Are You Visiting Kirtland Air Force Base?
If you’ve got a friend or family member in the Air Force who is stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and you're considering planning a trip to visit, there's plenty to see and do in the area. Located in the southeast part of Albuquerque, Kirtland AFB occupies more than 51 acres and employs more than 23,000 people, including 4,200 active duty, 1,000 Guard, and 3,200 reserve personnel. If you’re visiting someone on the base, there will be things for you to do, but the real magic is being able to have them show you around Albuquerque properly.
Things to Do at Kirtland
You’ll need a visitor pass to get onto the base, which your host can help you obtain. Once you’re on the base, you can see where your friend or loved one lives, go bowling, hit the golf course, go to the pool, or take in a movie at the theater. Have your friend give you a tour of some of the facilities that are open to the public—if you’ve never been to a military base, this can be very interesting. Your host likely spends a lot of their time on base, though, so for even more action and excitement, head off base for the real fun in Albuquerque.
Sights to See Off Base
Step off base, and enjoy a plethora of sights to see and things to do. Check out the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to learn about the tradition and history surrounding Native Americans, or visit the American International Rattlesnake Museum—not for the faint of heart! Enjoy the spectacular views of Albuquerque when you take the aerial tramway to the top of Sandia Peak, and take in beautiful nature scenery at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden. For authentic New Mexican cuisine, visit local favorites, and if you’re lucky enough to be in town during the Balloon Festival, be sure not to miss the launching.
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