Albuquerque is ideally located to discover many of the highlights of the New Mexico high desert. Browse these recommended Albuquerque day trips to learn what awaits just a short drive or train ride away.

Innkeeper-Recommended Albuquerque Day Trips


Santa Fe

Santa Fe is only an hour away and so worth the trip. You can drive or take the train, which is a slightly longer ride. Once in Santa Fe there is a free shuttle near the train stop that goes around the downtown area with four stops on Canyon Road, a street well known for the art galleries lining both sides. The shuttle also goes to the Plaza where you can visit several museums, and in the summer the shuttle goes to Museum Hill which is farther from the Plaza but a must see.
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Taos is another 80 miles north of Santa Fe and the drive is beautiful. Famous for its art galleries, beautiful scenery, and the historic Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage site.
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Sky City Cultural Center & Haak’u Museum

Acoma is one of the most accessible of the pueblos and is known for being the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States – over one thousand years!  Guided tours are available year round and the Pueblo is only an hour’s drive from Albuquerque.
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Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge

The “Bosque” is the winter home to thousands of sand hill cranes, Snow Geese and Ross Geese, dozens of Bald Eagles and Goldens, Great Blue Herons, Occasional Pelicans, Avocets, and many, many other birds.
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This artsy little village is a historic coal mining and then ghost town, now home to over 40 local art galleries and shops as well as museum and several restaurants.  It’s a fun place to visit and the drive from Albuquerque through the east mountains is beautiful.
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Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs is a great little village only an hour from the Bella Roma. Named for the hot springs in the area, there are several spas in town as well as art galleries, cafes,  beautiful views, and miles of hiking trails.  Photo from The Adventures of Jeff and Courtney.
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Bandelier National Monument

This monument protects over 33,000 acres of canyons and mesas, as well as fascinating petroglyphs that evidence the life of ancestral pueblo people who lived in the stone cliffs. Climb the rope and wooden ladders lead high into the cliffs to experience the caves where they lived, or take a hike on the miles of trails.
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Enhance your stay at our B&B when you choose one or more of these memorable Albuquerque day trips.