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Tell ABQ’s Outside Winter Activities Guide Your Outside Adventure Awaits You!

Albuquerque Sports

Gwynne Ann Unruh

Winter in Albuquerque means majestic high mountain desert scenery, gorgeous blue skies, abundant sunshine, and the sparkle of snow. It’s a great place for a variety of winter sports. When it snows it usually melts off the roads within a day making the Sandia Mountains an ideal place for sledding, snowboarding, cross country, and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. Whatever suits your fancy – bundle up, get outside, and enjoy! 

Hiking   Hike the paths through the Sandia foothills. Drive to the top or ride the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to the top of the 10,378-foot summit for trails with a spectacular view of Albuquerque. Check out the Petroglyph National Monument trails or the Paseo del Bosque Trail running along the Rio Grande.

Ballooning   Mild temperatures, calm winds, and clear blue skies are ideal for year-round hot air ballooning. Check out the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Golf  Golf is a 365-day year-round sport in Albuquerque. Courses are located across the city.

Los Altos (505) 298-1897

Arroyo del Oso  (505) 884-7505

Golf Center at Balloon Fiesta Park (505) 768-6043

Puerto del Sol (505) 265-5636

Ladera (505) 836-4449

Ice Skating  Come out with the family to ice skate! If you’re a veteran skater or you’ve never ice skated before, lace up your skates, or rent some, and hit the ice-skating rink. Outpost Ice Arena (505)-856-7595


Fun in the Snow 

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding  Ride the Tram or drive up to the top of the Sandia Peak Ski Area mountains to ski and snowboard. The deep canyons and breathtaking terrain of the Sandia Mountains are the perfect backdrops for these sports.

Cross Country Skiing  Cross country and snowshoeing trekking trails abound for beginners and advanced enthusiasts in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains surrounding Albuquerque. Ellis Trailhead off of Scenic Byway 536, as well as from the Sandia Crest parking lot and Upper Tramway terminal at Sandia Peak, offer fun trails with fantastic views of the mountains and our city below.

Sledding and Tubing On the east side of the Sandia Mountains the Capulin Snow Play Area in the Cibola National Forest in the Sandia Mountains offers family fun in the snow!

Dress warm and drive carefully.

Don’t forget the hot chocolate!