Enchantment is just ahead in Rio Rancho. By car, bus, plane, bicycle or hot air balloon, Rio Rancho is centrally located in the heart of New Mexico, just north of Albuquerque. Experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico with local day trips including national parks, scenic byways, world-class museums, archeological ruins, rural landscapes and high-tech attractions. History beckons with nearby attractions in New Mexico that evolved over the centuries, with the Anasazi Indians and visits from the Hispanic explorer Coronado, to create a unique cultural tapestry of traditions and legends. The City of Rio Rancho began in the 1960s on 55,000 acres of land on the outskirts of Albuquerque. Today, Rio Rancho offers a cultural diversity within its population of 75,000. Every major attraction in the Land of Enchantment is accessible from Rio Rancho within a day’s scenic drive, including Indian Pueblos, Santa Fe, Taos, and so much more. Rio Rancho's high-desert climate provides breathtaking vistas and plenty of room for high-altitude outdoor adventures year-round. Even if you are just passing through, Rio Rancho offers a variety of affordable, modern and convenient lodging, dining and shopping opportunities.