Don't expect to "see" Albuquerque in a day. Between the sights and activities of the city and the wealth of Southwestern lore in its museums, you'll not find yourself running out of things to do. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has guided walking tours on Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. mid-March to mid-December, $4 for adults.
Hiking and mountain biking trails in the Sandia and Manzano mountains are world class. If you can schedule only one hike, make it the La Luz/Tramway Loop.
Central Ave. N.W. and Rio Grande Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Ruins and Volcanoes
Drive south and west to Silver City and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Stop for a short hike at The Catwalk, five miles east of Glenwood, then continue north to El Malpais National Monument. Bandera Ice Cave and Volcano is an offbeat stop between El Malpais and the next stop, El Morro National Monument. El Morro is a Southwest cultural mélange.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
HC Box 100
Silver City, NM 88061
El Malpais National Monument
11000 Ice Caves Road
Grants, NM 87020
El Morro National Monument
HC 61 Box 43
Ramah, NM 87321
The northern loop of this trip goes first to Chaco Culture Center National Historic Park, which can easily occupy two days' time. Within the park's boundaries, walk to several Anasazi ruins, a prehistoric staircase, and the remains of a thousand-year-old highway. Find abundant overnight lodging in nearby Bloomfield or larger Farmington.
Chaco Culture National Historic Park
P.O. Box 220
Nageezi, NM 87037
The route to Santa Fe passes a number of ancient Indian pueblos, some of which welcome visitors. The city of Santa Fe is romantic and engrossing, with artisans' displays next to upscale shops, noteworthy architectural features, lodging, fine dining, museums, shopping and cultural events.
Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau
201 W. Marcy St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Back to Albuquerque
The return route to Albuquerque passes within a few miles of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, where visitors walk through hoodoos (wind-sculptured stone monoliths) and a short slot canyon. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in summer, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in winter. Fee is $5 per auto. Make a stop at Acoma Pueblo--it's well worth your time.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Bureau of Land Management, Rio Puerco Field Office
435 Montano N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87107