Are you in the mood for a getaway? Would you like to spend a few days satisfying your sense of adventure? The city of Albuquerque is a prime tourist destination for adrenaline junkies. Here are five things to do in Albuquerque for adventurous travelers.
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
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Albuquerque offers amazing views due to its elevation. The city ranges from 4,900 feet to 6,700 feet above sea level. People who love the mountains have several options to enjoy the panoramic views. The best of them is in the Sandia Mountains.
The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway is a network of sky trams that goes across these mountains. You can ride them to see the breathtaking landscape below the tram. They’ll also take you to several outdoor activities such as skiing in the winter and rock climbing for the rest of the year. Think of the tramway as public transportation with an amazing view.
New Mexico Jeep Tours
A lot of the landscape in Albuquerque is desert. If you think the barren landscape is a place to avoid, you’ve got it all wrong. With the right vehicle, you can see parts of the New Mexico desert that a regular tourist never would. New Mexico Jeep Tours offers specialty tours for adventurous travelers. These guided sightseeing experiences highlight all the culture and heritage of the city. The drive is also some of the most exciting off-roading that you’ll ever do. The terrain is brutally rugged.
Private Balloon Flights
No other city in the world can match Albuquerque’s love of balloon rides. The city hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® each October. It’s easily the largest of its kind in the world. Each year, pictures from the event dominate social media sites like Instagram. If you plan to attend, you should book a hotel room through Hotel Planner well in advance.
Even if you’re not visiting in October, you can always take a balloon ride, weather permitting. Private flights are one of the most beloved tourist activities in the Southwest. A flight takes roughly three hours. You’ll enjoy an aerial view of the desert and mountains for a modest fee of roughly $200.
Petroglyph National Monument
The western trail in Albuquerque is one of the greatest hiking spots in America. The high desert and the ancient ruins combine for a challenging climb through sand and cobblestone. The Petroglyph National Monument is a popular site for visitors due to its unique combination of hiking and history. You can march through the challenging terrain then take a break to appreciate the 20,000 images carved into stone at the monument. You’ll exercise both your body and your mind.
Elena Gallegos Open Space
Sometimes, you just want to go outside and enjoy yourself. When that happens, the Elena Gallegos Open Space is perfect. It’s a 640-acre park with plenty of entertainment options for outdoor enthusiasts. It has a picnic area plus biking and walking trails, all of which will allow you to enjoy the view from 6,500 feet above sea level.
As you can see, Albuquerque has plenty of wonderful options. The next time you visit, you’ll have plenty of items to cross off your to-do list.