Southwest Albuquerque Community Information


Residents of Southwest Albuquerque live within proximity to a number of esteemed colleges, universities and trade schools, such as the University of New Mexico. Other institutions of higher learning located in and around the Albuquerque metro area include National American University, The Art Center Design College, Trinity Southwest University, Central New Mexico Community College, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.


Residents of Southwest Albuquerque are fortunate to live in an area where the city's economy is strong and the workforce is thriving. In fact, Forbes Magazine has ranked the City of Albuquerque as one of “The Nation's Best Cities for Business and Careers” and the thirteenth best metropolitan area out of 200 in 2008. Large employers that contribute to the overall economy of the greater Albuquerque area include General Mills, GE, TempurPedic, Intel, Sandia National Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, and Kirtland Air Force Base.


Whether you're looking to take part in a hot air balloon excursion, or are looking to take a drive up and down historic Route 66, or just want to spend the day with some retail therapy, Southwest Albuquerque has it all! Known as the Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World, residents and visitors from all over look forward to the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, where over 700 balloons take to the skies. Or, if you're looking to stay grounded, check out the Albuquerque International Ballooning Museum. The museum includes a number of exhibits dedicated to the culture, art and science of hot air ballooning and even includes some of the best collections of hot air ballooning equipment and memorabilia.

Historic Route 66 travels through the City of Albuquerque, now named Central Avenue. Once you travel through Route 66 you'll find that an eclectic collection of shops line the avenue, in addition to some of the city's finest casual and fine dining restaurants. If you keep going, you'll hit Old Town, the Downtown business district, the University of New Mexico, and the Rio Grande Botanical Garden and Albuquerque Aquarium.

If shopping is more your idea of a way to spend the day, then you're in luck as Albuquerque is a shopper's paradise. Everything from Native American crafts and antiques and high-end shops can be found here. For Native American pottery, weavings and rugs, head to historic Old Town. Nob Hill features a variety of clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, bookstores and plenty of restaurants. ABQ Uptown features a number of high-end specialty retail stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, Pottery Barn, Eddie Bauer and Williams Sonoma. And be sure to check out Cottonwood Mall and Coronado Mall for national chain stores and more retail shops.

Southwest Albuquerque is also the home of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Rio Grande Zoo, and Tingley Beach. Other terrific things to do around Albuquerque include taking a museum tour and learning about the area's cultural and historical heritage, heading out to the local casinos and pubs, or taking a walking art gallery tour, among many, many other things.


If you're looking to spend the day out on the links, then head on over to some of the local golf courses, such as Isleta Eagle Creek Golf Course, Albuquerque Country Club, and the Championship Golf Course at UNM. Many more courses are located throughout the greater Albuquerque area. Mountain biking, road biking and cycling are other popular pastimes for residents; in fact, Bicycling Magazine has recognized the Albuquerque area as the “Third best place to bike in the U.S.” During the winter months, residents and visitors flock to the Albuquerque metro area for its ski resorts as New Mexico features some of the longest cruising terrains and trails for cross-country skiing, and plenty of terrain parks for snowboarders. From the desert to the slopes, Albuquerque has it all.

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