Albuquerque is the most populous city in New Mexico and is home to some of the highest rated RV parks in the southwest. Though its high altitude can lead to chilly temperatures at night, its desert climate makes for overall great weather for camping year-round. The city is home to world-class foods, arts and culture, performing arts and a world of outdoor fun, so for your next camping escape, Albuquerque is a great spot!
If you enjoy mountains, Albuquerque is definitely a great city for your next vacation. The Sandia Mountains is a breathtaking mountain range located immediately to the east of the city. If you want to enjoy the gorgeous views from the top but prefer not to walk up the incline, you can use the Sandia Peak Tramway, the world’s longest aerial tram ride. At an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet, Sandia Crest is the highest peak along the mountain range, and by standing atop it, you’ll see a breathtaking 11,000 square-mile view of the Rio Grande Valley. Within the city itself, there's a plethora of excellent attractions, iconic to New Mexico. Be sure to visit the Albuquerque Biopark Aquarium and Albuquerque Zoo, as well as the historic museums and national monuments in the surrounding towns. There's also amazing local festivals that normally draw thousands to the city each year. Plan your trip around the International Balloon Festival and the summertime New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. For those hoping to soak in the history of the indigenous population, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a great spot, filled with guides that will lead you through exhibits showcasing rare Pueblo artifacts. Another must-see is a local 285,000 gallon ocean tank, that is home to over 250 native and exotic species.
With strong Native American and Mexican roots, Albuquerque is home to a wealth of rich cultural expressions. When you visit, you'll see local pride displayed through various art forms, so get ready for the over 100 art galleries filled with fine art, authentic Southwestern jewelry, pottery and contemporary art, plus there's a ton of public art pieces and murals. Of the numerous great galleries in the city, Yucca Art Gallery, 516 ARTS, Oro Fine Art Gallery and Levy Gallery are the most popular.
The city is also filled with active expressions of history, culture and creativity, so during your visit, take advantage of the city's full calendar of performances and festivals. Some well-known venues include Musical Theatre Southwest, Popejoy Hall, National Hispanic Cultural Center and The Box Performance Space where you can expect improv comedy shows, theatrical performances, musicals and dances. With shows for children, adults and every type of teenager in between, this city takes its performing arts scene very seriously, but if you don't like live performances, you can certainly look forward to world-class local and regional musicians hosting shows at these venues.
For the outdoor adventurer, Albuquerque is home to an oasis of open land and plenty of opportunities to stay active during your camping trip. Look forward to abundant and accessible hiking and biking trails, award-winning golf courses and rafting and canoeing on the gorgeous Rio Grande. There's also horseback riding trails with spectacular scenery, ski and snowboarding opportunities near the downtown area, birding, rock climbing, mountaineering and geocaching. And of course, the city is known for hot air balloon rides! Get ready for Albuquerque’s fantastic weather to take to the skies for romantic or group balloon rides or taking aerial tours on gliders and airplanes. Albuquerque is rightly known as "The Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World," so get excited for offers superb conditions for balloon flights year-round.
New Mexico is known for it's world-class nightlife, and Albuquerque is certainly a hotspot for the fun! There's never a dull night in the city, so if you're an urban adventurer, there's plenty of concert venues, nightlife, restaurants and more in and near the city’s casinos and resorts, and of course these resorts offer plenty of gambling opportunities, table games, poker, slots, bingo, spas and golf courses. With music pumping into the night and bright lights to illuminate your trek through the downtown area, you're sure to get drawn in to popular spots like the 360 Lounge, the Atrium Bar, Center Bar and Envy Nightlife. Plus, there's plenty of shopping spots in the downtown area for purchasing local crafts and gifts.
With strong Mexican and Native American influences, the city's food landscape is rich and diverse, offering locals and visitors excellent craft and fine dining options. You can expect great eats at spots like Monroe's Restaurant, Torinos' @ Home, Papa Felipe's Mexican Restaurant and La Salita Restaurant. There's also great spots like the Artichoke Cafe, BRAVO Cucina Italiana, Frontier and a long list of world-class breweries for you to sample local brews. Places like the Red Door Brewing Company, Marble Brewery, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Canteen Brewhouse and the Nexus Brewery. Whether you like pale ales or dark lagers, you're sure to find a ton of great choices to taste.
Campgrounds and Parks
Each campground contains everything you’ll need to enjoy your stay, however long it may be. Based on your preferences, you won’t even have to rough it. Most RV parks offer extra amenities such as Internet access and Cable TV, ensuring a comfortable vacation with plenty of great conveniences. One of the city's most popular private campgrounds is the Route 66 RV Resort, close to attractions such as the Route 66 Casino Hotel which has a casino theme with Route 66 memorabilia and over 1,300 slot and video poker machines, table games, a 500-seat bingo hall, a dedicated poker room, five restaurants, five bars, an indoor theater, hotel, nightclub, convention center and Kids Quest. There's also the World Famous Laguna Burger nearby and onsite attractions like a Rally Barn for group gatherings, Resort-Style Swimming Pool and amenity center with a flat-screen television, Billiards and card tables, laundry facility, exercise room, a large outdoor pavilion with grills, horseshoe pit, two pickleball courts, a volleyball court and dog park. The city is also home to excellent public campgrounds that feature limited amenities, but plenty of space for tent camping and camp fires under the breathtaking New Mexico skies. For luxury camping or dry tent camping, there's no shortage of opportunities for every type of camper to truly enjoy this city.
Whether you're a history buff or not, you'll be drawn to the city's museums and cultural and historic centers for a look into the history that shaped New Mexico and the blend of cultures that makes this area so unique. For an introduction to New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos, be sure to visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center which offers information and resources on Native American culture, history and art. If you’re a fan of Spanish heritage, be sure to visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center where you can learn about the Day of the Dead traditions, see world-class flamenco performances and enjoy other cultural events. Albuquerque’s Museum of Art and History has exhibits on the city’s origins as a Spanish colonial village, which will give you a whole new perspective on our city. The popular Albuquerque Museum of Art and History also includes artworks in all traditions, from the works of indigenous peoples to Spanish colonial art to cutting-edge modern installations.
Love history, beauty, art, great foods and brews and outdoor fun? Camping Albuquerque is perfect for your next adventure.