Located in Valencia County, New Mexico just thirty minutes south of Albuquerque, Belen is a small but thriving community of just under 7500 residents offering plenty of shopping and entertainment.
You’ll enjoy the Art League, which actively fosters the arts, the Harvey House Museum where you can learn about America’s first chain of restaurants and see the Belen Model Railroad Club’s model train exhibit, the Belen Public Library and the state-of-the-art Belen Senior Center. The area is served by Valencia Presbyterian Hospital and several medical clinics.
Belen is the perfect location from which to experience a wide variety of activities that you’ll want to visit again and again. Below are just a few:
It’s easy and fast to get to the Albuquerque Sunport from Sunrise Bluffs! It only takes a minute to get on the freeway from the community, and then it’s a straight shot north to the airport.
Albuquerque Old Town
A favorite destination for locals and tourists alike, Albuquerque’s Old Town gives you the flavor of Albuquerque’s early years with its plaza and old buildings. You’ll enjoy shopping, dining and touring the old San Felipe de Neri church.
Albuquerque Zoo & Bio Park
You’ll love every minute you spend at the Albuquerque Zoo where you’ll get up close and personal with some of the most exotic creatures in the world. You’ll also enjoy the gardens and massive aquariums at the Albuquerque Bio Park.
Every October the Albuquerque skies are filled with hundreds of hot air balloons during the eight days of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. You’ll return year after year for the excitement and color this event offers.
Elephant Butte Adventures
If you enjoy boating, sailing, fishing, jet skiing or other water activities, Elephant Butte Lake State Park is the place to be! As New Mexico’s largest lake, Elephant Butte offers four marinas with rentals for those who don’t have their own boats. Fishing guides are also available. For more information, visit elephantbutteadventures.com.
Take an easy drive south from Belen to Fort Craig, which was established in 1854 and served as one of the largest and most important frontier forts in the southwest, playing a crucial role in Indian campaigns and the Civil Wars. Interpretive signs & brochures guide you on your tour. Open year round.
Take a leisurely drive south to soak in the healing waters of natural hot springs in Truth or Consequences. A variety of indoor and outdoor public and private hot springs experiences await you there, with waters ranging from 98°-113°. Many hot springs locations also offer spa services.
Sandia Peak Tram
Located at the base of the Sandia mountains in Albuquerque, the Sandia Peak tram will take you on the world’s longest tram ride to 10,378 ft and the Sandia Peak where you’ll have a 360° panoramic view of the Land of Enchantment.
A trip north of Albuquerque that’s well worth the drive, Tent Rocks is one of only two places in the world with its cone-shaped rock formations. Visitors maker their way through a narrow canyon to various vantage points with views that will take your breath away.
Very Large Array
For a memorable space-related day trip southwest of Belen, visit the Very Large Array near Magdalena. The VLA offers a close look at the 27 enormous antennae, each 82 feet in diameter, that collectively provide astronomers with images of black holes, stars and other marvels of the universe.