Guide to Fall Leaves in and around Albuquerque

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Here are the best places in and around Albuquerque to catch some beautiful fall color. 

Botanic Garden

2601 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque

Before the winter cold settles in, enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage of Albuquerque’s Botanic Garden. 


Fourth of July Canyon

Near Tajique, NM in the Cibola National Forest in the Manzano Mountains. See the map at the link above for detailed directions.

This canyon gets its name from the gorgeous maple leaves that turn orange, red, pink, and yellow every October. Ya gotta love fireworks in the fall. 


Los Alamos & The Jemez

Take the The Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway, which will take you past San Ysidro Pueblo through Jemez Springs, Jemez Pueblo, and Valles Caldera. There’s so much to see and do along the way . . . including catching a glimpse of some gorgeous fall color. 

This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful drives in New Mexico. And for the first couple weeks in October, it will be scattered with yellow and red. 


Paseo del Bosque Trail

See the website for many different points of entry.

The cottonwoods put on a beautiful yellow show along this 16-mile trail that follows the Rio Grande. 


Sandia Peak

See the website linked above for a map. 

There’s is not much more beautiful or peaceful than quaking Aspen leaves on a crisp fall day. Take a drive up the backside of the mountain and enjoy the bright yellow leaves of the Aspens contrasting with their white bark and the green pine trees. Any trail higher in elevation than the 9-mile picnic area will have Aspens along it. 


Ski Santa Fe 

Santa Fe Recreation Area, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Catch a glimpse of glowing Aspens at Ski Santa Fe before the snow falls. The ski area even opens up its ski lift for a ride through the leaves at eye level. 


Where do you go to get your fall color fix? Let us know all about it by emailing info {at} albuquerquemomsblog {dot} com. 

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