I am considering moving to Albuquerque or Los Alamos. How is the orienteering / trail running in these areas?
There is a lot of wonderful terrain in the Jemez mountains just west of Los Alamos, and an hour and a half north of Albuquerque, but not much activity in the orienteering club. There seem to be one or two keen orienteers in Los Alamos, and one in Albuquerque just moved from Tuscon. One event a year perhaps, though I'm hoping to encourage a touch more in my twice yearly visits to Santa Fe.
In terms of trail running, Los Alamos has an enormous amount in the Jemez mountains, and Albuquerque has Sandia crest on the edge of town. Expect snowshoeing or skiing in the winter near Los Alamos (though trail running is probably possible some places east of town in the winter some of the time), and expect high heat in the summer in Albuquerque.
Thanks Jim! Exactly the sort of details I was looking for.