Take a Trip to the Past and the Future
Connect with the past and experience the future in the center of New Mexico’s scenic Land of Enchantment. Rio Rancho’s high-desert climate provides inspiring vistas, a unique cultural tapestry and plenty of room for high-altitude outdoor adventure year-round. By car, plane, or hot air balloon, Rio Rancho is centrally located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Step back in history and visit Coronado State Monument where Franciso Vásquez de Coronado first overnighted with his men in 1540 in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola.
Walk through Petroglyph National Monument and discover first hand over 15,000 designs etched in lava rock centuries ago, most of which were created by the Rio Grande’s pueblo people.
Drive through the 7-mile stretch of Corrales Road Scenic Byway and take a detour through Casa San Ysidro, a restored Spanish Colonial rancho complete with more than 1,300 historic and religious items.
Experience the natural beauty and surroundings of Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs where you can take in natural hot springs and rock formations know as Battleship Rock and Soda Dam, drive through the Gilman Tunnels and make time for the Valles Caldera National preserve, which is one of the largest volcanic calderas (basins) in the world. Nature truly abounds in this pristine preserve. Also no trip is complete to Jemez without a stop at Ponderosa Winery.
For vintage car enthusiasts J&R Vintage Auto Museum is a must with over 60 fully restored vintage automobiles. Feel free to take one home because they are all for sale.
While history extends throughout the region, you can step into the future and take in a concert or show at the state of the art Santa Ana Star Center. Make sure to make a small donation to one of the three pueblo casinos located in Sandoval County, play golf, relax at the spa or take in the views and city lights of Albuquerque from high atop the Rio Rancho mesa and watch the watermelon glow of sunset reflect off the Sandia Mountains. New Mexico sunsets are truly among the most beautiful in the world.
Play and Stay in Rio Rancho!
Rio Rancho welcomes visitors into the heart and soul of New Mexico – blending modern amenities, entertainment, sports, outdoor and cultural attractions. Come and experience New Mexico’s enchantment from one central location.
To learn more about what Rio Rancho can you offer you on your next trip to New Mexico visit www.RioRanchoNM.org or call toll free (888) 746-7262 and find out how the City of Vision is becoming a reality.
Article provided by Greg pena