Very few destinations can rival the diversity of hiking options offered by a city that sits a mile high and is framed by a mountain range that reaches over 10,000 ft. From the cottonwood-lined banks of the Rio Grande to the alpine ridge of the Sandia Mountains, hiking in Albuquerque is a one-of-a-kind experience fit for any skill level.
From the network of single-track trails at the base of the Sandia Mountains to the 50-mile activity loop that surrounds the city, Albuquerque is a paradise to experience on two wheels. The diversity of terrain and moderate high-desert climate offer plenty of options for bikers of every skill level.
The Rio Grande - one of the country’s longest free-flowing rivers – courses its way right through the center of Albuquerque, and offers visitors with a wealth of rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and other water sport activities for all ages and skill levels.
Find yourself at an elevation of over 10,000 ft. within an hour’s drive from downtown Albuquerque, and discover New Mexico’s oldest ski mountain – Sandia Peak Ski Area – with nearly 40 runs for every skill level spanning over 1,700 vertical feet, a terrain park for snowboarding, and a large network of trails for cross-country skiing.