This past weekend Kevin and I spent four fantastic, festive, and peaceful days in gorgeous Albuquerque, New Mexico. A few weeks ago we were so humbled and thrilled to have the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau extend us a gracious invitation to experience the adventure, culture, beauty and magic of Albuquerque for the holidays. I could not imagine a more perfect weekend than how ours turned out. When we got home on Sunday night, Kev and I eagerly went through our photos and he insisted I share these with you first, and I have to agree. I’ve been to Albuquerque once before, so I knew it’d be beautiful, but I don’t think I realized just how stunning and breathtaking it’d turn out to be.
On Saturday afternoon we made our way to the Petroglyph National Monument Volcano area. We were up for a tranquil hike and were told this would be a beautiful spot to watch the sun set.
Here’s the first little volcano we hiked up! It’s not that tall, but at the time it felt a lot bigger than it looks. :)
We scrambled up the rocks and were rewarded with this gorgeous, expansive view of the city.
Kev’s perched precariously at the top of the volcano, taking photos of our view. He played around with a new Samsung point and shoot this weekend, the SH100. He loves it because it’s got WiFi built right in and he can upload pictures to Facebook and email straight from the camera. It’s pretty neat. I thought he got some great pictures, check out the two he took below.
Here’s his first shot of the magnificent Sandia mountains overlooking Albuquerque.
See the tiny hot air balloon he caught here? :)
I got one too. :) Did you know Albuquerque’s famous for their hot air balloon festival in October? They have a showcase of all kinds of themed and character balloons, like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. :)
How fun would that be to watch up here, as the whole city is filled with balloons?
To our left was another volcano, and just before sunset we made our way down and back up over to the large plateau at the top of this volcano.
I didn’t get a chance to do Christmas cards this year, but I think if I did, this photo would have made it on the card.
Behind us were the beautiful Sandia mountains bathed in warm sunlight, and in front of us was this.
Which quickly turned to this.
Sandia means watermelon in Spanish, and is a reference to the vibrant pink hue the mountains radiate at sunset.
They weren’t kidding.
We kept alternating between watching the sunset in front of us and mountains turn pink with intensity behind us as the sun went down.
To the north was another volcano, the tallest of the three, and we contemplated hiking over there for one final view of the city.
But as sunset was quickly approaching, we decided to stay put and grab a few more photos right where we were. :)
I have on about 27 layers of jackets here. Oh! We brought our tripod along for the hike. Thanks babe for carrying that thing!
As we made our way back down the volcano, brightly colored street lamps and signs were just starting to illuminate the city.
Here’s a Google map to the Petroglyphs National Monument Volcanoes parking area. The gate locks at 5pm, so if you plan to watch the sunset, park in the parking area outside of the gate, and walk up the street to the trailheads and restrooms.
Stayed tuned for more fun things we found in Albuquerque, I can’t wait to share the ranch where we stayed with you! Thanks so much for looking, hope you have a beautiful rest of your day!
Nice pics.. I have just bought a DSLR and your blogs are so helpful..
ABQ is not quite 600,000 people, but it feels much more intimate. One of my fave destinations!
Thank you for sharing you beautiful pictures. We recently moved from Albuquerque, so am still feeling the pangs of leaving such a wonderful enchanting city. We lived fairly close to the volcanos that you were hiking….we called them the “Three Sisters.” They like to show off in most of our Albuquerque sunset pictures!
I am from New Mexico, lived there 20 years, before I moved to Virginia. Your photos made my heart sing. Beautiful! I miss those mountains and sunsets. We’ll be moving back later this year and I am looking forward to the chile, coffee shops, and tea rooms (many of which I see visited).
I just finished reading your series of posts on Albuquerque (yep, I read them out of order, lol)! They are absolutely wonderful and showcase our fair city perfectly. So many times, when it comes to people visiting from out of town, we sit in the shadow of our neighboring city to the North, Santa Fe, and while I love SF, Albuquerque is a treasure trove of beautiful sights, excellent cuisine, and unique destinations that are not to be overlooked. Thank you, thank you, thank you for documenting your Albuquerque experience with so many lush details and incredible photos!
I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to Albuquerque. I love where I live, and am happy to see others who truly enjoy what this place has to offer. Love the blogs and photos. I can’t believe we get to see those amazing sunsets every day!
Your photos are truly amazing Amanda. Love checking out where you’ve travelled. I will keep this email to look back on in case we ever get to go to New Mexico.
Thanks for showing off the beauty of our state. We live in that valley and have a wonderful view of the mountains every day. There is nothing like the BIG sky and beautiful sunsets. The Balloon Festival is wonderful and we often have balloons landing and lauching from our property. FUN!!!
Come back in October …
PS… I grew up in AL ~ very near where you live!
I just commented on your most recent post, but now I’m definitely in tears. You captured Albuquerque’s stunning and vibrant colors perfectly. Thank you for sharing a piece of home with me!
Pictures are beautiful. Lucky you! Thanks for sharing.
What a fantastic opportunity! I love Albuquerque! We got to spend 2 months living there while my husband attending a Safety Officer training. They have the BEST food! I hope you got ot enjoy some of that delicious tex-mex! I’m salivating just thinking of blue corn tortillas, red Hatch sauce, and anejo margs!
i am living vicariously through you!!! those pics are GORGEOUS!
Those desserts look tasty and festive!
WOW, one of my favourite things in the world is a beautiful sunset. These photos are outstanding.
Beautiful pictures and a beautiful couple.
What camera and setting did you use for these pics?
If you click on the pic it will give you the camera, lens and settings.
How fun! I just can’t imagine that NM would be cold enough to warrant 27 layers! It is hotter than snot there! Did anyone take you guys snipe hunting?
WOW, these photos are amazing! we’re travelling to the states next year and hadn’t planned on visiting New Mexico…I think we should reconsider! :)
These pictures make me miss home…! My husband is native to Albuquerque and I am from a small town east of there about 3 hours away named Tucumcari. new Mexico is a beautiful tranquil place and I do have to say what I miss the most are the beautiful color the Sandias absorb at sunset. There is nothing like it!
Had an opportunity to go to the Balloon Fiesta a few years ago.. Sunrise with the balloons was beautiful but not anywhere near as awesome as these pics.
I’ve lived in ABQ almost 1 1/2 years. You’re lucky you came when you did. You missed a big snow storm after you left. Although its beautiful when the Sandia’s covered with snow. If you come again you’ll need to take the Tram up the Sandia mountain and look over ABQ. Its amazing. And yes there is nothing like the Balloon Fiesta they have here.
As a resident of New Mexico I appreciate you sharing the beauty of our state. It is rarely on the list of people but it truely is an amazing place. The Balloon Fiesta is so worth the journey!
These are beautiful photos! Simply breathtaking!
As an Albuquerque native, it makes me miss being there so much. I don’t see many sunset in Brooklyn. Hope you got to enjoy some great food while you were there!
Wow…wonderful pictures. Looks like a gorgeous place to visit…
Love, love, love New Mexico! Hope you got to leave for home before the bad weather got there. Merry Christmas, Kevin & Amanda.
Wow! What fantastic pictures!! Thanks for sharing! BEAUTIFUL!
My husband is from New Mexico and we go visit at least twice a year. The balloon fiesta is my favorite event there! Beautiful pictures!
Thanks for sharing those absolutely beautiful photos. You made me want to see those places.
Lucky ducks! You definitely get to visit some awesome places. Stunning pictures, as always. Have a Merry Christmas! :)
Roi and I are glad you found the volcanoes! It’s our favorite spot to watch the sunset in Albuquerque. It was nice meeting you guys. Good luck with your website. We will most definitely check out the Saint James Tea Room–Patty and Roi (your tablemates at the no tamale dinner). P.S.–There was a good amount of snowfall here yesterday. You missed out:)
STUNNING! Thank you for sharing
Absolutely beautiful photos. They actually made me tear up a little.
Wow. Those photos are gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.
Love this! We have always wanted to travel to the southwest. The photos are just magnificent, Amanda & Kevin!
Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing! My sister recently moved to Albuquerque and has been harassing me to come visit; the balloon festival is one of their favorite events. Happy Holidays to you and yours. :-)
Loved viewing your photos. Thank you for sharing them .
Wow. That is AMAZING!
How beautiful! The photos are all card worthy for sure… looks like a blast :) I think this will go on my vacation list now!
All of the photos are awesome, but I especially LOVE the last one! Very cool…
Just discovered your blog, and I’m so glad I did. Gorgeous photos. Thanks for taking us along on your trip to New Mexico. Definitely putting it on my “must-see” travel destination list.
Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. I would give anything to live in a mountainous state (or at least visit more often) I think it’s so beautiful!
Stunning photos! I love Albuquerque and I think the sunsets there just might be the best ever. Hope you have more to show us of your trip!
I would go just for the photo opps! I’m adding this to my travel wish list.
this is a beautiful post!!
I’m glad you loved it down there, we lived there for 2 years & still miss it. If you have a chance you should got to the balloon fiesta, it is amazing!
Simply gorgeous! Keep the beautiful pictures, scrumptious recipes and “oh how I wish I could win” contests coming. Thanks, Amanda.
Thank you for sharing these. We moved from Albuquerque to the East Coast six years ago and these photos brought me home. Oh, how I miss my mountains and their glow.
So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! You always take such gorgeous pictures!
Beautiful photographs – that sunset shot is spectacular!
oh my gosh, the sky could NOT be more perfect…what a beautiful sequence!
Absolutely stunning! But your pictures always are. I’m going to go check out the P&S because ours, quite frankly, stinks!
Great photo’s. Great views. Beautiful scenery. Reminds me of when I traveled the Grand Canyon and it’s beauty. Thanks for sharing the photo’s.
beautiful. you can use that for next years christmas card. great pics!! (:
When I saw a teaser pic on IG, I knew we were in for a treat.
These are spectacular and thanks for sharing all of them!
Awesome photos Amanda and Kevin! :) Lugging your tripod was totally worth the self-portraits and amazing landscape shots you got! :)
Wow!!! These pics are amazing.
All the very best.
Lynne from Oz
your photos rock, K+A!!! congrats!!!!!