Rio Rancho Public Schools’ 2022 Spring Break runs from March 21 to 25, providing the perfect excuse for parents to play hooky and join their kids for some local spring break adventures. Luckily the Rio Rancho area has countless activities for the whole family to enjoy. Check out our favorite options below, all very close to Mariposa/Rio Rancho and just 15 miles from Albuquerque.
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
Treat your family to a high-rise adventure far above the everyday hustle and bustle! You’ll all enjoy fantastic trip up to the 10,378-foot crest of the Sandia Mountains, where you can have a snack or meal as you survey the gorgeous view.
Location: 30 Tramway Rd. NE, Albuquerque, about 25 miles from Mariposa
Cost: $$ $18-29
Fishing at Tingley Beach
Slow down and enjoy family members at Tingley Beach where you can fish, picnic, hike or just spend time in the outdoors. Adjacent to the Rio Grande, fishing ponds are open to the public and free of charge, be sure you have a fishing license.
Location: 1800 Tingley Dr SW, Albuquerque, about 15 miles from Mariposa
Cost: $ Free
Hiking Rinconada Canyon Trail
This 2.2 beautiful loop trail located near Albuquerque features wildflowers in the spring and is good for all skill levels. Heavily trafficked, the trail is accessible year-round and a great place to get away from it all with the family! Be sure to pack water and sturdy hiking shoes.
Location: Rinconada Canyon Trail, 7601 Saint Josephs Avenue, Albuquerque, about 10 miles from Mariposa
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Spend your morning or evening taking a private hot air balloon ride with experienced pilots! Your family will move effortlessly with the winds above the Rio Grande and the city of Albuquerque. Lasts 45 minutes to an hour, with the baskets accommodating between 2-5 people. Dress for an outdoor adventure, with hats, sunglasses and comfortable shoes.
Location: 5024 Coyote Way NE, Rio Rancho, about 8 miles from Mariposa
Cost: $$$ Varies
Jump into action at Elevate Trampoline Park, a 30,000-square-foot indoor activity center for all ages with wall-to-wall trampolines, basketball hoops and more!
Location: 3301 Southern Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, about 12 miles from Mariposa.
Cost: $$ Check their website for special discounts and prices
Bandelier National Monument
Take a step back in time and visit Bandelier National Monument, where you can find petroglyphs and evidence of human presence going back over 11,000 years. Lots of outdoor activities, including wildlife watching (from squirrels to mountain lions), hiking and camping.
Location: 15 Entrance RD, Los Alamos, NM, about 77 miles from Mariposa
Cost: $$, 7-day auto pass is $75. https://www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/fees.htm
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
This museum provides your family a window into the past, present, and future of nuclear science. Inside and outdoor exhibits, with a nine-acre area for plane buffs complete with planes, rockets, missiles and cannons.
Location: 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, about 35 miles from Mariposa
Cost: $$, $15 and under https://www.nuclearmuseum.org/#contactBlock
Kids in an Escape Room? It’s doable, according to NM Escape Room. It can be a great bonding experience to have them help you collect clues and solve mysteries. Each of the scenarios are designed with different levels of difficulty, whether it’s Super Secret, Bombshell or Duel at Dusk.
Location: Two locations in Albuquerque, 3916 Carlisle Blvd. and 4401 McLeod Rd., about 28 miles from Mariposa
Cost: $$, about $20 per person
Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum
Often called a children’s “Exploratorium”, it’s a learning place for people of all races, ages, genders and abilities. Features exhibits to learn more about gravity, electricity, water, light, bubbles and more. Explore to your heart’s content, with more than 250 interactive exhibits!
Location: 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, about 25 miles from Mariposa.
Cost: $, $10 and under
Looking for a new home in New Mexico? Mariposa is a master-planned community 30 minutes north of Albuquerque in the appealing town of Rio Rancho. Near so much of what New Mexico offers, Mariposa is designed for living naturally. Mariposa offers a fully equipped fitness center, indoor lap pool and outdoor pools, parks, sports courts, miles of trails, abundant open space and endless views at the 2,200-acre Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains. Learn more at https://liveinmariposa.com/
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