Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a whitewater rafting trip, Bernalillo County and its surrounding areas offer a variety of recreational opportunities.
1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-924-225
Albuquerque’s minor league team’s name recalls the fictional Springfield Isotopes from the long-running TV series “The Simpsons.” The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The team was previously affiliated with the Florida Marlins, from 2003 to 2008 and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2009 to 2014. Visit www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t342 for the team schedule, roster and ticket prices.
Cliff’s Amusement Park
4800 Osuna Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-881-9373
Cliff’s Amusement Park has hundreds of ways for everyone to have a good time. Fun doesn’t get more exciting than thrill rides such as Cliff Hanger, SideWinder, the Super Fire Ball and New Mexico Rattler, one of the top 25 wooden roller coasters in the world. There are also water rides like Rocky Mountain Rapids and Big Flush Water Coaster, Cliff’s WaterMania, a water play area, and lots of rides in Kiddieland to keep the little ones amused. Visit the website for park hours and ticket prices.
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch
1 Wall Lake Road
Winston, NM 87943 575-772-5157
This New Mexico dude ranch is miles away from civilization, 85 miles from the nearest stoplight to be exact, in the Gila National Forest. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows, tall ponderosa forests, up on high hills where the views go on forever across the 3.3 million acre national forest and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. After spending time with the horses, guests can enjoy seeing 1,000-year-old Mimbres archeological sites (pit houses and cliff dwellings with pottery shards and pictographs), campfires, unguided hiking, roping lessons, photography, swimming in the creek or just reading a good book on a bench swing.
This region features some of the best golf courses in New Mexico. The mild climate ensures that golf can be played throughout the year. Albuquerque is home to many award-winning public golf courses and two that rank in the nation’s top 50: Twin Warriors Golf Club and the dramatic Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, which was awarded the only five-star rating in the Southwest by readers of Golf Digest. For a full list of public and private courses in New Mexico, visit www.newmexicogolf.com/courses.
New Mexico River Adventures
2217 Highway 68
Embudo, NM 87531 800-983-7756
New Mexico River Adventures offers half-day, full-day and multiday adventures for families and groups along the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. You can opt for a wild whitewater rafting trip or an easy float down the river. Visit the website for more information.
Wildlife West Nature Park
87 N. Frontage Road
Edgewood, NM 87015 505-281-7655
Wildlife West Nature Park is a 122-acre wildlife refuge and an enhanced rescued wildlife zoo featuring more than 20 species of native New Mexico animals. The zoo features cougars, wolves, bear, elk, deer, javelina, fox, raptors and more. The zoo provides a special look into the plants and animals that make up the ecosystems of New Mexico and the Southwest. Overnight adventures available by appointment. For more information on hours and ticket prices, visit the park’s website.