New Mexico evokes images of wide-open desert and awe-inspiring rock formations, and expectant visitors will not be disappointed. What first-time travelers to the state may find surprising is the verdant forest and pristine lakes that cover parts of New Mexico’s diverse terrain. Albuquerque is tucked between the Rio Grande and the picturesque Sandia Mountains, a wealth of natural beauty extending in every direction, as far as the eye can see. Surrounding the city of Albuquerque, several hikes keep outdoor enthusiasts cool in summer below dense forest canopy. The Paseo del Bosque Trail leads hikers through the cottonwood bosque (forest) with scenic views of the Rio Grande. For an iconic postcard view of the Albuquerque area, the Rinconada Canyon Trail follows the north side of the canyon to rock walls marked with petroglyphs. Summer in Albuquerque is full of surprises for Glampers who have yet to discover the natural delights of New Mexico. Book a riverside cabin or an adobe cottage this summer to experience the best of the Southwest.