At Wildlife West Nature Park, twenty minutes east of Albuquerque, birds and animals that are unable to safely return to the wild find refuge. Once a seasonal attraction, this wildlife sanctuary is now open year round.
The best way to absorb the wonder of Sedona’s renowned vermilion rocks is to drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Although only a brief 7.5 miles in length, this portion of State Route 179 contains sufficient natural beauty to be designated an All-American Road. In other words, it represents the U.S. and is a worthy destination in and of itself.
Some cities take up vertical space. Albuquerque is not one of them. Instead, Duke City expands, like an elasticated waistband on Thanksgiving, into the largely empty, surrounding land. The city’s horizontal nature allows inhabitants to make good use of its skies—whether through ballooning or simply stargazing. The disadvantage is that it’s easy to feel as if Albuquerque is an endless corn maze and you’re a lost kid. However, there are some pockets of calm, like Elena Gallegos Open Space.