Northwest Albuquerque consists of the quadrant of the city west of I-25 and North of Central, bordered by Rio Rancho and Corrales to the North. This quadrant is not limited on the west, and continues to expand that way. It includes a large variety of residential construction with many newly constructed homes and apartment complexes. There are many newer subdivisions and areas, including Paradise Hills, Ventana Ranch, Taylor Ranch, Oxbow, and Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (North Valley area). From large eccentric homes in the North Valley, to new affordable construction further west, Northwest Albuquerque can easily be a place for anyone to call home. New improvements to roadways and highways have made it a much easier commute to the east side of the city in the recent years. Northwest Albuquerque also has a convenient “Rail Runner” park and ride, which takes commuters as far north as Santa Fe, to downtown Albuquerque, and as far south as Los Lunas on a train. Check out Rail Runner times and stops at

Northwest Albuquerque Townhomes and Condos for Sale

Northwest Albuquerque has a variety of condos and townhomes to choose from.  Click here to see what’s currently for sale.

Northwest Albuquerque Schools

Albuquerque Public Schools is devoted to increasing student success through a standards-based learning setting, supported by a structure of constant progress. And it shows! Many Northwest Albuquerque schools are highly ranked, including Volcano Vista High School, St. Pius High School and LBJ Middle School. Check out U.S. News Best High Schools for other highly ranked Albuquerque schools. Northwest Albuquerque offers community college through Central New Mexico Community College, and is a very small commute from the University of New Mexico. The Albuquerque bus system also has a “Green Line” that picks students up in a convenient Northwest location and buses them straight to the University of New Mexico. The city bus system is free to University students.

Northwest Albuquerque Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

The best place to start with dining, shopping and entertainment in Northwest Albuquerque is the Cottonwood Mall off of Corrales Rd. and Alameda. This is a large indoor shopping center featuring many well-known retailers such as Dillard’s, JC Penny, Sears and Macy’s. The food court is quite entertaining, featuring an upside down cityscape on the ceiling! Surrounding the large shopping center are many restaurants, retailers and movie theatres. An area well-known for fine dining and authentic New Mexican cuisine is the North Valley, which houses the famous Sadie’s, El Pinto and Casa de Benavidez.

Northwest Albuquerque Parks and Recreation

The Rio Grande flows through the Albuquerque Bosque in the middle of the city. The cottonwood trees are in full autumn ccolor.

The beautiful Rio Grande Bosque (forest) is one of the most recommended areas for outdoor attractions in the state. With miles and miles of running and biking trails along the beautiful Rio Grande River, it’s an amazing place to get out and experience nature. Conveniently located in the middle of the city, and surrounded by beautiful agricultural communities along the river, the area is quite a treat for a city to have. The large native cottonwood trees and other native foliage make for a beautiful surrounding and are breathtaking during our transition into fall.