Life in the sun.
Experience 4 seasons, with nearly 300 days of brilliant sunshine.
Located on a high desert plateau, Albuquerque has a semi-arid climate. Cold winters and hot summers are very low humidity, meaning beautiful summer evenings and crisp winter days. Albuquerque is one of the highest cities in the United States, ranging from 4,900 feet at the Rio Grande to 6,700 feet in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.
Spring in Albuquerque begins in late February or early March and runs until June. The desert awakens with flowers, bushes, trees, and grass. Surprisingly, spring is the driest time of the year. Daytime temperatures are in in the 50s and 60s.
Summer in Albuquerque is the time to spend your evenings outdoors. Starting in late May, there are hundreds of events featuring live music, great food, and good times. Albuquerque has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in any US city, so there's a lot to explore in addition to the award-winning dining at La Vida Llena!
Autumn is a season of change. Warm days and cool nights make it ideal for hot air balloons, which you'll see in the sky on crisp early mornings. The International Balloon Fiesta brings over 100,000 visitors to the city in August, and about 700 balloons can be seen in the air during Mass Ascension events.
Winter provides breathtaking vistas of the snow-covered Sandia mountain range. Winter sports and indoor activities abound, from Broadway musicals to the philharmonic and various stage productions, Albuquerque's rich cultural landscape throbs with vibrant life. During the holidays, the River of Lights is always a favorite.