We are excited you will be joining us in the vibrant city of Albuquerque for CAPLAW's 2018 National Training Conference! Come explore the heart of New Mexico, famous for its diverse cultures, authentic art, and hot air ballooning. An oasis in the desert, Albuquerque offers picturesque views and a rich history. We'll see you there!
How To Get Around
There are many restaurants, cafes and shops located in walking distance from the convention center. If you're looking to explore the city even further, here are a few options to get you where you need to go:
For the bicycle-enthusiasts, Albuquerque has the bike-sharing program Zagster, with stations located all around the city. You can check the Zagster website for a map of all the stations (including one at the convention center!)
Hop aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to visit any one of 15 stations stretching 100 miles along the Rio Grande corridor. The rail network runs between Santa Fe and Belen. Travel information can be found here.
Where to Eat
The convention center is surrounded by a variety of cafes and restaurants sure to please even the pickiest of palates. Here's a sample of what's around:
- Gold Rush Cupcakes & Deli is sure to satisfy your stomach and your sweet tooth with a variety of sandwiches, salads, and, most importantly, cupcakes. (approx. 3 minute walk from the convention center)
- Zohra's offers a wide variety of meat and vegatarian options from chicken gyros to veggie burgers. (approx. 2 minute walk from the convention center)
- Friends Coffee and Sandwich Shop is a good spot for breakfast or lunch that offers local favorites such as taco burgers and frito pie. (approx. 2 minute walk from the convention center)
- Baca Boys Cafe is a highly rated local cafe offering a New Mexican/American menu. (approx. 6 minute walk from the convention center)
- JC's New York Pizza Department is a family-friendly sit-down or carry-out restaurant with a variety of italian favorites. (approx. 5 minute walk from the convention center)
- Tucanos Brazilian Grill is a unique dining experience with it's Famous Churrasco Meal and Unlimited Salad Festival. (approx. 5 minute walk from the convention center)
- Brixens is the place to go for American fare and craft beers. (approx. 7 minute walk from the convention center)
- The Boiler Monkey began in a steam-punk school bus making it Albuquerque's first food truck "bustaurant". Now it's set down roots in downtown as a bistro offering a variety of breakfast and lunch options from sandwiches and bakery treats to a wide selection of crepes. (approx. 10 minute walk from the convention center)
What To Do
There are plenty of outdoor and indoor activities offered in and around Albuquerque. The Visit Albuquerque website has a great selection of things to do. Here are a few highlights:
- Historic Old Town is the cultural center of Albuquerque with numerous museums (see below) and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants.
- ABQ BioPark (Old Town) is comprised of four facilities: Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach. The mission of the park is to foster environmental awareness, education and stewardship.
- Rattlesnake Museum (Old Town) has the the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world.
- KiMo Theater (Downtown) is an iconic venue home to a variety of theatrical performances, movies, concerts, and more. Check their website for event listings.
- 516 Arts (Downtown) is an independent, nonprofit contemporary arts organization, operating a museum-style gallery in the center of Downtown Albuquerque.
- The 50 Mile Activity Loop was just opened in 2017 and circles the entire city providing unique views of the city neighborhoods, Sandia Mountains, and Rio Grande Valley. Don't have time (or stamina) for a 50-mile adventure? No problem. There are a number of "Mini Loops" on the interactive map.
- Hot Air Balloon Rides are available from several companies in the area. Follow the link for options.
- Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway will bring you up 2.7 miles to 10,378 feet for a breathtaking 11,000 square mile view of New Mexico.