Annually in April
The Gathering of Nations is North America’s largest Pow Wow! More than 3,000 indigenous, Native American, and Indian dancers and singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to participate annually.
All are welcome to this family-friendly event to come see colorful Native American Pow Wow dancing, to hear the songs, and become enlightened with emotional happiness. Browse aisles of shopping through the Indian Trader’s Market, enjoy the best of native foods, a horse & rider parade, and some of the best in Native American music performances and entertainment on Stage 49.
Just outside of Albuquerque, Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. The monument contains more than 25,000 petroglyph images, and with four hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty, you can view these incredible symbols carved onto volcanic rocks 400 to 700 years ago up close for yourself.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located just minutes from Old Town and downtown Albuquerque. Founded by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, it is a premier destination to discover the history, culture, and art of many of the Native communities of New Mexico. IPCC offers an exciting schedule of cultural and community activities, including rotating museum exhibits, workshops, hands-on learning activities, and more.
Explore Albuquerque’s first neighborhood! Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque for more than three centuries and continues to be the city’s cultural center, with numerous museums, shops, galleries, restaurants, and stunning architecture. Old Town is a great place to shop, walk about, and soak in the distinctive culture—begin at the picturesque Plaza and walk among the charming Pueblo-Spanish-style adobe structures.
Located along the Rio Grande near Socorro, at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert, this spectacular 30,000-acre oasis and wildlife refuge is home to a wide variety of plants and animals—most notably, it is the winter home of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese, ducks, and other waterfowl. Even after the departure of its popular winter residents, the refuge remains a wonderful place for hiking, biking, and wildlife- and bird-watching year-round.
Spend a day with some of Albuquerque’s wildest citizens! The ABQ BioPark offers its guests close encounters with exotic and native animals, more than 1.5 miles of paths through whimsical botanical gardens, educational experiences, and more. The BioPark consists of the Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach, and Aquarium.