Quality Inn & Suites
7620 Pan American Fwy., N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: (505) 823-1300
Fax: (505) 823-2896
If you are up to the challenge of a hike through four life zones, that climbs from 7,080 feet to 10,280 in just under eight miles, La Luz Trail offers you an alpine escape from the concrete jungle. On weekends, the trail is crowded with day hikers, joggers and their pets. The trail switchbacks upward among granite spires, ponderosa pines, and quaking aspens. Near the top, the trail forks. The right fork takes you to Sandia Crest; the left fork terminates at the Sandia Peak Tramway. Be sure to take along plenty of water.
Play one of three whimsical 18-hole golf courses, in increasing degrees of difficulty or spend a whole afternoon playing all three. This fun facility offers special rates for birthday, school, office and group parties. The ice cream parlor and snack bar are well stocked with plenty of snacks, candy and beverages and an arcade with the latest electronic games will keep you entertained in inclement weather.
Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course is a top-tier course, played by presidents and locals alike. This beautiful course features panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains. There is also a full-service pro-shop and a restaurant where banquets and meetings can be arranged.
Balloon Fiesta Park is an ideal place for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a morning walk. Apart from being a venue for ballooning throughout the year, the park also has enough facilities to make it a very entertaining place; the Norther Launch Field, where you can treat your eyes to a colorful display of hot-air balloons, the Albuquerque Golf Training Facility, for the golf enthusiasts, the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and 8 baseball fields. Regular concerts and other cultural events make Balloon Fiesta Park a popular spot among the citizens.
Montgomery is one of several public pools managed by the City of Albuquerque and available for use by the general public at subsidized, affordable prices. An outdoor facility, it is open during school summer vacations only. The pool is long enough for laps, but unfortunately for those seeking serious exercise above and beyond a cooling dip, Montgomery does not operate the dedicated lap swim hours that most of the other city facilities do. The wading pool will keep those with small kids happy, in addition to the fact that on Sundays admission is free of charge for children under 18 years of age. - Pip Lustgarten
Part of the Sandia Resort and Casino, this 7,772 yard par 72 course is sure to challenge golfers of any skill level. The layout of the course allows for beautiful views of the nearby Sandia Mountains. In addition to a practice range and green, there is also an immense clubhouse with a golf shop, a bar and grill, and an outdoor patio.
Funded by the city of Albuquerque, the Columbus tennis facility has four courts, two of which are lit to enable evening play. They are available to the public free of charge, are without staff, do not take reservations, and have a Laykold playing surface and metal nets. The North Valley is a beautiful neighborhood, semi-rural in places: if you're feeling really fit, ride a bike to the courts so you can explore the acequia (ditch) trails that crisscross the entire North Valley, and that additionally connect to the trail running the length of the Rio Grande's trajectory through town. - Pip Lustgarten
The little hamlet of Corrales lies in the New Mexico County of Sandoval about 13.4 miles (21.6 kilometers) from Albuquerque. Corrales Bosque is scenically located by the Rio Grande and is a very peaceful cottonwood forest that is popular for walking and running. Bikers and horseback riders also frequently use the area.
The Jerry Cline Tennis Complex provides two useful options for those who do not have a tennis partner. You can come alone and rent a ball machine, priced per hour. Or you can attend one of the many drop-in doubles sessions. Lessons are also an option—though not offered year-round—and are priced extraordinarily cheaply, as is court rental. The only drawback of the Jerry Cline Complex is its proximity to the interstate: traffic roars past continually, so those in search of a quieter place to play should take a look at the city's website for details about the 33 additional courts around town. - Pip Lustgarten
Valley is one of several pools managed by the City of Albuquerque. Attached to public high schools, their access hours are shared between students and the general public. Valley is rarely busy, so you will usually get a lane to yourself. A "Water Exercise" class, in which an instructor leads the group, is offered for a low cost on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are also periodic swimming lessons, aquatic team meetings, scuba lessons and socials. In warm weather, the sides of the building are opened to the air, and there is an outdoor wading pool. – Pip Lustgarten
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to McDuffie Park. Through it can be tough to find (and even find the entrance to), once inside it is the perfect place to take a walk, ride a bike, or even take a quick nap. Many locals also enjoy a picnic lunch here on sunny afternoons.
This beautiful park was named "Bataan Memorial Park " in 1943 after the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiments that fought in WWII. In 2002, a walkway with granite pillars carved with veterans names was also added to the park. Today, the park remains a fitting tribute to the soldiers as well as a relaxing park with plenty of trees and wide grassy fields. This is the perfect spot for a picnic, as well as the ideal spot to remember those who served America.