Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Rio Rancho

The nearest airport is in Albuquerque, NM (ABQ-Albuquerque Intl. Sunport), located 13.3 mi (21.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Rio Rancho?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 550 vacation rentals near Rio Rancho. From 323 Houses to 88 Condos/Apartments, 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.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Rio Rancho?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rio Rancho:

  • Northeast Heights: 274 vacation rentals
  • Nob Hill: 153 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 67 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 93 vacation rentals
  • Near North Valley: 42 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rio Rancho?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Rio Rancho. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Club Rio Rancho: 568 vacation rentals
  • Santa Ana Star Center: 553 vacation rentals
  • J&R Vintage Auto Museum: 566 vacation rentals
  • New Day Therapeutic Massage: 571 vacation rentals
  • ABQ Uptown: 482 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rio Rancho listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rio Rancho?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 323 Houses in Rio Rancho. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rio Rancho include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 88 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 29 rentals available
  • Cabins: 14 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rio Rancho?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 84 vacation rentals with pool available in Rio Rancho. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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