Five Fun Father’s Day Ideas in the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque Area

Five Fun Father’s Day Ideas in the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque Area

Posted on June 3, 2023

Father’s Day is coming up fast, and soon, you’ll have your chance to take a day devoted to spending time with your own Super Dad. Whether he’s a techie, outdoorsy, a sports fan, an avid history buff or an interesting mix of all of the above, we’ve rounded up some activities and specials in the Rio Rancho area that will show dad your appreciation for exactly who he is.

Note: As the events surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve, specific information may change.

  1.  Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures

This outdoor adventure on the Rio Grande River gives visitors the opportunity to embark on a number of different tours. From guided to self-guided down the Coronado course or the Bosque course, Quiet Waters offers rafting, floating and paddling for any level of adventure.

In response to the coronavirus, take-away rentals are now available during limited hours Fridays through Sundays by reservation only. They do not anticipate resuming regular tour operations until vehicle capacity requirements are removed in their entirety, although they are working on developing an option that would involve delivery and pickup of watercraft at the river, while customers would be required to arrange their own shuttle transportation. Please call for details. 505-771-1234

105 D, Pleasant View Dr, Bernalillo, NM

  1. Routes Bicycle Tours

Treat Dad to an unforgettable experience that takes you along the famous Rio Grande River past local farms, restaurants, and the city’s cultural centers to culminate in the lush surrounds of a beautiful, award-winning winery and tasting room. Visit website for COVID-19 details.

Dates: Monthly on Select Saturdays, contact

Cost: $60-65, guests must be at least 21 to partake in the wine tasting.

2113 Charlevoix St. NW, Albuquerque, NM

  1. Willow Creek Trail

Willow Creek Trail comprises 3.1 acres of beautiful New Mexico terrain filled with multiple trails for hiking as well as smaller, easier walking paths. Willow Creek is also handicap accessible and includes a parking lot near the trail.

Price: FREE

Hwy 528 and WillowCreek, Rio Rancho, NM

  1. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico. The monument is a product of volcanic eruptions that occurred six to seven million years ago. Kasha-Katuwe ranges from 5,570 – 6,760 ft above sea level and includes recreational hiking trails, birdwatching, geological observation and plant identification. Dogs are not allowed on the monument.

Price: $5 Private vehicle

Directions at the link above.

  1. Night Walk at the Botanic Garden

Explore the Garden under the light of the moon! Bring your family and explore the wonders of nightfall as you walk on a guided tour through the Garden in search of night-blooming plants, nocturnal animals and night pollinators.

Dates: June 2-23, 2020 from  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults, $10 youth and seniors. NM BioPark Society Members receive a 10 percent discount.

Space is limited; pre-registration online is required. No walk-ins. Tours occur rain or shine! Questions? Call 505-848-7180.

Check these links for the latest updates on events for dad on the week/weekend of Father’s Day:

Wherever you go, however you choose to celebrate those that have fathered you in your life, have a great day!

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