With a sizable gay and lesbian population and a scenic setting at the base of the soaring Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque has become one of the more gay-popular destinations in the Southwest over the years. The "Duke City" draws hundreds of participants to its Albuquerque Gay Pride celebration. ABQ Gay Pride is been held at different times in recent years, and the next event will take place May 31, 2014, about a month before Santa Fe Gay Pride.
Also note that Taos Gay Pride is held in mid-August (the event takes place in Kit Carson Park), and the dates this year are August 14 to 16, 2014.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, gay-friendly hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week (including nightly parties at Effex). Check local resources, such as my Albuquerque Gay Guide, as well as with the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau's site on GLBT travel, for more ideas about planning a visit here. And visit the the helpful NM Gay Pride Guide, GoGayNewMexico.com, for more on gay-friendly businesses throughout the region.