Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico, and there are so many great things to do here that it’s easy to see why. Visit the historic Old Town Plaza for shopping, dining, and art galleries. The ABQ BioParks are also in Albuquerque and are a great destination for families and nature lovers. Another great feature of the city is that the Rio Grande River runs through it, providing ample opportunity for kayaking, rafting, and stand-up paddleboarding. And we couldn’t forget to mention the epic Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta located here each fall. Balloonists from all over the world converge in Albuquerque for the largest balloon festival in the world. 

Corrales, New Mexico

Corrales is a beautiful part of the state, known for the Corrales Wine Loop. There are a number of wineries here, and sometimes there are even organized events where you can bike between them. Outdoor lovers can spend time soaking up the sun in the Corrales Bosque Preserve. For those who are curious about New Mexican art, you have to visit Casa San Ysidro—a historic home that’s been preserved and turned into an art museum. And, families and individuals in the area enjoy the Haynes Community Center and Park for everything from a splash in the pool to a round of horseshoes. 

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque is a beautiful suburb of Albuquerque and is in the perfect location to see and do the most exciting things the region has to offer. There are several wineries in the area, including Casa Rodeña, which features stunning grounds and a variety of great wines. A feature that’s close to Los Ranchos is Petroglyph National Monument. There are several entrances and trails where you can see hundreds of petroglyphs carved into the volcanic rock hundreds of years ago. And if you want even more access to trails with your pup along the scenic Bosque, check out the Paseo del Bosque trail that runs for 16 miles along the river. 

Placitas, New Mexico

Placitas, NM, is a true gem in our state, and we love helping dog owners in the area. Placitas is known for its wide open spaces. If you like going off the beaten path, you might enjoy the Sandia Man Cave, a dwelling that was discovered and then excavated in the 1930s. Aside from the cave, there are so many opportunities for outdoor recreation in Cibola National Forest. And we also enjoy some fine dining now and then at Blades’ Bistro. And if you’re looking for something a little quicker, Placitas Cafe has your staples like a great burger and onion rings.  

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Rio Rancho is where we started Good Buddy Dog Training, and we love serving pet owners in the area. We love Rio Rancho because it’s the best home base for many New Mexico adventures. It’s easy to explore the past at Petroglyph National Monument or honor the history of the Tiwa people at the Coronado Historic Site. Rio Rancho is home to and near several amazing wineries, including the Acequia Winery. For those that love the nostalgia of more recent U.S. history, visitors and locals alike love visiting locations along Historic Route 66. There is so much to see and do around Rio Rancho, which is why we love it!