Travelers that rent one of our Albuquerque RV rentals from Cruise America can venture out on a number of day trips without strain far from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Those who haven’t experienced this beautiful landscape are in for a great surprise. They will soon learn why this state is called the “Land of Enchantment.” Here are five highly suggested destinations to visit while traveling in your rental RV.
Sandia Crest Trail Byway – Located just a few minutes from Albuquerque, RV travelers will feel like they are miles into the wilderness when they visit the Sandia Mountains. There they will find picnic areas, great hiking and biking and snow sports during the winter. While there, be sure to visit the Museum of Archaeology and Culture, as well as the kid-favorite Tinkertown Museum, where you will find endless entertainment for kids and adults alike. This daytrip can be ended with a gorgeous view of Cibola Forest and the city of Albuquerque.
Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway – For captivating exploration of towns from Cedar Crest up to San Marcos (just below Santa Fe), navigate your Cruise America RV rental along the Turquoise Trail. This historic area is comprised of 15,000 square miles right in the heart of Central New Mexico. It is a 50-mile drive along Highway 14. It is highly recommended that you not miss the mining towns of Madrid, as well as Cerrillos, where you will be entertained with art, theater, crafts, restaurants and museums. Do not miss the Casa Grande Trading Post, with its shop full of interesting and eclectic items, each with a priceless historical value. You can get to the trail by traveling I-40 east to Cedar Crest (exit 175), then head north along Route 14. Tijeras marks the start of the trail and it ends at San Marcos.
Jemez Mountain Trail Byway – If you drive from Albuquerque to Jemez, you will pass amazing geological formations along the way, as well as Indian ruins, the Jemez Pueblo and the splendor of the Jemez Mountains. To visit countless art galleries, stop in the town of Jemez Springs. While there, you may wish to visit the Los Ojos Restaurant and Saloon for one of their famous green chili cheeseburgers. You will find hot spring locations in Jemez, and adventurous places to hike in the spectacular Battleship Rock, Cabezon and Soda Dam areas. You may wish to head your Cruise America motorhome to Fenton Lake State Park, where you will find a valley of Ponderosa Pine Trees along the banks of the Cebolla River. You are sure to see an abundance of wildlife as you enjoy camping, hiking and fishing there.
Tent Rocks National Monument (Kasha-Katuwe) – As a result of ancient geological events estimated to have taken place seven million years ago, this area is filled with cone-shaped formations rising from the earth. They were formed as a result of volcanic activity that left pumice, ash and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. There were tremendous explosions that occurred from the Jemez volcanic field, which spewed rock fragments high into the air. Searing hot gases flowed downward along the slopes like an avalanche, or a “pyroclastic flow.” Visitors to the park will find small, round translucent volcanic glass (obsidian) fragments that were formed by the rapid cooling. Some of these strange looking tent-shaped formations rise as high as 90 feet in the air. It is a fun, yet educational experience, which allows whole family to witness the singular powers of nature. Tent Rocks is between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It is easily accessible from I-25. Get off at the Santo Domingo/Cochiti Lake exit (exit 259) and the signs will direct you along NM 22.
Albuquerque RV rentals by Cruise America are so popular because there are so many things to do all over the state of New Mexico in a motorhome. Traveling in an RV is the most comfortable and convenient method of exploring the countryside.