Mariposa — and so much MORE!
By now you know Mariposa is a one-of-a-kind master planned community filled with pools, a fitness center, park, trails and breathtaking views. The perks of living at Mariposa in Rio Rancho are not only the community itself, but also the distinctive local attractions and businesses nearby. Whether it’s a local restaurant, a sports arenas or parks, there is something near Mariposa for everyone and every day. Each place on this list is located no more than 45 minutes from the Mariposa community and rated a locals favorite on NextDoor.com and Yelp reviews.
Mariposa Basin Park offers three different trail loops of distances ranging from a half mile to a mile. Located in the park are playgrounds, sports fields and even bird viewing areas. There are public restrooms onsite as well at the Don Newton Community Center. Come relax in nature and experience a fun-filled day at Mariposa Basin Park.
Rio Vista Park is located in Rio Rancho. This park has three trail loops that are all less than a mile. Come to Rio Vista Park and enjoy basketball courts, a skate park, a playground and BBQ grills with a beautiful covered picnic area. Spend the day at Rio Vista Park and finish the night making s’mores at the fire pit.
Located just 40 minutes outside of Mariposa is the Albuquerque Film Locations tour. Come and tour your favorite movies and shows filmed in Albuquerque, including Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Avengers, Thor, Maze Runner, and many more. This tour includes visiting the Albuquerque Museum, The Breaking Bad Museum and the Candy Lady. Come relive your favorite shows and movies with charismatic guides on this five-star rated tour.
Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park incorporates invaluable amenities with the traditional charm of a baseball game. Come and enjoy a minor league game, where people of all ages can enjoy the Fun Zone. The Fun Zone is located behind the berm and includes games and carnival rides. Stretch out and relax on a blanket on the berm and enjoy a game on a beautiful summer evening.
Seared is a traditional American Bistro with a 4.7-star (out of 5 stars) rating! Experience the finest pork, salmon, steak and chicken, along with delicious vegetarian options. The owner, Jan Barringer, has been in the restaurant business in New Mexico for the past seven years. Indulge in a night out at one of the finest local eateries.
Gruet Winery is family owned with roots originating in Bethon, France. Gilbert Gruet expanded his wine making business to New Mexico and brought along his young family. Gruet Winery adheres strictly to French champagne making methods, which ensures exceptional quality that you can taste. Stop by today and treat yourself to a bottle.
Albuquerque’s Old Town was founded by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. It includes ten blocks of shops that feature Southwestern arts, crafts and foods. Come and stay in a local hotel or bed & breakfast, stop by the museums, take a guided tour and shop at the more than 150 stores that include merchandise from all over the world.
Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts was founded in 1996 in Albuquerque. It is a non-profit organization that strives to unite the community through dance. At Keshet, the audience is invited to engage in dance with the company. While Keshet is currently doing virtual performances, they plan on hosting in-person dance events as restrictions are lifted. Book a ticket today and be inspired by the incredible dancers at Keshet.
The International Balloon Museum, located in Albuquerque, is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Come see not only balloons, but also the history of ballooning through objects showing their worldwide achievements. This intriguing museum features over fifty historic and modern gondolas. Stop by the International Balloon Museum and learn more about the exciting world of balloons.
The goal at the New Mexico Escape Room is to escape the room in less than 60 minutes. To do this, you must work as a team to solve the fascinating puzzles and mysteries. The New Mexico Escape Room features six unique rooms between their two locations, and each one makes for an entertaining hour with friends and family. Put on your thinking cap and come solve the mysteries of the New Mexico Escape Room.
Cliff’s Amusement park is located in Albuquerque and spending a day there will bring guaranteed joy and excitement. There are family rides such as a carousel and bumper cars and thrilling rides such as the New Mexico Rattler Coaster which will lift you 120 feet in the air. There is fun for the whole family at this wondrous amusement park.
Bookworks is one of Albuquerque’s last remaining independent bookstores. Bookworks’ mission is to support the community and connect readers with books. Spend an afternoon browsing through their vast selection and get lost in the literary world. Bookworks showcases the works of nationally acclaimed authors as well as locally published authors. Support your local small businesses like Bookworks.
Explore the beautiful area surrounding Mariposa by enjoying these Mariposa local favorites!
Looking for a new home or custom homesite near Albuquerque? Nestled among the foothills of Rio Ranch, Mariposa is a master-planned community 30 minutes north of Albuquerque. Mariposa is designed for living naturally and offers a fully equipped fitness center, resort-style indoor and outdoor pools, parks, sports courts, miles of trails, abundant open space and endless views at the Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains. Learn more at
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