Life in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque is New Mexico's largest city, with a population of more than 545,000. Immerse yourself in our enormous skies, beautiful vistas, and friendly people.



New Mexico's ancient cultural traditions endure in the artwork, adobe architecture, and the people.

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Our weather allows year-round outdoor activities like golfing, skiing, hiking, and much more.



Visit the stunning 250-million-year-old formations at Carlsbad Caverns or the 15th-century pueblo ruins Chaco Canyon.

Fall colors


Open space, mountain ranges, a rich river valley, and breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy the views wherever you are in the state.

Albuquerque skyline


The cost of living is 6 percent below the national average, with a stable economy and a growing movie industry.

Local Aquarium

Family fun

A top destination for families is the ABQ BioPark, which includes a zoo, aquarium, beach area, and botanic garden.

New Mexican food

Taste of New Mexico

Red or green? Chile is a New Mexico staple that we eat with anything — we stress anything.


Balloon fiesta

More than 700 balloons show their unique shapes and colors at our International Balloon Fiesta, which draws more than 700,000 visitors.


Visiting Sandia/New Mexico

Planning a visit to Sandia/New Mexico? Find out what you need to know before you arrive — from maps and directions to information about visitor badges and what to expect when you arrive on-site.

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