The largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque has an unbeatable location along the mighty Rio Grande. Set in the arid Southwest, it’s a mecca for outdoors lovers. Albuquerque’s gay community is small and friendly. Most of the city's gay bars and clubs are location in the Nob Hill neighborhood, bisected by famous Route 66.
Things to do
The Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest passenger aerial tram, takes hikers and skiers up into the Sandia Mountains.
One of the biggest annual events is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a nine-day event during which 750 hot-air balloons add splashes of color to the vast desert sky.
The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association hosts the Zia Regional Rodeo each summer, this past year in August. Check their site for 2014 dates.
The Albuquerque International Sunport is 3 miles southeast of downtown. The ABQ RIDE city bus service can get you from the Sunport into town. There are also shuttles and limos, taxis and car rentals. See the Sunport website for full information.
As in many cities in this region, you’ll probably need a car to get around. For public transportation see the website of ABQ Ride.
Media & Resources
Duke City Fix is a community website with a Queer Albuquerque blog.
Common Bonds aims to be the local GLBT "virtual community center."
For general news and local listings consult the Alibi weekly paper.
Albuquerque is one of the cities with Verge circuit party events, mostly at Exhale.
For map locations and website links to the businesses below, and more, see our gay Albuquerque listings pages.
Bars and Clubs
Albuquerque Social Club (4021 Central Ave NE) membership club, pool games, drag shows, good drinks prices.
Effex Nightclub (420 Central Avenue SW) Thursday through Saturday dance nightclub, drag shows.
Sidewinders (8900 Central Ave SE) has re-opened, with leather and country western nights, drag queen bingo, karaoke, retro dances, pool tournaments and bartender hunks.
For some area Lodgings and Restaurant suggestions see our Gay Albuquerque map & listings tab.