Fuel the start of your Balloon Fiesta adventure with the king of Southwest breakfast foods—the classic breakfast burrito. Packed with delicious fillings, wrapped in a warm tortilla, covered and smothered in red or green chile, it’s hard to beat a good breakfast burrito. Spice up your morning at one of the numerous locations on our Breakfast Burrito Byway!
Hop aboard the Sandia Peak Tramway and enjoy the incredible scenery as you are transported up scenic mountains and above deep canyons for spectacular views of the area’s dramatic, breathtaking terrain. At the observation deck 10,378 feet atop the Sandia Peak, watch a New Mexico sunset produce a spectacular array of color across the stunning Rio Grande Valley.
Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706 and continues to be the city’s cultural center. With more than 100 museums, shops, galleries, restaurants, and stunning architecture, you can easily spend a whole day exploring. Begin at the picturesque plaza and walk among the charming Pueblo-Spanish style adobe structures, taking in our uniquely New Mexican culture.
August through October, the New Mexican air is flooded with the delicious smell of roasting chiles. You can get your fill of New Mexico’s favorite—and most famous—crop at any local grocery store, or you can pick it yourself straight from the source. Head to Big Jim Farms in Los Ranchos and pick your very own chiles and even get them roasted on site!
Plan a hike through the Petroglyph National Monument to enjoy, experience, and learn about the incredible pieces of history left by the ancestors of today’s Pueblo people. Hiking trails allow for excellent viewing of the more than 25,000 petroglyphs—the majority dating back between the 1300s through the late 1680s—within the monument’s boundaries.
The 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve is in the heart of one of three super volcanoes in the United States and is known for its lush mountain meadows, abundance of wildlife, beautiful winding streams, historic cabins, and prehistoric sites. Miles of hiking trails allow plenty of opportunities to explore, experience, and enjoy this incredible landscape.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. With incredible permanent and rotating exhibits featuring thousands of rare artifacts and works of art and as the only place in North America to offer traditional Native dances every week year-round, Albuquerque’s IPCC is the premier place to discover the history, culture, and art of New Mexico’s Pueblos.
465 miles of Route 66’s classic neon signs, vintage motels, and roadside oddities run through New Mexico. In Albuquerque, Route 66 runs through the heart of the city along Central Avenue through Nob Hill, Downtown, the University area, and Historic Old Town. A unique blend of old and new, go out and experience Albuquerque’s very own stretch of the Mother Road for yourself!
All across the state there are incredible sights to see and photograph. From our dazzling night skies and dramatic landscapes to our natural wonders and historic sites, discover some of New Mexico’s most unique and beautiful places to photograph. Which of these sites will you explore during your Balloon Fiesta adventure?