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Recreation in Albuquerque

Albuquerque's central location and ideal climate are conducive to year-round participation in air, water, and land activities. The nearby mountains and lakes allow a vast array of activities, and the city itself has numerous parks, pools, golf courses, tennis courts, ball fields, indoor courts, and community centers.

Golfers can enjoy the many public and private golf courses located throughout the Albuquerque area. For more information on public courses call 505-888-8115.

Skiers enjoy Sandia Peak, about 35 minutes from Albuquerque. You can also reach this ski area by taking the aerial tram. This is the world's longest tram and offers you convenience as well as a spectacular view. Call for reservations at 505-856-7325. Sandia Peak Ski Area also offers ski school, with PSIA certified ski school instructors, cubby corner, ski school for children ages 4-6, child care, ski patrol, day lodge, snowboarding, and many other activities. For more information call 505-242-9052. Other ski areas easily accessible from Albuquerque are Santa Fe, Taos, Red River, Angel Fire, Cloudcroft, and Ski Apache, which also offer many activities.

All types of fishing are available in the rivers and lakes in the state park system, not to mention the many other alpine lakes in the forests and wilderness areas. Just because Albuquerque is in the desert does not mean that residents do not enjoy sailing and windsurfing. Heron Lake hosts the Hobie Cat Championship and Abiquiu Dam is a favorite of windsurfers. For water-skiing, most enthusiasts go to Elephant Butte Reservoir.

There are more than 52 state parks and monuments, 21 wilderness areas, 11 national parks and monuments in New Mexico, and more than 150 developed city parks in Albuquerque.


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