Hiking and Soaring in Albuquerque | Five 2 Go Vlog Ep. 22

Our time as a full-time RV family in Albuquerque, New Mexico was an incredible whirlwind of must-do activities! The adventure started with a hike through Petroglyph National Monument where we got to see designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks almost 700 years ago. We hiked the Rinconada Canyon loop trail, a wonderful, but very sunny and sandy, loop that got us within feet of some amazing petroglyphs. Given how close this monument is to the city (there are neighborhoods right up against it) you should definitely check it out if you’re in the area!

The next day the wind backed off a lot so we decided to head up to the Sandia Peak Tramway. We piled into the tram car with about 30 other people and went soaring up the mountain to over 10,000 feet above the city. We hardly spent any time at the top though as it was incredibly cold and windy, so outdoor activities weren’t an option. So we piled back in and enjoyed the ride back down to 6,500 feet.

When we started planning this full-time roadtrip, the first big event we picked out as a target date and location was the St. Patrick’s Day Hot Air Balloon Rallye in Belen, NM. The event was awesome, if a little bit smaller than we were expecting. It was really cool that we could get right up next to all of the balloon teams as they were setting up and sending off their balloons. Our favorite balloon was Smokey Bear – he was HUGE and so adorable!