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All About Rio Rancho

Rio-Rancho, NM

Rio Rancho is a beautiful city to the north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. With a population of just over 100,000 people, it provides plenty of exciting restaurants, activities, and amenities to the Greater Albuquerque Area.

History of Rio Rancho

Much of New Mexico has long been settled by various peoples throughout history (just visit one of the many pueblos!) But Rio Rancho as it is today began in the early 1960s when a land development corporation (AMREP Corporation) purchased 55,000 acres to the north of Albuquerque and started developing it. 

Initially, Rio Rancho was marketed as a retirement community to people in the Midwest and the Eastern US. But as the city grew and home loans changed, the area began attracting more and more young families. Rio Rancho was incorporated in 1981 with a population of 10,000 people. Now, 40 years later, the population is 10x that and the City of Vision is a New Mexico treasure.

Best Restaurants in Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, and New Mexico in general, is known for our amazing and unique style of food—appropriately named New Mexican food! New Mexican food is often a fusion of Pueblo Native American influences, Spanish influences, and Mexican influences. And, Rio Rancho is also known for some incredible local brews. Here are some of our favorite restaurants and breweries!

Fun Things to Do in Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho is located in the perfect place to easily access so many of the things people love about New Mexico! Close to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and the Sandia Mountains, there is something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite things to do here!

  • A Park Above—Ample playground equipment, plus a splash pad, and featuring wheelchair swings and accessibility for children of all abilities.
  • Bosque Access—Rio Rancho offers easy access to the Bosque (river and forested area) for all kinds of recreation like kayaking and paddleboarding.
  • Petroglyph National Monument—This national monument offers great hiking and preserves incredible petroglyphs from ancient peoples.
  • Sandia Casino & Resort—This resort is a 4-star hotel with a beautiful golf course, casino, spa, outdoor pool, outdoor amphitheater, fine dining, and more.
  • Wineries—The geography of the area makes Rio Rancho and the surrounding cities an ideal place for wineries, including Casa Rodeña Winery, Corrales Winery, and Gruet.

Certainly, there is plenty to love about Rio Rancho! Learn even more about the different neighborhoods in the city below.


Neighborhoods We Serve in Rio Rancho


Broadmoor Heights


Commercial Center

Enchanted Hills


Fairway Condos

Gateway North

Gateway South

Gleneagles at High Resort

Greystone Ridge

High Resort

Industrial Park

Loma Colorado/ Del Norte Center

Lomas Encantadas

Los Diamantes


Milagro Mesa

Mountain Hawk Estates

Northern Meadows


Old Rio Rancho Estates

Rio Rancho Marketplace Mall


Star Heights

Tierra Del Oro

Unser Gateway

Valley Ridge

Vista Entrada

Vista Hills

Western Hills

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This guide will give an overview of Rio Rancho, NM's best features for newcomers like yourself!