Seniors Drop By Rio Rancho

welcome Rio Rancho, senior travelers learn, is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County, New Mexico’s fastest growing county. The population runs right at 92,000. The Intel Corporation is by far the largest employer in Rio Rancho.

Rio Rancho is known as “A City of Vision.”

The area was included in the Alameda Grant which was established by the Spanish in 1710. By the early 20th century a vast amount of the land was purchased by land investment firms.


Between 1970 and 1980 the population of Rio Rancho experienced substantial growth. Since the 1990s, Rio Rancho has taken steps to become more independent from neighboring Albuquerque, including the establishment of separate school and library systems.

Senior Hikers Find Great Trails And Parks

The city’s latest project is the Downtown City Centre development that includes a new city hall building, a new UNM West and CNM campus as well as the Santa Ana Star Center.


TripAdvisor wants senior visitors to know about the N&R Vintage Auto Museum that is highly popular with those of us who enjoy older automobiles.

Senior hikers and bikers can enjoy the parks, trails, bicycle paths and open space located in the city. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing golf all year long at the numerous courses. The scenic Jemez Mountains includes water falls, warm springs and attractive meadows.

Seniors Ride Aerial Tramway


The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument offers trails running through canyons, and features huge cone-shaped formations made from pumice. The top of the Tent Rocks Trail offers spectacular views. You will find scenery in all directions in and around Rio Rancho.

The nearby Sandia Peak Tramway is one of the longest aerial tramways in the world. The top of Sandia Peak provides wonderful views. Senior astronomy enthusiasts enjoy the views from the nearby desert hills. Hot air balloon rides are available. There are numerous locations for mountain biking. The paved trail situated along the Rio Grand River is popular.


Fishing opportunities are available at the nearby lakes and streams. The scenic Luz Trail traverses through a desert landscape, a forest area, alpine meadows and impressive boulder fields.

The nearby Sandia Ski Area is a popular destination. The scenic “Bosque,” located near the Rio Grande features ancient cottonwood trees and opportunities to see wildlife, including bald eagles, coyotes and beavers. Better bring along a good pair of binoculars.

Set your GPS for Rio Rancho and enjoy the many amenities the city has to offer. Senior visitors will be surprised at the wonderful restaurants and historic buildings. -jeb

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