Sandoval County

Experience enchanting adventures in the convenient and affordable Rio Rancho, your base camp for your next New Mexico vacation. Discover a tapestry of Native American and Hispanic cultures, scenic adventures and sports for every age in a central location close to both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Explore nature’s beauty in the heart of New Mexico. Our high-desert climate provides inspiring vistas, unique cultural tapestry and plenty of room for high-altitude outdoor adventures year-round.

Visit Coronado State Monument where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado arrived in 1540 in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Walk through Petroglyph National Monument and discover 15,000+ designs etched in lava rock centuries ago. Tour Casa San Ysidro, a restored Spanish Colonial mini-community, and experience Native American culture of Jemez Pueblo. Then head for the hills for a relaxing dip in the naturally heated and healing Jemez Springs.

Scenic byways, from the architecture of Route 66 to alpine vistas of Jemez Trail, are minutes from town. Nature abounds among the majestic alpine vistas at Valles Caldera National preserve - one of the largest volcanic calderas (basins) in the world. Visit Matheson Winery or many others within 20-minute drive. Watch the reflective sunset glow off the Sandia Mountains, then take in the views and city lights from atop Rio Rancho’s mesa.

Stay and Play. Enjoy a concert or Professional Indoor Football with the New Mexico Stars at the state-of-the-art Santa Ana Star Center. Feeling lucky? Try one of the three pueblo casinos nearby, play golf, relax at the spa.