I’ve heard it said: “There’s no place to park in Old Town.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Speaking for one of two all-New Mexico cooperatives, and one of twenty-plus galleries in Old Town, I can tell you, “That just ain’t so.”
Except for the very rare special occasion, there’s always a place to park!
To my mind, there are two “best” lots. One is on Romero where it runs into Central. On your right is a small lot that charges a mere $3 per day. (NOTE: This does raise to $5 per day during Balloon Fiesta.)
Across Romero from it is a City lot, seldom close to full, which charges $2/hour or $8/day.
The other $3 lot is off San Felipe just as you reach La Hacienda del Rio Restaurant, just past the vendors under the portal. Turn right down a short drive and then turn either right or left. Lots of spaces, seldom full.
Parking around Tiguex Park, a block away on Mountain Road, is free.
Between the Park and Old Town proper is Albuquerque Museum, with tons of paid parking. There is also a lot on Romero just as you enter Old Town and a City lot on Mountain Road close by.
Of course, parking is free on both Romero and San Felipe streets, and around the Plaza.
But after a mere two hours you will be ticketed. Two hours in Old Town is not enough! As you can see, there are lots of low- and no-cost options.
Speaking of parking, the frozen yogurt/coffee shop, Yay Yogurt, on the ground floor of historic Romero House, is a fine place to park yourself. Get a hot or cold drink and rest on one of the comfy couches. Catch up on Facebook using the free wi-fi.
Once you’re refreshed and reconnected, come upstairs and revel in our wonderful award-winning, local art and fine crafts.
Where do you park when you come to Old Town? Can you help us add to this list?