Best Western


1015 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104-2031
Phone: 505/843-9500   |   Fax: 505/843-9238   |   173 Rooms
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Welcome to BEST WESTERN PLUS Rio Grande Inn!

Are you looking for a clean, comfortable hotel near Albuquerque Bio Park? Our Albuquerque hotel is conveniently close to all the top destinations.

At our Route 66 hotel, guests are treated like family. We’re your go-to property for receptions, parties and reunions. Whether you need a hotel near Old Town Albuquerque for a special event or a hotel near Albuquerque museums for a vacation filled with culture, count on us to provide you with the best hospitality in town.

Our proximity to Old Town Albuquerque is a big reason why many guests choose to stay at our Albuquerque hotel. We’re close to the downtown area where there’s the convention center, shopping and dining. We welcome groups here for special events at the center, couples on romantic getaways or families who are looking for the best eateries and toy stores in town. With full-service amenities and a friendly staff committed to making you comfortable, everything you need is right here.

As a hotel near I-40, guests at our Albuquerque hotel are minutes from the International Balloon Fiesta and University of New Mexico sports, and there’s great proximity to 19 Indian Pueblos. The famous Pow Wow, the Gathering of the Nations, also takes place nearby.

This Albuquerque hotel boasts an incredible meeting space, perfect for a special event or to be at the disposal of business travelers. The Sandia Tram Casinos are a short drive away and the Acoma Pueblo is also nearby. We’re close to Santa Fe and offer unbeatable proximity to the Amtrak station. Close to art galleries, there’s no shortage of things to do or see here.

Business travelers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Department of Energy, Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service depend on our Albuquerque hotel to provide the peace and quiet necessary for a successful trip. In addition to public servants, many corporate employees also stay here.

Reserve your next stay at BEST WESTERN PLUS Rio Grande Inn! Enjoy your stay.


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Conveniently located, the best western plus rio grande inn in Albuquerque, New Mexico is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 35.104475  /  Latitude: -106.671235


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: the north. Follow Interstate 25 South to the Interstate 40 Westbound Interchange. Proceed west on Interstate 40 to Exit 157A onto Rio Grande Boulevard.The BEST WESTERN PLUS Rio Grande Inn is located two miles west of the Albuquerque Convention Center and downtown business district.

From: the south. Follow Interstate 25 North to the Interstate 40 Westbound Interchange. Proceed west on Interstate 40 to Exit 157A onto Rio Grande Boulevard.The BEST WESTERN PLUS Rio Grande Inn is located two miles west of the Albuquerque Convention Center and downtown business district.

From: the east. Follow Interstate 40 West to Exit 157A onto Rio Grande Boulevard, south of Interstate 40 on west side of street.The BEST WESTERN PLUS Rio Grande Inn is located two miles west of the Albuquerque Convention Center and downtown business district.

From: the west. Follow Interstate 40 East to Exit 157A onto Rio Grande Boulevard, south of Interstate 40 on west side of street.The BEST WESTERN PLUS Rio Grande Inn is located two miles west of the Albuquerque Convention Center and downtown business district.


We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Albuquerque Aquarium

Spend the day explore at the Albuquerque Aquarium. You can view the wonderful collection of aquatic exhibits, like the Surf Zone, Salt Marsh, Gulf Coast Gallery, Jellies: Aliens from the Sea.

Don't miss Inside the Wreck, Touchpool and the Eel Cave: Snakes or Fishes. While you're there, watch the scuba divers feed the animals in the Coral Reef and Shark Tank.

Kids love to spend the night next to the 285,000 gallon shark tank in a special sleepover visit. They learn about the sharks' nighttime behavior and play games. Travelers in the Albuquerque region have fun exploring northwest New Mexico.

Albuquerque Biological Park

The largest city in the Land of Enchantment is Albuquerque. This vibrant city is not only home the University of New Mexico, but also home to the Albuquerque Biological Park.

This accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums keeps a focus on the environment with all four components: the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Zoo, the Biopark Botanical Garden and Tingley Beach.

Schedule plenty of time at these wonderful Albuquerque attractions. Enjoy strolling through the 36-acre Botanic Garden to see the variety of plants in the 10,000 conservatory.

Bring the kids to the Rio Grande Zoo to see over 250 species of animals. Spend an afternoon fishing, swimming or relaxing at Tingley Beach and don't miss the 285,000-gallon Shark Tank at the Albuquerque Aquarium

Biopark Botanical Garden

Nature lovers in the Albuquerque area are treated to a wonderful oasis along the Rio Grande River. The Biopark Botanic Garden is located on 52 acres of land near Old Town Albuquerque, adjacent to the Albuquerque Aquarium. This impressive 36-acre garden features a 10,000 square foot conservatory. The plants in the conservatory range from Mediterranean climates to North American deserts.

Visit the garden to see the Heritage Farm depicting life as it was in the 1920s and 1930s, walk amongst the butterflies in the PNM Butterfly Pavilion and stroll through the Japanese Garden. Kids love playing in the Children's Fantasy Garden, featuring a 14-foot dragon and 42 foot pumpkin to walk through. Schedule your garden visit to attend one of the several special events, for a fun day at the garden. Stay close to the garden in Albuquerque.

Bluewater Lake State Park

Located in the Zuni Mountains in northern New Mexico and just a short hop from Interstate 40, this state park covers over 3,000 acres of natural beauty and outdoor activities. Anglers and boaters rejoice at the ample opportunities for trout and cat fishing while the less water savvy can take a hike, eat picnics, or enjoy serene mountain and lake views. Thanks to its high altitude, the lake freezes in winter allowing for ice fishing.

This pinion and juniper landscape is located west of Albuquerque and is fully open in the summer and partially open in the winter. Gates are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 1st to October 31st, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 1st to April 31st.

El Malpais National Monument

See one of New Mexico's most iconic landmarks. The El Malpais National Monument is mostly comprised of barren badlands in the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field, the second largest in the Basin and Range Province. The monument is home to some of the oldest known Douglas Fir trees, inactive volcanoes and geothermal activity.

Enjoy views from the scenic overlooks and hiking along the trails. Be sure to hike to the La Ventana Natural Arch, one of the most accessible sandstone arches in New Mexico.

Enjoy traveling along historic Route 66, near Albuquerque, to visit additional state monuments and attractions including the Petroglyph National Monument and the White Sands Missile Range. Take a break in the Albuquerque area before you make your way on to the next stage of the trek.

El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument

Check Out El Morro National Monument

An ancient rest stop, the El Morro National Monument is a 1,300-acre national park set in western New Mexico.

Just west of Albuquerque, this national monument was established in 1906.

The El Morro National Monument features the .5-mile Inscription Trail, the 2–mile loop Headland Trail, and the Atsinna trail.

Check out the El Morro Visitor Center, where you can watch the 15-minute video and explore more than 700 years of history.

Fenton Lake State Park

Quiet, remote, and tucked away in a sanctuary of ponderosa pines and forested mountains, Fenton Lake State Park is a haven for fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and picnicking. It is also a popular location for cross country skiing in the winter.

Located north of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, this park is open 24 hours a day year round. Visitors to the park will be most struck by Northern New Mexico's stunning and peaceful wilderness and postcard worthy snapshots of the lake.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

There are few better ways to gain insights into New Mexico's Indian Pueblo history. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center proudly displays the history of the Pueblo people and preserves the Pueblo culture.

Visit the Museum to view the Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story permanent exhibit and the art collection from the 19 New Mexico Pueblos.

While in Albuquerque, visit one of the several Pueblos and partake in a traditional Feast Day for a unique and memorable experience. Listen to the songs, watch the reverent dances and enjoy the traditional food in northwest New Mexico.

KiMo Theatre

The charm of downtown Albuquerque remains prominent with historical city landmarks. One of Albuquerque's best-known landmarks is the KiMo Theatre. KiMo translates to "mountain lion" in the Tewa language.

This Art Deco-Pueblo Revival Style theater was built in 1927 and features indigenous motifs and terra cotta shields above the third-story windows. Thankfully, local residents saved the theater from demolition in 1977.

The theater has been renovated throughout the years to keep the building current for theater performances and shows. Visit the theater to see feature films, classic films, animated films, live concerts, theater productions, lectures, living history events and ballet in cinema. 

National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico

See this premier cultural attraction in New Mexico. The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque has continued its mission of promoting the Hispanic culture since opening in 2000.

They have hosted 500 literary, performing and visual art programs and over 25 art exhibitions. Tour the center along the beautiful Rio Grande and stop by the museum store, La Tiendita, to find a one-of-a-kind treasure.

After touring the museum, consider visiting the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History or the Penfield Gallery of Indian Art for fun afternoon activity. Stay in comfort and enjoy Albuquerque during your next visit to New Mexico.  

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Enjoy an edifying experience in New Mexico. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, located in Albuquerque, was founded in 1969 and originally located on the Kirtland Air Force Base.

The museum is now located in Albuquerque's museum district. Learn about the nuclear age, as you stroll through the 13 permanent indoor exhibits, a gallery for temporary exhibits, a library and theater.

Outdoor space provides space for military aircraft, missiles and vehicle exhibits. Stay close to the many area attractions, shopping, restaurants and museums – enjoy your time, during your travels in Northwest New Mexico.

New Mexico Mining Museum

Learn a bit about New Mexico's history during your next visit. The New Mexico Mining Museum is one of "few Uranium Mining Museums in the world". Located in Grants, west of Albuquerque, this underground tour allows visitors to see and touch the recreation of a working mine shaft.

Descend in the "cage" to Section 26, part of the abandoned uranium mine, where materials left the mine. Enjoy the tour at your own pace and learn about drilling and blasting techniques. Complete your Grants visit with a tour of the ancient Anasazi ruins and Native American Pueblos or spend time at the El Morro National Monument

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

Stretching across several counties in New Mexico, the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area preserves the lands once inhabited by the Puebloans. The counties include the Santa Fe, Taos, and Rio Arriba in northern New Mexico.

The area features plenty of sightseeing and outdoor recreation areas.  Featured attractions include Hyde Memorial and El Vado state parks, Sante Fe and Carson national forests, the Picuris and Santa Clara pueblos, and more.

Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque

Stroll Through Old Town Albuquerque

History buffs have a wonderful opportunity for education and exploration in the Albuquerque area. The historic Pueblo-Spanish style buildings of Old Town Albuquerque are full of charm, delighting those who visit.

In 1706, Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez established the community with the development of the central plaza. This lead to the construction of the first building, the San Felipe de Neri Church, in 1793.

Throughout the years, the houses and businesses that developed in Old Town, were renovated to become boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

While there, be sure to visit the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, the Albuquerque Bio Park Botanic Garden, the Agape Southwest Pueblo Pottery store and Painted Sky Gallery and Gifts. Stay close to this historical area of Albuquerque, known as the Crossroads of the Southwest.

Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument

See the Famous Petroglyphs in Albuquerque

Stretching for seventeen miles near Albuquerque, Petroglyph National Monument is one of the largest petroglyph sites in the United States.

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the petroglyphs were created between four hundred and seven hundred years ago.

Petroglyphs are shapes and symbols carved into stone in order to pass on information. The petroglyphs found at Petroglyph National Monument are believed to have been created by Native Americans and Spanish settlers who passed through the northwestern part of New Mexico.

Visitors are able to learn about the history of the petroglyphs and gain additional information about the people who created them by visiting the Visitor’s Center onsite at the monument. For a closer look at the most well-preserved petroglyphs, trails are available.

Boca Negra Canyon offers three separate trails to see about one hundred different petroglyphs along their routes. Rinconada Canyon offers a single trail that is just over two miles in length with the opportunity to view up to five hundred petroglyphs. After viewing the petroglyphs firsthand, visitors can stop by the bookstore and grab additional educational materials to enhance their knowledge of Petroglyph and its cultural history.

Red Rock State Park

Enjoy outdoor fun in New Mexico. Red Rock State Park, located in Church Rock, contains beautiful red cliffs formed 205 million years ago. They formed during the Age of the Dinosaurs. Visitors to the Red Rock Museum view exhibits showcasing the cultures of the region's Native Americans including, the Zuni, Hopi and Navajo.

Enjoy annual events such as the Lions Club Rodeo, concerts and the Intertribal Indian Ceremonial. The park is located west of Albuquerque, in the heart of Native American lands. While visiting Northwest New Mexico make the most of your time and see Red Rock State Park. 

Rio Grande Zoo

Residents and visitors in Albuquerque, have a wonderful variety of attractions to choose from, for a day of fun. One of the best ways to spend quality time together, is a day at the Rio Grande Zoo. Established in 1927, this zoo encompasses 64 acres of land in the Albuquerque Biological Park and is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Get acquainted with more than 200 species of animals in the zoo's various exhibits. The Africa habitat is not only home to giraffes, but also to African lions, cheetahs, gorillas and zebras. Make plenty of time to see the rest of the animals in the remaining exhibits – you'll have a blast exploring the ABQ area

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Salinas Pueblo Missions NM

Explore the Salinas Pueblo Missions

Set on more than 1,000 acres, the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is located in northern New Mexico – just south of Albuquerque.

Dating to 1629, the monument is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as a U.S. Historic district.

Operated by the National Park Service, the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument preserves the Quarai Ruins, Abó Ruin, and Gran Quivira Ruins.

Visitors enjoy picnicking, bird watching, and nature viewing, plus the new Mountainair Visitor Center.

Sandia Peak Tramway

What proves to be one of the most unique attractions in New Mexico, the Sandia Peak Tramway near Albuquerque offers breathtaking birds-eye views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Sandia Mountains. Enjoy the incredible views of 11,000 square miles of New Mexico countryside, during the ride to the top of the Sandia Peak, reaching 10,378 feet in elevation.

Take a break and enjoy a delicious meal in the High Finance Restaurant & Tavern at the top of Sandia Peak. Learn about the history of skiing in New Mexico at the New Mexico Ski Museum at the base of the tram. After a day of sight-seeing, stay the Northwest New Mexico area for a comfortable night's rest.

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico campus

Visit the Campus at the University of New Mexico

New Mexico’s largest university, the University of New Mexico is the flagship research institution of the state, and is located in Albuquerque – set in northern New Mexico.

Covering over 600 acres, UNM was established in 1889, and has over 35,000 enrolled students.

UNM is home to the New Mexico Lobos athletics program, with home games at Branch Field and Pit Arena.

Set near downtown Albuquerque, UNM features four museums, including the University Art Museum. Additional campuses are located in Gallup, Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Taos, and Los Lunas.

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • Hot tub
  • 2.39 mile(s) from ABQ Jump
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Ladera Golf Course
  • 6.00 mile(s) from Itz
  • 6.50 mile(s) from Leisure Bowl
  • 6.50 mile(s) from Holiday Bowl
  • 6.60 mile(s) from Albuquerque Indoor Cartin
  • 7.00 mile(s) from Downs of Albuquerque Race
  • 7.32 mile(s) from Puerta del Sol Golf Cours
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Golf Course at University
  • 8.97 mile(s) from Los Altos Golf Course
  • 11.00 mile(s) from Sandia Resort and Casino
  • 12.44 mile(s) from Hinkle Family Fun Center
  • 13.00 mile(s) from Sandia Fishing Lakes
  • 14.00 mile(s) from Isleta Fishing Lakes
  • 14.00 mile(s) from Isleta Casino and Resort
  • 21.00 mile(s) from Santa Ana Star Casino
  • 27.00 mile(s) from Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course
  • 30.00 mile(s) from Sandia Ski Resort
  • 35.00 mile(s) from San Felipe Casino
  • 60.00 mile(s) from Acoma Pueblo/Sky City Cas

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Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Albuquerque. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

December 2015

December 3, 2015
2015 Christmas Parade

Farmington hosts its annual Christmas Parade in downtown Farmington – featuring festive floats, marching bands, and an appearence from Santa Claus. The parade begins at 5:45 p.m.

December 5, 2015
2015 Luminarias

Visit the campus of San Juan College for an evening of bright Christmas decorations illuniating the night. Visitors can drive-by or walk through the display. The lights go on at 6 p.m.

December 2015

December 4, 2015
2015 Riverglo

Take to the shores of the Animas River near Farmington for an evening of holiday themed musical performances, bonfires, luminaries, and an appearance from Santa Claus. The holiday fun begins at 6 p.m.

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