The mountainous terrain that surrounds Albuquerque makes for the perfect setting for bikers, hikers and campers of all levels to escape the city hustle. Pedestrians find ease getting around the city via the Paseo Del Bosque Trail, a 15-mile interconnected trail system that rides along the Rio Grande welcoming walkers, runners, cyclist, and horseback riders alike—and prevents all from ever having to cross a street. Road cyclists further benefit from the safety of bike lanes throughout Albuquerque. Challenging elevation changes plus dramatic scenic vistas make New Mexico a haven for cycling. Runners—including several Olympic distance runners— also take advantage of the benefits of altitude training in Albuquerque.
During winter months, Sandia Peak offers skiing and snowboarding just minutes from the city, and the renowned Santa Fe Ski Basin is about an hour and a half north. With year-round golfing weather, golfers love the variation and affordability among Albuquerque’s 14 area courses—with something for every skill level.