I grew up in Albuquerque, NM, and it was great for biking. Generally warm, loads of sunshine, great altitude at 5200 feet above sea level, plus there are loads of long and short climbs within riding distance. I believe Astana had a training camp there recently, maybe last year or the year before, and there's another pro team that I think is/was based there in the winter months. Can't remember the name, but I'll do some research. Canadian pro MTBer Geoff Kabush based himself there in the winters the last couple of years; not sure if he is this year as well. Generally friendly folks down there as well, with good group rides. Plus rental housing is cheap cheap cheap, so is food. But it's not the boonies -- there's a Whole Foods and microbreweries and plenty of good restaurants.
Two caveats: One, the car situation can be bad. There are some places you just don't go as a rider, but 5 minutes on any group ride and you'll hear about all the good roads vs the bad roads. But that's probably no different than any decent sized American city. Two, this is supposed to be an El Nino year, which can mean wetter than average for the Rockies. That said, ABQ is typically dry, and most if not all snowstorms -- even the real dumpers -- melt out within a couple of days.
Reply here or PM me if you're interested; I can introduce you to a few folks I still know down there.