Best Walking in New Mexico

This list represents the most popular walking in New Mexico. Use this list to plan your next New Mexico walking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. The Downtown Scene (And What’s Behind It)


Albuquerque is geographically divided into four quadrants that are officially part of any street address: NE (northeast), NW (northwest), SE (southeast), and SW (southwest). Central Ave. delineates no…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 2 miles
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#2. Huning Highland: Legacy of the Railroad and Route 66


This area was in rapid decline by the mid-1970s. Its first step toward recovery came in 1978, when the Huning Highland Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The re…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 2 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#3. Barelas: Land of Mi Chante


The closure of the railroad shops in 1970 eliminated 1,500 jobs from the community. Adding insult to injury, the city disconnected the main route into Barelas to create Civic Plaza in 1974 (and reconn…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 2.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Downtown to the Country Club: Movin’ on Up


This walk shuttles between the west end of downtown’s main drag and the south side of the Albuquerque Country Club. Though less than a mile apart, the two settings are nearly opposites in character. A…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 4.25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Downtown to Old Town: Follow the Brass


Despite portents of the old-fashioned villa’s imminent demise, the two towns maintained a tenuous connection via a streetcar system and a powerful political district known as the Fourth Ward. So the v…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 1.75 miles
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#6. Old Town: Don Cuervo’s Illegitimate Villa


In 1706 Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes, acting governor of the Province of New Mexico, boldly announced the founding of the Villa of Albuquerque. It proved to be a poor decision. In his haste, he’d fai…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 1.75 miles
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#7. Museum and Courthouse: Better Know the Districts


Most of this route follows Mountain Road, one of Albuquerque’s first thoroughfares. Formerly known as Carnuel Road, it once connected the plaza of what is now Old Town to the villages of the Cañón de…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 1.25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. Pat Hurley Park–BioPark: The Mother Road Loop


Both the interstate and the river harbor interesting corridors built exclusively for pedestrians and bicyclists, but because they also pose significant barriers to local traffic, you may likely find o…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 6 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#9. Los Duranes: Something Old, Something New


Los Duranes claims to be Albuquerque’s second oldest neighborhood. The Duranes acequia madre, or mother ditch, was established in 1706. In the mid-1790s, La Plaza de Señor San Jose de Los Duranes was…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 3.5 miles
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#10. Martineztown–Santa Barbara: The Quick and the Dead


Martineztown–Santa Barbara is an old neighborhood that stretches north from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. to Menaul Blvd. Despite its proximity to downtown Albuquerque and the University of New Mexi…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 3 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#11. Los Poblanos: Wine Country


Recurring floods in the late 1800s and early 1900s destroyed most of the early settlements in the North Valley, making it difficult to determine the locations of the original plazas. Agriculture and o…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 4.5 miles
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#12. El Rancho Plaza: Life on the High Road


Edith Boulevard has gone by many names: Camino de Bernalillo, Camino de la Ladera, and Highland Road, to name a few. It emerged as an alternate route during times when mud and floods overwhelmed the…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 4 miles
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#13. Balloon Fiesta: Diamonds, Dirigibles, and Other Diversions


What was once a barren foothill informally known as Rattlesnake Mesa is now an oasis for golf, baseball, and an international balloon fiesta. Running alongside these new fields of green is a concrete…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 4.25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Alameda Bridge: Crossing the Same River Twice


At the northern reaches of Rio Grande Valley State Park, Alameda Open Space provides access to both the 16-mile-long Paseo del Bosque Trail and a recently established county property, Bachechi Open Sp…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 3 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#15. Volcano Trails: Works in Progress


This route loops through recent residential developments and an ancient landscape within the boundaries of Petroglyph National Monument. It’s the first of three walks in areas currently in the early s…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 2.25 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#16. Corrales: Horse Capital of New Mexico


Follow the main street and back roads around the village of Corrales for a display of eclectic architecture from the past and present. Often you can identify an architectural style by the roof alone.…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 3.25 miles
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#17. Bernalillo: The City of Coronado


The AT&SF railroad found the town attractive as well and sought to establish their rail yards here. Content with living in a small town (and his power over it) Perea dissuaded them by inflating land p…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 3.5 miles
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#18. Rio Bravo: Still a Little Crazy


Wedged between the natural splendor of the Rio Grande Valley State Park and the industrial gloom of 2nd St. are more than 126 acres of agricultural land poised for residential development. If the desc…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 4 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Mountain View: Chavez Loop


Chavez Loop is a 5.5-mile extension on the south end of the 14-mile Paseo del Bosque Trail. (Technically, they overlap, but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll discuss them separately for now.) Paseo de…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Horseback Riding, Walking - 5.5 miles
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#20. Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge


Valle de Oro, the Southwest’s first urban wildlife refuge, is billed as an oasis for both wildlife and people. Located 5 miles south of downtown Albuquerque and within a 30-minute drive for half the s…
From the guidebook "Walking Albuquerque"
Albuquerque, NM - Walking - 4 miles
Published by Wilderness Press