The Mesa Ridge apartments in Albuquerque, are on the Westside (west of the Rio Grande River) in a great area. You'll love our location because our apartments on the Westside are near Cottonwood Mall, Dillard's, Macy's, Sears, JCPenney, United Artists Cottonwood Stadium 16 Theater, Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, Sam's Club, Costco and so much more! In fact, there are over 200 shops and restaurants in and around Cottonwood Mall.
Shopping & Restaurants: Venues near Mesa Ridge Apartments include Walgreen's and the Wal-Mart Supercenter - just seconds away at the West Bluff Shopping Center. West Bluff also features Family Dollar, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Starbucks. Jinja Bar & Bistro (online reservations), Taco Cabana, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, RedBrick Pizza, Chili's Grill & Bar, Applebee's and Mimmo's Ristorante & Pizzeria (our favorites are the Eggplant Parmigiana and Chicken Green Chile Calazone) are some of the over twenty casual and fine dining options within two miles of your new apartment home. Heading north on Coors only 4 minutes will take you to Montano Blvd, where you'll find Dion's, CVS, Hastings, Albertson's Grocery, Keller's Farm Store and Weck's (the place for breakfast), just to name a few. And of course, just 7 minutes further on Coors Blvd will place you at Cottonwood Mall and the surrounding shops and restaurants. At Mesa Ridge Apartments all of this is within easy reach.
Parks & Recreation: Mesa Ridge Apartments in Northwest Albuquerque is within 2 minutes of several city parks, including Redlands Park, El Rancho Atrisco Park and West Bluff Park & Overlook. Identified in green on the map below, Redlands is just east of Coors, featuring softball fields, a playground, shade structures and a 0.6 mile wheelchair-friendly Prescription Trail. West Bluff Park is just east of the West Bluff Shopping Center/Wal-Mart, and it sits atop the bluffs of the Rio Grande River offering some of the best views of Albuquerque from the Westside. Visit West Bluff at sunrise or sunset and we promise you won't be disappointed. West Bluff has shaded pavilions, picnic tables, a play area and 2 basketball half courts. We're less then 2 minutes from the off-leash Ouray Dog Park, on the south end of the Ladera Golf Course. The dog park is open 6:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday.
Our convenient westside location is near the Petroglyph National Monument and subsequent open space, which includes the Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon, Piedras Marcadas Canyon and Volcanoes Area. Eruptions about 150,000 years ago formed the West Mesa and the boulders that allowed Native Americans and Spanish settlers to carve over 20,000 petroglyphs some 700 years ago. The national monument totals 7,236 acres, with about half of that open to the public. Boca Negra charges a nominal fee, providing restrooms, picnic shelters and three trails to view ancient petroglyphs. Interestingly, although Boca Negra is the most heavily visited area it contains only 5% of all petroglyphs at the monument, so be sure to visit the other areas. Your leashed dog is welcome at all of the areas, except for Boca Negra. Our favorite is the Rinconada Canyon, a 2.2 mile roundtrip where 500 petroglyphs can be seen along the trail. When visiting any of these areas first visit the Las Imagines Visitor Center at Unser Blvd and Western Trails. For a map of Petroglyph National Monument click here.
If golf is your game, Mesa Ridge Apartments is one block from the Ladera Golf Course. Located at the foot of the volcanoes, Ladera offers 9-hole and 18-hole courses with the longest playing yardage of any city course. Ladera has a driving range, practice putting greens, four large lakes, a banquet facility and a restaurant. Currently, the front nine are closed for renovation but the back nine are open at a reduced green fee.
Day Cares, Preschools & Kindergarten: There are at least six locations within 4 minutes of Mesa Ridge Apartments.
Public Schools, Private Schools & Libraries: Mesa Ridge Apartments is in the Albuquerque Public School (APS) districts of Chaparral Elementary School, John Adams Middle School and West Mesa High School (Go Mustangs!). The impressive new $38 million 7,000-seat APS Community Stadium, is 4 miles from Mesa Ridge Apartments, west on Ladera Dr to Arroyo Vista Blvd then right. We're only moments from St. Pius High School, and it's stunning 56-acre campus sitting on the bluffs of the Rio Grande River. And Mesa Ridge Apartments is within 6 minutes of two ABQ libraries, the Alamosa and Taylor Ranch branches (both with free Wi-Fi). For current hours of operation click here or call customer service at (505) 768-5170.
Colleges, Institutes & Continuing Education: Based on results from Mapquest, Mesa Ridge Apartments is only 11 minutes to Pima Medical Institute, 13 minutes to ITT Tech and 15 minutes to Brown Mackie and Brookline. We are only 12 minutes to the CNM Main Campus, and if you're a Lobo attending the University of New Mexico you are only 8 miles or 13 minutes from campus (I-40 east to I-25 south, then east on Route 66 to UNM). Mesa Ridge Apartments puts nearly every school on this list within 20 minutes of our convenient Westside Albuquerque location. We realize as a student it can be hard sometimes to make ends meet and that's why when you sign your lease bring us a current school schedule from one of the schools listed below we'll give you a student discount off your monthly rent. Just a little extra spending money for gas and coffee.
Bus Service: Mesa Ridge Apartments is located one city block from a bus stop on the Coors Route of the busline serviced by ABQ Ride, part of the City of Albuquerque mass transit system. UNM Students: Take the Coors bus south to Central and then hop on the Route 66 busline which stops right in front of the UNM main campus at the famous Frontier Restaurant, with their delicious green chile stew and scrumptious sweet rolls. Visit ABQ Ride for schedules.
Paved Trails & Paths: According to Bicycling magazine, Albuquerque is the 20th best bike-friendly city in America. Our city boasts more than 400 miles of paved on-street bike paths and multi-purpose trails, and the Duke City track - the largest covered BMX facility in the world! Living at Mesa Ridge Apartments provides you with quick trailhead access (at Coors & Ouray) to the Paseo del Bosque Recreation trail, the longest continuous bike path in ABQ. Paseo del Bosque runs along the Rio Grande River connecting Alameda Blvd to the north with Rio Bravo Blvd to the south. Pretty cool don't you think? To download the full-color City of Albuquerque Bike/Walk/Hike Map click here.
With so many things to do around Mesa Ridge Apartments you'll have no reason not to get out and have fun!
* - Reference: New Mexico Public Education Department 2013 Report