Outdoor Adventures in and around Albuquerque

Sandwiched between the towering Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande River basin, Albuquerque provides the outdoor enthusiast with a number of unique adventure opportunities that are just minutes away from Nativo Lodge. When choosing hotels in Albuquerque, New Mexico, there are a number of reasons why we suggest Nativo Lodge.
Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Ballooning

Albuquerque is justifiably considered the hot air balloon capital, and many local and highly experieinced vendors offer rides year-round. Enjoy a stunning airborne view of Albuquerque and its surroundings on this unique mode of transportation.

Book an exclusive Hot Air Balloon Package where you and a guest can take a tour of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and board a roundtrip flight to the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway.

Hang Gliding

Another way to get airborne in New Mexico is by hang gliding off the top of Sandia Peak. Whether you’re an experienced glider seeking a new location or interested in your first tandem flight with an experienced instructor, Albuquerque is the perfect place to cross hang gliding off your bucket list!

Rock Climbing

The Sandia Mountains are not only home to hang gliding, but also to the best in rock climbing opportunities in central New Mexico. With over 70 climbing sections to choose from, as well as plenty of opportunities for bouldering, the Sandias are an excellent place to climb.


Whether it’s a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Rio Grande River near the Rio Grande Nature Center, any of Albuquerque's Open Spaces, or a challenging hike up the La Luz Trail to the crest of the Sandia Mountains, hiking in New Mexico is an unforgettable experience with unparalleled opportunities to enjoy Albuquerque’s high desert landscape.


With half a dozen courses to choose from and sunny days for more than three quarters of the year, Albuquerque is a great place to play golf. Whether you choose the award-winning University of New Mexico course or one of the multiple municipal or resort courses, the settings are spectacular and the desert air invigorating.


Biking in New Mexico has become quite a popular pastime. Albuquerque has established an extensive network of bike trails along the Rio Grande River and its network of acequias, or irrigation canals. Easily accessible from a number of locations around the city, these trails lead you through fascinating desert and riverside terrain. Albuquerque has also set aside Mountain Road, near Old Town, as a bicycle boulevard, where the speed limit is 18 miles per hour and bicyclists are a common sight.

Horseback Riding

In and around Albuquerque there are numerous opportunities to give horseback riding a try. With the Western spirit still alive and well, and fierce competition at local horse shows such as the New Mexico State Fair, horseback riding is a popular outdoor activity and there are a number of available trails in the area.
Rio Grande Botanic Garden Albuquerque BioPark

Outdoor Museums and Cultural Activities

There are a number of outdoor museums in the Albuquerque area, so if you’re searching for hotels near museums and other cultural activities, we can be the place. Close to Nativo Lodge are Petroglyph National Monument and Coronado State Monument, along with Historic areas like Old Town and Nob Hill.

Discover art, culture, history and the story of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos when you book your Native American Cultural Package to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Your Albuquerque adventures await!

Albuquerque Bio Park (Aquarium, Botanic Gardens, Zoo)

When you’re looking to get the family outdoors, Albuquerque has a fantastic botanical gardens and zoo, along with an aquarium. Enjoy meeting Southwestern animals in their own habitats and learn more about this fascinating desert landscape.