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10 ways to have a good time in Rio Rancho

By NMSL 08/25/2014

Albuquerque News

While Albuquerque's neighbor to the northwest isn't known necessarily as a party destination, here are 10 great reasons to cross the river and enjoy the City of Vision.

Get your mind in the gutter

Channel your inner Homer Simpson at Tenpins Bowling, which just investing $150,000 in improvements and is open seven days a week and until midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

Live on the edge

Blades Multiplex Arena at 801 Loma Colorado Drive offers skating, hockey leagues, figure skating lessons, soccer, lacrosse and the sweet, sweet smell of leather and Lysol in the desert.

Make a splash

The Rio Rancho Aquatic Center is an indoor, year-round swimming center with an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool, a three-lane, 25-yard warm up pool, recreation pool with play features, double flume slide, two multipurpose rooms for party/conferences, spectator seating, water polo goals, and an ADA hydraulic chair lift so everyone can have fun.

Skate parks

The City of Vision has skate parks located at Rainbow Park, the Rio Rancho Sports Complex, Rio Vista Park and Mountain View Park for your boarding pleasure.

Catch a show

From Disney Jr. Live shows to Five Finger Death Punch, the Santa Ana Star Center offers every type of entertainment you could image. Music, theater, ice shows, sports and food events, including Rio Rancho's July 4 weekend Pork & Brew, pack the calendar here year-round.

Hike the Bosque

Rio Rancho borders the Rio Grande bosque to the west, and there are several access points into this beloved open space, including at Manzano Loop NE and Rib Mountain Road and near Willow Creek Road NE and Spruce Mountain Loop NE, where a gravel road leads to a parking area. The Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space, Inc. is a great resource for exploring Rio Rancho's trails, bosque tours, and also for art classes and other events.

Drink (great) beer (responsibly)

Turtle Mountain Brewing Company is know for its award-winning beers, excellent wood-fired pizza and neighborhood atmosphere where there's always a soccer or football game on. Nico Ortiz named his restaurant in honor of his late father, Alfonso Ortiz, who was from Oke Owingeh Pueblo. Turtle Mountain is what the Sandía Mountains are called in the Tewa language (Oku Pin). Menu items use many New Mexico ingredients including Hatch chile, and pizzas are named for New Mexican places, such as the Sierra Blanca, White Sands and Shiprock.

Idalia Road Marketplace

Idalia Road Marketplace (1320 Idalia Rd. NE, 505-553-5591) is open weekends May 4 through Oct. 5 and offers more than 20 booths of local produce, art and crafts. Currently in its 5th season, this outdoor market also has food trucks and live music; check out their Facebook page for more information.

Geeks Who Drink at the Fat Squirrel

Bring your brain and thirst for good beer to the Fat Squirrel Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. for the weekly Geeks Who Drink at the Fat Squirrel trivia contest. 

Scoot a boot

The Damn Bar is the place to get your honky tonk on, with live country music throughout the week and open mic on Mondays with $3 margaritas and beer pong Fridays. (The Damn Bar has closed since the original publication of this list. Well, damn.)