Unlike many communities in New Mexico whose history spans centuries, Rio Rancho's spans mere decades. Beginning with the purchase of a 55,000 acre ranch northwest of Albuquerque in the 1960s, AMREP Southwest laid the foundation for what would become "The City of Vision," culminating with a city that incorporated in 1981. In 1980, the Intel Corporation chose Rio Rancho to build one of its main fabrication facilities. Not being constrained by history, tradition, or custom, Rio Rancho welcomed this high-tech giant, and the huge industrial complex that Intel built, and continually renovated over the years, produces and exports its cutting edge products to this day. Rio Rancho has always had its focus on the future, as evidenced by the bold creation in 2006 of a City Center on what was just desolate mesa in the geographic heart of the city. Anchored by a modern Rio Rancho City Hall and the state-of-the-art Santa Ana Star Center, this forward-looking development was welcomed the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Central New Mexico Community College, UNM West, and the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center. Visit Rio Rancho offers complete planning and assistance for the individual, group/meetings, sports tournaments, film special events and media. We can make recommendations for lodging, facilities, shopping, dinning, attractions, entertainment and more. Visit Rio Rancho puts on two events: Taste of Rio Rancho and Pork & Brew! Pork & Brew is New Mexico's ORIGINAL Food Festival with some of the best BBQ and New Mexico microbrews to satisfy your palate. The event also takes place around July 4th weekend. Visit our historic sites from Coronado State monument to J&R Vintage Auto Museum with over 60 fully restored vintage automobiles, 10 of which participated in the Great American Race. Our neighbors have a couple of excellent golf courses in Santa Ana or Twin Warriors. Enjoy a relaxing day at the spa or a wine tasting. Or go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, just about anything outdoors, we can help you plan a full itinerary. Come stay in Rio Rancho, to explore Albuquerque and Sandoval County! To receive a free Rio Rancho travel guide please contact us at www.VisitRioRancho.org or call (888) 746-7262.