Living in Albuquerque

New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, has much to offer people who chose to live and work here. Its many cultures, along with a civilized history that predates the thirteen colonies, make it unique.

Local Events

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held annually in October, is the world's largest gathering of hot air balloons.  It is the most photographed event in the world.

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, held annually in April, brings together the best of Native American Dancers, singers and drummers.  If you haven't seen it, don't miss it this year.

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations - Celebrations take place over several weeks in October and November. The Marigold Parade and Festival takes place in Albuquerque's South Valley on the first Sunday in November.

Perspectives From our Residents


Adam Cross, MD

Adam Cross, MD
Pediatric Resident, 2016-present

“Albuquerque is the ideal city for an avid hiker like me. My townhouse is less than a mile from one of the popular foothill trails that connect to over 150 miles of mountain trails, and I am still less than a 30-minute drive from the hospital. There is a lot of beauty in the desert landscape, and far greener than I imagined, and in the Jemez area just 90 minutes north of the city you can find red rock formations and beautiful aspen forests akin to my favorite trails in Colorado. Bandolier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, White Sands National Monument, and Carlsbad Caverns are all easily doable on the weekends as well, and I recommend doing them all!

The food here is pretty amazing, too. I love spicy foods so I am right at home with the green and red chile you will find on almost every cheeseburger and enchilada you can order. My wife is both spice and gluten intolerant (Celiac disease), and some of our favorite restaurants include Thai, Indian, Italian, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisines. No matter what your tastes, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from.

My friends and I make spending time together a priority, and there are plenty of things to do in the city. Some of my favorites are the escape rooms, Empire Board Game Library, the zoo, Dave and Busters, mini golf/putt-putt, and the local bowling allies. We also have access to the racquetball courts and the rest of the recreational center at UNM which is within walking distance of the hospital.

All in all, Albuquerque has been amazing place to live for residency- small enough to navigate, big enough to have all the attractions of a major city, and surrounded by beautiful terrain. This city has truly become a new home for me.”


Stephen Lunderman, DO
Pediatric Resident, 2012-2015
Pediatric Chief Resident, 2015-2016

As someone who was neither born nor raised in New Mexico, I can assure you that Albuquerque is an amazing place like no other. From the hot air balloons that litter the morning fall skies to the watermelon-shaded mountains in the evenings, the view from atop the Children's Hospital is nothing short of serene. This makes for a rather delightful sight during lectures, rounds, and leisure times bonding as residents. 

The culture of this city is alive, with mainstream and niche activities for individuals and families of all sizes. Not only are there beautiful botanical gardens, children's museums, and more, but there are also many community-driven activities that are a "must attend" whenever possible. These include the weekly Farmer's Market downtown, Balloon Fiesta at the start of the Fall season, and the chile roasting weeks that fill the air across the city, just to name a view.

Most importantly, and the reason I came to this program, the people that work and care for the patients here are second-to-none. Everyone here at UNM works to ensure that each child, family, and loved one are given the best medical support that they can provide. They truly exemplify what it means to be a physician. All the while, they foster the growth and learning of the residents throughout their time in residency. I am so grateful to have come to this program, as it has shaped my life in so many fantastic ways.