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Summer under the New Mexico sun is hot, hot, hot. Thankfully, Albuquerque has plenty of places where you can take a break from busy city life – and the hot weather. Enjoy some time on one of our nearby lakes and rivers and just chill.

Isleta Lakes & RV Park

This is where locals go to kick back and get in some great fishing. Bring your poles and enjoy a day or weekend on the lake, with the most incredible views of the Bosque that you’ll find in the area. Best of all, you can enjoy fine dining and entertainment opportunities at the Isleta Resort & Casino. There’s no gamble here – you’re sure to have a great time!

MST Adventures

Head over to Mountain, Stream, and Trail Adventures for one of the best standup paddleboarding (SUP) experiences you have ever had. They offer several SUP tour packages, typically 4-8 miles long, including a Good Morning SUP Tour, a Sunset SUP Tour, and even an Adventure Brewery SUP Tour where you get to visit 2-3 local breweries with lunch and the first round of beer included! It doesn’t get better than that!

NM River Adventures

Are you longing to spend some time on the Rio Grande? Try NMRA’s half-day Orilla Verde Tour or the Middle Taos Box Trip. At the end of the summer, you can even try their full-day trip or a multi-day tour on the Rio Chama at any time during the season. You’ll get a chance to try their durable, highly maneuverable inflatable kayaks, or “duckies,” and get a whole new way to get to know the beautiful New Mexico landscape and waterways.

For more information on enjoying summer – and all the other seasons – in Albuquerque, follow the Olympus Encantada blog.