CORRALES, NEW MEXICO is a pastoral village on the west bank of the Rio Grande. Located at the northwest edge of Albuquerque and the southeast edge of Rio Rancho, Corrales is a hidden jewel and an inspiring refuge. Here, rural charm of old New Mexico still colors the lifestyle. Time has not erased traditional farming in the irrigated river valley and simple livestock grazing in the sandhill bluffs. Apple orchards, chile fields, horse pastures, and native sagebrush still characterize Corrales. However, with the addition of many elegant homes on large acre-size lots, the village has adopted 21st century appeal too. The incorporated village boasts about soccer fields, a skateboard park, a horse riding arena, an aquatics center, a library, and more. Its river bosque open space (part of the largest Cottonwood Tree forest on the planet) is managed and protected in association with the Nature Conservancy. Long time residents with deep roots in agriculture have been joined by professionals, artists, executives and young families. Today Corrales is great restaurants and galleries, a weekly farmer's market, a fabulous fall harvest festival, and the best Fourth-of-July parade in America. Today Corrales is southwestern style homes with great views and great neighbors, the river and the acequias flowing with water, a unique community within the urban growth of greater Albuquerque, and a separate village where Hispanic, Native American and American cultures blend magically. If your looking for real life, Corrales is the absolute best of what the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) has to offer.