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
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
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
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.