Is your family bold, brave, and adventure-seeking? If so, Albuquerque, New Mexico is an ideal destination for your next family vacation. Seeped in ancient Indian and Spanish cultures, this breathtaking high desert region is the perfect place to discover a wide range of thrilling activities. Here are some exciting and exhilarating ideas for a road trip to Albuquerque:
Skiing and Snowboarding
Whether your advanced skiers or looking to discover the thrills of snowboarding for the first time, you will be sure to enjoy Albuquerque’s Sandia Peak Ski Area; a lavish sports complex set within the East Side of the awe-inspiring Sandia mountain range. In addition to an excellent snowboarding terrain park, ski mountain runs and professional ski school with rental shop, the complex also features a diverse array of hiking trails, cross-country skiing, rock climbing and biking trails. Take a trip up to this exciting mountain range via the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway and you will never want to leave!
River Rafting in the Rio Grande
If you’re planning a family trip to Albuquerque between April and August, why not take to discover the joys of white water river rafting? Several area kayaking, white-water, and river rafting companies have set up shop in the area and will gladly take you out on host half-day and full-day river adventures. A word of caution: if you plan on undertaking these thrill-seeking excursions it is worthwhile checking your travel insurance policy before doing so. As one travel guide advises; “Quite a few sports and activities are excluded from standard policies, so it’s always a good idea to check whether your intended adrenaline activity is covered”. However, regardless of whether you decide to tackle the Maze, Albert’s Falls, the Narrows, or the Thunderdome rapids, you can rest assured that your family will never forget a river rafting trip on the Rio Grande!
Hot Air Balloon Rides
If you decide to book your family trip to Albuquerque for October, make sure you check out the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; the largest hot air balloon festival in the world! If you want to experience more than the breathtaking views of hundreds of balloons across the sky, many companies provide balloon rides for throughout the weeklong festival.
Theme Park Thrills
If your adventure-seeking family loves roller coasters Cliff’s Amusement Park is a must. Open April through to September, this extensive theme park in the Northeast Heights is home to a broad spectrum of calmer rides and true stomach churners. Begin your day with a trip on the carousel or train tour around the park before tackling the faster paced Scrambler, Sea Dragon, and Galaxi roller coasters. Once you have mustered the courage, you can dare to discover the epic CliffHanger, Falling Star, and Super Fire Ball rollercoaster rides!
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