Shake off Those Winter Blues: Top Five Spring Activities in Sandoval County

As the days get longer, the flowers bloom, and the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to shake off the winter blues and leave cabin fever behind in Sandoval County. 

Whether you’re on a spring getaway, a long weekend, or just an afternoon out of the office, Sandoval County’s unmatched terrain, outdoor recreation, and special events are sure to get you in a sunny springtime mood. 

To make the most of your visit, check out these top five spring experiences in Sandoval County: 

Go for a Scenic Drive – As we welcome spring and a new season of growth, our natural landscapes are second to none. In fact, of the 55 National Scenic Byways, eight of them are in New Mexico! From ancient architecture to towering mountains, deep canyons, and scenic desert landscapes, you’ll find plenty of awe-inspiring, photo-worthy sites along these trails. Drive through history and explore the art, culture, and heritage of Sandoval County by taking Route 66, El Camino Real, the Turquoise Trail, Corrales Road, or the Jemez Mountain Trail. 

Explore a Super Volcano – A national treasure and a global rarity, Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of only six super volcanoes in the entire world! The 13-mile-wide depression created by a volcanic eruption over 1.25 million years ago now serves as an adventurer’s playground. Here you can observe the vast variety of local wildlife, including the second largest elk population in New Mexico, coyotes, badgers, black bears, birds, and prairie dogs. In addition to wildlife, Valles Caldera offers hiking, biking, camping, fly fishing, and exceptional night sky viewing as an International Dark Sky Park. 

Mountain Biking – With warmer weather, spring is an ideal time to hit the trail and experience the high altitude of northern New Mexico. Explore over 187 bike trails with varying terrains and levels of difficulty, including undiscovered badland country and trails with unparalleled scenic views. With trails near the Jemez Mountains, San Ysidro, Rio Rancho, Placitas, Cuba, and Corrales, pick your destination and then build out the rest of the day’s activities in surrounding communities. 

Rock Climbing – Indulge your wild side this spring and climb the walls—literally. With over 47 classic climbs, the Upper East Fork in the Jemez Mountains is a great place for climbers to visit. Throughout Sandoval County, you’ll find over 797 rock faces suited for climbers of every background, skill level, and discipline.

Annual Park ‘N the Park – Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 and join the fun of the annual Park ‘N the Park Car Show. With events and activities for all ages, the special event takes over Cabezon Park in Rio Rancho. View over 300 classic cars—all made before 1982—as well as vendors, opportunities to browse local arts and crafts, delicious local food, live music, and fun jumps for kids.