Albuquerque’s western Sandia foothills receive about 50 percent more precipitation than most of the city, and with granitic, coarse soils and rock outcrops and boulders dominant, they have a greater and different diversity of flora in the form of savanna and chaparral, dominated by lower and middle zones of Arizona-New Mexico Mountains vegetation, with a slight orientation towards the Chihuahuan Desert Dominant plants include shrub or desert live oak (Querus turbinella), gray oak (Quercus grisea), hairy mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus breviflorus), oneseed juniper (Juniperus monosperma), Colorado piñon (Pinus edulis), threeleaf sumac (Rhus trilobata), Engelmann prickly pear (Opuntia engelmannii), juniper prickly pear (Opuntia hystricina var. 14 Albuquerque was a farming community and strategically located military outpost along the Camino Real The town was also the sheep-herding center of the West. For over three decades, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) has served our community as the only health care organization in Central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people.

Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE (at Louisiana and Menaul), ☎ +1 505 881-0000, 62 checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Hyatt Place Albuquerque Uptown, 6901 Arvada Ave NE (in the Uptown area near Louisiana/I-40), ☎ +1 505 872-9000 ( email protected , fax: +1 505 872-3829), 56 Nice chain motel located in the Uptown area, right across the street from the ABQ Uptown mall. Courtyard Albuquerque Airport, 1920 Yale Blvd, ☎ +1 505 843-6600, 46 Located in the airport area.

Courtyard Albuquerque, 5151 Journal Center Blvd NE (North I-25/Jefferson area), ☎ +1 505 823-1919 (fax: +1 505 823-1918), 45 Chain motel in the North I-25 area. Microtel West Albuquerque, 9910 Avalon Rd NW (western edge of town, near the intersection of I-40 and 98th St), ☎ +1 505 836-1686 (fax: +1 505 831-2450), 36 checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Days Inn Midtown Albuquerque, 2120 Menaul Blvd NE (near the intersection of I-40 and I-25), ☎ +1 505 884-0250 (fax: +1 505 883-0594), 34 checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon.

Bien Mur Indian Market Center, 100 Bien Mur Dr NE (N of Albuquerque at the Sandia Pueblo, off the intersection of Tramway and I-25), +1 505 821-5400, 155 Owned by the Sandia Pueblo, this huge market has loads of Native American jewelry, pottery, rugs, paintings and folk art. Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, with visitor centers in Old Town at the Plaza Don Luis and in the Albuquerque International Sunport on the Baggage Claim Level, +1 800 284-2282 or +1 505 842-9918, 68. An excellent example of a city-specific museum, with a large permanent collection of Southwestern art, changing art exhibitions, artifacts from the history of colonial New Mexico and Albuquerque through the years (with some pretty neat items, like conquistador armor and antique cars), and an outdoor sculpture garden.

Sandia Vision Clinic has been a leading provider of optometry services and vision care products in the Albuquerque community since 1989, and we want to help you achieve and maintain clear vision for years to come. Amtrak ‘s Southwest Chief , which travels between Chicago and Los Angeles, serves the Albuquerque area daily with one stop in each direction at the Alvarado Transportation Center in downtown.