Things to Do in the “Q”

ALBUQUERQUE

Gay Albuquerque | Night Clubs

  • Sidewinders Bar | 900 Central Avenue Southeast, Albuquerque, NM 87123, 505-554-2078
    Host to some of the best performers, including Sharon Needles, Yara Sofia, Charlie Harding, Brayden Forrester, DJ Pornstar, Sean O’Grady, India Ferrah, and may more!
  • Effex Nightclub | 420 Central Avenue Southwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505- 842-8870
    A spacious, two-level venue just off downtown’s main drag. It comprises a large ground-floor dance floor with bars, a big stage, and a state of the art sound system. Head upstairs and you’ll find a similarity huge roof deck bar that’s ideal for chatting (and gazing up at those New Mexico twinkling stars).
  • Albuquerque Social Club | 4021 Central Avenue Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87108, 505-262-1088
    A private club for gay and lesbians, and it’s one of the city’s most popular gay venues. Out of state guest pay a $5 cover.

Area Attractions | Albuquerque

  • Rio Grande Zoo and Biopark – Botanic Garden and Aquarium | 903 10th Street Southwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-764-6200
    Covers 64 acres and features naturalistic habitats, a freshwater pond, a stunning band shell, snack bars, a restaurant and gift shops. Take a ride on the Rio Line Train to the Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Aquarium, the BioPark will provide you with days of amazement, entertainment and sheer fun.
  • Sandia Peak Tramway | 30 Tramway Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87122, 505-856-7325
    The world’s third longest single span tramway. The tramway has just two support towers. A trip up the mountain takes fifteen minutes to ascend 3,819 ft. and the normal operating speed of the tram is 12 miles per hour.
  • Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum | 9201 Balloon Museum Drive Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-768-6020
    Albuquerque is the Ballooning Capital of the World. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, held every October, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, takes place each October, when you’ll see hundreds of balloons in the sky at
    a time. This magical hot air balloon festival is considered to be the most photographed event in the world, drawing a huge international crowd of balloonists and spectators.
    The museum is the world’s premier facility dedicated to the art, culture, science, history, sport and spectacle of hot air ballooning. It features one of the world’s finest collections of hot air ballooning equipment and memorabilia. Local hot air balloon companies provide rides for visitors on a daily basis.
  • New Mexico Rail Runner | 809 Copper Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 866-795-7245
    Take a Train Ride from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and enjoy a stunning day or evening in Santa Fe stopping near downtown and also offering shuttle service to some area casinos.

Casinos and Golf | Albuquerque

  • Santa Ana Star Casino | 54 Jemez Dam Road, Bernalillo, NM 87004, 505-867-0000
    Play at the hottest casino near Albuquerque. Be entertained with certified loose slots and offering table games such as blackjack, craps, and roulette. If you like playing poker they offer two daily tournaments featuring “No Limit Hold’em”, along with weekly and monthly tournaments.
  • Sandia Resort & Casino | 30 Rainbow Road NE Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-796-7500
    Offering a refined and sophisticated atmosphere inspired by New Mexico’s pueblo culture. A striking porte-cochere entry greets arriving guest, who are welcomed into the grand lobby highlighted by the mountain view and unique architecture featuring native pottery and art. Whether you are here to game, dine, golf or relax at the Greed Reed spa, you will discover something new around each corner. With over 140,000 sq. feet of your favorite games including slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, including the state’s largest non-smoking Poker room. Imagine winding up at our majestic golf course at the base of the Sandia Mountains. The challenging desert links course was designed by Scottsdale, Arizona based Scott Miller Design. It measures an astounding 7,772 yards of play from the back tees, making it the longest course in New Mexico.
  • Route 66 Casino | 14500 Central Ave SW, I-40 Exit 140, Albuquerque, NM 87121, 505-352-7866
    Floor features more than 1,700 slots in every denomination from pennies and above. Table games are read for Vegas-style action around the clock.
  • Isleta Casino & Resort | 11000 Broadway Boulevard Southeast, Albuquerque, NM 87105, 505-724-3800
    Offers over 100,000 sq. feet of the hottest casino action around including slots, table games, bingo, and poker. If you enjoy playing golf then you will enjoy playing here. The Isleta Eagle Golf Club features a beautifully manicured 27-hole course with three 9-hole tracts designed around and named after their primary topographic feature – The Lakes Nine, Arroyo, and Mesa Nine. The stunning scenery includes three lakes and the sweeping Rio Grande.

Hiking and Other Outdoor Activities

  • The Sandia Mountains, located on the east side of Albuquerque, offer more than 60 established hiking trails, totaling over 150 miles and covering elevation changes of over 4000 ft. The trails range from easy to difficult.

SANTA FE (1 hour/62 miles North of Albuquerque)

Area Attractions | Santa Fe

  • New Mexico Rail Runner | 809 Copper Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 866-795-7245
    Take a Train Ride from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and enjoy a stunning day or evening in Santa Fe stopping near downtown and also offering shuttle service to some area casinos.

Gay Santa Fe

  • Rouge Cat | 101 West Marcy, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-983-6603
    The swanky and fun Rouge Cat is just a block from the Plaza, and is LGBTQ-owned, this eclectic spot has two distinct spaces. At street level, there’s a relatively cozy and swank cocktail bar. Head downstairs and you’ll discover a mid-size dance floor and bar where some of the area’s top DJ’s (including the owner) spin tunes.

Casinos and Golf | Santa Fe

  • Buffalo Thunder Resort, Casino & Golf | 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506, 877-848-6337
    Located in the dramatic scenery of Northern New Mexico. Offering 1,200 slots and video gaming play anything from penny slots to one hundred dollar slots. If you enjoy playing poker, table games, or poker then this is the spot for you. Also offering Towa’s three independent nine-hole courses challenge with dramatic elevation changes and scenery of such extraordinary beauty it threatens to distract the most focused golfer. Towa can challenge the low handicappers, but offers an enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels.

Other Santa Fe Interests

  • Santa Fe Western Adventure Horseback Riding | 505-473-9384
    Offering a truly unique and unmatched western experience. The one-hour ride takes place on the Lone Butte Ranch, which was originally homesteaded in 1882. The two-hour ride begins on our ranch and then rides by the location off a nearby western movie set where legends like John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and countless other famous movie stars have filmed movies over the decades. Rides by appointment only. A 24-hour notice is recommended, however, a 4-5 hour notice may be sufficient, schedule permitting.
  • Ten Thousand Waves Luxury Mountain Spa | 3451 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe NM 87501, 505-982-9304
    Inspired by the great Japanese mountain hot spring resorts. Among piñons and junipers are beautiful outdoor hot tubs and spa suites, world-class bodywork & skin care, and the amazing izanami restaurant.
  • The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa | 1297 Bishops Lodge Road, Santa Fe, NM 87506, 505)-983-6377
    Take a ride with us and enjoy the warm glow of magnificent sunset, awe-inspiring vistas under azure blue skies with scent of pinon pines. Enjoy clear, sun-drenched days exploring our 450 acres of scenic trails from horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. Surrounded by the soft scent of piñon, relax and rejuvenate in the private SháNah Spa gardens with Native American inspired treatments. Bask in the warm glow of a traditional kiva fireplace under a blanket of stars to savor our Nuevo Ranchero culinary cuisine.

Central & Northern New Mexico offers the following exciting outdoor destinations of cultural and historical interest.

  • Pueblo of Acoma – Sky City (About 70 miles west of Albuquerque)
    Acoma Pueblo offers a chance to see the longest continuously inhabited city in the United States. This ancient pueblo is perched on a 367-foot sandstone bluff, and offers guided tours, shopping for Native American Jewelry and Native American dining, as well as special events on feast days.
  • Bandelier National Monument (About 104 miles north of Albuquerque)
    Protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
  • Chaco Canyon (About 157 miles northwest of Albuquerque)
    A national park that hosts massive buildings of the ancestral Pueblo peoples, built between 850 and 1250 A.D. Chaco offers guided tours, hiking & biking trails, evening campfire talks, and night sky programs.
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (About 54 miles northwest of Albuquerque)
    A remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick.
  • Northern New Mexico offers exciting river rafting down the Rio Grande, and superb fly fishing in many locations.

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