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HighCountry Summer 2009

VISITOR GUIDE TO THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES

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Mile Marker 1 on the Ski Valley Road, Taos, NM 575.776.8787 | oldblinkinglight.com BEST LOCAL SINGER/SONGWRITER – 1st Place JIMMY STADLER BEST ROCK GROUP/PERFORMER – 1st Place JIMMY STADLER BEST LOCAL COUNTRY BAND/PERFORMER – 1st Place MICHAEL HEARNE & SXSW Thank you, friends!

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Our newly expanded Wineshop is the largest wine shop in Taos. Come see our new Cowboy Lounge

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Birding paradise

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Golf the southern Rockies

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Route 66 to Taos

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Publisher/Editor Art Direction

Joe Haukebo Barbara Davis

Contributing Writers Jill Lane, Ricardo Ballestré, Marianne L. Pratt Contributing Photographers Geraint Smith, Joe Zinn, Jack Affleck, Woody Galloway, Chris Dahl-Bredine, Tom Perry, Van Beacham

HighCountry and SkiCountry Visitor Guides are published by Hawk Publications. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the Publisher. Requests for permission should be directed to: Hawk Publications, PO Box 182, Angel Fire, NM 87710. Advertising Sales: 575 613 0555 | 575 758 4047 highcountrymag.net | digerati@newmex.com

Cover photo ©2009 Joe Zinn Migrating cranes, north of Tres Piedras, NM Contents photo ©2009 Geraint Smith Back roads near Abiquiu, NM 7


Welcome to the southern Rockies

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t was piercing, even in memory; the bone-chilling, bloodcurdling scream is hard to forget. But that’s what sticks out in my mind from a trek years back, spring skiing above Horseshoe Lake. We left the trailhead in the upper Red River Canyon just before daybreak, slipping on our backpacks with cross country skis bungeed to the sides, heading up the East Fork Trail. We set out at a brisk pace to counter the brisk air. A childhood friend, Itchy Butt, another Norwegian, flew up from the Texas flatlands bent on cooling off skiing in the Wheeler Wilderness Area. It was May 17 – Syttende Mai, Norweigian Independence Day – parades aren’t plentiful that holiday in New Mexico; most folks haven’t even heard of it, including Norwegians. Itchy Butt wore a Viking helmet with horns in honor of the day. The trail lightened as the morning wamed up. We figured four to five hours to the snowfields above the lake, time enough to hit the slopes before they heated up enough to slough. Old snowdrifts like sleeping bums lined the trail. The creeks barrelled full-bore down rock ravines. We plodded on. Finally, late morning, we reached Horseshoe Lake. Light lit the peaks of Wheeler, Walter, Taos Cone and Red Dome lining the ridge. Whistle pigs bolted for cover under boulders. Dumping our gear, we stepped into three-pins and scaled the edge of the snowpack, climbing, legs and lungs pumping, skins on the bottom of the skinny skis. A beautiful morning to carve slow winding turns on spring corn snow. After a few ascents, we stopped to snack on goat cheese and crackers. And then it happened: I’d been waiting for it. Itchy Butt got one of his trademark bonehead ideas – build a jump on the shore and launch out over the lake. I’d seen it a million times before. It was like a disease, where bad ideas bubbled to the surface of his brain. His mind was always crowded with lame ideas – some kind of genetic disorder. And he could be very convincing. I’d get duped into agreeing to the brilliance of his scheme. And always, later, the brilliance would dim, letting the idiocy of the idea shine instead. Live a little, he’d say. And who can argue with that, even if you’d heard it all before. So we built the jump at the lake’s edge, a gentle ramp with a kicker at the lip. We need serious air, he said. I didn’t have the courage, the blind determination he had. I never did. So he volunteered to go first while I clicked the photo. He stripped down to hot chiles and T-shirt, climbed to a takeoff spot, and cinched tight the Viking helmet. Pivoting 8

to point downhill, he signaled “thumbs up” – the kiss of death when you’re about to do something spectacularly dumb. He tucked on his descent, no hesitation at all, floating on straight adrenaline. His ponytail flopped on his back beneath the horned helmet. When he hit the jump, it was more of a kicker than we thought, and it kicked him out high over the lake. Graceful at first, he looked like an Olympian, leaning out over his tips, hands and poles at his side. But that’s when the scream came, echoing across the water. Everything went haywire; maybe he hit an updraft or maybe mid-air the lunacy of the idea hit him and turned to terror. He started twisting into a broken-winged spread eagle that turned into a full belly flop as he hit the surface. That there is no photo is totally my fault – I was laughing too hard to click the shutter, something it took a long time for him to forgive. If you’re going to be caught doing something really stupid, it should at least be caught on film. When he first hit the water, he later told me, everything went numb, from his toenails to his ponytail. He couldn’t move a muscle, couldn’t swim with skis and poles, so he sank. It was too cold even to cuss. When he hit the bottom, he knew he was a goner, thought he was freezing to death but then he started to move. All he could do was start to step, ski after ski, a slow trudge up the slope of the lake bottom, step after agonizing step – the classic cross-country style, only under water. Not seeing any movement on the water, only bubbles, I stripped to my shorts, ready to dive in. But then two horns broke the surface like dorsal fins swimming. And slowly he emerged, death on his face, hands poling, skis stepping until he flopped onto the bank like a fish on a beach. He peeled off his clothes and skis and boots fast as he could, looking like he was trying to filet himself. I rubbed his back to melt the ice in his veins, hoping the high altitude sun would bake his frozen skin. It must have been quite the sight for the family of hikers that had just showed up at the other end of the lake; they turned and headed straight back down the mountain. Vacations here don’t always have to breed stories of heroics, no matter how dumb, but it certainly gives you grist for tales to one day tell the grandkids. Welcome to the southern Rockies – a heck of a place for any adventure. — Joe Haukebo, Publisher

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TSV… cool trees, alpine breeze The Kandahar Condominiums Beat the heat at the Kandahar Condominiums this summer in Taos Ski Valley. Enjoy dramatically reduced rates and sunshine coupled with cool mountain breezes. Fully equipped two bedroom, two bath condominiums provide families with the quiet comfort of home after a day in the wilderness. Amenities include high speed wireless internet, cable TV, wood burning fireplaces, hot tub, steam room, exercise room and outdoor gas grills. Maximum occupancy 6 adults—summer rentals $150/night + tax

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Alpine Village Suites Taos Ski Valley’s most charming accommodations. Enjoy your summer vacation nestled among cool aspen and fir trees and a mountain stream. Our ideally located and luxuriously appointed accommodations are outfitted with kitchenettes, fireplaces, down comforters, private balconies, wireless internet, hot tub, sauna and massage, daily housekeeping, business center, and a conference room. Excellent customer service and guest satisfaction. We’re a pet-friendly and non-smoking environment!

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Rio Hondo Condominiums Come stay with us at Rio Hondo Condos located on the Hondo River! Two-, threeand four-bedroom Condos, 2 bath, with fully equipped kitchens, outside deck, dining rooms and living rooms with fireplace. Amenities include Dish TV, wireless internet, largest hot tub on the mountain along with a dry sauna to soak and steam after a long day of hiking or shopping. Convenient slope-side location for winter accommodations! Special rates for the Summer/Fall season.10% discount on stays 5 nights or more. We’d love to have your company! See our reservation request page online.

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Sierra Del Sol Condominiums Best location in Taos Ski Valley! Slopeside...Streamside... Village Center... The Sierra del Sol welcomes international travelers. Each unit individually decorated. Perfect for every season! Studio, one- and two-bedroom condominiums with fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, full bath, telephone, TV/ VCR and balcony with stream and mountain views. Two hot tubs and saunas. Close to restaurants, shops, entertainment. Two-minute walk to the lift. Perfect base for summer hiking and fall colors. Open all year.

800 523 3954 505 776 2981 sol@newmex.com

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our towns There’s something about the meandering road wending its way through the vast landscape of northern New Mexico and the cerulean skies dotted with white fluffy clouds, tempered by the warming of the sun. There’s something about the low-slung adobe structures nestled into the canyons, the mesas, the valleys and mountains blending together in harmonious union. There’s something about the light here – even the starlight draws you in. There’s something that lures you to her soul. The towns and villages of northern New Mexico country mimic the old, the new, the quaint, the historic, the religious, the adventurous, just as the landscape does. The sites, sounds, and smells of this multi-cultural tapestry of peoples, places and history fill the air with the essence of the place. Just like the tapestry of this landscape…Our Towns…large and small all hold a special place in the hearts of visitors and inhabitants alike. The stories and histories of the place run deep in daily life, pulling bits and pieces of the various cultures that shaped this land, creating a magical, enchanting place. The scenic byways lure one and all to explore, discover and fall in love with this country. This year, there is no better place to explore than northern New Mexico. So, let’s hit the road. La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francis de Assis launches this year the 400th anniversary of its foundation. Santa Fe – the City Different – celebrates its place as the oldest capital in the United States. The 400-year-old Plaza, the Palace of the Governors, (the nation’s oldest continuously occupied government building) and the oldest house and church in the U.S. still stand and welcome visitors. Santa Fe’s history, art and culture dominate even today as one of the most famous and respected art centers in the country. This 400th celebration beginning in September 2009 will embrace the world with 15 months of events, activities and celebrations showcasing the town’s heritage. And while Conde Nast Magazine already ranks Santa Fe the fourth best travel destination in the U.S., the 400th celebration will bring even more excitement. These anniversary specials will partner with Santa Fe’s traditional events all adding a 400th anniversary touch – Santa Fe Opera, Indian Market, Spanish Market, International Folk Art Market, the Santa Fe Film Festival and ArtFeast…just a few to pique your curiosity. Just up the road…the High Road to Taos…is another wonderful and unique destination…Taos. One of New Mexico’s most beloved towns, from art to adventure; from skiing the world-famous Taos Ski Valley to exploring the highcountrymag.net

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most photographed Pueblo village, Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; from gallery and museum hopping to rafting the Rio Grande Gorge, Taos is a worthy destination for visitors from near and far. And not to be outdone by Santa Fe’s historic happenings, Taos offers up a whole other experience. Harkening back to the more recent film screen history, Taos is sure to charm you with its “Summer of Love,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie Easy Rider. Taos will be offering a flashback to the 60s, to the era of motorcycles, peace and love. A full slate of activities including Dennis Hopper, (director and co-star of the film and oft-resident of Taos) will all be a part of the Taos scene this summer. And if the open road calls out to you, our numerous scenic routes meandering throughout the region are sure to take you on breathtaking discoveries. From Taos, you can set your GPS on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, taking you around the highest point in the state, Wheeler Peak. This 85-mile scenic circle connects Taos to Questa to the mountain resort villages of Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire leading back around to Taos. Here family activities abound from the fun of the Old West in Red River, to hiking, biking, golfing and outdoors activities of Angel Fire. Snug in the bosom of Carson National Forest, outdoorsy folks thrive here. On the man-made side of splendor, there is Angel Fire’s popular PGA-rated golf course, and each summer, soundscapes are melodically paved when Music from Angel Fire features intimate chamber music concerts. Summertime, and the livin’s easy…particularly in the quaint village of Eagle Nest, where the 2,200 acre Eagle Nest Lake hooks-and-baits the fishing crowd. Consider the lake a sun-dappled vault stocked with Kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, and cutthroats. The scenic beauty of this “enchanting” circle offers up dramatic mountain vistas, stately pine forests and an outdoors unparralleled anywhere! Loads of festivals and fun await for all ages in this charming arena of outdoor splendor. Outside the Enchanted Circle, some towns worth checking out: Cimarron teems with historic frontier pride and vigorous “natural” options. Hike the Cimarron Canyon, cool off in the Cimarron River, or enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Valle Vidal. When it comes to ghostly western lore, the St. James Hotel is notoriously unrivaled—Buffalo Bill, Blackjack Ketchum, and Clay Allison were a few of its famous gunslingin’ residents, and the bullet holes in the walls are reminders of Cimarron’s “wild and unruly” past. Clayton promises a “bit of the old west” with its history as a ranching-and-trade town connected to the Santa Fe Trail, and the renovated Eklund Hotel Dining Room and Saloon, originally HighCountry 2009


opened in 1892. Las Vegas is a treasure trove of architectural gems, with almost 1,000 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Storrie Lake is a haven for waterplay, and the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge gives visitors a chance to chill with birds of different feathers. From Taos, a panoramic drive on Highway 64 will take you over the Rio Grande Gorge, past a sustainable-living community with earthship homes rising from the ground, creating a moonscape setting as if dropped down into this high mesa desert. Crossing the intersection at Tres Piedras (“three rocks” in Spanish) – its name derived from this landmark – you will be witness to a dramatic change of landscape. Tall pine and aspen forests erupt before you and lead you through spectacular scenery. A Kodak spot awaits at several roadside pull-outs offering the photographer stunning shots of Brazos Cliffs, New Mexico’s version of the Prudential rock. Highway 64 continues north taking you through the New Mexico Spanish Land Grant town of Tierra Amarilla on to Los Ojos, home of the world-famous fiber arts school and workshop, Tierra Wools. Continuing north, the mournful sound of a train whistle and the billowy gray smoke rising from the engine’s smokestacks sing out. The boardwalked, historic Depot welcomes train enthusiasts to experience the Grande Dame of the Iron Horse – the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This antique narrow-gauge steam train chugs, clacks and climbs over the high mountain rails on its 64-mile trek from Chama to Antonito, CO. The village of Chama looks much the same today as it did in the 1880s, and a walk down Terrace Avenue and throughout the railroad Depot yard bring history to life. Highway 64 continues on into Indian country leading you into the heart of the Jicarilla (little basketweaver) Apache Indian Reservation and along the Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway. Their annual Little Beaver Pow-Wow in July is a Native American celebration complete with Pro-Indian rodeo, pow-wow, parade and Indian food. Hispanic culture is ever present in northern New Mexico, with missions, churches and landmarks dotting the scenery highcountrymag.net

in almost every town, village and plaza. El Santuario de Chimayo dates back to the early 1800s and is known locally as “Little Lourdes” with its purported healing dirt within the chapel. San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos built between 1710 and 1801 is one of the most photographed churches in the Southwest. Back to Santa Fe, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi located just off the Plaza is a dominant presence in the town, and was a model for Willa Cather’s book, Death Comes for the Archbishop. Also in Santa Fe, San Miguel Mission on Old Santa Fe Trail stakes its claim as the oldest church in the USA. This is authentic Native America. There are Eight Northern Pueblo reservations in the region along with the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Each Native American tribe offers a different cultural experience with its own arts and crafts. The region truly is a mecca of our land’s original peoples. But be pre-warned! This land is insatiable in its beauty, history, and culture. Stark, majestic, simple, vast, ethereal – it touches the heartstrings of all who connect to this land. And once you open your heart to our towns, you may never be the same again.

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Lodging

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Taos Bed & Breakfast The Historic Taos Inn

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One of America’s Great Inns Experience Southwestern charm and history at The Historic Taos Inn located in the heart of Taos’ historic district. Acclaimed by National Geographic Traveler as “One of America’s Great Inns,” and listed on the National and New Mexico Registers of Historic Places. Choose from 44 unique rooms and suites, most with Pueblo-style fireplaces. Award-winning Doc Martin’s Restaurant (“a legendary restaurant...” – Bon Appetit), and The Adobe Bar (“The social center of Taos...” – Travel and Leisure) on the premises.

B&Bs in the Taos area, ranging from elegant to rustic, all with authentic Taos charm and amenities

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Best Western Kachina Lodge and Meetings Center Located three blocks from historic Taos Plaza, shops, galleries and museums. Our full-service hotel has it all! Big breakfast discount; complimentary beer or wine with evening meal; pool tables, video games, coffee shop, Southwestern dining, lounge, outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, free high-speed internet, nightly Indian dances MayOctober. We are the closest hotel to Taos Casino & Taos Pueblo. Affordable prices that can accommodate any budget. Please call now! You’ll like our friendly services staff.

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Festival favorites Angel Fire Summerfest and Balloon Rally June 26 - 29, 2009 Spend some time in the cool mountain air at the Angel Fire SummerFest and Balloon Rally. Three early morning balloon ascensions and a balloon glow Saturday evening; live music, big kids area and a variety of local and regional food, beverage, crafts and other vendors Saturday and Sunday. Special live comedy and dance event Friday evening. Call 866.668.7787 or 575.377.6555 or visit www.angelfirefun.com for details.

7th Annual Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival September 10-12, 2009 World-class bands, world-class dancing and world-class songwriters come together, rain or shine, in a three-day Americana music extravaganza under the sun and stars in Taos, NM, at The Old Blinking Light Restaurant and KTAOS Solar Center. Big names like Gary P. Nunn, Eliza Gilkyson, Trout Fishing in America, Susan Gibson, and many more fill the schedule with first rate music all weekend. A listening room experience in a festival setting concludes with the Big Barn Dance; this popular festival is not to be missed. Tickets for single days or a 3-day pass are on sale online: www.bigbarndance.com, www.michaelhearne.com and www.tix.com,

2009 Taos Fall Arts Festival September 25 - October 12 The 2009 Taos Fall Arts Festival celebrates 35 years of exhibiting the fine art of Taos County artists. It consists of three beautiful art exhibits: Taos Living Masters Invitational, Taos Invites Taos, and Taos Open. Taos Living Masters is comprised of artists who have lived in Taos County for at least 15 years, with a national and/or international reputation. Taos Invites Taos consists of prestigious artists who have lived in Taos County for at least five years and show in a local gallery or studio. Taos Open consists of 200 artists who have lived in Taos County for at least one year. All work is for sale. Each year, a renowned artist is selected to create the original image for the Fall Arts Poster. Opening Night is Friday, September 25 at 5 - 8 pm at the Taos Civic Center and then daily 10-5.

or call 575.776.8787 ext. 2, or email sarah.hearne@hotmail.com.

Fiestas de Taos July 24, 25, 26, 2009 The annual Fiestas de Taos has been voted by the citizens of Taos County as the best event of the year. The weekend fills Taos Plaza with Spanish Folk music, northern New Mexican cuisine and native dance. Four centuries of Taos culture are celebrated with highspirited fervor. Be sure to catch the famous Historical Parade on Sunday afternoon – where mounted conquistadores mingle with tribal dancers, French fur trappers and eye-popping floats. For more information contact the Taos Fiesta Council by email at fiestas@ newmex.com or visit us online at www.fiestasdetaos.com.

2008 Taos Fall Arts Poster Artist Don Ward – Towards Tres Orejas

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Taos School of Music 47th Summer Chamber Music Festival June 21 - August 9, 2009

The summer of 2009 will mark the 26th season of exquisite, worldclass chamber music in northern New Mexico. International artists including Ida and Ani Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, and The Miami String Quartet will perform an impressive array of works from the great classical, romantic, baroque and contemporary masters. This season will honor the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth and Haydn’s death. The Festival will present 15 concerts in the beautiful mountain communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate chamber music at its finest. Tickets range from $20 - $35. Call 888.377.3300 or visit www.musicfromangelfire.org.

Borromeo, Brentano and Shanghai String Quartets, with pianist Robert McDonald and guest artists Michael Tree and Thomas Sauer. Live performances are given by the Faculty at the Taos Community Auditorium (7:30 pm) plus four performances by the Young Artists of the Taos School of Music. Tickets are $20 for Faculty Concerts and $5 for Young Artist performances. The Hotel St. Bernard, Taos Ski Valley, will feature three free seminars by the Faculty and four free performances by the Young Artists, starting at 8 pm. Tickets are available at the box office the night of the performance and at FX-18 in Taos. Call 575.776.2388 or visit us online at: www.TaosSchoolofMusic.com

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Who among us as earthbound animals hasn’t dreamed of sprouting wings and launching into the sky, free to soar over the planet? Lofty dreams few of us ever get to live. For Chris Dahl-Bredine, that pilot spirit started as a young boy in Silver City, NM, where he dreamed night and day of flying. “I have always been drawn to the sky, seeing the world as the birds see it… I’d dream of flying over beautiful landscapes, mountains and oceans. In those dreams there was an unbelievable feeling of freedom, free from the ties of gravity, and I could soar in any direction with the wind at my fingertips.” He takes to heart the words of Amelia Earhart, fueling his passion for becoming a pilot: “The lure of flying is the lure of beauty.” Years later, after watching the film Fly Away Home, where a young girl learns to fly an ultralight in order to teach her orphaned pet geese how to migrate south, those dreams became firmly planted in his soul. And so, seven years ago it began. Chris found a school in Arizona where he could spread his wings, leaning how to fly ultralight trikes. At times he felt disheartened, feeling airsickness, and fearing he wasn’t cut out for it. “Those first days, in bumpy air conditions, I contemplated giving it up. But then, flying one day at sunset when the air was smooth as glass, it hit me. It took that flight, that moment of magic, to know I could do it. And I was hooked.” Continued on page 19


From the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge to the high mountain peaks, northern New Mexico offers incredible outdoor adventures. Soar above the Gorge in a hot-air balloon, or brave the whiteknuckle world-class whitewater of the Taos Box. Take a mellow float in the serene wilderness of the gorgeous Chama canyon. Fish the plentiful waters, ride fantastic mountain biking trails, hunt big game or ride horses into the hidden reaches of the mountains. These guides are all regulated by federal agencies, to assure quality and to protect our pristine, beautiful wilderness. PHOTO COURTESY PUEBLO BALLOONS

Guides and outfitters • BIG RIVER RAFT TRIPS Full and half day rafting on the Rio Grande. 800-7483746 bigriverrafts.com • COTTAM’S RIO GRANDE RIVER TRIPS Specializing in the Rio Grande race course, half- and full-day tours, funyaks. 800-322-8267. cottamsoutdoor.com • DOS AMIGOS ANGLERS Guided trips on area lakes, guided fly and spin fishing on area streams, fly tying and casting classes; private or small groups. 575-377-6226 dosamigosanglers.com • WILD RIVER

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TOURS OF NEW MEXICO Adventure hiking, driving tours to churches,

pueblos, gold mines, and wineries. 575-586-1189. ournewmexico.net • FAR FLUNG ADVENTURES Whitewater river rafting in New Mexico. Combination

trips. 800-359-2627 farflung.com • LOS RIOS RIVER RUNNERS River rafting on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. Funyak and overnight adventures. losriosriverrunners.com 800-544-1181 • KNOWN WORLD GUIDE SERVICE White water river trips on the Rio Grande and Chama, mountain biking, and kayaking. 800-983-7756 knownworldguides.com • ESKES AIRVENTURES PHOTO COURTESY VAN BEACHAM

PARADISE BALLOONS Introductory & instructional flights, weddings in the

Rio Grande Gorge. 575-751-6098 taosballooning.com • PUEBLO BALLOON COMPANY Fly the Rio Grande Gorge with the Premier Balloon Company in

New Mexico. 575-751-9877 puebloballoon.com • STREIT FLY FISHING & TAOS FLY SHOP Full and half day trips with the noted author and his team in north-

ern New Mexico & Colorado. Argentina in winter. 575-751-1312 streitflyfishing.com • THE SOLITARY ANGLER Year-round guided flyfishing trips on private and public waters in northern NM, southern CO and WY. Full service fly shop in Taos. 575-758-5653 thesolitaryangler.com PHOTO COURTESY LOS RIOS RIVER RUNNERS

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Chris saved to buy his first trike – a three-wheeled aluminum and alloy motorized craft with high-tech fabric wings and a total weight of 400 pounds. He found hangar space with the friendly folks of Ross Aviation at the Angel Fire Airport, an airstrip with an elevation of about 8,500 feet above sea level, and started to get the hang of high altitude flying. As he began learning about mountain flying with updrafts and downdrafts, wind shears, thermals, and thunderstorms, Chris said, “Sometimes it got a little scary. I’d get tossed around and feel like I might drop out of the sky.” While the craft is capable of flying at these altitudes here in the southern Rockies, it is crucial that pilots have a bailout plan, always on the lookout for emergency places to glide to in the event of an engine failure. One morning, flying at dawn, the airstrip became socked in by fog. As he was running low on fuel, he spotted a cow pasture east of the airfield which was above the fog and landed. The cow herd came running over to check him out while he waited for the fog to lift so he could head back to the airport. Chris eventually went to France to learn the art of skiflying, taking off and landing on snow in the mountains with three snowboards mounted on the trike. Now, the wintertime is one of his favorite times to fly, when there’s a window of calm air between storms. He usually flies at dawn or dusk when the air is smooth and the light is best for photographing the spectacular landscapes and skies of northern New Mexico. Prior to flying, Chris had dabbled in photography for years. But when he started flying, his photography really began to take off. He started with 35mm film and then upgraded to two and a quarter medium format film in order to better capture the detail of the southwestern landscapes. His camera is worn around his neck and has a gyro-stabilizer attached to it which keeps the camera from shaking and allows for better low-light photography. He’s flown and shot all over the region – the Sangre de Cristos, Wheeler Peak, Moreno Valley, Eagle Nest Lake, Rio Grande valley, Valle Vidal, Sand Dunes, Silver City, Chaco Canyon, Sedona and even Hawaii. One day he hopes to get to know the rest of the Americas from the air, from Alaska to South America. His trike can fly four to five hours on a tank of gas at about 60 mph. His family and friends at first worried about the inherent dangers of the sport, but after taking flights with him and experiencing it first hand, they’ve learned to share his enthusiasm for flying and his love for experiencing the earth from above. To explore the rugged beauty of the southern Rockies through his images, visit Jack Leustig Imaging in Arroyo Seco, Chimayo Trading in Ranchos de Taos, or on the web at shotfromabove.com. highcountrymag.net

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Birding paradise

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slight early morning mist rises from Monte Verde Lake in Angel Fire. The hatch is on, and dozens of swallows take advantage, dipping and swooping over the lake’s calm surface in a beautifully spontaneous ballet. A group of great blue herons stand motionless at the water’s edge, while a pair of stylish black-necked stilts step delicately along the verge, their long red-orange legs bright against the grassy lakeshore. A solitary kingfisher perches on a snag, perhaps studying the underwater activity. Mallards are feasting, too, their pointed derrieres aiming at the sky. A file of goslings confidently follow their mother into the water, beginning their new lives as part of the lake’s wild neighborhood. Across the lake a lone fisherman casts his line, hoping he, too, will have a good morning’s fishing. It’s a scene repeated all across northern New Mexico, a bird-watcher’s paradise that is both wellknown and undiscovered. Western Tanager Serious birders, armed with considerable knowledge, local bird checklists and excellent binoculars flock to the area to see the hundreds of varieties of birds found in this part of the state. But birds are readily accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Take a walk through the woods, around a lake or alongside a marsh. Or just sit on a bench – or even in your car – and observe the comings and goings of our northern New Mexico birds, from the tiny Bewick’s wren to the stately and revered bald eagle. Even the sightimpaired can enjoy and catalog each species’ unique calls and songs. No wonder birding is America’s second most popular pastime (gardening being number one). As the seasons change, so do the birds, but here in High Country there is always a good show. One example of an especially good viewing area is in my own backyard: Taos Canyon. The road between Taos and Angel Fire winds for 25 miles or so through the canyon, following the Rio Fernando de Taos. This is part of the North Central New Mexico Birdhighcountrymag.net

ing Trail. Birds are abundant, but note that some of this area is part of the Kit Carson National Forest, whereas some land is private, which means you’ll need to do your viewing from the road or inside your car. There are many areas along the road where you can pull off and walk along the river. There are also several campgrounds in the canyon, with side trails leading from them. With elevation ranging from 7000 feet at the Taos end of the canyon to 9200 feet at Palo Flechado Pass leading to the Moreno Valley, the canyon offers a tremendous variety of habitat from conifer forest to open areas, meadows and marshes. There are numerous special places to look for birds in north central and northeastern New Mexico. The entire North Central New Mexico Birding Trail provides excellent opportunities for bird watching. You’ll especially want to take in the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. Other areas include Carson National Forest, Valle Vidal, Taos Ski Basin, Orilla Verde, Baca Park, NM 518 marshes, and Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge which boasts no less than 344 documented bird species. In some respects, bird watching is really the icing on the cake. New Mexico’s High Country encompasses some of our state’s most interesting geography and lush greenery, often a surprise to first-time visitors who ©2009 JOE ZINN expect to see only dry desert. Pristine surroundings, clear air, and infinitely starry skies. (Don’t forget some birds are nocturnal!) Whether you’re an experienced birder or just out to enjoy nature, you’ll be continually delighted with the variety and beauty of birds that reside in and visit New Mexico’s High Country. Want to know more? Here are some good links: www.audubon.org/chapter/nm (Central NM Audubon Society; birding trail maps and touring details, native species lists); www.npwrc.usgs.gov (Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center); www.nmbirds.com (New Mexico Ornithological Society); www.wildlife.state.nm.us (New Mexico Department of Game and Fish); www.newmexicobirds.wikispaces.com. ____________________________________________________ Marianne L. Pratt, CAE, is the chief executive officer of the Angel Fire Area Economic Development Group and a lifelong bird fan. She is by no means an expert, but she’s never far from her Peterson Field Guide on Western Birds. She takes time every day to admire and enjoy the multiplicity of birds around her. 21


On the green

… mountains & mesas

Angel Fire Country Club – Angel Fire, NM Take your game to a higher level – like 8,700 feet – at Angel Fire Resort Golf Course and Country Club. Situated within the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico, our 18-hole championship course offers challenging golf and spectacular views at every turn. Recognized as one of the top high-elevation courses by Golf America, Angel Fire Resort boasts over 6,600 yards of unforgettable high-altitude golf. Affordable spring & summer golf and lodging packages are available, starting at $89. Fees: $59-$89, including cart. Golf & Lodging Package Information: 800.633.7463 / 575.377.3055 www.angelfireresort.com

Black Mesa Golf Club – La Mesilla, NM Located north of Santa Fe and southwest of Taos is New Mexico’s newest course, a Native American-owned golf club with a charming tin-roofed, territorial-style clubhouse. Approaching the front desk you are greeted by a small sign: BIG COURSE—BIG MEDICINE. At the 385-yard par-four opener, just past the rusty windmill spinning away in the Jemez Range breeze, you’re asked to launch a blind tee shot some 220 yards over a cactus-studded ridge between a pond and arroyo. The course is definitely challenging and worth a short dogleg off the beaten path. 505.747.8946 www.blackmesagolfclub.com

Pendaries – Rociada, NM Located 23 miles northwest of Las Vegas, this remarkable club is open April 15 to Oct. 15, with tee times taken up to 12 months in advance. Said to be New Mexico’s best kept secret, the course is located in the mountains overlooking the Rociada Valley. The golf course, lodge & restaurant make a perfect getaway for golfing couples & business seminars or retreats. Tall pines & cool evenings create an atmosphere of relaxation & comfort. Golf & housing packages are available and houses or lodge rooms are for rent. It is well worth the trip to the perfect weekend escape. Fees: Mon-Thurs $45, Fri-Sun $55, Carts: $15 per person. Twilight specials after 2 pm: $40 includes cart - Mon-Thurs; Fri-SatSun, after 2 pm, $50 includes cart. 1.800.733.5267. Golf shop 505.425.9890 www.pendaries.net

Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe – Santa Fe, NM Come out and play a round and see why Marty Sanchez Links is ... Santa Fe’s Golf Course of Choice. Links de Santa Fe is highly acclaimed as one of the best municipal courses in the Southwest offering great rates, uncompromised golf services and amenities, and an award-winning professional staff. The moment you approach the first tee, you’ll marvel at the incomparable 360º views of three mountain ranges. The stunning panorama remains constant through the 18 championship holes and the 9-hole executive course. Marty Sanchez Links offers a driving range, the Back 9 Grill, rentals and a Pro Shop. Call or visit us online for specials and events. 505.955.4400 or Toll Free 888.735.4657 www.linksdesantafe.com

Towa Golf Resort – Santa Fe, NM Towa Golf Club is part of the incredible Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, which is located only 15 short minutes north of the renowned Santa Fe Plaza. Towa is a magnificient collection of nines designed by Hale Irwin and Bill Phillips and 2009 heralds the opening of Irwin’s “Valley Nine.” With a full array of amenities including a driving range, putting greens, full service club house with food and beverage service, pro-shop, professional staff and grounds that include all the amenities of Buffalo Thunder, Towa is a golfer’s paradise. Please call for tee times and current rates. 505.455.9000 or toll-free 877.465.3489 www.towagolf.com 22

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A good café is a true sanctuary. Where else can you get caffeinated, log on, do business, and hang out with friends? Visit these popular haunts, each one dedicated to all things coffee.

Taos Country Club, Taos, NM Play one of the top rated golf courses in New Mexico in a spectacular setting between the Rocky Mountains and the Sangre de Cristos. Measuring 7,302 yards from the back tees, this Jep Wille links-style design is open to the public and has gently rolling terrain with four sets of tees to make the course enjoyable to all. There is a great restaurant to compliment the great golf and a gorgeous patio to sit and enjoy a meal and cocktail after play or hold a special event for your family or company. Monday-Thursday: $59, Twilight/9 holes: $35. Friday-Sunday: $69, Twilight/9 holes: $40. 575.758.7300 taoscountryclub.com

Jake’s Java – In the Northside Health & Fitness Center. A

great little cyber café… right at the gym, and open to all! Taos Roasters brews, espressos, lattés. Teas, smoothies. Spa goodies, powerbars, burritos, baked items. Free wi-fi! 575.751.1242

Coffee Cats – Organic shade-grown coffees, teas,

delicious snacks. Sit by the fountain under the trees & enjoy your coffee while listening to local musicians. Biodegradable cups & utensils! 124F Bent St. in the John Dunn Shops. 575.758.0606

Elevation Coffee – Exceptional espresso, exquisite

gelato, organic fair-trade coffees and teas. Burritos, sandwiches, and other light fare. Free wi-fi. Enjoy great service in a relaxing atmosphere, indoors or out. Open every day! 1.8 miles north of Taos Plaza on the main highway. 575.779.6078

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Coffee, tea, smoothies, food and yummy desserts. Full cyber/internet services – desktops for rent, print, fax, scan. Beautiful Zen garden. 705 Felicidad behind Albertson’s in Taos. Open daily 7 am - 6 pm. 575.737.9348

Los Alamos County Golf Course Nestled atop the beautiful mesas below the Jemez Mountains, Los Alamos Golf Course offers a challenging 6500 yard par 72, 18 hole layout, a challenge to all levels of golfers. This beautifully maintained golf course, built in 1947 by the Atomic Energy Commission, is the second oldest 18 hole golf course in New Mexico. Owned and operated by the County of Los Alamos, the community is proud of its unique municipal course with such tremendous golfing value. Panoramic vistas and clear, fresh mountain air at an elevation of 7300 feet provide a beautiful setting to beat the summer heat and enjoy an unforgettable golfing experience. Call for rates and tee times. 505.662.8139 losalamosnm.us

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oads sometimes lead where you least expect them eventually became the short stories and poetry that depicted to. Even if on a map, a road offers unknown destinathe multi-cultural layers of his native Southwest. tions beyond its direction, and eventual turning point. After years of being published in local venues, Chavez Such was the journey of Ronald Chavez, a life of intersecting soon gained a reputation as a writer from the earth. Rooted in events that led to an evolving and eminent career as one of an ancient Hispanic farming family, he wrote with the perspecTaos’s premier contemporary poets. tive of a man both hibernating and flowering. His evocative Born and raised in Puerto de Luna, a small village off short stories of the labored and dispossessed resonate across the Mother Road, Route 66, east of Albuquerque, Chavez was cultural lines and speak to a primal yearning in us all. surrounded by 200-year-old adobes, the Blue Hole, a hundred Poetry oozes from him like molasses from a harboring foot deep pool off the Pecos River, and the White Cross, an tree, gradually becoming a reservoir of social justice and enduring spiritual symbol of antiquity, commemorating the the questing for the erotic sweetness of the human relatime when the Spaniard, Coronado, tionship. There is a certain reverie, first arrived. what some might call idealism, in atural debe ser The oldest of ten children, Chavez’s verse. But talk with him Listo para ser alma dulce Chavez started his outward bound for a few minutes and you soon Listo para ser humanaterio y atento discover that the passion has been as a shoeshine boy at a restaurant in nearby Santa Rosa, New Mexico. savored, the bittersweet digested, Fundado When he grew up, he came to own rather than displaced for a “grass is Solamente en aquel that restaurant, the Club Café, which greener” pursuit. Mistico mundo ingravido served cherished Southwestern reciBilingual, Chavez writes in EngDonde lo mas grande posible pes. He was the owner and cook at lish and Spanish, and the melodic the Club Café for twenty years and tempo of his words translates well Se decubri en abundar* became one of the many iconic perinto both languages. His most resonalities who lived and worked along that famous artery of cent book, Time of Triumph, was a finalist in the 2008 New American migration. Mexico Book Awards. It is a work of stark reality and a viInterviewed and sought for his commitment to quality sion of transcendent consciousness. and maintaining the color and diversity of the fertile high *Natural should be/To sweeten the soul/To be caring and desert, Chavez was recognized for his travelogue memoirs kind/Found/Only in that/Mystical, weightless world/Where of local experiences and relationships with both people and endless possibilities/Abound — from Fuera de Oscura the land. But fate intervened: the blanding of America, an empty Ricardo Ballestré is a consumerism, brought tradition and heritage to its knees. freelance writer who With the new Interstate, speed was of the essence. Fast food, lives on the road. fast cars, and faster bytes bypassed the long-revered highHis interviews and way of Americana. Getting there was no longer an adventure, stories derive but an equation of time and space. Club Café and Chavez fell from the many from grace, and the man was forced to reinvent himself. colorful characters From this garnished background, the spirit of wanderand places he visits. lust led him to another ancient village, Taos, New Mexico. Perhaps it was the two-lane passage that was reminiscent of his old Route 66, or perhaps, the ancient clay bricks mortared with the sweat of the antepasados. Poet Ronald Chavez Whether it was the mythical quality of his environment, the passionate art of his cooking, his keen observational sensibilities, or all of the above, with little formal education Chavez began to reveal himself with the written word, which

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Out on the town ©2009 JAMIE TEDESCO

TAOS Doc Martin’s Restaurant – 1/2 block N of Taos Plaza in The Historic Taos Inn, 575-758-1977. Elegant fine dining in a casual, historic setting. Recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” Award of Excellence for over 20 consecutive years. Chef “Zippy” White creates innovative Regional New American Cuisine using the freshest local ingredients, specializing in organic vegetables, meats and fish, including favorites like buffalo, elk, trout. Delectable desserts. Breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sat & Sun brunch. Reservations recommended. taosinn.com Old Blinking Light Restaurant – Mile Marker 1, Ski Valley Rd (State Road 150), Taos. 575-776-8787. Breathtaking high country views provide a spectacular backdrop for Southwestern cuisine, skillfully executed by three great chefs. Our waitstaff is efficient, our famous Margaritas perfect, our bar diverse and lively, and the live entertainment (Mon. nights) will give you unforgettably happy feet. Our Wineshop (only wine shop in Taos) has 100 fine wines under $15, full liquor selection, lots of microbrews. (Also in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. 303346-9797.) oldblinkinglight.com Lambert’s Restaurant – 309 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos. 575-758-1009. Contemporary American cuisine in the heart of Taos. Our focus is on quality, value, and consistency. Try our Grilled Ginger Shrimp, Glazed Roast Duck, or Grilled Medallions of Beef Tenderloin along with the perfect wine from our extensive list. Nightly specials include seafood and game dishes. Vegetables are fresh and local when available, our sauces made from scratch, our desserts to live for. lambertsoftaos.com Stakeout Grill & Bar – Ranchos de Taos. 575-758-2042. More than a restaurant... it’s an adventure! Fine food and spectacular views. The menu includes prime steaks, king crab legs, lobster, fresh pasta, duck, lamb, veal, buffalo and many more seasonal specials. stakeoutrestaurant.com. 26

Eske’s Brew Pub and Eatery – 1/2 block southeast of Taos Plaza, 575-758-1517. Kid’s menu, draft root beer. Great food, fun and handcrafted beers. Open for lunch on weekends and holidays. Lunch and dinner. Live music. eskesbrewpub.com Brett House Catering – Ski Valley Road, Taos. 575-7761919. Full service catering and event planning company. Delicious food, excellent service, and brilliantly decorated set-ups impress your guests. We ensure your every need is met and your event is perfect. Custom designed menu and services: your guests will be amazed and satisfied. We take care of every last detail so you enjoy the event with the rest of your guests. bretthousecatering.com Joseph’s Table – 108A South Taos Plaza, inside the Hotel La Fonda. 575-751-2073. Featuring the culinary brilliance of chef Joseph Wrede, Joseph’s Table offers award-winning cuisine, an extensive wine selection, and Taos’s newest night spot, the Butterfly Bar – all awash in an elegant, artistically inspired ambience. Menus change daily. “Joseph Wrede is an exceptionally gifted chef.” – New York Times josephstable.com Sabroso Restaurant and Bar – 470 State Highway 150 in Arroyo Seco. 575.776.3333. Sabroso means garden dining under the stars, fresh-squeezed Margaritas, raw oysters, and woodgrilled steaks and salmon. Sabroso also means fine American and global cuisine, a fully stocked bar and wine cellar, friendly people, and live music. Custom menus for weddings and reunions. sabrosataos.com Five Star Burgers – 1032 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos. Just south of Wal-Mart. 758-8484. Gourmet burgers (all natural and antibiotic free) from Harris Ranch. Fresh-ground daily. Considered by many as ‘the best burger I’ve ever had.’ and fresh ground Turkey Burgers, Lamb Burgers, Portobello Stack, Green Chile Chicken Cheeseburgers. Also serving salads, entrees, desserts and beer and wine. Lunch & Dinner 7 Days. Happy Hour 4-6. 5starburgers.com HighCountry 2009


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Avalon’s Restaurant – Frontier Plaza, Hwy 434. 575-3772422. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with full bakery, 7 am-8 pm Monday - Saturday; Sunday call. Omelets, quiche, New Mexican, American, Italian, lots of signature dishes by Earlene. Bakery includes finest breads, cinnamon rolls, strudels, cookies and more. Fresh soups and salads daily. Eat-in or take-out. Call ahead or email us at: avalontogo@yahoo.com Our Place Café and Market – Cove Art Center (big yellow building). 575-377-1818. Serving full breakfast and lunch buffet in addition to our regular menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Great beers and wines. Full organic espresso bar, and organic teas. Catering, deli trays, homemade desserts. Open 7 days, 7 am-9 pm. Our Place Market next to the Café with specialty food items, deli, organic greens, gifts and more. Wireless internet. All major credit cards accepted. ourplacemenu.com The Roasted Clove – 48 N. Angel Fire Rd. 575-377-0636. Fine Dining, Mountain Style. Chef Tom Bowles creates an exciting and inviting contemporary American menu of locally and globally influenced dishes using European techniques. Best cuisine and attentive service Angel Fire has to offer. Reservations recommended. Catering, private parties, and cooking classes. Outdoor creekside dining. Open for dinner nightly except Tuesday. roastedclove.com

RED RIVER Capo’s Corner – 110 Pioneer Road, 575-754-6297. A true ‘ristorante Italiano.’ Capo’s offers authentic Italian recipes, great prices and superior service. Menu also includes pizza, ribs, steaks, hamburgers and sandwiches. Beer and wine available. Enjoy family fun dining with great views. Carry out, banquet room facilities, pizza to go, kids’ menu. Reservations for large parties available. Open 5-9 pm daily. Lunch FridaySunday, 11:30 am. Sundance – High Street at Copper King. 575-754-2971. Same great food, same great service. Celebrating our 35th year. Steaks, salads and excellent Mexican food. Great sopaipillas! Specials include: shrimp fajitas and quesadillas. Frozen wine Margaritas. Reservations welcome. Call for to-go orders. Open nightly at 5 pm. Mountain Treasures – 121 E. Main at Independence Trail (Across Main from the Community House). 575-754-2700. Homemade soups, breads, pastries, Reubens, muffalettas and more! Plus fine art and exquisite Native American jewelry. highcountrymag.net

DOS AMIGOS ANGLERS Complete fly fishing and tackle shop. Fly tying materials and classes. Guided fishing trips. Ice fishing rentals. 575 377 6226 www.dosamigosanglers.com EYE OF THE EAGLE JEWELRY AND GIFTS Unique and affordable Southwest gifts, Native Americanmade silver and turquoise jewelry, pottery. 575 377 3777 866 393 3245 www.eyesoftheeagle.com GOLDEN EAGLE RV PARK & NATIVE AMERICAN GIFTS Authentic Native American jewelry, convenience store, café, propane, and RV parts. Open year-round. 575 377 6188 800 388 6188 www.goldeneaglerv.com

KAW-LIJA’S RESTAURANT Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Old-fashioned ice cream parlor and full coffee bar. Now serving beer and wine. 575 377 3424 LAGUNA VISTA LODGE HISTORIC RESTAURANT & SALOON Romantic Southwestern lodging, drinking and dining. Experience a New Mexico landmark as seen on the David Letterman show. 575 377 6522 800 821 2093 www.LagunaVistaLodge.com LUCKY SHOE RESTAURANT AND BAR / HORSESHOE MOTEL AND CABINS Sports bar w/8 TVs. Versatile menu from hamburgers to seafood. Late-night and kids’ menu. Restaurant open daily. 11 am-9 pm. 575 377 7264

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the

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JUNE

ArtsFest 2009 artist Jennifer Cavan (2008 ArtsFest Best of Show Winner)

Summer Arts

June 22-27

July 10

July 11 & 12

Missoula Children’s Theatre – “Robinson Crusoe”

28th Annual Angel Fire ArtsFest! Premier 6-9 PM Live Music, Fine Food, Fine Art! Angel Fire Community Center $25 ArtsFest Show: Sat 10-4, Sun 11-3 $2 or FREE with a Premier Ticket. Proceeds benefit Youth Arts Education Programs

Sept 5

Arts About Town – One day Arts & Crafts show, at and around The Inn Center. Artists: apply at www.morenovalleyarts.org

Sept 11-13

2nd Annual Themed Exhibit: “Illusions” At the First National Bank Community Room Reception Sept 12. Artists: apply at www.morenovalleyarts.org

Coming Soon! Watch for more details: Presented by the Moreno Valley Arts Council. Promoting the Arts and Artists of the Moreno Valley. This program is funded in part by NM Arts, a Division of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for The Arts. Funded in part by the Village of Angel Fire Lodgers’ Tax.

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Eagle Nest FarmerÕ s Market (through Labor Day) Classic Car Show, Red River Taos Gallery Association Artwalk Hippie Dippie Parade, Taos Free Fishing Day in New Mexico River & Brews Blues Fest, Red River San Antonio Feast Day Corn Dance, Taos Pueblo Race Across The West bike race, Gorge bridge Sixth Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival, Red River Taos School of Music Series begins (through Aug. 9) Missoula ChildrenÕ s Theatre, Angel Fire San Juan Feast Day, Taos Pueblo Rodeo de Santa Fe Angel Fire Balloon and Summer Festival Red River Family Encampment (through July 1) Annual Rodeo de Taos and Parade, Taos T.J. Trout Golf Tournament

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“Taos Summer of Love” Events – ongoing Toast of Taos Wine Festival Santa Fe Opera Season opens Maverick Club Parade and Rodeo, Cimarron Annual Arroyo Seco Parade, Arroyo Seco 68th 4th of July Parade, Red River Parade & Fireman’s BBQ, Fireworks, Eagle Nest Fireworks display, Taos Rodeo Grounds Taos Ski Valley Village Fourth of July Celebration Sipapu Arts and Crafts Fair Taos Mountain Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival Movies Under the Stars, Angel Fire Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Angel Fire ArtsFest 2009 Las Fiestas de Taos Taos Pueblo Santiago & Santa Ana Feast Days 27th Annual High Country Arts Fest, Eagle Nest Santa Fe Spanish Market

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Hopper at the Harwood – art historian Dave Hickey Taste of New Mexico Festival, Eagle Nest Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights, Red River Music From Angel Fire Concert Series (through Sept 7) Angel Fire, Taos, Raton, Las Vegas HighCountry 2009


RED RIVER CHAMBER ; 2009 EVENTS High mountain majesty… 21-23 22-23 29-30

Taos County Fair Santa Fe Indian Market San Geronimo Day, Taos Pueblo

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Cimarron Days Celebration / 152nd Anniversary San Lorenzo Feast Day, Picuris Pueblo Burning of Zozobra, Santa Fe Enchanted Circle Century Bike Tour 9th Annual Rio Costilla Valley Studio Tour Top of the World Mtn. Bike Race, Red River Shortgrass Music Festival, Cimarron Ledoux Street Art Stroll, Taos FishFest, Eagle Nest Lake Aspencade Arts & Crafts Festival, Red River 35th Taos Fall Arts, Taos (through Oct. 12) Free Fishing Day in New Mexico

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Days of 1895/Pioneer Days, Red River Taos Wool Festival, Kit Carson Park Oktoberfest, Red River Taos Mountain Film Festival SOMOS 10th Annual Taos Storytelling Festival

Angel Fire Chama Valley Clayton Cimarron Eagle Nest Las Vegas Pagosa Springs Raton Red River San Luis Valley Santa Fe South Fork Springer Taos

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Check with local Chambers of Commerce for additional and updated calendar information. highcountrymag.net

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Down-home friendly people!

14th Annual Red River Classic Car Show River & Brews Blues Fest Father’s Day / 6th Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival BINGO in the Park. Mon-Fri 6:30-8 pm 68th Annual 4th of July Parade Women’s Softball Tournament Hunting & Fishing Conservation Exhibition Larry Joe Taylor Hot Chili Days/Cool Mountain Nights & Chili Cook-Off / Music Festival Co-Ed Softball Tournament Men’s Labor Day Tournaments 32nd Annual Enchanted Circle Century Cycling Tour 20th Annual Top of the World Mountain Bike Race Aspencade Arts & Crafts Festival & Raffle 3rd Annual “Days of 1895” 5th Annual Oktoberfest

For Lodging and Visitor Information call 1 877 754 1708 or log on to www.redriverinfo.org

SITZMARK SPORTS and LODGE Red River’s Finest! Comfortable condos and cabins featuring free wireless internet connections. Located a half block from the lift and river. Quality ski and snowboard rentals, first class service department, and friendly staff. Onsite summer mountain bike rentals and repair, skateboard sales, disc golf pro shop, fashion, jewelry and gifts. Reservations: 800.843.7547 or 575.754.2456 416 West Main, Red River, NM 87558 sitzmarksportsnm.com sitzmarklodgenm.com info@sitzmarksportsnm.com info@sitzmarklodgenm.com 29


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claytonnewmexico.org claytonlakesstatepark.com eatmorebeef.net Best Western Kokopelli Lodge & Dreamcatcher Dining Room Simply the Best! 702 South First Street 800-392-6691 (575) 374-2589

Days Inn & Suites Indoor pool and spa, deluxe breakfast with hot waffles 1120 South First Street, Clayton 800-709-4024 (575) 374-0133

Clayton Lake Trout Derby The biggest little Fishing Derby in the state of NM! Step back in time…like going back to Mayberry RFD

Rabbit Ear Café 1201 South First Street (575) 374-EARS (3277) Serving New Mexican & American Food ¡Bienvenidos Amigos! rabbitears@plateautel.net

Crossroads Coffee Mill Gourmet coffee roasted on-site 2 South Front Street (575) 374-JAVA (5282)

Clayton Ranch Market

City Drug Store

Groceries, Western Union 315 South 1st Street (575) 374-9681

The First National Bank of NM

Kodak kiosk, designer fragrances available Lorenzo & Lorri Montoya, owners 7 Main Street (575) 374-9121 Fax: (575) 374-9123

Clayton-Logan-Tucumcari Raton-Angel Fire 201 Main Street (575) 374-8315 Member FDIC

Mary’s Back Porch Deli & Mary’s Flowers & Gifts

Farmers & Stockmens Bank 22 Maple Street, Clayton (575) 374-8301 Des Moines (575) 278-2861 Member FDIC

KOA Kampground 903 South Fifth Street PO Box 366, Clayton (575) 374-9508 www.koa.com

200 Main Street (575) 374-8353 www.marys-flowers.com

Herzstein Memorial Museum The best little museum in North Eastern NM! Opening the door to the past with their unique collections 22 South Second Street Clayton, NM 88415 (575) 374-2977 www.herzsteinmuseum.org

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Clayton Tourism Dept & Chamber of Commerce 1103 South First Street | Clayton, New Mexico 88415 800 390 7858 575 374 9253


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