2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Adventure Guide

For the 12th year, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl helps kick off the college football bowl season right here in Albuquerque. On December 16, teams from Mountain West Conference and Conference USA will face off at Dreamstyle Stadium at the University of New Mexico. Football fans and players will gather in the Duke City for a weekend of pep rallies, tailgating and game-time excitement. But how should you spend your time off-field? Here are 19 New Mexico True adventures you can experience in Albuquerque during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Ski New Mexico, in association with the New Mexico Tourism Department, has partnered with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to provide ticketholders an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy two New Mexico True experiences. From December 17-24, 2017, one bowl game ticket can be redeemed for a free lift ticket at one of Ski New Mexico’s eight great ski areas. Get your ticket and double your fun here.

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Get an awe-inspiring view of Hispanic culture in Albuquerque with one of the largest frescos in North America. The 4,000 square foot Mundos de Mestizaje digitized mural depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history highlighting diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas.

Sandia Peak Tram

Catch your breath as you reach 10,000 feet at the top of Sandia Peak. Get an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment along with some spectacular sunset views.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Witness ancient Native American traditions and celebrations while in Albuquerque. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is the only place in North America to offer traditional Native American dances every weekend year-round. Make sure to check out the Pueblo-inspired gingerbread houses on display inside the museum.

ABQ Trolley Co.

See the best of the city on an 18-mile, 85-minute tour. The best first thing to do in Albuquerque. Bonus: Get into the holiday spirit while you’re in town with the Santa Claus Pub Crawl on the evening of December 16, the Piñon Express or Trolley of Lights tours.

Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden

Take in some Friday night lights, Albuquerque style. The annual River of Lights holiday light show features 500 light displays. Get in to the holiday spirit while you’re in town. Animated sculptures and more twinkling surprises will dazzle you at New Mexico’s original and largest walk-through holiday production.

New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway

Fill your tank with breakfast at one of 15 restaurants right here in Albuquerque on the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway. Remember: Mornings can be chile.

The New Mexico True Ale Trail

Find “hoppiness” on the New Mexico True Ale Trail and see what the hype surrounding New Mexico’s craft beer is all about. Albuquerque is home to nearly two dozen breweries.

New Mexico True Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

Savor the flavor along the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, USA Today's '10BestReaders' Choice' award winner as "Best Food Trail." You don’t have to go far to get your chile fix on while you’re in town.

Old Town Albuquerque

Step back to 1706 with a walk through Old Town. Old Town Albuquerque follows the traditional Spanish pattern of a central plaza and church surrounded by homes and businesses. Unique items from around the world can be found in more than 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios.

Flamenco Tablao Albuquerque

Experience the passion and energy of flamenco at the United State's first authentic Tablao inside Hotel Albuquerque. Featuring a world-class line-up of artists, Tablao Flamenco presents a dynamic schedule of performances, featuring the premier artists from Spain and the United States.

New Mexico True Culinary Treasures

Taste tradition along the New Mexico True Culinary Treasures Trail made up of family-owned restaurants in operation more than 40 years. Here’s where you can experience the traditions while you’re in Albuquerque.

Acoma Pueblo

Reach for the sky at Acoma's famed "Sky City", a USA Today award winner as "Best Native American Experience,” one hour west of Albuquerque.

New Mexico True Wine Trail

Sip it up at wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms on the New Mexico True Wine Trail with plenty to choose from right here in Albuquerque.

True Relaxation

Take a time out from all the excitement and just relax with a spa treatment that uses locally sourced ingredients. Here’s where you can unwind in Albuquerque.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Play the slots (slot canyons, that is) at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Cochiti Pueblo, just an hour’s drive north of Albuquerque.

White Sands National Monument

Take a day trip to southern New Mexico to play in nature’s sandbox and go sand sledding at White Sands National Monument.

New Mexico True Enchanted 8 Roadtrips

Staying in Albuquerque a few extra days during New Mexico Bowl? Enjoy an excursion on any of the Enchanted 8 Road Trips. These themed itineraries span the state and feature topics such as Native Culture, Cuisine and Family Travel (and all offer excitement, adventure and history.)

New Mexico True Architecture Trail

Build a foundation of understanding New Mexico’s one-of-a-kind architecture along the New Mexico True Architecture Trail, filled with some of the most important and arresting historical structures in the country.