Albuquerque East Mountain Community Information

Education

School-aged children living in the East Mountain area are served by the school systems of Moriarty and Albuquerque. The Moriarty school system is made up of four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, while the Albuquerque school system is comprised of two elementary schools, one middle school, and one charter high school. In addition to these two public school systems, parents can also choose to send their children to a number of private or parochial schools located within the area.

For residents and high school graduates ready to make the jump into a collegiate learning environment, Albuquerque is home to many prestigious higher learning institutions, all within driving distance to the East Mountain area. In addition to being home to the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque is also home to The Art Center Design College, National American University, College of Santa Fe-Albuquerque, Central New Mexico Community College, Trinity Southwest University, University of Phoenix, among countless others.

Economy & Job Market

Residents living in the East Mountain area are lucky enough to take advantage of working in the booming economy that the city of Albuquerque affords. Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of “The Nation's Best City for Business and Careers,” in 2006, Albuquerque is home to a number of manufacturing companies including GE, General Mills, Intel, and TempurPedic, in addition to housing many financial, healthcare and insurance offices. Kirtland Air Force Base is located nearby, making it one of the area’s largest employers.

Parks & Recreation

Living in the East Mountain area means living in the midst of nature with its soft colors, desert wildlife, and terrific open views of the mountains and trees. Characterized by its landscape dotted with ponderosa, juniper and pinon trees, high desert rock, and cacti, many who come to the East Mountain area are enthralled by its landscape. The outdoors plays a pivotal role to the lifestyle that the East Mountain area provides. One of the most monumental places in the area is Cibola National Forest. Four National Grasslands are located in this forest, stretching from the northwestern portion of New Mexico and into Texas and the western part of Oklahoma.

Biodiversity exists in the Cibola National Forest, ranging from Chihuahuan desert to short grass prairie, making it home to a number of wildlife such as the pronghorn antelope and prairie dog, bear, mountain lion, and the wild turkey. In addition to observing the wildlife, visitors can go backpacking or make use of the forest’s camping grounds, mountain bike, Jeep, and motorcycle trails, and other picnic facilities. Other unique activities include panning for gold, treasure hunting, and fossil collecting. Individual recreational sites are also available for visitors. Open space plans are currently in the works for the areas as Juan Tomas, Gutierrez Canyon, Tres Pistolas, and San Antonito between the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and the United States Forest Service.

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