Enchanting Adventures in Affordable Rio Rancho
Connect with the past and explore nature’s beauty in the heart of New Mexico. Our high-desert climate provides inspiring vistas, a unique cultural tapestry and plenty of room for high-altitude outdoor adventures year-round.
History Comes Alive
Step back in history and visit Coronado State Monument where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado arrived in 1540 in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. ??Walk through Petroglyph National Monument and discover up close more than 15,000 designs etched in lava rock centuries ago. Tour Casa San Ysidro, a restored Spanish Colonial mini-community with more than 1,300 historic and religious items. Experience Native American culture of Jemez Pueblo. Then head for the hills to take a relaxing dip in the naturally heated and healing Jemez Springs.
Nature in High Definition
National and state scenic byways, from the architecture of Route 66 to alpine vistas of Jemez Trail, are just minutes from town. Several byways can easily be combined in a single day trip. Nature abounds among the majestic alpine vistas at the Valles Caldera National preserve - one of the largest volcanic calderas (basins) in the world. Ready for wine tasting? Visit Rio Rancho’s Matheson Winery or half a dozen others within a 20-minute drive. Watch the reflective sunset glow of the Sandia Mountains, then take in the views and city lights from atop Rio Rancho’s mesa.
Stay and Play
Enjoy a concert or Professional Indoor Football with the New Mexico Stars at the state-of-the-art Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Feeling lucky? Try one of the three pueblo casinos nearby, play golf, or relax at the spa.