With close to 300 days of sun each year, the weather in New Mexico makes for exceptional year-round outdoor activities, whether you enjoy hiking, biking, tennis, fishing, mountain climbing, hang gliding, soccer, or skiing. The Sandia Mountain Wilderness is just 20 minutes from Sandia/New Mexico. Near the city, it's possible to visit a centuries-old American Indian pueblo, go whitewater rafting in the Rio Grande, hike in lava fields left by ancient volcanoes, watch wildlife, and enjoy spectacular scenery on a backcountry scenic drive.
Albuquerque has nature centers, swimming pools, amusements parks, nationally acclaimed golf courses, historic sites, casinos, spas, wineries, and more than 400 miles of bike paths and trails. Throughout the year, the city sponsors events such as professional and amateur sporting events, fairs, and festivals. The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, and the New Mexico State Fair are among the major annual events that take place in the city.
New Mexico is a nationally recognized arts destination, and Albuquerque is no exception. The city sustains a thriving art scene that includes more than 100 galleries and studios. Albuquerque also has a diverse performing arts community and outstanding museums in art, history, science, natural history, and anthropology.
The ABQ BioPark offers a zoo, botanic garden, aquarium, and beach area, and is close to downtown Albuquerque. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, just outside Albuquerque, is the world's longest single-span aerial tramway; a 2.7-mile ride takes you to the top of the 10,400-foot-high Sandia mountains and a view that encompasses 11,000 square miles. The Petroglyph National Monument, located on Albuquerque's west side, is the world's largest accessible collection of prehistoric rock art.