The 10 Best Sports Centers in New Mexico!

Getting fit and feeling healthier can be as easy as taking a walk in the park, or playing on a team, or getting in a pool and swimming some laps. Many cities across New Mexico have all of these options available in one setting with their top-notch sports centers. Here are the 10 best in the state!  

1. New Mexico Sports & Fitness Center, Santa Fe, NM

This is a locally-owned gym with certified health and fitness instructors on-site six days-a-week, plus a variety of programs available to assist with improving overall health and well-being. There’s a gym with a wide-range of exercise equipment. Personal trainers are available to design a personalized fitness program. If you like the water, there’s an Underwater Gym with a 225-square-foot, warm water exercise pool with specially designed underwater machines such as a bike, stepper, rower and trunk station. With a commitment to all-around fitness, you’ll find a program for every level.

2. Ft. Marcy Recreation Complex, Santa Fe, NM

In downtown Santa Fe is this beautiful complex, complete with a 25-yard pool, weight room and cardio equipment. There’s also a full-court gymnasium, rac-quetball courts, outdoor walking path, putting green and stationery outdoor fitness equipment. You’ll find a range of fitness classes and multiple fields that sports leagues practice and compete on. A sliding schedule of membership fee options available.

3. City of Socorro Rodeo and Sports Complex, Socorro, NM

Situated in the warm expanse of the Rio Grande Valley, this multi-use complex attracts a diverse community. Rodeo fans come to compete and practice at the covered arena and outdoor practice area, as well as the roping and bucking chutes. Horse stalls are available for overnighters. Other amenities include a two-mile walking and running trail around the facility, four regulation sized soccer fields with one available for nighttime use, a 5K cross country track, youth center and swimming pool.

4. Farmington Recreation Center, Farmington, NM

Yes, there’s a lot of outdoor activities to do in the Four Corners area, but if getting outside doesn’t fit your schedule, the center is a great place to get some exercise. Services and programs include exercise classes, seasonal adult sports, youth programs and special activities throughout the year. There are four racquetball courts where wallyball, similar to volleyball, is also played. Practice your kayaking in the pool in the kayak water polo league.

5. City of Las Vegas Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Las Vegas, NM

The center’s mission is to enhance the “quality of life of residents in the area by providing well-rounded fitness activities for all ages and levels of athleticism.” There’s a lot to do here—a skate park, pool and weight room, senior leagues of basketball, volleyball, softball and racquetball, and youth football and basketball leagues. There’s even a senior Olympics program. Much of the facility has been remodeled and updated to meet the rising demand for services.

6. Meerscheidt Recreation Center, Las Cruces, NM

This 30,000-square-foot facility is home to a variety of recreational amenities for the whole family. The gymnasium, with its Open Gym policy, accommodates time for leagues, programs and rentals that include senior basketball and volleyball an adult basketball, volleyball and pickleball. There are racquetball courts, a multi-purpose room, weight room, cardio room and game room with billiard tables, foosball and miscellaneous board games. Fees apply to some activities.

7. Rio Rancho Sports Complex, Rio Rancho, NM

This is truly a place that has something for everyone on its enormous 78.5 acres. It has: baseball, soccer and softball fields, a skate park, tennis courts with lights, playgrounds, shady areas, walking paths, a dog-friendly park, grassy areas for picnics and enough parking for a lot of people. This complex brings the community together in the like-minded pursuit of getting outside and exercising—either competitively or just for fun.

8. Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex, Carlsbad, NM

The City built this state-of-the-art sports complex for the youth in town. It brings softball, baseball, soccer and football leagues to its fields for tournaments and recreational play. It can accommodate multiple and simultaneous events, with each area equipped with concession facilities and restrooms. Playgrounds are scattered around for youngsters not quite ready for team play. Open year-round.

9. Sports & Wellness, Albuquerque, NM

If you’re looking to commit to really take care of yourself, signing up for a mem-bership at this facility is a great first step. Choices of activities range from five racquetball courts to 15 outdoor tennis courts to a cycling studio, as well as state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, indoor and outdoor pools and a cadre of certified personal trainers standing by ready to help you meet your fitness goals. 

10. ARVC Sports Centre, Albuquerque, NM

Volleyball, that’s what happens here, competitively for youth boys and girls, as well as adults who just love volleyball. The 15,000-square-foot facility is a training facility that uses volleyball to train student-athletes in more than just how to play the sport, but also about discipline, hard work and good sportsmanship. They offer free introductory camps and a small number of boys only clinics.

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