Eye on Vision City: Fun Things to Do in Rio Rancho

There are a lot of fun things to do in Rio Rancho, NM, including cycling
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Located just north of New Mexico’s most populous city and part of the thriving Albuquerque metropolitan area, the vibrant city of Rio Rancho has a lot going for it in its own right. Nicknamed “Vision City,” there’s always plenty of fun things to see and do in Rio Rancho!

Culture & entertainment

The 7,000-seat Rio Rancho Events Center regularly hosts concerts, events, shows, conferences, banquets and more. Other local live entertainment venues include the Santa Ana Star Casino, Isleta Amphitheater, Tingley Coliseum, the Sunshine Theater and the KiMo Theater. If you’re craving more educational fare, the Coronado Historic Site, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the New Mexico Museum of Military History should have what you’re looking for.

Outdoor recreation

Central New Mexico’s favorable climate allows residents to enjoy the great outdoors year-round. Popular activities in the area include hiking and biking in the nearby Sandia and Manzano Mountains as well as driving along the Jemez Byway and walking or rollerblading through the the Paseo del Bosque Trail.  Clear blue skies, calm winds and mild temperatures are the norm in Sandoval County, which is one of the reasons it has become known as the hot air ballooning capital of the country. Rio Rancho offers an impressive roster of local golf courses and has several sports facilities open for public use. The city also boasts New Mexico’s first fully inclusive and accessible playground, A Park Above.

Shopping & dining

No shortage of culinary delights can be found in Rio Rancho. Popular restaurants in the city include K’Lynn’s Southern & Cajun Fusion, Lily & Liam Bistro, O’Hare’s Grille & Pub and many more. There are also several craft breweries and wineries in the area, three of which are part of the notable Corrales Wine Loop. In terms of retail therapy, prominent shopping destinations in the city include the Rio Rancho Marketplace and the Plaza at Enchanted Hills.        

Live sporting events

The Rio Rancho Event Center is home to professional indoor football and soccer teams while a AAA-level baseball team competes out of the nearby Isotopes Park. The University of New Mexico’s NCAA Division I football program’s home games are played at University Stadium, which has a capacity of over 39,000. The school’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, meanwhile, hit the floor at an arena known as “The Pit,” which can accommodate over 15,000 fans.

Relax at your beautiful new home!

If you’re interested in making your home in Rio Rancho, you’re not alone! Livability.com ranked the city as one of its Best Places to Live in 2023. Richmond American is excited to be a part of this growing community. We currently have three exciting neighborhoods in Vision City in various stages of development:

Seasons at Broadmoor Heights

Two-story home with two-car garage
  • From the $300s
  • Approx. 1,200 – 2,630 sq. ft.
  • 3 – 6 bed
  • 2 – 3 bath
  • Quick move-in options available!

Seasons at Monarch

One-story home with two-car garage
  • From the upper $300s
  • Approx. 1,600 – 2,630 sq. ft.
  • 3 – 6 bed
  • 2 – 3 bath
  • RV garages available!

Vista Montabella

Kitchen with large island with four bar stools, pantry door, gas stove, microwave, two ovens, and refrigerator.

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Be sure to call our friendly New Mexico sales associates at 505.510.6600 if you have any questions regarding any of these exciting communities!

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