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Albuquerque tops the list for nature-loving travelers

May 16, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE—The City of Albuquerque is again making national headlines; this time for being a top destination for nature-loving urban travelers.

The travel website Travelnerd.com released its "Top Ten Urban Destinations for Nature Lovers" last week and the City of Albuquerque beat out formidable contender San Francisco to seal the top spot. The website said, in part: "Albuquerque is more than just desert. The New Mexican city also has one of the highest percentages of parkland in a metropolitan area, with a whopping 28% of all metropolitan land being parks and green space. Additionally, be sure to head out of the city to see some stunning desert landscapes at any of the 7 national parks within 100 miles. Try the caves of El Malpais National Park or head into the New Mexico Badlands to see the Ice Caves and the Bandera Volcano in the Land of Ice and Fire. When heading back to the city, hit up Frontier Restaurant for some delicious New Mexican food. After those hikes, you’ll be ravenous."

With City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation managing over 29,000 acres of Open Space and about 3,000 acres of urban parks, and a trail system with over 140 miles of off street trails, the accolade reaffirms the city’s commitment to preserving these areas. “Our park system and open space lands are just second to none,” doted Mayor Richard Berry. “Our Parks and RecreationDepartment, citizen volunteers, and the community at large really help make our City worth mentioning; we are glad folks all over the country will read about this and decide to come and see for themselves.”

Additionally, the Parks and Recreation Department manages 150 tennis courts, including the new state-of-the-art Jerry Cline Recreation and Tennis Complex. The City also manages four municipal golf courses throughout the city, 12 swimming pools, and a thriving recreation program.

To view the announcement, visit:http://www.travelnerd.com/blog/2013/top-10-urban-destinations-naturelovers/

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