Rio Rancho, NM, USA

Rio Rancho, NM, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 241 vacation rentals near Rio Rancho. From 167 houses to 0 , find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rio Rancho for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Turn off Route 66 to stay in Rio Rancho

The town of Rio Rancho occupies a large tract of the desert just north of Albuquerque. When you stay in a Rio Rancho vacation rental, you've got the best of both worlds – the vast desert wilderness, with its countless opportunities for outdoor activities, and the attractions and dining of the big city, just a short drive away. The historic Route 66 works its way past Albuquerque a little further south. Whether you're just passing through or you stop to spend a few days in this enchanting place, there is no shortage of things to keep you entertained in Rio Rancho.

Explore by foot, pedal or horseback

There are few places as scenic as the surrounding desert and mountain terrain for hiking and mountain biking. Just minutes down the road, you can access some impressive hiking trails for all abilities. For a great introduction to this unique landscape, try the Paseo del Bosque Trail, a 15-mile route used by resident cyclists and walkers in the know. Alternatively, you can feel like you're in the Wild West when you saddle up your horse to gallop along the rocky desert paths. Tingley Beach hugs the Rio Grande River and provides ample free fishing spots in the park's ponds.

Fascinating museums for all tastes

Most of the attractions near your Rio Rancho vacation rental are found down in Albuquerque, just a few minutes' drive away. If you miss the famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, you can explore the event's permanent museum year-round. There's a selection of fascinating museums to explore. Science buffs should be sure to visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, which chronicles the development of the atomic bomb. Alternatively, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History sits just off Route 66 and showcases a large collection of art and cultural artifacts from New Mexico.

An average of 310 days of sunshine a year

Whether you stay in a Rio Rancho vacation rental during the summer or winter, you can expect sunny skies. In fact, this high-desert area of New Mexico has 310 clear days every year. You may be surprised to hear that there are seasons here, though not as distinct as you might find in, say, New York. The summers are sizzling, but,between September and November, the climate can be wonderfully warm without being overbearing. In the winter, it's not uncommon for the region to receive a light dusting of snow, but don't let this put you off visiting.

1.6 million acres of dramatic wilderness

The Cibola National Forest rises dramatically out of the flat desert landscape and is home to an astonishing number of species. Just a short drive from your Rio Rancho vacation rental, you'll have 1.6 million acres of pristine mountain forest which tower up over 11,000 feet. When you hike along the forested trails, you'll likely spot herds of elk and mule deer. While it's not common, if you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a bobcat or black bear and, if you've brought your binoculars, point them into the sky to see circling raptors.