Outdoor Recreation

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Hike, observe, pause, ponder, sketch, and reflect. Join us for a day of shared exploration and learning in the beautiful outdoors near Albuquerque. Payment is required to reserve your space on the van. Bring a backpack, sturdy hiking shoes, a journal/writing and sketching tools, field guides, binoculars, magnifier, camera, lunch snacks, and water. Space is limited; prepayment is required to reserve you space!


Paddling Adventure

Let’s all learn to kayak! The 50+Sports and Fitness Program and Water Paddling Adventures are offering a 2-hour float for beginners down the Rio Grande; put in at Gadonas and put out at Coronado. Sign up at any of the 4 fitness centers. Bring a sack lunch and dry clothes to change into.


We offer easy/moderate (A/B) hikes to more challenging (C/D) trips. Participants will exercise at a comfortable pace and walk with the group. We promote stopping along the way to view birds, wildlife, and wildflowers. Participants bring their own lunches, snacks and drinks. Cost varies for each trip. Space is limited; prepayment is required to reserve your space on the van.

Mountain Bike Lessons for Beginners

Sponsored by the 50+ Sports & Fitness Program and Sports Systems. Off-road riding offers a wide variety of pleasurable and awesome experiences. With the spectrum of riding surfaces and obstacles you may encounter, knowing some tips and tricks to safe mountain biking will add enjoyment and improve your riding experience. Our instructor is an experienced cyclist in both competition and recreational road and mountain bike riding. This two-part class will include practical information and on-site, off road experience. Your fee includes classroom instruction, onsite, off-road beginner tour, handouts, a tube repair kit, and tire tools.

Part 1

Learn what to wear, bike and helmet choices, how to use tools and repair kits, information on water and sports drinks, and field questions.

Part 2

This class will cover riding tips such as proper weight distribution, turning dynamics, and injury prevention. Your instructor will then lead a one-hour easy ride starting and ending at the parking lot at the Elena Gallegos trail head.

Mountain Biking – Day Trips

If there is enough interest in monthly off-road mountain bike rides, we will organize rides. Class limited to 20 participants and attendance at both classes is required.

Walk About Albuquerque

Fitness walking is defined as moderate to brisk pace that often challenges the cardio/respiratory system. It is an inexpensive, convenient, and simple activity to perform with minimal risk of injury. The 50+ Sports and Fitness Program hosts walking programs that offer ideas on how to walk safely, effectively and above all to have FUN!

Walkers will learn the science of walking, safety tips, different types of walking techniques, and how to use a pedometer and walking poles. The program will explore the City of Albuquerque on foot. The cost includes a pedometer, walking charts, instruction on correct walking techniques, handouts, the use of walking poles, an experienced guide, and transportation.

Week 1: A Blossoming Adventure

Walk the Botanical Park while learning how to walk for the health of it.

Week 2: Train to Bernalillo

An historical tour of old Bernalillo—ride on the Rail Runner.

Week 3: Nob Hill

Learn about the architecture of this historical area of Albuquerque.

Week 4: The Albuquerque Bosque

Discover the natural side of Albuquerque.

Week 5: Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Walk among the animals and be Wild!

Week 6: Plaza to Plaza

Civic Plaza to Old Town Plaza.
250 years of Albuquerque history.