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Kirtland AFB

Kirtland AFB is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico about 80 miles to the southeast of Sante Fe.

Base Website:http://www.kirtland.af.mil/

For base housing photos, check out, “Moving House for the Military Spouse“:



    Base Housing
    Rating


    • New Pershing Park
    • Village I
    • Village II
    • Village III
    • Village V
    • Village VI

    Rio Rancho


    Albuquerque

    Albuquerque Public Schools
    Rating


    • Manzano Mesa Elementary

    Private Schools


    • Christ Lutheran School

    Reviewer coach7172, “Women who are having babies will have 2 hospitals to choose from. There are good and bad stories from both. In regard to the medical group, dependants should probably expect to be referred off base for medical care. (sometimes they will take dependents, sometimes they dont)”

    Reviewer Kiki81, “The medical group is located just off base and right next to the VA hospital. I don’t believe they are currently accepting spouse/dependants at the base mdg PCM clinics, but they see all AD!”

    Base Medical


    Hospitals

    Ob/Gyn


    Pediatrician


    Childcare

    Reviewer coach7172, “For moms with kids who are not of school age, they have a play group on Tuesdays at the Chapel, and on Fridays at the Maxwell CDC. Both are 1030a-12p.”


    Find information about Special Needs resources.

    Pediatric OT, PT, Speech Therapy



    • Activities
    • Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Gardens

      Reviewer grkteddibear, “Not a huge aquarium, but a great place to take the kids. The aquarium is inside so weather is not an issue. When the weather is nice, it’s great to go right next door and take the kids to the botanic gardens where they can play in the grass, look at the farm animals, and watch the mini trains. They also have lots of great activities throughout the year. The aquarium, botanic gardens, and zoo all offer a year pass for a reasonable price. Really great opportunity for families.”

      Hiking

      Reviewer Kiki81, “There are tons of free hiking trails located all across the foothills of the sandias! There are parking areas located at the back of the neighborhoods that end at the foothills, just park and start your hike. Make sure not to leave valuables in your car as this is still Albuquerque and there are sprees of break ins on occasion. Other hiking areas to check out would be Jemez Mountains, Jemez hot springs, and much, much more!”

      Kasha-katuwe tent rocks

      Reviewer Kiki81, “This is a little known hike about an hour from base on an Indian reservation. It’s awesome! Easy enough for anyone to complete besides maybe children 6 and under. Really cool rock formations, canyon slots, and awesome view at the end! I think it cost $5 per car! Take water :)”

    • Cities nearby
    • Parks
    • Shopping
    • Sports
    Add things you think families should now about the area before moving here.

    Beware

    Reviewer coach7172, “*There are coyotes that roam all over the base. Do NOT let pets loose outside, especially your kitties! So many cats go missing around here, it is very sad.

    There are black widows and brown recluse spiders here. Since we live in housing, I call every 3 months and have them come spray. I have never had them actually inside, just outside our back door.”

    Reviewer Kiki81, “I haven’t seen any bugs to speak of and I bought my own house here! There are coyotes, but in general they are more scared of you! I have heard of mountain lions in the foothills and bears. Prairie dogs, rabbits, and deer are all over in the mountains and base(not deer).”

    Cars/Driving

    Reviewer coach7172, “The drivers here are the worst I have seen anywhere! Drive very carefully, and keep your eye out for the others! Watch out also for the red light runners, they are everywhere!”

    Reviewer Kiki81, “Use caution in traffic, horrible drivers everywhere….red light runners, SLOW drivers, people who brake in the middle of the road for nothing, turn left out of the right hand lane, etc.”

    General Tips

    Reviewer coach7172, “Not a very close knit community on the base.
    *There is a large retirement population in Abq. that frequent the commissary, BX and med group (med group is attached to VA hospital off base).
    *Workout facilites are older, smaller and have frequently broken, outdated equipment.
    *Large civilian population works on base, and they allow civilian govt employees to live in base housing.”

    Reviewer Kiki81, “In general, the albuquerque area has a large homeless population, hookers on Central Ave, many occurrences of drunk drivers, and a higher crime rate (burglaries,etc). But, there are tons of recreational activities to do like hiking, skiing, ballooning, etc and plenty of sunshine and good weather to do it in. Make sure to drink lots of water, and have a good supply of lotion and Chapstick.”

    Safety

    Reviewer coach7172, “Stay safe in the neighborhoods right outside of the base. They are not good areas at all.”

    Support

    377th Force Support Squadron

    Weather

    Reviewer coach7172, “Fairly hot in the summer, and dry. Winter, there is some snow (be prepared, if it snows half an inch for them to cancel school!) It is the strangest thing…must have to do with the terrible drivers! Never had more than 2-3 inches of snow at a time on base. The Sandia mountains outside base get much more. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, there is skiing on the mountain, and you can drive up the back side as well just to go play in the snow or go sledding.

    *The wind here is horrible. Winds up to 40-50 miles per hour are frequent. Lots of dust in the air when the wind is blowing like that.

    *Use a humidifier in the house (whole house humidifier works great) It gets so dry, and the static electricity is ridiculous. Base housing is especially notorius for being “shocking” especially in the winter. Anything you touch, you will shock.”


    Did you like living here?

    Reviewer ctmommy, “This base is in a great area in New Mexico. How can you not love seeing mountains all the time. I lived in Albuquerque for a total of three years and love the area, not just is the base in a great place, but the entire city is wonderful. There is alot to do year round there and Yes, you have to travel an or so to get to do some things, but worth it. It does get very dry and hot in the summer though, so be careful and make sure you drink plenty of fluids.”

    Reviewer Kiki81, “The city itself is decent if you look past all it’s problems. I had a great time here and would recommend it to anyone, it’s just what you choose to make of it!”