, Indian Market, and Spanish Market. Artisans and craftspeople share their wealth of knowledge through numerous workshops and art classes year round. With more than 200 restaurants and a well-deserved reputation for outstanding New Mexican cuisine, there’s no danger of going hungry!
"We loved staying at Hacienda Vargas. Algodones is a perfect location to explore both Albuquerque and Santa Fe as well as experiencing the beautiful Sandia Mountains." - St. Louis, MO