When to Visit Albuquerque

by SmarterTravel Staff

Albuquerque experiences a temperate climate and four seasons filled with events and outdoor activities. The most popular time is summer, when families take vacations and the weather is warm.

The fall sees mild temperatures, colorful Cottonwood leaves along the Rio Grande, and the chile pepper harvest. During October, visitors flock to witness the balloon festival, where more than 600 hot air balloons ascend at once. The spring brings cooler temperatures and is a good time for golf and other activities. Even though the winter is considered the off season, due to cooler weather and low visitation, it is still possible to ski in the nearby mountains and golf in the same vacation.

  • high season: May to October
  • low season: January to April
  • shoulder season: November to December

Weather Information

Albuquerque experiences four mild seasons. Summer days can be quite warm, with highs in the 80s to 90s, while temperatures in the evenings drop into the 50s and 60s. Fall can begin late, with summer temperatures lasting well into September. Winter brings temperatures in the 40s and some snow (mostly in the Sandia Mountain range). Spring sees warmer weather and blooming flowers, with temperatures averaging a high of 71 degrees in April.

Crowd Information

During the first 15 days of October, the city is filled with visitors celebrating the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If it's been a good year for snow, Sandia Peak can also get fairly busy during the ski season in late December through March.

Closure Information

Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round, but the Sandia Peak Tramway closes for a week in both spring and fall for maintenance.

When to Save

Albuquerque is an affordable destination year-round, but hotel prices rise during the first 15 days of October for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

When to Book

Visitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season.

Last-minute lodging is available, but it's a good idea to book at least one month in advance. Book at least three months in advance for visitation during the high season or popular events to ensure availability.

Information provided by the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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