Barelas Offers Fun for Everyone and History, Too

Barelas in Southwest Albuquerque Great for Tourists and Family Fun

The Barelas neighborhood in Southwest Albuquerque is centrally located, offers easy access to I-25, and there are so many fun things to do and see. Chances are if you have family or friends come in from out of town, you’ll spend some time in Barelas, showing them some of the treasures our city has to offer.

Fun Things to Do in Barelas

Barelas is close to all of the ABQ BioParks and adjacent to the Zoo. The mission of the city-funded BioPark complex is to “Discover Nature and Inspire Action.” The zoo has undoubtedly been doing that for nearly 100 years, with over 900 animals considered to be a part of a successful conservation plan. 

Another fun thing to do in Barelas is to visit the Wheels Museum. The Wheels Museum is a non-profit connected to the Albuquerque Rail Yard. It’s the perfect place to take student-aged children to learn about the history of transportation. And any train enthusiast will be fascinated by the restoration of the Silver Iris train car. Once the repair is complete, the museum plans to connect it with a first-class dining car and run excursions between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Best Restaurants in Barelas, Albuquerque

Red Ball Cafe is a staple of Barelas. It’s claim to fame is that it is the “Original Home of the Wimpy Burger.” What is a Wimpy Burger, you might ask? It’s basically like a slider—a small hamburger (only $1.95!) with a signature “wimpy sauce.” They even have #wimpyburgerwednesday, and a local favorite is the Wimpy Combo with two Wimpy Burgers and fries. Like any good New Mexican restaurant, they also serve enchiladas, tacos, and green chili.

Directions from Red Ball Cafe to Digital Harvest

Drive 18.8 miles, 24 min

Red Ball Cafe to 7337 Triana Pl NW

Red Ball Cafe

1303 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Get on I-25 N

3 min (1.2 mi)

Head south on 4th St SW toward Barelas Rd SW

0.2 mi

Turn left onto Avenida Cesar Chavez

0.9 mi

Turn left to merge onto I-25 N

0.2 mi

Follow I-25 N and NM-423 W to Paseo Del Norte NW

12 min (12.7 mi)

Merge onto I-25 N

7.6 mi

Take exit 232 for NM-423 toward Paseo del Norte

0.2 mi

Keep left, follow signs for New Mexico 423 W/Paseo del Norte and merge onto NM-423 W/Paseo Del Norte Blvd NE

4.9 mi

Follow Paseo Del Norte NW to Triana Pl NW

9 min (4.9 mi)

Continue straight onto Paseo Del Norte NW

4.4 mi

Turn right onto Rainbow Blvd NW

0.2 mi

Turn left onto Ventana Ranch Rd NW

0.1 mi

Turn right onto Entrada Pl NW

184 ft

Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Triana Pl NW

 Destination will be on the right

0.1 mi

7337 Triana Pl NW

Albuquerque, NM 87114

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