What is Fall in Albuquerque Like?

Fall in Albuquerque is one of the most magical times of the year. The leaves change, the temperature drops and the hot air balloons hit the skies. If you're moving to Albuquerque soon, or planning a visit, you're probably wondering what things are like here during the fall. If so, you've come to the right place. We are spilling all of the details on fall in Albuquerque. As a locally-owned real estate team with over 30 years of New Mexico real estate experience, we know everything there is to know about fall in Albuquerque. Enjoy!

Albuquerque weather in the fall

Albuquerque is known by locals for our finicky weather. When dressing for Albuquerque in the fall, layers are key. Why is that you ask? Temperatures are known to fluctuate significantly throughout the day. It's best to bundle up in the morning, but be ready to shed layers in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Albuquerque temperatures in September and October regularly reach 82 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit respectively, however it is not uncommon to experience frost in the mornings during these same months. 

Due to the slope of Albuquerque, some areas are much higher in elevation than other parts of the city. The Rio Grande Valley is roughly 4,500 ft. above sea level, while the Sandia Mountain foothills are about 6,500 Ft. above sea level. 

Homes for sale in the Rio Grande valley area Albuquerque

Homes for sale in the foothills area Albuquerque

Where you plan to live or stay will determine what fall in Albuquerque is like in that particular location. It is not uncommon for those in the foothills to experience much cooler temperatures (or even snow!). 

What to do in Albuquerque in the fall

If you're planning on moving to Albuquerque in the fall or coming for a fall getaway, you're probably wondering what there is to do here. Fall is the perfect time to visit Albuquerque as there is so much going on. 

Take a tour of the fall foliage in the area

Albuquerque and the surrounding areas are absolutely gorgeous in the fall. What makes the fall so special? All of the leaves turn gorgeous shades of orange and yellow. If you're the nature type, take a short trip to many of the mountain destinations located a short drive from Albuquerque and take in the beautiful colors. If you're interested, check out our recent blog article on where to find the best fall colors in New Mexico. 

Check out the hot air balloons

If fall in Albuquerque means any one thing, it is: hot air balloons. When the temperature drops in the early fall mornings and crisp fall evenings, hot air balloon pilots across the city take to the skies. As you might imagine, this creates a breathtaking spectacle of color. 

Though the infamous Albuquerque International Balloon fiesta is postponed until 2021, there are certainly still plenty of opportunities to see hot air balloons in flight. All throughout September, October and November, any given morning is likely to be a good time to see hot air balloons. 

If you're feeling extra adventurous, fall in Albuquerque is the perfect time to take a hot air balloon flight of your own! Visit Albuquerque has a fantastic resource to help you book a flight. Just remember, it is important to plan ahead and book in advance. 

Get outdoors and enjoy the weather 

One of Albuquerque's main attraction is our numerous recreational opportunities. If you're the outdoorsy type, fall in Albuquerque is the perfect time of year to do... well anything! Whether hiking, biking, golfing, climbing or even just taking in the sights, you're sure to find what you're looking for during fall in Albuquerque. 

If you're planning on moving to Albuquerque, we would be more than happy to recommend specific areas of town based on your individual recreation interests. We've lived and worked here for decades now, and we know Albuquerque better than anyone. 

Where to eat in the fall in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is a food-lover's paradise — especially the fall in Albuquerque. One of New Mexico's most beloved traditions is that of eating chile. Chile, offered in two varieties, either red or green, is sure to keep you warm during the fall in Albuquerque. Offered in stew, in posole, on top of enchilada, smothered burritos or even inside one our state's treasured breakfast burritos, you must have a taste for chile to be considered a true burqueño. 

When the server inevitably asks you the official state question: "red or green?" you must be prepared. According to the food company Tortilla Flats

Red and green peppers are actually the same! Some peppers are picked green while others are left to ripen on the plant until they turn red. Many green chiles are roasted and peeled for green chile sauce, dried for green chile powder, or simply chopped. Red chiles are also picked and roasted in the same way green chiles are, or they may be strung into ristras and hung to dry. When making red chile sauce, the peppers are then rehydrated before cooking. If you’ve ever seen images from New Mexico, you’ll surely have seen groups of hanging red peppers.The difference between the two sauces is actually how it’s prepared. When making the sauces, if the seeds and the veins of the pepper are removed, the sauce won’t be as hot. A red pepper is riper than a green pepper and so it can have a sweeter taste, while a green sauce may have a more herby flavor.

We hope you'll give the local flavor a try when you're here during your visit to Albuquerque in the fall! And, if you're moving to Albuquerque permanently, get ready for this to become a part of your new normal

How to move to Albuquerque in the fall

Fall is a wonderful time to move to Albuquerque as the temperatures and weather is usually favorable. However, there are a couple of things you'll need to take into consideration. 

Housing inventory is sometimes lower in the fall. And, because Albuquerque is a university town, rentals are harder to find outside of the interim between college semesters. That doesn't mean there are no houses for sale in the fall in Albuquerque. It simply means you might have to move a bit faster when you do find one you like — at least, faster than you normally might have to.

Click here to check out housing inventory in Albuquerque as of right now. 

There is also the potential for nasty weather. This isn't overly common in the fall in Albuquerque but isn't entirely unheard of either. If you do experience bad weather during your move to Albuquerque, you can find a number of self-storage facilities here where you can store your belongings until the weather clears. 

If you're ready to make the move to Albuquerque, we'd be happy to help. This fall in Albuquerque we are experiencing a fantastic market. If you want to speak with us at no obligation, we are more than happy to help. Give us a call or fill out the form below. 

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