Did you know that Albuquerque is one of the best places in the country to watch the sunset? During this time, the sun features a pinkish watermelon hue, and the top spots to view this picturesque event include:
Sandia Peak is where visitors ride the longest aerial tram in North America to watch the sunset over extinct volcanoes. Sandia is Spanish for watermelon, and the observation deck at 10, 378 feet atop the peak also provides an 11,000 square mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley. After taking in the scenery, don't forget to visit the NM Ski Museum and Hall of Fame found at the base of the Tram.
La Luz Trail
For those who would rather walk to the top of the Sandia Mountains, the La Luz Trail is not to be missed. Along the way, switchbacks help tame steep climbs, and the summit is 7.2 miles from the trailhead. The path changes from high desert to a deep pine forest, and hikers who make it to the top can enjoy an incredible sunset as well as beautiful views of the river valley below.
Petroglyph National Monument
Stretching seventeen miles along Albuquerque's West Mesa, the Petroglyph National Monument features one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. The designs were created between 400 and 700 years ago and were carved into rocks by both Native Americans and Spanish settlers. The monument offers several trails to explore including Rinconada Canyon. In addition to providing stunning sunset views, the trail also takes hikers over sand dunes and includes remnants of volcanic eruptions that happened 200,000 years ago.
These are just a few of the places where you can watch the sunset near our apartments in Albuquerque. If you are thinking about calling our community home, please contact us to arrange a tour where you can see all we have to offer firsthand.