SPORTS & RECREATION OVERVIEW
Albuquerque has over 300 days of sunshine each year and outdoor enthusiasts take full advantage of this beautiful weather. It is a common sight on these sunny days to see recreational activities such as cycling, jogging, rollerblading, and dog walking taking place.
There are also a lot of areas to go hiking and camping as well as areas for sport shooting and archery. If you are not the outdoor sports type, or if you just want a change of pace, bowling is very popular and there are several bowling alleys in the city.
Resorts and spas are a nice way to wind down after a hectic day, or a trip to a fitness center might be what you are looking for to help you relax. If neither one of these is your style then maybe a golf outing is in store or a stroll around one of the many local parks.
Are you the rugged type? Hunting and fishing are activities that are widely popular in the state and are carefully controlled by New Mexico Wildlife Game & Fish.
As you can see there are numerous sports and recreational activities available in and around the city. It is easy to find like minded people to enjoy your leisure time with.
Adventure in the Sky
November 7, 2012
Looking for a some adventure? Set your goals higher – literally – by learning to fly an airplane. Del Sol Aviation located at the Cutter Aviation hangars at Albuquerque Sunport offers discovery flights for $175.00. Begin with a preflight introduction of the airplane and learn about the various flight controls. As you take the controls of a Piper Cherokee, your FAA Certified flight instructor will guide you through take-off and altitude. You actually get to fly the plane yourself! If it becomes “Love at First Flight” spend some additional time with a Del Sol Aviation flight instructor to map out your strategy to become a private or commercial pilot.
Del Sol Aviation offers a variety of avenues that can lead to a private pilot certificate, or a career in aviation.
Flight training is often reflected upon as a process for pilot careers. A new twist has recently been established through a partnership between Bendix King of Honeywell and Del Sol Aviation. Bendix King, a producer of a broad range of general aviation products is now offering employees from procurement to engineering an opportunity for a career enhancement program to gain knowledge from a pilot’s perspective and earn a pilot’s certificate in parallel.
Del Sol Aviation offers training for Private Pilots, Instrument Ratings, Commercial Pilots and Certified Flight Instructors. Ground and flight training is conducted for both single engine and multiengine aircraft through current programs that include Multiengine (ME) Certification and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification. Del Sol Aviation is also an FAA Certified Testing Center for written exams associated with fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot skills as well as for hot air balloon piloting, parachute rigging, air traffic control, and glider pilot certification.
Del Sol Aviation is located at Sunport International Airport in the Cutter Aviation facilities. For additional information on pilot training at Del Sol Aviation visit www.delsolaviation.com or call (505) 242-2701.
There are many organizations which sponsor or take part in recreational leagues. Just about every sport is represented in these leagues and with a little research and effort you should be able to find one that suits your interest.
Many local establishments offer pool, bowling, or dart leagues to their patrons and might even participate in baseball or softball. Churches are also a good location to start looking for recreational activities and they usually have several teams they compete against.
A lot of companies also provide various recreational outlets for their employees, and if they do not there is no harm in trying to find like minded coworkers to join you in forming a league yourself.
Park bulletin boards might contain a few open sign up sheets or contact information for those who are starting to form or fill out a team. Laundromats, grocery stores, retail chains and restaurants are other good places to check the bulletin boards to see if any groups catch your eye.
Local searches on the internet will also reveal opportunities in your area for extracurricular sporting activities and is a very useful tool for finding people that share similar interests and might be able to point you in the right direction.
With the hectic pace of modern society and the availability of fast food it gets harder and harder to stay in shape. Fitness centers provide a location for people to maintain their health and focus their energy on the task of staying in shape.
Modern science and engineering has turned exercise into an art form with machines designed to target specific areas of the body for maximum results. More than just a place to work out however, many fitness centers also offer racquetball courts, pools, tennis, basketball or soccer for fun and fitness.
Membership for most of these gyms is at a very reasonable cost and the benefits that come with membership are hard to measure in terms of dollars and cents. With healthier living for their clients being the ultimate goal, most facilities offer classes and personal trainers alongside all the equipment that is required to reach your goals.
For many people there is nothing more relaxing than a few rounds of golf. Out in the fresh air and strolling through beautiful scenery while testing your skills against other players, or just yourself, is something to look forward to.
The weather in Albuquerque makes this area a perfect location for golf enthusiast and many world class courses find their home here. Each year people from across the country come here just to play on the local greens and they return from their vacations knowing that the trip was well worth the effort.
Most courses offer a pro shop for golf gear and have instructors on hand to help beginning and experienced players alike improve their game. Some courses hold special tournaments and other events throughout the year for the enjoyment of their members and the public.
RESORTS & SPAS
Everyone needs to be pampered on occasion and a trip to a resort or spa is always a special treat. The relaxed atmosphere allows a person to lose themselves in the hands of an experienced masseuse or feel the tension melt away in a hot tub.
These places provide a much needed escape from the stress related to modern living and cater to individual tastes in relaxation therapy. Beauty treatments in the morning can be followed by an afternoon of yoga or meditation classes.
Being surrounded in an environment of fun and tranquility really aids in focusing the mind and enables the body to enjoy the calming effects more intensely. After a few days spent lounging around and being spoiled you can return to your daily routine feeling completely refreshed and recharged.
Bowling has long been the go to activity for many family and friends over the years. It is fun no matter how many people are doing it or what your skill level is and with practice the game becomes even more enjoyable.
A night out at the lanes is a great way to have relatively low cost fun in Albuquerque, and it is a favorite pastime of several people all across the city. On top of shoe and ball rental, many alleys have a well stocked bar and even a diner or restaurant to cater to the needs of their clientele.
Finding leagues to join shouldn’t be too hard as many bowling centers might have a few open to the public for tryouts. The competition at some levels of these leagues is almost professional quality, but there are also several starter leagues to join.
Cycling is very popular in Albuquerque and the city makes it a point to encourage the activity. On warm sunny days you will find routes teeming with fellow cyclists and on some days even when the weather is foul you will see hardcore enthusiasts jetting around town.
This activity serves many purposes and those who indulge in the sport usually have one or two reasons why it is the preferable mode of transportation for them. Great exercise is usually cited as one reason while more and more people are turning to bicycles in an effort to offset the rising cost of fuel or to be more environmentally friendly.
With the growing interest in cycling there are several stores and outfitters in the area which can supply all the gear you need. The city also maintains several cycling routes that riders can enjoy.
HIKING & CAMPING
New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment for a reason. The breathtaking scenery of the area, coupled with a climate that is perfect for outdoor adventures, draws people to the city each year to enjoy hiking and camping in the beautiful wilderness around Albuquerque.
There are numerous trails and campsites in the surrounding area to explore and local guides can be hired for a nominal fee. Maps are also available from many outdoor suppliers and can help you in choosing a location to fit the experience you desire.
Always remember to pack for the weather and to bring extra food and water as well as preventative items such as sunscreen and insect repellant. A well stocked first aid kit is something that every hiker or camper should consider a must to bring along for any outdoor excursion.
HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES
Hunting and fishing is tightly controlled in the state and if you want to participate in the sport around Albuquerque you will need to get a permit or license from the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish.
There are permits and licenses for all types of wild game. These permits can be obtained form local vendors after an applicant shows proof of their eligibility and are good for the season they are purchased for only.
No one under 18 years of age may hunt with a firearm without first possessing a certificate proving that they have passed the New Mexico, or another state’s, hunter education course. Uncertified juveniles may shoot (not hunt with) firearms if under adult supervision or in a supervised program. It is also illegal for anyone under 18 to apply for, or buy, any type of firearms hunting license before passing a hunter education course. Young hunters must have their card in their possession while hunting. Bowhunter education is not mandatory for archery hunts, but is highly recommended.
Hunter Education courses are eight to sixteen hours in length. Students have the option of completing the required course homework through a free hardcopy student manual or completing their homework online. Hardcopy manuals can be picked up from specified locations once a student has registered for a course. Students must bring their completed student manual or New Mexico Online Manual Completion Certificate to the class to gain admittance.
All course registration takes place online and can be done by visiting www.wildlife.state.nm.us and following the directions under the Education tab at the top of the page.
The sport of shooting has shown an increase of participants in recent years and Albuquerque has several locations to engage in this activity. Whether a person enjoys target shooting with a pistol or skeet shooting with a rifle, there are gun clubs and organizations available that welcome new members to the field.
Many of these hold special events and offer classes on subjects ranging from gun safety to reloading ammunition. Avid shooters are also good sources of information on some of the best hunting spots and gun techniques to improve your skill level.
Remember to protect your ears by wearing ear plugs when at the range and a nice pair of shooting goggles is a must have for added protection for your eyes,
KIRTLAND AFB SPORTS & RECREATION
Kirtland Lanes, located in Building 20228, is a 12-lane bowling alley that also serves food. The building has been updated with new equipment and an electronic scoring system. Leagues are available for you to join. For more information, call (505) 846-1156.
The Kirtland Equestrian Center is contains 56 stalls and 6 temporary stalls which provide clean and inexpensive care for horses. There are also shows and special events hosted throughout the year. This facility is fully operated by volunteers, which is a contributing factor in keeping the cost down. For more information, call (505) 265-6052.
The Family Campground is located at the junction of D Avenue and Irwin Street. There is plenty or room to enjoy the area and are 33 full hook-ups are available along with eight electric only spaces. The campground also has restrooms and a laundry available. For more information, call (505) 846-0337.
Kirtland AFB is home to two fitness centers. The East Fitness Center has handball and racquetball courts as well as courts that double for basketball or volleyball. Tennis can also be enjoyed at one of the three tennis courts available. Other fields include football and softball. A half mile outdoor track is open for use and the facility has a wide range of exercise equipment, two saunas and a Jacuzzi. The West Fitness Center has a basketball court that can also be used for volleyball, an outdoor court for basketball, softball field, outdoor track, sauna and exercise equipment. For more information on the East Fitness Center, call (505) 846-1102. For more information on the West Fitness Center, call (505) 846-1068.
The Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course is located at 28054 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. This facility is open all year (with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) and includes a pro shop, driving range and practice putting greens. The Bogey Bar and Grill offers food and drinks and is also available for private functions and for catering. For more information, call (505) 846-1574.
Information, Tickets and Travel is in Building 20245 and offers great deals on tickets to local and national amusement parks, sporting events and attractions. These deals include sporting events like Lobos football and basketball games as well as discounted tickets to New Mexico Scorpions hockey and Albuquerque Isotopes baseball games. ITT also can book all your travel needs. For more information, call (505) 846-2924.
Kirtland AFB has two pools for military members and their families to enjoy. One pool is open year round and is an Indoor Olympic pool located in Building 20229. The other pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is located at Building 20214. For more information, call (505) 846-5485.
Outdoor Recreation, located in Building 20410 on M Avenue, provides rental equipment and outdoor education for those who feel like participating in outdoor activities. Outdoor Recreation is your gateway to activities which include ski trips, hunting and fishing seminars, scuba diving classes, horseback riding, bicycle, paddle sports and climbing programs and other outdoor excursions. This office is also responsible for selling hunting and fishing licenses. For more information, call (505) 846-1499.