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New Mexico is Native, 6 Northwest Historic and Picturesque New Mexico is Oil 6 Southeast Patch and Historic Wild West New Mexico is the 8 Central Nucleus of New Mexico Vistas, Views and 8 Northeast’s Vibrant History Welcome You to Delightful, Plenty 10 Desert to Love in the Southwest Batty with Nature, 10 Go Adventure, Geology in Carlsbad Mystery is Just Part of 11 UFO Roswell’s Story Magic Planet and Earth 17 The From Space: Alamogordo




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CONTENTS History Where it 43 Explore Happened, On Site of Color 2015 Bursts 45 Summer Out in Santa Fe Hispano Chamber Welcomes Visitors With 46 Albuquerque Events and Gatherings of events 53 calendar spring/summer 2015 Detours Emerge 57 Colorful at La Fonda Bloomfield Offers Hospitality 59 Sweet and Vacation Options Fire Offers Mountain 62 Angel Fun and Breathtaking Scenery 25 Reasons to Visit 64 Top Gallup All Year or Consequences and Elephant Butte Lake Make 68 Truth for Eclectic Adventures Enchanting Treasure 70 Socorro: in Southern New mexico 73 the 19 pueblos of new mexico 74 Awesome Awaits! Food and Fun 76 Summer In Artesia




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New Mexico Museum 0f Art Colors of the Southwest on the Plaza • 505.476.5072 •

Museum of International Folk Art The Red That Colored The World on Museum Hill • 505.476.1200 •

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors Adobe Summer on the Plaza • 505.476.5100 •

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning on Museum Hill • 505.476.1250 • summerofcolor santafe .org | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


NORTHWEST Northwest New Mexico is Native, Historic and Picturesque Northwest New Mexico is full of paradoxical juxtapositions. It is the spot where the corners of four states are neatly contiguous. It also is the heart of Indian country in New Mexico, checkerboarded with Navajo, Apache and Pueblo lands. It is the home of Gallup, the county seat of McKinley County, and the self-proclaimed Indian jewelry capital of the world. Gallup is where you will find the 34thannual Red Rock Balloon rally in December and the 94th-annual Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial in August. Near Gallup is Zuni Pueblo, an enterprising place with the only Native American main street business district program in the country. Gallup and Zuni form the center of Indian trading in the state. The northwest quadrant also contains Farmington, an oil-and-gas town and locale of San Juan College. The county seat of San Juan County is neighboring Aztec, site of the Aztec ruins; nearby are the Salmon ruins and Bloomfield, one of the prettiest small towns in

New Mexico. East of Bloomfield you will find the Bisti Badlands, an eerie place of strange rock and mineral formations. The San Juan River, which in its more rural stretches provides great fly-fishing, runs through Farmington. Chaco Canyon National Historic Park is a UN World Heritage Site that has a nine-mile loop featuring five different Chacoan Indian ruins. Canyon de Chelly National Monument has ancient ruins of cliff dwellings. To the south, El Morro and Inscription Rock contain more than 2,000 historic petroglyphs and inscriptions carved by Spanish explorers. Another national historic site is the venerable Hubbell Trading Post that still sells new and old Indian arts and crafts and conducts two heavily attended auctions each year (http:// Just across the Arizona border is Window Rock, the Ceremonial center of the earth for the Navajo people and the capital of the sprawling Navajo Nation.

SOUTHEAST Southeast New Mexico is Oil Patch and Historic Wild West Most of southeast New Mexico started its territorial days and even statehood as ranching country, where cattle and railroads were the best currency. Since the late 1920s, southeast New Mexico also has been an Oil Patch, one of two in the state (the other is in the northwest quadrant). It’s where the “awl bidness” began in New Mexico, thanks to the hydrocarbon-rich deposits of the Permian Basin that sprawls across the border shared with Texas. You will see plenty of drilling rigs and working pump jacks as you travel the highways of this corner of the state. The terrain in this quadrant ranges from the flat expanses of the staked plains on the Texas border to the Sacramento Mountains where mountain villages like the fabled Cloudcroft and Ruidoso are nestled. In the farthest corner, Hobbs is home to the Western Heritage Museum, where you can learn that the ranches and cowboys still exist, and to a racetrack-casino where the cowboys spend their money. To the west, Carlsbad has the world-famous caverns, and a

beautiful river. North of Hobbs you land in Portales, county seat of Roosevelt County, named for even more famed Teddy, and the home of Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, home of a strategic air base, and a border town with Texas. You can check out Roswell, which the world knows as the site of a reported alien visit in 1947, and the nearby Bottomless Lakes State Park. Turn west at Artesia and travel through the mountains and on down to the Tularosa Basin, which holds Otero County seat Alamogordo, nearby Holloman Air Force Base, and the fabled White Sands National Monument. Alamogordo is also where you will find pistachios. To the north is Lincoln County seat Carrizozo, and east of ‘Zozo are the older reaches of Lincoln County: Capitan, the so-called birthplace and grave of the original Smokey Bear, and Lincoln, the tiny village where Billy the Kid notoriously shot his way out of jail. It’s like a living museum of the 19th century.

southern nm state parks Bottomless Lakes State Park ...............................575-624-6058

Elephant Butte Lake State Park ...............................575-744-5421

Percha Dam State Park ...............................575-743-3942

Brantley Lake State Park ...............................575-457-2384

Leasburg Dam State Park ...............................575-524-4068

Rockhound State Park ...............................575-546-6182

Caballo Lake State Park ...............................575-743-3942

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park ...............................575-523-4398

City of Rocks State Park ...............................575-536-2800

Pancho Villa State Park ...............................575-531-2711

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CENTRAL Central New Mexico is the Nucleus of New Mexico New Mexico’s Rio Grande Corridor includes Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and, to the south, Las Cruces. The northern three areas comprise the central part of New Mexico and a cornucopia of delights for travelers. Santa Fe is the oldest state capital city in the U.S. It has been the capital of New Mexico from the Spanish colonists in the early 17th century and has remained the capital through Spanish colonial times, through the Mexican Republics and into U.S. territory hood and then statehood. Santa Fe also is the county seat of Santa Fe County, and as the state capital is the locale of many federal agencies. “Government” in all its forms is a major employer in Santa Fe, followed by tourism. Besides more than a dozen fine museums in the capital, there are more than 200 food establishments ranging from street-side carts to whitetablecloth restaurants and at least three neighborhoods full of art galleries. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi – Santa Fe’s patron saint – holds the cultural treasures of centuries. Two other historic churches, Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Mission, are downtown. North of Santa Fe are the river valleys and ranges of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where a UN World Heritage site, the nearly 1,000-years-old Taos Pueblo, is just outside the arts-and-recreation village of Taos. Taos is where many of the state’s early arts pioneers – including the famed Georgia O’Keeffe – started their New Mexico sojourns. The ancient village of Abiquiu, to the southwest of Taos, is where O’Keeffe lived and painted for many years. West of the Rio Grande, on the Pajarito Plateau, is Los Alamos, the Atomic City, where the nuclear bomb was developed and weapons research continues today. Besides Taos Pueblo, the corridor also includes the other seven northern pueblos: Picuris to the east, Oke Owingeh (formerly San Juan), Santa Clara and San Ildefonzo near the bustling small city of Española; Pojoaque, Tesuque and Nambe pueblos. New Mexico legislators sometimes refer to Albuquerque as “The Imperial City” (they call Santa Fe “The Emerald City”) for the same

reason their counterparts in New York call NYC the Imperial City – although not the state capital, it is by far the largest metropolitan area, the home of more than half the state’s population, and garners the biggest pile of state tax revenues. It would be hard to overstate the attractions of Albuquerque, more commonly known as “the Duke City” because it was named for the Spanish Duke of Alburquerque. It began in the 18th century as a farming community on the banks of the Rio Grande, but exploded in size and importance with the arrival of the railroad in 1881 and the Air Force and Sandia National Lab during World War II. Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico with its famous Pit basketball arena; a sweet Triple-A ballpark where the Isotopes, a Colorado Rockies farm team, play, and the Sunport, New Mexico’s main airport. It has a 170-acre city biopark, which includes an aquarium, botanical garden and a very impressive zoo. The Albuquerque Museum and the nearby State Natural History Museum offer fascinating exhibits. Old Town Albuquerque contains whole streets-full of adobe shops and restaurants around its historic plaza. The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has gained worldwide recognition as the number-one ballooning event. The annual Gathering of Nations Indian Pow Wow in April is the world’s largest. The National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, both in Albuquerque, offer continuing exhibits and demonstrations of their peoples’ cultural values. The yearly State Fair is in September. Rio Rancho, at one time the fastest-growing community in the U.S., sits on a northwest mesa and is the home of Intel Corp. and other high-tech industries. The city is ringed with Indian pueblos, including Santa Ana, Laguna, Acoma, Isleta, San Felipe, Santo Domingo (also called Kewa Pueblo) and Cochiti pueblos. Most have casinos, luxury resorts and gift shops. If you’re looking for the New Mexico experience, you can find it in central New Mexico.

northeast Northeast’s Vistas, Views and Vibrant History Welcome You The large quadrant of northeastern New Mexico has, not surprisingly, an enormously varied terrain ranging from the staked plains of the east to the highest mountains in the state. Just east of Santa Fe is the quaint village of Pecos on the famous Pecos River.

Las Vegas is where Teddy Roosevelt came to recruit the Rough Riders he led up Puerto Rico’s San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War. These histories and many more can be found in the museums and events of Las Vegas.

Pecos has one of the best ruins complexes in the state. It also is flanked by great trout fishing in the mountain streams flowing into its eponymous river. Go around the mountains on I-25 to the eastnortheast of Santa Fe and you’ll be in storied Las Vegas, once the busiest, most raucous town in the state.

Today the vibrant little city is home to New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), which began as a teachers’ college and has grown into a multi-disciplinary university. Las Vegas also is the site of an annual fiesta, two lakes and a historic preservation society that has helped to save the Victorian-era architecture of the town.

Situated on the east side of the mountains at the point where they join the plains, Las Vegas is where cattle were brought from throughout New Mexico to be shipped to market. Las Vegas provided rest and relaxation for cavalrymen stationed at nearby Fort Union. It was the first mercantile town in New Mexico, a convenient stop on the Old Santa Fe Trail that began in Independence, Mo.

North of Vegas are Fort Union and Cimarron, a fascinating village where Buffalo Soldiers and train robbers once mixed it up at the St. James Hotel. Some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery in the country is here, along with the Vermejo Park Ranch, where Ted Turner and his employees are providing Western hospitality to enthralled visitors.

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Carlsbad Events Salt Basin Dunes Come experience the new entrance to the second largest gypsum dune fields in the nation. Climb up, breath deep, and exhale at the top.

Peak Fitness Challenge Record your hike and mileage in Guadalupe Mountain National Park and qualify for prizes for meeting certain milestones.

Star Party Come to Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a night of stargazing and fun at dusk on June 13th, July 18th, Aug. 15th, Sept. 12th and Oct. 10th.

57th Annual Bat Flight Breakfast Come to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park early on July 19th for breakfast and watch the bats return to the cave!

National Park Service Birthday On Aug. 25th general entry fee is waived at all National Park properties to celebrate our Birthday!

National Public Lands Day On Sept. 26th general entry is free at Carlsbad Caverns, this applies to the Natural Entrance and Big Room. | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


southwest Desert to Delightful, Plenty to Love in the Southwest The southwest quadrant of New Mexico is as varied and interesting as any part of the Land of Enchantment, with terrain that ranges from the Chihuahuan Desert to the ponderosa and fir forests of the Gila Mountains. The vital city of Las Cruces is the anchor for the southwest quadrant, flanked by the village of Old Mesilla on its southwest corner. Las Cruces started as a railroad town, serving the agriculture surrounding it. Old Mesilla was the traditional, Mexicanstyle village around a central plaza. The agriculture remains. The village of Hatch next door is the center of New Mexico’s vibrant chile-growing industry. But Las Cruces has grown beyond its agricultural roots. New Mexico State University (NMSU) is there, the city operates four museums, and the fledgling Spaceport America is just outside of town. North of Las Cruces are Elephant Butte Lake, the famed Truth or Consequences (a town that changed its name for a television show), and Socorro, which is an historic mission town and the home of New Mexico Tech, one of the most prestigious engineering universities in the Southwest. The renowned Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is nearby.

Other towns include Silver City to the west, county seat of Grant County and site of Western New Mexico University (WNMU). Silver City is nestled in mountains containing the Gila Wilderness. The Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Byway winds through the historic homelands of the rugged Apache leader Geronimo, from Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument back and forth across the Gila and Mimbres rivers and the Continental Divide. Visitors will pass mission churches and an open pit mine and Fort Bayard Historic District and National Cemetery. South of Bayard are true boot-heel towns: Deming, the seat of Luna County, and Lordsburg, the seat of Hidalgo County. Just south of Deming is Columbus, where Pancho Villa staged a murderous raid in 1916. Just east of Deming is City of Rocks State Park, heaven for rock hounds. Near Lordsburg is the ghost town of Shakespeare, where reenactments of frontier life take place. Three national forests, with mountain hiking trails, lakes and campsites, join their borders in this region. Snow Lake and Quemado Lake are fine trout waters where only electricboat motors are allowed.

SOUTHEAST Go Batty with Nature, Adventure, Geology in Carlsbad Carlsbad is a warm and lively city in southeast New Mexico that is a wonderland for vacationers. First thing to do, of course, is visit world-famous Carlsbad Caverns, the colorful, fantastic underground chambers that have been delighting tourists and locals for more than 80 years.

an excellent chance to learn about these surprisingly useful little critters. Flight programs run from Memorial Day weekend through the middle of October. Once a year, a predawn bat-flight breakfast is held where visitors can eat breakfast at the park prior to the morning return of bats.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, created in 1930, is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. Visitors to the cave can hike in using the natural entrance or take an elevator from the visitor center. The park is surrounded by White City, named for Jim White, the discoverer and explorer of the caverns. It was White who gave the most famous chambers their names – he dubbed them the Big Room, New Mexico Room, Kings Palace, Queens Chamber, Papoose Room and Green Lake Room. He also named many of the cave’s more breathtaking formations: the Totem Pole, Witch’s Finger, Giant Dome, Bottomless Pit, Fairyland, Iceberg Rock, Temple of the Sun, and Rock of Ages.

If regional flora and fauna delight you, schedule a visit to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, a native wildlife zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that exhibits more than 40 species of animals and hundreds of species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. While on the 1.3-mile, self-guided tour, you can explore Birds to Bison, a walk-through aviary; Never Cry Wolf, the habitat for endangered Mexican gray wolves; and the greenhouse where hundreds of succulents and cacti thrive. Go early – on the hottest afternoons, the animals tend to seek cool spots that make them harder to see.

Star parties, with telescope access and programs about the night sky, are hosted by the park, often in conjunction with special astronomical events, such as a transit of Venus. And there are the bats – 17 species of which swarm out of and back into the bat cave daily. A program is given in the early evening at the amphitheater near the main entrance prior to the start of the flight, which varies with the sunset time. These programs are 10 | SUMMER • WINTER 2015

Carlsbad, named for the Czech spa, is a river town. The Pecos runs through and, in fact, is the only river that crosses itself, thanks to the flume created by water managers a century ago. Riverside villas are prized and decorated beautifully during the winter holidays for the river cruising extravaganza called Christmas on the Pecos. It’s a homegrown event that brings out the hospitable warmth and charm of Carlsbad.


UFO Mystery is Just Part of Roswell’s Story To a lot of people, Roswell is the place where, allegedly, an unidentified flying machine from elsewhere in the universe crashed in 1947. Supposedly, dead aliens were found. Then, to various true believers, the whole event was hushed up and called a weather balloon crash landing by authorities. Certainly the notoriety has been beneficial to Roswell, an otherwise unassuming farm, manufacturing, ranch and oil community on the staked plains of southeastern New Mexico. But there is so much more to this town.

increasingly known in the art world for support of emerging artists through a residency program.

The county seat of Chaves County, Roswell was the city that hosted the record-breaking skydive by Felix Baumgartner on Oct. 14, 2012. It’s flanked by Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a few miles to the northwest along the Pecos River and a place to see many gorgeous IFOs – Identified Flying Objects – in the form of ducks and other waterfowl from throughout the west. Travel just 12 miles east on US 380 to the Bottomless Lakes, a state park that is a joyful spot for campers, hikers, swimmers, boaters and, unexpectedly in the high plains, scuba divers. Families will love the Spring River Park and Zoo, New Mexico’s only free-admission zoo, which features a special fishing lake for children, exotic animals and an antique carousel.

Roswell has a year-round slate of special events, including a grand Electrical Lights Christmas Parade that starts in the neighboring town, Carlsbad, travels south and winds up on the highway into Roswell on Thanksgiving weekend. There’s the Labor Day Pops concert and the Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake Refuge. The annual Mike Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza on the Fourth of July is everything you would expect in a town that has the only fireworks factory in the state. It is a big one!

Roswell also is an art center for the east side of New Mexico. It’s where artist Peter Hurd grew up. Later in life, he lived to the west in the Hondo Valley with his wife, Henriette Wyeth Hurd. Their work is featured at the Roswell Museum and Art Center,

History buffs will like the Historical Center of Southeast New Mexico, a grand old house filled with area antiques, artifacts and a changing gallery of historical exhibits. Speaking of history, famed rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard conducted many of his rocket experiments at Roswell.

Not to forget its claim to fame, Roswell also has its annual UFO Celebration on Independence Day weekend. Your visit would not be complete without a stop at the International UFO Museum and Research Center downtown. Pick up something green; make your own conclusions about the inexplicable crash near Roswell in 1947.

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Belmont Motel 2100 W. Second St. Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-623-4522 Best Western El Rancho Palacio 2205 N. Main Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-622-2721 Best Western Sally Port Plus 2000 N. Main Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-622-6430 Budget Inn North 2101 N. Main Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-6050 Budget Inn West 2200 W. Second Roswell, NM 88201 ...........................................575-623-3811 Burnt Well Guest Ranch 399 Chesser Road Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-347-2668 Candlewood Suites 4 Military Heights Drive Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-4300 Comfort Inn 3595 N. Main Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-4567

Comfort Suites of Roswell 3610 N. Main St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-5501

Holiday Inn Express 2300 N. Main St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-627-9900

Country Club Bed & Breakfast 400 E. Country Club Road Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-624-1794

La Quinta Inn & Suites 200 E. 19th St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-622-8000

Cozy Cowboy Cottage Rentals P.O. Box 727 Roswell, NM 88202 .......................................... 575-624-3258

Leisure Inn 2700 W. Second St. Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-622-2575

Crane Motel 1212 W. Second St. Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-623-1293

Mayo Lodge 1716 W. Second St. Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-622-0210

Days Inn 1310 N. Main Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-4021

Motel 6 of Roswell 3307 N. Main St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-625-6666

Fairfield Inn & Suites 1201 North Main Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-624-1300 Frontier Motel 3010 N. Main St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-622-1400

National 9 Inn 2001 N. Main Roswell, NM 88201 ...........................................575-622-0110

Hampton Inn & Suites 3607 N. Main Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-5151

Super 8 Motel 3575 N. Main St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-622-8886

Holiday Inn & Oasis Bar and Grill 3620 N. Main St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-637-3216

Western Inn 2331 N. Main St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-9425

Rodeway Inn Roswell 2803 W 2nd St. Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-9440



Bottomless Lakes RV 545 Bottomless Lakes Road Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-624-6058 Golden Rule Mobile Home and RV Park 1337 McCall Loop Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-624-2436 Red Barn RV Park 2806 E. Second St. Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-623-4897 Spring River Estates & RV Park 1000 E. College Roswell, NM 88201 .......................................... 575-623-8034 Town and Country RV Park 333 W. Brasher Road Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-624-1833 Trailer Village RV Park 1706 E. 2nd St. Roswell, NM 88203 .......................................... 575-623-6040



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Roswell Events

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Fiesta Del Rio Party on the River Thunder on the River Motorcycle Show, Valley Vintage Motor Car Club Show, the Fiesta Tug, live entertainment and much more. • May 1st-2nd

You will think it’s just a mirage until you’re there.

Old Timer’s Balloon Rally This invitational event showcases around 50 Balloons from throughout the Southwest and Midwest. This free event includes a concert, balloon rally and glow. All proceeds benefit local charities in Roswell. • May 1st-3rd

Hike It & Spike It 4 on 4 Charity Football Tournament World’s largest annual 4-on-4 charity flag football tournament. Fun for all ages! Memorial Day Weekend. • May 22nd-24th

Filmfest and Cosmicon The only filmmaking festival dedicated to bring independent Sci-Fi/Fantasy filmmakers visions from “script to screen” in one week. Also includes comic convention, costume parties and celebrity guests. • Filmfest: July 2nd-4th • Cosmicon: July 3rd-4th

UFO Festival An out of this world event. Featuring guest speakers, live entertainment, a costume contest, parade and more. • July 3rd-5th 12 | SUMMER • WINTER 2015

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Explore 15 New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites for only $25 Buy the New Mexico CulturePass at New Mexico Museum of Space History National Hispanic Cultural Center New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Museum of International Folk Art New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors New Mexico Museum of Art Coronado Historic Site El Camino Real Historic Trail Site Fort Selden Historic Site Fort Stanton Historic Site Fort Sumner Historic Site / Bosque Redondo Memorial Jemez Historic Site Lincoln Historic Site

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Pop a Pistachio: New Mexico’s Other Tasty Treat


George and Marianne Schweers wanted to return to their agriculture roots after a career in the Air Force that culminated at Holloman AFB near Alamogordo. When 400 seedling pistachio trees, the first planted in New Mexico, came up for sale, the couple thought a perfect opportunity had presented itself. Neighbors thought the Schweers were, well, nuts. Pistachios are fun to pop open and a heart-healthy snack, sure, but in New Mexico? Pistachios are from Iran, aren’t they – or Turkey, or maybe California?


the original chile-flavored pistachios. The farm now boasts nine different flavors of pistachios, all packaged with the Heart of the Desert logo adorning the bags.

The Schweers were just ahead of the trend in the desert southwest, that’s all. They had done their homework and knew that Pistachia Vera is a desert plant, a member of the cashew family and highly tolerant of saline soil. It thrives when irrigated with water having 3,000 to 4,000 ppm of soluble salts. Otero County was the place for soluble salts. Eagle Ranch was born.

The family added Heart of the Desert wine to the product line in 2002. The vineyard has more than 24,000 grapevines with seven different varieties of grapes harvested each year. Chardonnay, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca and Gewurztraminer make the production of a wide range of wines possible.

Now, 41 years later, Eagle Ranch is New Mexico’s oldest and largest (more than 12,000 trees) producing pistachio grove, and the only farm in the state that processes its own pistachios completely. The farm is a fully integrated agri-business: growing, processing, packaging and selling its products on the premises. All pistachio products from Eagle Ranch are sold under its familiar Heart of the Desert trade name. The Schweers’ son, Gordon, developed

Heart of the Desert Pistachios and Wines ships its farm-fresh products worldwide, selling them by mail order and online. There also are three store locations: the primary on the farm off of U.S. 54/70 north of Alamogordo; a store on the plaza in Old Mesilla west of Las Cruces; and the gift shop at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Tours of the farm are fun, and wine tasting is delightful at all three locations. | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


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HIGH FALUTIN “High-Falutin is Cloudcroft’s newest little gift shop. Bring your love and make her smile. ~Phil.4:4. highfalutincloudcroft, 575.491.2799 IMAGINARY BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES Get lost exploring imaginary books and collectibles. Over 6,000 titles and 100’s of movie and comic collectibles. Upstairs in The Burro Street Exchange, 505 Burro Ave., Ste 114 Cloudcroft, NM 88317, 575-601-2012 MOUNTAIN MONTHLY Mountain news and mountain views since 1988. Get a fresh perspective at 9,000 feet! Located upstairs in The Burro Street Exchange, Call 575-682-2208 to subscribe, email REDWALL JEWELRY A must-see shop specializing in unique handcrafted pieces featuring real Australian Opal, gemstones, and Murano glass set in sterling silver and gold. 505 Burro Avenue, Studio 107 Cloudcroft, NM 575.682.4414

SACRAMENTO TRADING POST We have beads, rocks, fossils, vintage signs, crosses, Cloudcroft magnets, salt lamp, shirts and caps, as well as Native American Jewelry. Located in The Burro Street Exchange. Call 575-682-8280 SAM’S SILVER LINING Native American jewelry and pottery with a touch of western flare. Located in the Burro Street Exchange. Call 575-601-2527 facebook/ Sam’s SilverLining e-mail THE BIRD HOUSE Love birds? Our store is for you! We carry a wide selection of bird feeders, houses and bird seed along with garden decor and great gift ideas. Cloudcroft, NM Call 575-682-6902 or email: TREE TOP TEEZ Embroidery and Screen Printing No order too big or too small. Come in and have us put your company logo or name on hats or shirts. If we dont have the hat you want in stock, we will get it. Call Wendy at 575-430-5154 or e-mail us at

The Magic Planet and Earth From Space: Alamogordo New Exhibits Now on Display in Tombaugh Theater In the skies above us every day, high-tech imaging satellites are constantly circling, capturing sophisticated images of conditions and events on the surface of the Earth. Producing remarkable images, these satellites provide geologists, meteorologists, and other scientists incredibly precise images and data with which to study the Earth’s environmental cycles, natural disasters, and man-made ecological effects. They have also provided a fascinating view of the incredible beauty of the Earth, as seen from space. Andrew Johnston, geographer and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, collaborated with other organizations to create the travelling exhibit Earth from Space, featuring 40 beautifully detailed satellite images of the planet. From the swirling arms of a massive hurricane and the grid-like pattern of Kansas farmland to the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids and the sinuous channels entering the Arctic Ocean, this award-winning exhibit offers a thought-provoking presentation. Now on display inside the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Earth from Space explains in stunning detail how satellite imagery is gathered, explores the remote sensing technology used to gather the images, and discusses the individual satellites whose images are on display. Another new exhibit in the Tombaugh Theater focuses on the unmanned exploration of space and features two interactives:


The Magic Planet and the ViewSpace Theater. The Magic Planet is a three-foot diameter, high-resolution digital video globe that helps to explain the solar system and world around us through dynamic digital media. The sphere-shaped screen is operated through a touch screen computer that lets viewers zoom in and out of different planets and moons in our solar system, move them around for different views, and look at Earth in over 100 different views. The ViewSpace Theater features constantly updated presentations about the universe and Earth as seen through the lenses of the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes. The stunning high-resolution images, interpretive captions and ethereal music make the programs thought-provoking, inspiring and educational. These two new theater exhibits are part of the museum’s campuswide project to update existing exhibits and install new displays and interactives. The Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome theater is located on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, top of Hwy 2001, Alamogordo. A Smithsonian affiliate, the New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-4372840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at Like us at: NMSpaceMuseum.

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White Sands Plus Much More!


Alamogordo is a railroad town, originally founded in 1898 to support the El Paso & Northeastern Railroad’s logging industry from the nearby Sacramento Mountains. Then it became a military town. It still is; one of the U.S.’s tactical air bases, Holloman AFB is just to the west, and the huge, strategic White Sands Missile Range is farther west. But Alamogordo is a vivacious community that is the gateway to some of New Mexico’s most interesting features. Those entities can envelope you in pre-history, history and present-day technology. Alamogordo is an easy day-trip from Las Cruces or El Paso. Alamogordo, which means “fat cottonwood,” is strung along White Sands Boulevard (U.S. 54) as it runs north-south through town from pistachio farms to the north to White Sands National Monument to the west. Along the west side of White Sands Boulevard, you can find the oldest zoo in the Southwest, Alameda Park Zoo. It is the smallest nationally AZA-accredited zoo in the United States and a participant in the Species Survival Plan for the Mexican Gray Wolf. The Alameda Park is home to the Toy Train Depot and Museum with delightful exhibits and train rides for children of all ages. The Cottonwood Arts and Crafts Festival held each Labor Day Weekend in the park features handmade crafts, plus music, entertainment and food. The park is also host to the Tularosa Basin Historical Museum, which contains a collection of historical photographs, documents and relics. The museum is owned and operated by the local Tularosa Basin Historical Society. The Aubrey Dunn Jr. Visitor Center is at the south side of the park. On an eastern foothill, the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Theatre are dedicated to artifacts and displays related to space flight, research and the Space Age, including the International Space Hall of Fame. (See story on Page 17.)

White Sands National Monument is 13 miles southwest of Alamogordo at an elevation of 4,235 feet. The monument area is the southern part of a 275-square-mile field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. It is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. These glistening dunes have starred in many movies and provided recreational fun for hundreds of thousands of visitors over the past 91 years. White Sands National Monument has the highest visitation of any park or geological attraction in the state of New Mexico. Southeast of Alamogordo is Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, a 640-acre park at 4,363 feet that preserves rancher Oliver M. Lee’s historic 19th-century ranch house. The park at the base of Dog Canyon provides opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, a nature trail, and guided tours of the ranch house. North of town on U.S. 54 are pistachio farms and wineries: Eagle Ranch Pistachios with Heart of the Desert Wines and McGinns’ Pistachioland with Arena Blanca Wines. Both offer company stores selling the principal products plus tours. Farther north on U.S. 54 is the federally managed Three Rivers Petroglyph Site located midway between Tularosa and Carrizozo. Many of the estimated 21,000 petroglyphs can be easily viewed from a one-mile winding trail open to the public. The petroglyphs are thought to have been done by Jornada Mogollon people between about 1000 and 1400 A.D. Located at 9,000 feet altitude and 16 miles east of Alamogordo is the rustic mountain village of Cloudcroft, created as a resort by the 19th-century railroad to subsidize its logging spur into the mountains. The logging trains are gone, but Cloudcroft survives as a beautiful mountain resort that attracts visitors to the cool pines of the Lincoln National Forest above Alamogordo.

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Outdoor recreation is king in Ruidoso, where the beautiful alpine setting surrounded by over a million acres of wilderness and national forest is ideal for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Golf at one of four spectacular mountain courses; each course is situated against breathtaking backdrops rarely matched by courses elsewhere. During the winter months, Ski Apache, the southern-most ski resort in the United States, offers warm-weather powder skiing and snowboarding for skiers of all skill levels. Ruidoso Winter Park offers a snow tubing area with the largest tubing snow making system in the Rockies and exclusively designed tubes for three to six riders. If you are looking for an even bigger adrenaline rush, the Apache Eagle Zip Line at Inn of the Mountain Gods and the Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour at Ski Apache offer unique and breathtaking rides that promise to rank among the world’s best zip line experiences. Both are available year-round. Wander the boutiques of Ruidoso’s walkable midtown shopping district for unique clothing, art and handcrafted jewelry. Wine and dine in restaurants and bars along the way. Discover a plethora of fine art at more than 50 galleries and artists’ studios; the area hosts several annual art events, including the Ruidoso Art Festival, a juried fine art show that has been a Ruidoso tradition for more than 40 years.

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Summer brings horse racing to the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, where the All-American Futurity, the richest quarter horse race in the United States, is held every Labor Day weekend. Not visiting during the racing season? Try your luck at a trio of casinos that are open year-round. Immerse yourself in the history of Billy the Kid Country: Discover historic Lincoln, walk the streets of the infamous Lincoln County War and visit the courthouse where Billy the Kid shot his way out to make his escape. Experience “Billy the Kid’s Last Escape” during Old Lincoln Days held each August. Explore the beautiful grounds of pre-Civil War Fort Stanton where Kit Carson, Black Jack Pershing and the Buffalo Soldiers were based during the Apache Wars. Living history weekends take place at the fort each month, and every July, Fort Stanton LIVE! brings this historic site to life with reenactments, live music and historical presentations. Ruidoso’s most popular event is the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, held each October. Thousands of fans of all things cowboy descend upon the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino for a weekend of Western swing, cowboy storytelling, roping and riding demonstrations, a kid’s rodeo, a Western arts and crafts show, and the World Champion Chuck Wagon Cook-off. After all of this activity, do what locals enjoy most. Put your feet up on a deck rail, enjoy the cool breeze, and revel in the scenic beauty of this mountain village. Visit for more information, or call 877-RUIDOSO.

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Parade of Homes Santa Fe Style A Parade of Homes competition is not unusual in any city with an active housing market, but the annual Homebuilders’ Association Parade of Homes in the City Different, Santa Fe, is somewhat, well, different. In Santa Fe, the Parade of Homes is aimed straight at visitors, particularly people who are visiting Santa Fe and dreaming of a second home or a retirement villa. “We purposefully take advantage of high season, and the high-rolling, out-of-town guest,” Homebuilders’ Association Executive Officer Kim Shanahan says. “We absolutely cater to that high-end market.” “We also have a few affordable ringers, but for the most part we’re trying to show off that high-end Santa Fe style,” he says. There will be full-house remodels shown as well, often in the historic districts. Remodels, Shanahan says, are one way the homebuilders have sustained themselves in the recent economic downturn. Some of these remodels, he says, are like brand-new homes inside the footprint and fabric of an historic building. “That’s why people are fascinated them,” he adds. This year’s “Santa Fe Haciendas – A Parade of Homes” will take place on the weekends of Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 21-23. Called “the Southwest’s best open house,” it is a self-guided tour of new and remodeled homes. Maps are available at the homes, with a list on the Homebuilders’ Association website, Tickets are sold by local sports teams to benefit their programs. There are usually 2,0003,000 tour participants, Shanahan says. “It’s been really interesting the last couple of years. There have been almost no speculative homes produced for our Parade of Homes in the last couple of years,” he notes. “When you’re doing a spec home, you do something that’s safe. We’ve had homes owned by

homeowners who have hired builders to build their dreams. This has opened up Santa Fe style pretty dramatically and we hope that’s going to be a permanent thing in our market. There is no question that we are eagerly anticipating the ‘silver tsunami’ of aging baby boomers, and we hope lots will find their way to us and build that second home or retirement home here.” Meanwhile, another aspect of Santa Fe style is making itself felt. “Santa Fe builders have been on the cutting edge of green building for the past 30 years,” Shanahan says. “We’re now embracing a lot of the principles of green building science. Santa Fe has one of the most progressive green building codes in the U.S., and Santa Fe County has adopted its code. Our builders have come to embrace it. Now they’re competing to show who is the greenest.”

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Las Cruces Arts and Culture Scene is Strong If you’re in Las Cruces on the first Friday of the month, you’re in luck. That’s when the three Main Street city museums are open from 5 to 7 p.m. for the First Friday Downtown Ramble. Otherwise the museums are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. “First Fridays are really wonderful evenings in Las Cruces,” museum system administrator Rebecca Slaughter says. “All the Main Street galleries and museums open their doors and show off their new exhibits. It is a great time to celebrate the arts and see friends.” The event will acquaint you with the Las Cruces museum system, which has evolved from the efforts of local community organizations and individuals. Three of the museums are located in the downtown section of Main Street: the Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces Museum of Art, and the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science. The Las Cruces Railroad Museum is just a few blocks away. All are Smithsonian-affiliated museums. The Branigan Cultural Center, at 501 N. Main Street, was created in 1980 in the former Thomas Branigan Memorial Library when that institution outgrew its 1935 Pueblo Revival building. “The Branigan” became the city’s first museum with a mission to serve as a community gathering place, display exhibits and provide educational opportunities. In the mid-1980s, the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History evolved out of a satellite branch of the New Mexico Museum of

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Natural History. Housed in the Mesilla Valley Mall, it became part of the city museum system a few years later. The museum moved downtown to 411 N. Main in 2012 and changed its focus to become the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science. In addition to live animals native to the Chihuahuan desert, the museum has three permanent exhibits with all exhibit text and labels presented in both English and Spanish. Local art lovers touted the need for a museum of art, and the city funded one in the 1990s. The Museum of Art, at 491 N. Main, hosts regional, national and international juried and traveling fine art exhibits. The MOA also runs an extensive art studio class program for all ages. When the Santa Fe Railroad Company decided to abandon its 1910 depot, local historians and railroad buffs clamored to save the building. The city agreed to take on the depot and began developing what is now the Las Cruces Railroad Museum; the first full-time staff came on board in 2007. Located in the old depot at 351 N. Mesilla Street, the Railroad Museum interprets the railroad history of Las Cruces and the impact of the railroad on southern New Mexico. The city of Las Cruces museums provide public programs and more than 35 exhibitions relating art, nature, science, regional history and world cultures for their 125,000 annual visitors. Slaughter attributes the offerings to the hard work of the staff and more than 80 dedicated volunteers.

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Old Town’s Backstreet Grill Offers Great Food In Beautiful Surroundings Baja, California-inspired recipes, a tap room serving local brews and friendly restaurant management and staff have always been the backbone of the Backstreet Grill Restaurant and Tap Room in Old Town. The restaurant first opened in 2012, and owner Joyce Battaglia moved the restaurant into bigger digs in the carriage house of Plaza Hacienda in June 2014. The place got bigger, but the philosophy has remained intact. The relocation was a good move for chef Christopher James Cordova, who expanded the menu to include more creative food in a bright restaurant with a killer patio for patrons to view the Sandia Mountains to the east. “Chef Christopher James not only manages the Backstreet Grill, but he also is responsible for our beautiful and delicious food creations,” said Battaglia. “He does an impeccable job in leading our kitchen and service staff.”

Executive Chef Christopher James Cordova (right) John Spencer Jones Operations Manager (left)

Chef James graduated from the Cordon Bleu and then earned an MBA to meld his creative and business expertise. That’s a win for Backstreet Grill. His first claim to fame in the New Mexico restaurant world was his selection of street tacos. Those still are on the menu, but now there is so much more, such as tableside guacamole with a Baja twist, burgers and sandwiches. But the draw still is the tacos. John “Spencer” Jones is the operations manager. Spencer ensures quality and is always seeking creative new ideas. Spencer brings a distinct Baja California flare to the Backstreet Grill. On a recent visit we selected the duck, shrimp and fish tacos. They were savory, not loaded with cheese or smothered with chile. There are plenty of places in Old Town to visit if that’s your taste, but for a different, most satisfying flavor, Backstreet Grill is the place. The tap room portion of Backstreet offers local craft beers, with an emphasis on those from Albuquerque’s La Cumbre Brewing Co. Wine and spirits are also offered. The new site can accommodate 180 customers inside and outside. On a fine spring or summer day, choose the outdoor seating with the view.

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St. Clair Pairs Great Food With Award-Winning Wine There is no shortage of good food and wine in New Mexico. For some of the best of both, including New Mexico’s own awardwinning wines, visit the St. Clair Winery locations in the state. The 31-year-old winery, headquartered in the Mimbres Valley near Deming, has wine bistros in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Farmington, and a tasting room at Deming. St. Clair is the best-recognized label of the many wines produced by St. Clair Vineyard. The New Mexico company was founded in 1984 by Herve Lescombes, a fifth-generation winemaker from France. The sixth generation of Lescombes, Herve’s sons Florent and Emmanuel – run the company now. It was their thinking that a blend of southwestern New Mexico’s high-desert climate and French viticulture could be a success. Indeed, it has been very successful. More than a quarter million visitors enter the three bistros and the wine-tasting store each year to sample the St. Clair wines. The cost of its bottles ranges from $7 to $41, with a wine for every taste. The bistros are just that – small shops that feature American food with a local flair. The wine comes from the 180-acre St. Clair vineyard in the Pyramid Valley near Lordsburg. “This little winery has gone from very small to very big,” spokeswoman Lori Paulson says. “The thing that distinguishes us is that we listen to the consumers. We don’t try to tell them what to drink; they tell us what


they want to drink and we try to give them that. The winemakers are very approachable, and the company policy is to listen.” For instance, the Soleil line includes pre-mixed Mimosa made with fresh orange, mango and pineapple or pomegranate juice, which was something its customers said they wanted. DH Lescombes’ Imperial Kir is a fine celebratory libation. The St. Clair Gewürztraminer has won the Sweepstakes Award for Best White at the San Francisco Chronicle Competition. The stores cater to the regular customers, but they’re also welcoming to visitors from elsewhere. Bistro employees are always ready to suggest pairings with the food, or wines to take home to pair with your own cooking. St. Clair locations host several wine dinners, festivals and events, such as the Grape American Wine Festival at the Las Cruces bistro, or grape-crushing fun at the Albuquerque bistro’s St. Clair Crush Festival. And there’s an annual St. Clair Winefest every October in Deming. The 300-plus employees statewide are justly proud of this New Mexico company with an increasingly renowned New Mexico product. St. Clair’s Albuquerque Bistro, 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW B100; Deming Tasting Room, 1325 De Baca Road; Farmington Bistro, 5150 East Main Street; Las Cruces Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla.

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Santa Claran: R & R in the Heart of New Mexico Psst! Looking for a great place to get away for the weekend? Someplace to renew the old romantic ties or maybe have a little fun at the slot machines or table games and eat some good food? Find out if your old magic touch with the bowling ball and pins is still intact? Play golf on an award-winning course? Maybe you’re looking for a place to get together with your far-flung sales associates, where everyone can unwind and relax while building togetherness with a little fun? Maybe you and your buddies are looking for a not-so-faraway place to enjoy a convivial golf weekend or explore the enchanting, historical sites of northern New Mexico? Here’s a tip: the Santa Claran Hotel Casino in the center of Española. This fabulous place of understated elegance and warm hospitality soars seven stories into the blue skies of New Mexico. It was designed and built in traditional pueblo style – no surprise because it is wholly owned by Santa Clara Pueblo and sits on pueblo land checkerboarded into the city of Española. It’s a place to escape to the beauty of the Southwest, experience the hospitality of Santa Clara Pueblo and discover more than you expected to find. You’ll walk into a welcoming, arts-and-crafts-style interior in a hotel with 124 rooms with 21 suites, wifi Internet access, a seventhfloor function space with panoramic views, 16,000 square feet of event and meeting spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, a 24-hour business center and gift shops featuring the work of local pueblo artists – all with an adjacent casino, bowling center, lavish pool, two tasty restaurants, an upscale bar and a coffee bar that proudly brews Starbucks coffee. And at the Santa Claran, you’ll be within a short driving distance of many of northern New Mexico’s famous attractions. The worldrenowned Santuario de Chimayo is just to the east, in the heart of the village famous for its weavings and other arts. A drive up the High Road to Taos will take you to Truchas, the locale of “The Milagro Beanfield War,” and to Las Trampas, whose ancient mission church was featured in “Bless Me, Ultima.” The Santa Claran also operates Black Mesa Golf Club, an 18-hole course designed by Baxter Spann that is ranked one of America’s Top 100 by Golf Magazine. You will play and relax on flowing fairways beneath dramatic sandstone ridges next to a sprawling, mountainous valley. The club can accommodate any size or type of tournament or golf outing, so polish your clubs and get ready! The on-site Black Mesa Grill offers excellent dining as well.

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The unique feature of a stay at the Santa Claran is the opportunity for a look into the pueblo’s historic past. Using material found at the Puyé Cliff Dwellings, ninth-century pueblo people sculpted their homes in the soft volcanic rock of the Parajito Plateau. Handhold trails carved into the rock allowed them to travel between levels. The awe-inspiring views found voice in their name for the place: The Place Between Earth and Sky. Puyé was occupied until the 1600s, when the pueblo people completed their migration into the valley below to cultivate new fields. Santa Clara Pueblo maintains the Puyé Cliff Dwellings, once the pueblo’s ancestral home and now a National Historic Landmark on NM 30 and Puyé Cliffs Road. Puyé Cliffs has the cliff dwellings, early pueblo architecture, a 19th-century Harvey House and a breathtaking vista of northern New Mexico. The Puyé Cliffs Welcome Center at the road intersection is a place to top off the tank, buy a newspaper, grab a snack, light breakfast or lunch, and purchase Santa Clara Pueblo souvenirs. But the best way to experience the Puyé Cliff Dwellings is on one of the tours operated by the pueblo. Tickets can be purchased at Puyé Cliffs Welcome Center or directly at Puyé Cliff Dwellings. There’s a Harvey House tour to the restored 1930s Harvey House and its grounds. The Harvey House was built by the Fred Harvey Company as part of the chartered Indian-country tours the firm offered to railroad passengers. There is the Puyé Cliff Dwellings Tour, a onehour guided tour of the trains and the cliff dwellings. The one-hour Puyé Cliff Mesa Top Tour will take you to the mesa top by vehicle, without much climbing. And finally, the two-hour Puyé Cliffs Adventure Tour combines the Puyé Village, Mesa Top and Cliff face in a rich exploration of the fascinating history. All this, and a vibrant hotel and casino, too! | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


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Headlined by the Nationally acclaimed Quebe Sisters, the 13th annual Wildlife Music Festival allows for plenty of time to enjoy the zoo and other park features. Come see the “best outdoor venue for bluegrass in New Mexico” and enjoy music from James Reams & The Barnstormers, and Dave Stamey. • July 24th – 26th | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


Chip, Swing and Savor the Views at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe Golf Course


Course Highlights • 360-degree views of southwestern bliss/southwestern terrain • Exclusive low rates starting at $16 • Nationally ranked executive par 3 course has been featured on Golf Life and Fox Sports Television Networks If you golf at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe, you will be cradled in one of the state’s most awe-inspiring settings. Nestled in the vibrant and dramatic scenery of northern New Mexico, this golf course has been praised for its jaw-dropping beauty and challenging yet accessible link-designed mutinies. “The 360-degree views and exclusive low rates make this golf course unlike any other in the Southwest region,” said Jennifer Romero, MRC/golf course manager. “Its breathtaking images and charm make this municipal golf course an unbeatable experience.” However, don’t take your eyes off the golf ball too often. Just before you’re about to swing, you will savor the sites of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Ortiz and Sandia mountain ranges, along with all the southwestern charm for which Santa Fe is known for. To say it is world-class golf in a world-class golf setting is not just an overstatement. “Its uniqueness shines from the native southwestern terrain and scenic mountain views,” said Romero. “In addition to the

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charm, our staff provides excellent customer service. We also have exclusive, yet affordable, rates and amenities.” Situated eight miles west of the historical downtown Plaza, Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe has been featured on Golf Life and Fox Sports television networks. In addition, golf experts have praised it as a nationally ranked executive par 3 course. Travel + Leisure Magazine voted it one of the “top three big little courses” in the United States. There are two distinctive courses: the executive par 3 called “The Great 28” and the Championship18 hole course. Greens on the 18-hole course have five sets of tees ranging from forward tees of 5,045 yards to the championship test of 7,415 yards from the back tees. The executive par 3 tees range from forward tees of 1,030 yards to the championship test of 1,615 yards from the back tees. If you are new to golf and play from the forward tees, the course is more accessible. The golf course manager and staff at Links de Santa Fe never forget that golf is about testing your ability every time. It’s a game played to test you both mentally and physically. Wherever you hit from, enjoy the challenge and take a moment to savor the vistas before your approach. It will be well worth your time to stop, chip and swing at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.

Traces of Iconic Route 66 Still Part of the Passage With its filling stations, drive-up motels, diners and dust, Route 66 in the 1930s looked a lot different than it does today. However, along this stretch of historic road are interesting stops for motorists of any age. As it moves across the state of New Mexico, U.S. Highway 66 generally follows the region’s traditional east-west transportation corridor through the center of the state along the 35th parallel. According to the National Park Service, the topography of this route had always presented special challenges to New Mexican road builders even before the coming of Route 66 in 1926. New Mexico’s elevation along this path varies from a low of 3,800 feet at the Texas border to over 7,200 feet at the Continental Divide near Thoreau, creating a roadbed characterized by climbs, descents, switchbacks and cuts. The creation of Route 66 and a federal highway system in 1926 coincided with the beginning of widespread automobile ownership and the rise of automobile tourism. New Mexico Route 66 became fully modernized during the Great Depression as the federal government undertook massive public spending programs, many of which concentrated on road building. Between 1933 and 1941, New Mexico was a major recipient of these funds, and therefore a Route 66 for more modern times was built. In that year, New Mexico’s section of the highway was significantly shortened and straightened by eliminating the major exception to the state’s east-west course: a giant S-shaped detour in the center of the state that ran northwest from the eastern town of Santa Rosa to Romeroville and Santa Fe, and then south (through Albuquerque) to Los Lunas. At that point, the road turned once again in a northwesterly direction toward Laguna Pueblo, where it finally resumed its western direction. The new alignment shortened the road, reducing Route 66’s total New Mexican mileage from 506 to 399 miles, and routed the highway directly on an east-west axis through Albuquerque and its famous Central Avenue. By the end of 1937, the paving of Route 66 throughout the entire state was complete, making Route 66 New Mexico’s first fully paved highway. The Road Segments The historic road segments described below follow Route 66 east-towest through the State of New Mexico, highlighting some of the history and the sites a motorist might enjoy. Glenrio to San Jon Extending from the Texas border at Glenrio to two miles east of San Jon, this 14.6 mile segment of Route 66 runs almost two miles south of Interstate 40 through the sites of the early homestead towns that lined the now abandoned Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Notable along this segment are four creosote-treated beam bridges east of Endee built during the 1930 alignment. These structures characterize bridge building over many of the flood plains and shallow riverbeds of the state in the 1920s and early 1930s.


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Chama: New Mexico’s Mecca for Year-Round Fun One of the best-kept secrets in New Mexico is the enchanting Village of Chama. Sitting at an elevation of 7,860 feet, Chama is nestled high in the Southern Rockies, just a few miles from the Colorado border. The historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad steam trains leave the Chama depot daily from Memorial Day weekend to mid-October. Riding the railroad is a day trip of exhilarating mountain views and fall colors. Fishing local trout streams and lakes is a leisurely pleasure, and for a real experience, try salmon sagging in November and ice fishing during the winter. Hikers and mountain bikers find many trails, including the Continental Divide Trail nearby. The Sargent’s Wildlife Area surrounds Chama with meadows and trails for hiking and horseback riding. Hunting adventures with reliable guides are close to town. Chama has a lively Western-style business district with lodging, RV parks and cozy dining establishments. Located at the junction of Highway 17 and U.S. 84 (take the “Chama Highway” out of Española), the Village of Chama is the perfect destination for anyone seeking scenic outdoor recreation. Cool times in cool pines are the epitome of summer fun in Chama’s cabins and vacation ranches. Crowds gather in Chama for the famous Fourth of July fireworks display. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad offers a fireworks train in the evening. Chama Days, the second weekend of August, is always fun with a softball tournament, NMPRC rodeo, dances and parade. Oh, yeah, and it’s an absolute mecca for winter sports, too! Surrounding mountain passes have a reliable base of snow all winter. The varied terrain of the mesas and mountains make the area around Chama ideal for winter recreation. Groomed trails and marked tracks crisscross easily accessible public lands. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, everything but downhill skiing, are abundantly available in Chama’s gorgeous mountains. Every January, on Martin Luther King weekend, Chama hosts the Chama Chile Ski Classic races. Over the holiday weekend cross-country ski and snowshoe races offer fun for experienced and novice racers. The Sno-ball Hot Air Balloon Rally fills the sky over Chama the last weekend in February. For your safety and comfort, bring layered clothing and check with the local ranger district before heading out to hike or ski. Never travel alone and make sure you are adequately prepared. At these altitudes, the weather can sneak up on you.

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Conditions Right for Adventure at N.M. State Parks New Mexico State Parks include diverse wonders, expanses of deserts and plains, mountains, streams and historical sites. These places contain significant natural, cultural and recreational resources as well as wildlife viewing, birding, camping, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, hiking, star parties, educational and special events for all ages. We invite you to try something dynamic and new going on right now at your New Mexico state parks, we are the official sponsor of adventure! Catch a Memory Fishing is one of the most popular activities at New Mexico’s state parks. Twenty-four parks have ponds, streams, rivers or lakes, providing a variety of fishing experiences. Choose from a lazy afternoon casting for pan-fish or a high-energy adventure fishing for 40-inch Tiger Muskie. State parks and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are partners in supporting the best fishing opportunities in the state. Even when water levels are low, the fishing (and catching!) can be great.

Connect to the Enchantment One of the best ways to experience a state park is by camping under the stars. Different camping experiences are available and whether you like to roll out your sleeping bag or curl up in your RV, there’s a perfect campsite for you. Many people like to camp in a tent, and the state parks have many quiet spots designated for “primitive” camping. These sites may or may not have a tent pad and can include boat-in and beach camping. The state parks can accommodate a wide range of developed camping experiences, from the smallest camp trailer, pop-up or a fully loaded RV. Have a favorite spot in mind? Reserve it online! Most campgrounds have a certain number of campsites set aside for reservations up to six months in advance. Explore Diverse Trails There’s no better way to relax, recharge and rejuvenate than to spend time outdoors. Hiking a trail is one of the best ways to reconnect with nature and get to know a park. Twenty-two of New Mexico’s 35 parks have established trail systems. Whether you are interested in an easy and quiet nature hike or if you want 40 | SUMMER • WINTER 2015

a more adventurous experience, hit the trail in a state park. Make hiking in a state park part of your happier, healthier lifestyle. Splash into Hidden Gems New Mexico is fortunate to have many picturesque lakes and rivers. Beautiful sites abound, often accessible only by paddlecraft. If you haven’t experienced paddling at Heron Lake State Park, you are missing an amazing experience. Journey to a shoreline campsite to watch osprey hunt for fish during the day, and at night enjoy clear night skies. No experience? No kayak? No problem! Heron Lake guides lead half-day or single-day trips and can provide boats. Spring and early summer water releases allow for beach launching of kayaks and canoes from the campground below the dam at Elephant Butte Lake State Park for a fun run into Truth or Consequences. Spy and Be Amazed For a growing number of people, birding is a great way to spend time outdoors. And there’s no better place to go birding than at a state park. It doesn’t take much to get started – a pair of binoculars and a good guidebook is all you need. Start your birding adventure on the New Mexico Birding Trail. Some of the state park sites on this trail are: Pancho Villa, Rockhound, City of Rocks, Leasburg Dam, Percha Dam, Caballo Lake and Elephant Butte Lake State Parks. Venture to the Heavens The night sky has informed and inspired humans for thousands of years, and New Mexico is blessed with spectacular, dark night skies. Nestled among volcanic boulders, City of Rocks State Park’s observatory was the first in the system, due to its dark skies on the plains between Deming and Silver City. The roll-off roof allows for amazing viewing, and visitors can see distant galaxies and night sky objects on video monitors or through smaller scopes. Clayton Lake State Park’s state-of-the-art telescope and regular star parties afford visitors stunning views of the night sky as well. The night sky observatory at Leasburg Dam State Park features many great programs and research projects provided by the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces. For more information on a New Mexico state park near you, please visit












C The Art World at Ventana Fine Arts Ventana Fine Art has for 32 years been a prime attraction for art lovers who come to Santa Fe for a visit or for a wonderful place to live. Located in a historic former schoolhouse on legendary Canyon Road, Ventana offers a tempting array of the finest original paintings and sculptures. Contemporary and traditional works by established and emerging masters are displayed Albert Handell in nine spacious rooms Santa Fe Gold 16” x 20” and in sculpture gardens Item #13004 Pastel $7,800 on all sides of the historic building. Painters John Axton, John Nieto, Albert Handell and Doug Dawson have been major draws for the three-plus decades of Ventana’s remarkable success. Nieto has been honored by major museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Wildlife Museum, the Marine Corps Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Heard Museum and many others. Nieto’s universal appeal has won Frank Balaam him collectors around the globe, Shelter of Balaam’s Wood 36” x 24” Item #16110 Oil $3,150 including Germany, France, India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and every state in the U.S. At 79 years old, Nieto continues to produce works of stunning originality, beauty and authority. Handell and Dawson are widely respected teachers of painting in addition to being prolific artists in oil and pastel. Both are authors of books on painting and frequent contributors to fine art publications; both have been inducted into the Pastel Hall of Fame, and both have won numerous honors and awards.

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Axton wins new collectors by developing new stylistic idioms and keeping earlier stylistic periods alive with always-fresh takes. Axton is a master manipulator of the oil medium, able to create every aesthetically pleasing texture, composition and color design that comes to his perpetually creative mind. From softfocus minimalism to the | SUMMER • WINTER 2015

boldest non-objectivity, Axton shows a special genius in every painting and every phase of a truly remarkable career. Rebecca Tobey’s sculptures are known for the astonishing originality, beauty and meaningful power evident in every piece, from the smallest miniature to the monumental. Mrs. Tobey and her late husband, Gene, enjoyed a 20year artistic collaboration, during which they pioneered two concepts in sculpture that distinguish their work and have given it enormous appeal.

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Painters Jennifer Davenport, Barry McCuan, Lynne Windsor, Jean Richardson, Tamar Kander, Frank Balaam, Mary Silverwood, PaulHenri Bourguignon and Gregory Smith all have unique styles and artistic ideations, coupled with John Nieto technical brilliance that Dos Apaches 16” x 20” provides endless aesthetic Item #15045 Acrylic $7,500 enjoyment. Interior and exterior sculptures by James Agius, Roger Martin, Obie Simonis, Malcolm Alexander, Michael Masse and Carol Savid bring grace, whimsy and sheer beauty to the mix. Paintings and sculptures on view at this must-see gallery please the eye and nourish the soul, making Ventana a complete delight in every season and for every reason. Owner and director of Ventana Fine Art since 1983, Connie Axton is as passionate about community involvement as she is about her destination gallery on Canyon Road. She is an active member, past treasurer, current and past president, and frequent board member of ARTsmart; a founding member of the Canyon Road Merchant Association; and a member of the Santa Fe Gallery Association, the Better Business Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce. She has been honored with the Mayor’s Award for her work with ARTsmart and was named to the Santa Fe New Mexican’s annual list of “Ten Who Made a Difference” for her John Axton contributions to the success of the Chaco Rain 40” x 30” Item #16285 Oil $7,000 many ARTsmart programs.

Explore History Where it Happened, On Site New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Whether you are in New Mexico to experience rich culture, history or vistas, there is very little room for debate that you are someplace very special. Few places can boast a history as rich and unique as that of the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico Historic Sites offers seven storied places where the past is particularly palpable. The sites speak for themselves and transcend history – from indigenous people, Spanish conquistadors, Civil War soldiers and the men and women of the Wild West. Take to the highway and explore New Mexico history on la tierra, our land. Lincoln Historic Site Off of U.S. Highway 380, visitors drive through the Lincoln National Forest and foothills of the Sacramento Mountains to get to the old west, the little town of Lincoln. This is the former, and still famous, stomping ground of notorious William H. Bonney, Billy the Kid. He was a real person who has been placed in folklore as one of the most prolific criminals of the Wild West. The Kid is long gone, but Lincoln remains as one of the bestpreserved Western towns in the country. There are about 40 buildings in the town that look much like they did more than 130 years ago. Lincoln’s most visible historic site is 10 miles from Fort Stanton, which also is worth a visit. Many visitors choose to visit both sites in one trip. For more information, visit http:// Fort Stanton Historic Site Off of N.M. Highway 220, near Lincoln, sits Fort Stanton, one of the most authentic military posts in the United States. Established in 1855, Fort Stanton is one of the most intact 19th-century military forts in the country and is the best preserved fort in the state. The 240-acre site once played roles in the Indian and Civil wars. Even if visitors aren’t military history buffs, they will experience Fort Stanton’s setting in the beauty of the Lincoln National Forest and the Sacramento Mountain foothills. Over its 150-year history, Fort Stanton was an integral part of westward expansion and the state’s western era of lawlessness (Billy the Kid), the Lincoln County War, a tuberculosis epidemic (1920s), the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, and the internment of German sailors during World War II. For more information, visit Coronado Historic Site Off of U.S. Highway 550, just west of the town of Bernalillo, is Coronado Monument. It’s set in the high desert along the banks of the Rio Grande and is glorious at sunset almost any time of the year. Coronado is a firstcontact site, similar to Jamestown, Virginia (1607) or Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620), but dating to 1540. Coronado was the locale for the state’s first


contact between Europeans and Native Americans, specifically the Spanish and the Tiwa, in this region of North America. At Coronado, visitors can see 500-year-old Kuaua murals and enter the Painted Kiva, which provides a glimpse of the Tiwa’s religious ways and their people. Tiwa is still mostly shrouded in secrecy today. In 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado – with 500 soldiers and 2,000 Indian allies from New Spain – entered the Rio Grande valley somewhere near this site. He was searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Instead of treasure, he found a dozen villages inhabited by prosperous native farmers. In addition to its historical value, Coronado is a nice place to take in a family picnic under a ramada with magnificent views of the Rio Grande and Sandia Mountains. For more information, visit Jemez Historic Site Off of N.M. Highway 4, and set in the Jemez Mountains and the Santa Fe National Forest, this historic site was the place where the Franciscan mission system played a role in the colonization of New Mexico, the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and New Mexico as we see it today. Gisewa is an ancestral village of the present-day Jemez Pueblo, a sovereign nation of 3,400 members, about 60 percent of whom live on tribal land. Gisewa is a Towa word that translates to “village by the sulphur,” referring to the nearby hot springs in the area. Jemez is said to be a place of spiritual power, where people go to soak in the natural occurring hot springs (at a number of bathhouses and spas in the town) and breathe in the mountain air from the surrounding pine forest. The stone ruins of Jemez are some of the best-preserved ruins in the American Southwest. For more information, visit http:// Fort Selden Historic Site In the Chihuahuan Desert off U.S. Interstate 25 is the ghostly adobe ruins of Fort Selden. Near the town of Radium Springs, this historic site was built in 1865 to protect American settlers from thieves and Apache raiders, particularly those along the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, or Royal Road to the Interior. The 1600-mile land route connected Mexico City in the south with the pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) in the north. Fort Selden marked the last place travelers could find vegetation and water before embarking on the unforgiving stretch of the road known as the Jornada del Muerto, or Journey of Death heading north. By 1891, the railroad had made the Camino Real obsolete, and Fort Selden was abandoned. The Army gathered all the wood, windows and other fixtures from these adobe buildings to be repurposed at other forts or sold. Now, these adobe walls are continued on page 52 | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


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El Rancho de las Golondrinas: A Living Museum One of Santa Fe’s most natural family-fun venues is also the most outstanding: El Rancho de las Golondrinas, in the rural village of La Cienega southwest of Santa Fe. El Rancho de las Golondrinas – “the ranch of the swallows” – is a living-history museum built on the site of a genuine Spanish Colonial hacienda. That ranch and way station was on El Camino Real, the Royal Road into the province of New Mexico from Mexico City.

date from the early 1700s. In addition, historic buildings such as a flour mill from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. The museum is a working farm, with part of its acreage cultivated.

Golondrinas offers its visitors an in-depth look into the life skills, celebrations, music, dance and many other aspects of life during the Spanish, Mexican and Territorial periods of the Southwest. It’s not digital and there’s no glitz. The ranch was founded 300 years ago and is now a “living museum.” Opened by a non-profit organization in 1972, it recreates 18th- and 19thcentury Spanish Colonial and Territorial life on a 200-acre site. Guides dressed in period clothing demonstrate how people lived, employing skills like weaving, hide-tanning and blacksmithing. Its acequia (irrigation ditch) system is on the National Register of Historic Places. Some original colonial-era buildings on the site

Weekends often feature special events at Golondrinas. There is an $8 admission charge for adults, but children ages 12 and under are always free. Your children can be immersed in the culture of Spanish Colonial times with the hands-on activities and demonstrations. Special events include a Civil War Weekend with battle re-enactors, May 2-3; Spring Festival and Fiber Arts Fair, June 6-7; Herb and Lavender Fair, June 20-21; Santa Fe Wine Festival, July 4-5; ¡Viva Mexico!, July 18-19; Summer Festival and Wild West Days, Aug. 1-2; Hands-on History: A Day Camp for All Ages, Aug. 15; Fiesta de los Niños, a weekend geared toward children, Aug. 29-30; Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, Sept. 19-20; and Harvest Festival, Oct. 3-4. Information can be found at or 505-471-2261.

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Summer of Color 2015 Bursts Out in Santa Fe New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Generations of artists have been drawn to the colors found only in Santa Fe – the vast sky, endless landscape, and multi-hued Native jewelry and dress. Those colors – in fact more than a rainbow’s worth – brighten the City Different between this Memorial Day and Labor Day. Proclaimed Summer of Color by Mayor Javier Gonzales and taking center stage on Museum Hill, many of the city’s leading cultural institutions will coordinate their exhibitions and events by featuring a specific color – red, turquoise, orange, indigo and silver, among them. Some of the participating museums are the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. See who’s doing what and get ready to immerse yourself in a Summer of Color here Museum of Indian Arts and Culture – This museum is as wellknown for the spirited and colorful Native American dancers in full dress and the music programs it presents, as it is for its color-rich exhibitions such as its ongoing examination of the quintessential Santa Fe color, turquoise. With Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning, the museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry is highlighted. The exhibition presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. For more than a thousand years, people in the Southwest have used turquoise for jewelry and ceremonial purposes and traded valuable stones both within and outside the region. Turquoise, Water, Sky presents more than 400 necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrating how the stone was used and its deep significance to the people of the region. Ancient, Pueblo (Santo Domingo, Zuni and others), and Navajo traditions are explored. The exhibit ends with a display of dazzling contemporary artistry. “Turquoise stands for water and for sky, for bountiful harvests, health and protection,” said Maxine McBrinn, Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. “The color blue-green symbolizes creation and the hope for security and beauty.” This comprehensive consideration of the stone runs through May 2, 2016.

Silver and Turquoise Necklace Circa 1885

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Museum of International Folk Art – This perennially popular museum is a parade of color, from the bright lobby and gift shops to the interactive galleries of folk art from around the world. Opening May 17 is an exhibition about a color that has inspired artists’ imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia, The Red That Colored the World. The Red That Colored the World combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use of cochineal, an insect-based dye that

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produces brilliant reds. Use of the dye originated with indigenous peoples of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus and then spread throughout the world. Visitors will be able to see the little-known cochineal bugs and their camouflage by using iPads with a microscopic attachment. The exhibition follows the use of the precious dye from Mexico to Europe to the U.S. and beyond with a display of more than 130 objects – textiles, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts, clothing and more – from the Museum Tavavera Jar of International Folk Art (MOIFA), private lenders, and museums around the world. The exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red. Visitors are encouraged to try red clothing on, take pictures and join in the social media commentary. The Red That Colored the World reflects the unique international uses of color, revealing its role in the creative process, and the motivations of artists in their choice of materials. Beeswax Candles The Red That Colored the World is on display in Santa Fe through Sept. 13, 2015. New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors – “Adobe Summer features Santa Fe’s iconic adobe buildings and reveals the earth’s colors – pearly white, sandy tan, cinnamon red, chocolate brown and shades in-between,” said Shelley Thompson, director of marketing and outreach for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. “This series of programs explores the ins and outs of adobe construction, maintenance and history,” she added. “This all happens with a focus on the Palace of the Governors, often called a national treasure by architecture experts and historians alike.” Various programs occur on May 31, July 25, Aug. 7, Aug. 12 and Aug. 28. Visit for times and details. The New Mexico Museum of Art – As part of the Santa Fe 2015 Summer of Color, The New Mexico Museum of Art will present the exhibition, Colors of the Southwest. The artwork in this exhibition showcases the special qualities of color and light found in the Southwestern United States that have attracted artists for generations. The exhibition will encompass an array of art created from the early 20th century to the present and will include paintings, photographs, prints, watercolors, and ceramics. Included are iconic works by artists such as Victor Higgins, Gustave Baumann, Sheldon Parsons, Dorothy Morang, Louise Crow, Andrew Dasburg, Fremont F. Ellis, William Penhallow Henderson, Kate Krasin, Robert Daughters, Eddie Dominguez, Helmuth Naumer, Warren E. Rollins and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie. The Museum of Art’s exhibition celebrates color’s entire spectrum and runs through Sept. 20, 2015. | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


Albuquerque Hispano Chamber Welcomes Visitors With Events and Gatherings


It is no secret that New Mexico is home to many people of Hispanic heritage; many of them from families that have been here for 400 years or more. So it should be no surprise that there are enough Hispanic business people in Albuquerque to form a large Hispano chamber of commerce. In fact, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has been ranked the very best Hispanic chamber in the country by a national organization of Hispanic chambers. And why is this important to travelers in New Mexico? Because the AHCC has its own Convention and Tourism Department, funded by the city of Albuquerque’ Lodgers Tax and operated under the chamber’s administrative umbrella. Tourism and travel are critical economic development drivers for Albuquerque and are New Mexico’s number-two privatesector industry. The Convention and Tourism Department promotes Albuquerque as a

destination to Hispanic and Native American conventions and events that help draw visitors to Albuquerque. They are events that will enhance your visit to the state, educate you and your family about the state’s cultures, and make you want to return. One of the bigger events is the Gathering of Nations Powwow, one of the largest Native American festivals in North America with more than 3,000 participants and 80,000 spectators from around the world, which occurs in Albuquerque late April of every year. This remarkable presentation highlights the way of powwow life and teachings, which are handed down from the elders to the younger generations. On May 11-13, the AHCC Convention and Tourism Department will present the New Mexico Native American Economic Summit, a non-profit organization made up of more than 425 professionals, tribal entities, governments, small businesses, organizations,

artisans and individuals. The summit is cosponsored by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico and the State of New Mexico Indian Affairs Department. In June, the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque takes place. Festival Flamenco is a true celebration of cultural exchange, and of course, flamenco. This global event includes a number of workshops, along with spectacular performances by world-class performers. Events will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Rodey Theatre at UNM. Then, July 8-11, the AHCC Convention and Tourism Department will present Mariachi Spectacular, which includes a four-day intense study of mariachi music and the opportunity for young students to learn firsthand from talented maestros, culminating with the Mariachi Spectacular Concert at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Sandia Resort. The Showcase Concert on July 10 fosters growth continued on page 62





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The Lodge Resort and Spa Golf Course 18 Holes of Scottish traditional golf in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains ......................................... 575-682-2566 Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ......................................... 575-437-8284 New Mexico Timeshare Enjoy the real pleasure of Mother Nature by camping out! ......................................... 575-682-2551



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Adobe Rose Bed & Breakfast 1614 N. 13th Street.......... 575-748-3082 Toll Free........................... 888-909-7673 Artesia Inn 1820 S. 1st Street............. 575-746-9801 Toll Free........................... 800-682-4598 Best Western Pecos Inn 2209 W. Main................... 575-748-3324 Toll Free........................... 800-676-7481 Budget Inn 922 S. 1st Street............... 575-748-3377 Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast 209 West Main................. 575-748-2552 Hotel Artesia 203 N 2nd......................... 888-746-2066 Legacy Inn 2210 W. Main ......................................... 575-748-3904



Artesia RV Park & Storage 201 W. Hermosa............... 575-746-6184 On site owner and manager Flipkey Vacation Rentals ......................................... 857-366-6061 Toll Free........................... 877-354-7539 Explore and enjoy Artesia! For a complete list of lodging options, events and area attractions please visit our website, ......................................... 800-658-6251

Recently renovated Albuquerque Convention Center




The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce specializes in Hispanic and Native American conventions and events. Let our department connect your attendees with a cultural experience.

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The Candy Lady Moved! The Candy Lady has moved to a new location at 424 San Felipe. Albuquerque’s popular sweet shop is still in Old Town, just east of its former location that dates back to 1980. The Candy Lady’s business is firmly based on two things: great candy and great service. “We make several kinds of fudge, with and without chile; bonbons and truffles with caramel and nuts; chocolate-dipped strawberries; and 60 varieties of licorice,” says owner Debbie Ball. “When people come in, we greet them and give them samples and visit with them to see what they’d like. I don’t think anybody can beat us for customer service. That’s why people come back.” Most recently, The Candy Lady has gained fame as a one-stop shop for “Breaking Bad” items, including crushed blue crystal candy, T-shirts, coffee cups, the Heisenburg hat, custom PEZ dispensers, lapel pins and more. The Candy Lady provided the crushed blue crystal candy used in the first two years of the Breaking Bad series. And as always, The Candy Lady retains its X-rated confections that earned the shop widespread media coverage in its early years. (Remember when North Valley churchgoers expressed their objections by picketing in front of the store in the early 80s?) Ball is usually working at the store while giving customers her special perspectives on life and chocolate. Stop by and say “hi” when you get a chance!

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Albuquerque’s Old Town Bustles Year-Round Old Town is the most historic district in Albuquerque, dating back to the city’s Spanish founding in 1706. For years it has been a popular shopping and tourist destination. Old Town consists of about 10 blocks of historic buildings grouped around a central plaza. On the north side of the Plaza is San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1793. Many of the buildings in Old Town are houses that have been converted into restaurants and small shops. A few hotels and bed-andbreakfast establishments are located within walking distance.

attraction. Guided walking tours of Old Town are available. Around Christmas, thousands of paperbag lanterns, called “luminarias” in Albuquerque and “farolitos” in Santa Fe, line the streets and walkways of Old Town and its environs. Bus tours are offered for eager viewers.

Interestingly, Old Town did not become an incorporated part of the city of Albuquerque (“New Town”) until the 1940s. The puebloSpanish-style architecture with flat-roofed adobe buildings and frequent activities around the center of the plaza have made it a popular tourist | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


2372 S. State Road 17, PO Box 306, Chama, NM 87520 PH(575) 756-2306 - fax(575) 756-2892 - Andy’s Safety Service & Repair

Corkin’s Lodge

Foster’s Hotel / Restaurant / Bar 575-756-2296


Lowe’s Supermarket

Rotary Club of Chama Valley

575-759-3663 Enjoy gaming, dining, libations, shopping and more!

Crist Chiropractic Center

Freedom Realty, Inc. 575-756-1351 / 756-4717

Mountain View Tours, Inc.

Sagebrush Mini Storage & Talley Construction

Arriba Concrete & Construction

Cruces de mi Corazon

575-756-2282 Auto Repair

Apache Nugget Casino

575-756-2599 Concrete, Sand & Gravel

Bob’s LP Gas, Inc.

Telephone: 575-588-7261 Lodging / Cabins 575-756-1536 575-756-4794 Unique Gift Store

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

575-588-7012 Propane Distributor

888-286-2737 / 575-756-2151 Longest Railroad in North America

Branding Iron Motel

Cumbers Adventure Tours

800-446-2650 / 575-756-2163 Lodging

Brazos Chama Cabin Rental 505-286-0591 Weekly / monthly Rental

Brazos Lodge & Rentals

719-376-2161 Snowmobile & ATV Rentals

Cumbres Nordic Adventures 575-756-2746 Yurt Rentals

575-588-7707 Lodging / Condos

Cumbres Suites

Chama American Auto Parts (NAPA)

Dancing Wolf Resort

575-756-2101 Auto Parts Distributor

575-756-2963 Lodging

Chama BoxCar Café

Devereaux Studio

575-756-2706 Dining

Chama Collectibles

575-756-2291 Antique Store

Chama Station Inn

888-726-8150 / 575-756-2315 Lodging

Chama Title Co., Inc.

1-877-756-9139 / 575-756-9139 Lodging / Continental Breakfast

505-490-3030 Artist

El Meson Lodge

575-756-2114 Lodging & RV Park

El Rito Studio Tour


El Vado Ranch & RV Park

575-756-1862 Property Titles


Chama Trails Inn

575-756-2105 Cabins & Lodge

800-289-1421 / 575-756-2156 Lodging

Chama Valley Dental Care 575-756-2901 Dental

Chama Valley Humane Society 575-588-9056 (H) Animal Humane Organization

Chama Valley Lodgers Association

Elkhorn Lodge

Encanto B & B

575-756-0867 www.encantobnb Bed & Breakfast

Espanola Hospital / Presbyterian 505-753-1501

Espanola Valley Board of Realtors


505-689-2347 / 505-927-3229

Chama Valley Studio Tour

Far Flung Adventures

575-756-2315 Studio Tour

Chama Valley Times

575-756-2530 Newspaper

Choice Wireless

575-756-2479 Telephone Distributor

Cliffview Restaurant & Bar 575-588-7842 Dining

Community Bank

800-359-2627 or 575-758-2628 Rafting


575-756-1008 Eatery Establishments

Felix Key Service

575-756-4127 / 575-756-2486 Key Distributor

FerrellGas Co.

575-756-2118 Propane Distributor

Fishtail Ranch

575-588-7884 575-588-7212 Horseback Riding, Fishing & Hunting Outfitter • WINTER 2015 50 | SUMMER

Friends of the C&T Scenic RR


Friends of Heron & El Vado Lake 575-588-0150(h) www.friendsofheronandelvadolakes. org Supporters of the Heron & El Vado Parks

Frontera Imports, LLC

575-756-1050 Gift Shop

Gandy Dancer B & B

Telephone: 575-756-2191 Bed & Breakfast

Ghost Ranch Ed. & Retreat Center 505-685-4333 ext 4198 Educational Center & Lodging

High Country Restaurant & Saloon


The Hotel & Gift Shop

800-982-8679 / 575-756-2416

Innerglow Bodywork (Massage) 575-756-4606


575-756-9937 Artist – Portraits & Graphics

KZRM Radio 96.1 575-756-1617

La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba 575-588-7252 www.laclinicadelpuebloderioarriba. com Medical Facility

La Zorra Glassworks 575-756-1014 / 2315 Glasswork Gift Shop

Las Cumbres Community Services 505-753-4123 Learning Services

Lightheart Inn

575-756-1370 Lodging / Guest House

Little Creel Lodge & RV Park 575-756-2382

Little Rock House on Maple 575-756-1957 Guest House Rental

Lodge at Chama (The)

575-756-2133 Hunting Outfitter; Lodging

Lopez Excavating

505-490-1910 / 575-756-1910

Los Alamos Medical Center


Los Alamos Nat’l Laboratory 505-665-4284 / 665-4400

520-292-1183 Shuttle Limo Service & Charter Bus Service

Mountainview Mall

575-756-1000 Clothing Apparel & Gift/Coffee Shop

New Mexico Gas Company 505-324-3738

New Mexico Office Products 505-753-7271 Sales / Discount supplies

North Central Community Based

575-756-2327 Provides Charitable, Educational, and Community Social Services

North Central Regional Transit District 866-206-0754 Public Transportation

575-588-0348 Promotes Community Service 505-901-7656

San Jose Catholic Church 575-588-7470

Satterwhite Log Homes


Shear Encounter Hair Salon 575-588-9541

Sky Mountain Resort RV Park 888-759-6686 / 575-756-1100

Southwest Farrier 970-946-3685 Horseshoeing

Speed Queen Laundry


The Springs Resort

1-800-225-0934 Hot Springs Resort

Spruce Lodge


Panda Garden Chinese Restaurant

St. Jerome’s Episcopal Church

The Parlor Car


575-759-0099 / 970-903-6272 575-756-1946 Bed & Breakfast

Quinlan Ranches New Mexico 575-209-1618 Lodging & Guided Hunts

Ralph & Son Enterprises

970-731-4585 Chimney Cleaning & Repairs & Stove Installations & Inspection

Rancho del Vado

505-821-7177 or 505-459-3638 www. Realty

Rancho Escondido De Chama, LLC 575-756-1521 Guided Hunts

RB Outfitters

575-756-1409 Guided Hunts

Red Foxx

575-756-2963 Clothing Apparel / Gift Shop

RE/MAX Professionals Plus


Rio Arriba Stuntmen Association 575-209-0164 www.rioarribastuntmenassociation. com Reenactors Promoting the Region

Rio Chama RV Park

575-756-2303 riochamarv

River Bend Lodge

800-288-1371 / 575-756-2264

Ron Alcorn Insurance Agency 575-756-2197 www.ronalcorninsurance House & Vehicle Insurance


St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Steam Train Hotel in Antonito 719-298-8908



TAK Technology Inc.

575-588-7133 Computer Services

Ticket Mania

407-396-4152 Specializes in online sales of Discount Theme Park Tickets.

Tierra Wools & Casita 575-588-7231 Weaving & Crafts Shop

Timberline Gifts / Lucky Dollar Pawn


Toya Construction

575-756-4306 (cell) / 756-1732 Plumbing Services

Twin Rivers Campground & RV Park 575-756-2218

United Country NNMRE 575-756-2196 Realty

United Way of Northern NM 505-663-3891 Provide resources to focus on greater community needs.

Vista Del Rio

800-939-9943 / 575-756-2138 Lodging

Washington Federal Bank 575-756-2357

Y Motel



La Vida Llena Brims With Retirement Options If your vacation plans include scouting a possible retirement location, Albuquerque – with its gorgeous blue skies, mild climate and vital, multicultural lifestyle – is definitely a place to look. And if you’re looking for a convenient place to establish a new lifestyle, La Vida Llena is a place you must check out. La Vida Llena means “The Full Life,” and that describes living in La Vida Llena.

culture. Besides a full complement of physical therapy and recreational equipment, every week brings a full list of in-house presentations influenced by the outstanding museums, cultural institutions and special events of northern New Mexico, including the University of New Mexico, the Hispanic Cultural Center, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The joint effort of four Albuquerque-area congregations, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist and St. Paul’s Lutheran, this not-for-profit corporation was founded in 1979 to guide the development of a non-denominational retirement community. The vision was to create a unique retirement community that offered an active, secure and rewarding independent lifestyle. La Vida Llena became Albuquerque’s only LifeCare retirement community and during the past 36 years has more than doubled in size. Now, with two related campuses, one in Albuquerque and another being built in suburban Rio Rancho, it has won awards for its facilities and services, staying true to the original vision.

In short, La Vida Llena may be just the ticket—your ticket to a fuller, more exhilarating senior life than you had believed possible!

The complete spectrum of care for life in retirement is available. There are comfortable independent living apartments of various sizes, including independent townhome living in the “casitas.” The unique aspect of LifeCare is the availability of long-term care services on site, including full nursing care to high-end assisted living residential apartments and memory care.


La Vida Llena is recognized as one of the leading progressive senior living alternatives within New Mexico. This tradition will continue with the addition of the new community coming in Spring 2016 – The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho. Additionally, La Vida Llena stands apart for the quality of its activities and events for fun and leisure and arts and

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C Historic Sites: History Where It Happened (continued from page 43)

melting into the desert floor, offering visitors a last glimpse of another time. For more information, visit fort-selden. El Camino Real Historic Trail Site Another site off Interstate 25, near Fort Selden, is a stretch of El Camino Real, one of the earliest trade routes through New Mexico. Near the quaint little town of San Antonio, this 300-yearold road has been described as the longest and most extensive archaeological site complexes in New Mexico and is the earliest Euro-American trade route in the United States. El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (the Royal Road to the Interior) was the main north-south artery for commerce with Mexico and was used until the railroad arrived in 1878. Established by Don Juan de Oñate in 1598, El Camino Real used numerous earlier trade routes established by Mesoamerican and North American tribes. The road stretched 1,600 miles from Veracruz, inland through Mexico City, north to Chihuahua, through El Paso, to Socorro, Albuquerque and Santa Fe and on to the pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh. Historically, this road led to the exchange of culture, foods, ideas, languages, materials and faiths. Today, El Camino Real is only intermittently visible as ruts in the desert lying parallel to US I-25.For more information, visit http://

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Bosque Redondo The site of one of the grimmest chapters in New Mexico history is the Bosque Redondo Historic Site, near Fort Sumner off of U.S. Highway 60. The state’s Eastern plains surround the grounds and a museum. Over the course of two years, the United States army captured an estimated 10,000 Navajo and forced them to walk 450 miles from their homeland in the Four Corners area to the Bosque Redondo Reservation, a tragedy known as the Long Walk. Mescalero Apaches were taken prisoner, too, and by 1864, the reservation held more than 8,500 Navajo and nearly 500 Mescalero Apache. Many suffered and died during the journey. More died at the reservation from exposure, disease and starvation. The Bosque Redondo Memorial honors the people who suffered and died here, as well as those who lived, eventually returning to their homelands to heal themselves and restore their way of life. For more information, visit Any of the seven sites brings with it a unique look and learning experience about New Mexico. Visiting a New Mexico historic site promises to grant visitors a deeper understanding of those who have gone before us and helped make us who we are today.

calendar of events spring/summer 2015 For information and detailed schedules for all events, call the number listed or visit the organization website.

Ongoing Events Santa Fe Farmers Market Santa Fe Railyard Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., year-round Tuesdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., May-Nov. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. 505-983-4098 Railyard Artisan Market Santa Fe Railyard Every Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. 505-983-4098 Santa Fe Artists Market Santa Fe Railyard Park Saturdays through November 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. 505-414-8544 Downtown Growers’ Market Robinson Park, Albuquerque Saturdays through Nov. 7, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take the short walk to 8th St. & Central. 505-243-2230 Rail Yards Market Blacksmith Shop, Albuquerque Rail Yard 1st – 4th Saturdays, May-October 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take the short walk to 1st St. & Hazeldine. 505-600-1109 Art in the Afternoon Albuquerque Museum Every Saturday 2-5 p.m.

Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or Rapid Ride Red Line westbound to Old Town. 505-243-7255.

APRIL All Month Long Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy Exhibit New Mexico History Museum 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues. – Sun. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk to Palace and Lincoln or take the Santa Fe Pickup. (505) 476-5200

Come and visit


to see why it's...

All Month Long XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness Explora: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; Noon - 6 p.m. Sun. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66 or Rapid Ride Red Line westbound to Old Town. (505) 224-8300. April 11 Fiestas de Albuquerque Old Town Albuquerque 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66 or Rapid Ride Red Line westbound to Old Town. April 25 Earth Day Celebration Albuquerque Botanic Gardens 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66 or Rapid Ride Red Line westbound to Central and Tingley Dr. (505) 764-6214. continued on page 77

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C Immerse Your Soul at Tamaya Resort Paul and Kathy Mann and their two boys recently visited Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. New Mexico residents, the young family was looking for a place to have a family-friendly adventure, and Tamaya fit the bill. Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is situated on 500 acres of lovely Santa Ana Pueblo land. It offers an authentic Native American cultural immersion. “Beaches are great, but they are all pretty similar,” says Paul. “We like to take our sons to different places to experience different foods, activities, cultures, which is educational at the same time.” Tamaya has an on-site cultural museum, and numerous Srai-Wi classes in Native American-inspired art and crafts, from pottery making and adobe brick making to bread baking. “Or,” Kathy chimes in, “you can have a thrilling time with outdoor adventures right here.” Imagine getting your outdooradventurer kick on with miles of Tamaya’s beautifully groomed hiking and nature trails in the river bosque, mountain biking to Jemez dam, and the chance to ride horseback at the stables. “Another cool thing about the Stables at Tamaya,” adds Kathy, “is that it also is a fully operational horse rescue. It’s heart-warming to be able to go trail riding and then make a donation, knowing you’re making a difference in these animals’ lives.” Nine-year-old Eric says, “I thought the pool was great. I liked going fast down the water slide; it was really dark in there. That was awesome!” Tamaya offers three pools: Kiva, adult only and open year-round; Plaza pool, the family fun pool; and Oxbow, with water sprays and something for the little ones.

Or try the Santa Ana Star Casino next door, spa treatments, couples’ massages, a 24-hour fitness center, geocaching, and a professional 18-hole golf course. Interested in an even more exotic adventure? How about hot air ballooning? Full-time concierge services help arrange fabulous day trips to the intriguing ancient city of Santa Fe, 45 minutes north; Albuquerque, 20 minutes south; or the fascinating pueblos in the area. Matthew, the teenager in the Mann family, says one of his favorite day trips from Tamaya was hiking through Tent Rock. “I liked the huge, cool rock formations, red-colored slot canyons that you can squeeze between, and crazy views from the very top,” he says. Hyatt Regency Tamaya was voted a Family Vacation Critic favorite and is a “Parent Test-Parent Approved” (PTPA) resort. Its delectable dining options, including the James Beard invitee Corn Maiden restaurant, are mainly supplied from on-property vegetable gardens, a fruit orchard and herb gardens. The culinary team also emphasizes local and regional farmers for its proteins and produce. As Paul says, Tamaya is a place to learn, in the easiest and subtlest ways. In keeping with the earth-honoring ethic of the minority owners, Santa Ana Pueblo, the resort composts all food waste and maintains a honeybee garden that provides almost 50 pounds of honey a year for use in the kitchens and in the spa. Gray water is recycled on the beautiful, extensive grounds. Tamaya translates into “a quiet and special place” in Keres, the native language of Tamayame, the Native American people of Tamaya. In the most enjoyable ways possible, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is just that.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure? Found. Experience a southwest resort as unique as you. Hot air ballooning, mesa top horseback riding, mountain biking, exquisite cuisine. Book now and get your third night free.*

*Offer valid at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. Guest must book and stay at least two consecutive (2) paid nights to receive one (1) additional free night. Offer also includes free breakfast each morning at the Santa Ana Cafe for up to two (2) people. Offer subject to availability. Blackout periods may apply. Check the website for additional terms and conditions.

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Cerrillos Hills State Park ......................................... 505-474-0196

Eagle Nest Lake State Park ......................................... 575-377-1594

Cimarron Canyon State Park ......................................... 575-377-6271

El Vado Lake State Park ......................................... 575-588-7247

Clayton Lake State Park ......................................... 575-374-8808

Fenton Lake State Park ......................................... 575-829-3630

Conchas Lake State Park ......................................... 575-868-2270

Hyde Memorial Park State Park ......................................... 505-983-7175

Coyote Creek State Park ......................................... 575-387-2328

Morphy Lake State Park ......................................... 575-387-2328

nm state parks Santa Rosa Lake State Park ..........................................575-472-3110

Ute Lake State Park ......................................... 575-487-2284

Storrie Lake State Park ......................................... 505-425-7278

Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park ......................................... 575-377-2293

Sugarite Canyon State Park ......................................... 575-445-5607

Villanueva State Park ......................................... 575-421-2957

STATE EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION LOCATIONS Santa Fe – Main Branch 813 St. Michael’s Drive Santa Fe, NM 87505 .................................................... 505-983-7328 Toll Free...................................... 800-983-7328 Santa Fe 4920 Promenade Blvd. Santa Fe, NM 87507 ....................................................505-983-7328

Albuquerque 3451 Candelaria NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 .................................................... 505-884-0128

Los Lunas 1870 Emilio Lopez Loop Los Lunas, NM 87031 ................................................... 505-565-8400

Belen 19390 N Hwy 314 Belen, NM 87002 .................................................... 505-864-0335

Rio Rancho 7851 Enchanted Hills Rio Rancho, NM 87144 ................................................... 505-884-0128

Las Vegas 1201 Mills Ave. Las Vegas, NM 87701 .................................................... 505-454-1111

Traces of Iconic Route 66 continued from page 37

San Jon to Tucumcari Running across the rangelands and irrigated farmlands of eastern Quay County, this 23.9-mile segment is largely unaltered beyond normal road maintenance. The segment generally follows what was known as the Ozark Trail, a regional trail association that preceded the creation of the federal highway system in 1926. The roadbed was paved with a hard surface in 1933. Cuervo to Junction with SR 156 This long-abandoned stretch of Route 66 offers unbroken views of scenic vistas of the eastern New Mexico rangeland. Interstate 40 is so well removed to the north that it does not impinge on the historic feel of Route 66. This part of the Mother Road that leads from Cuervo to State Road 156 consists of 6.9 miles built as part of the realignment during 1932. Typical of most ascents along Route 66, a yellow median stripe in the road and a gas station awaited motorists at the rise, a spot now marked only by the building’s foundation and concrete pump. Albuquerque to Rio Puerco This 8.5-mile section is marked by a scenic descent from Nine Mile Hill into the Rio Puerco Valley and a through-truss bridge across the steeply eroded banks of the Rio Puerco. At the segment’s eastern end at Nine Mile Hill, the summit offers notable scenery. Eastward lies the emerald chain marking the middle Rio Grande Valley, with Albuquerque stretching across the valley to the Sandia Mountains beyond. To the west is the Rio Puerco Valley with Mount Taylor, rising above to 12,000 feet. Many travelers who drove the Mother Road during the historic period fondly recall the vistas at Nine Mile Hill, especially the views of Mount Taylor and Albuquerque at night, as some of the most inspiring in the American West. Crossing the Rio Puerco is a Parker throughtruss bridge with its original bridge plates affixed to the headwalls of the reinforced concrete approaches. Federal funding was then used to construct the Rio Puerco Bridge in 1933. Laguna to McCarty’s This 17.7-mile road section passes through both Laguna and Acoma tribal lands, gradually ascending into the Rio San Jose Valley through the Route 66 Rural Historic District, which encompasses approximately 216 acres and seven buildings. The sandstone cliffs of Paraje Mesa to

the north and red willows lining the Rio San Jose to the south present a rich Southwestern landscape. The seven buildings at the two roadside trading posts offered several roadside services including gas, food, lodging, towing, and auto repairs. The Budville Trading Post (1938) and Villa de Cubero (1936) are two of the best remaining examples of earlyroadside architecture catering to passing motorists. McCarty’s to Grants Passing through several miles of lava flow, known locally as malpais, this 12.5-mile road section presented a challenge to early road builders during the Depression. During the 1930s, numerous New Deal projects improved this portion of Route 66. A grade separation was added at Horace in 1934, and the entire road section was paved in 1935-36, when a pony truss bridge and a concrete subway were also constructed near McCarty’s. With Mount Taylor rising over 12,000 feet to the north and the Zuni Mountains to the west, the terrain suggests the rugged Southwest, especially where the road weaves its way through the malpais. Milan to Continental Divide This 31.4-mile segment was designated as State Highway 6 in 1914 and a part of the National Old Trails Highway, a trans-regional road association that preceded the creation of the Federal highway system in 1926. The road’s climb out of the Rio San Jose drainage toward Continental Divide takes motorists out of an area that was known for its irrigated agriculture, especially carrots, in the 1940s. The discovery of uranium and development of nearby mines in the 1950s is evident in distant tailing piles and settling ponds near Bluewater. Manuelito to the Arizona Border This 8.4-mile section takes motorists by yellow and red sandstone cliffs rising abruptly from the valley floor, often covered by juniper and pinon trees. evidence of the nearby Navajo Nation lining the road, this segment had a close association with the Indian Country image that drew many motorists to the Southwest. Information for this article came from the National Park Service. Maps and more details about Route 66 can be found at travel/route66/new_mexico_road_segments.html/ | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


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Colorful Detours Emerge at La Fonda By Cindra Kline

La Fonda, in Santa Fe was once the focal point for “Southwest Indian Detours.” The brainstorm of the Fred Harvey Company, detours began in 1926 and offered comfortable, informative trips through the Wild West, allowing for good meals and a good bed come nightfall. Harvey Girls at the landmark La Fonda wore colorful uniforms – a distinct variation from their traditional black-and-white outfits. One example, a blouse with bright embroidery, is in the recently updated mezzanine display at the New Mexico History Museum. A variation of Harvey Girls, deemed “Indian Detour Couriers,” guided sightseers through their adventures. In 1929, just three years after detours began, La Fonda had to expand capacity, says Jenny Kimball, one of the new owners of La Fonda. In La Fonda’s Santa Fe Room, an original map by renowned artist Gerald Cassidy from “back in the day,” shows the routes taken for Indian Detours, mostly to local pueblos. “The bones of this hotel are still here, and beautiful,” says Kimball. “We wanted to obliterate the extraneous stuff and return to the original vision. There are 15 room types, but rooms within a room type vary. It’s definitely not cookie cutter. Of the original headboards commissioned by Mary Colter, seven or eight survived so we repaired those, then replicated the shape and design.” “Local artists were commissioned to paint them. Each headboard is individual. And each guest room contains a list of the artists, so guests can seek out the signature and know who signed their headboard,” Kimball adds. Despite the timing of the Great Depression, La Fonda thrived, in large part to hosting the Indian Detours. Its vibrant past is now being kept alive through recent renovations, and the similar tours of Martha (“Marti”) Hopkins Struever pay homage to the spirit of detours long past. Since 1979, Struever has guided personalized trips through the Gallup, Taos and Shiprock regions, with an emphasis on Native American art, cuisine and an overall appreciation for the beauty of New Mexico. “I hesitate to even call them tours,” Struever says. “To me, a tour is a bunch of people on a bus. I really strive to educate people and prefer the word seminar. I recently had a comment, from a woman from Michigan, who said she had no idea of the intellectual content that would be on the trip.” “We include time at Toadlena Trading Post, and incorporate experts in Native American history and art as guides,” Struever says. Groups are limited to 25, keeping the experience intimate. “By 1987, we were doing four trips a year for the Crow Canyon Archeological Center. At this point, I’ve done well over 60 trips,” she says.

Handpainted headboard in La Fonda guest room

Following each trip, Struever prepares for her annual August show at the Eldorado hotel, just off the Santa Fe plaza, featuring Native American jewelry, baskets, pottery

and other premium items. For 2015, she plans to showcase an impressive estate collection. While Struever’s well-respected show is at the Eldorado, she retains a soft spot for La Fonda and its historical importance to Santa Fe. Another feature of La Fonda is the distinctive, in-depth windows Street view of La Fonda that line the lobby and entrance hallways near the newsstand, where local artisans and galleries feature their actual wares – a unique advertising twist. “All kinds of items are on display, from clothing to belts to jewelry to art. We have a five-year waiting list, and it is coveted space,” says Barbara Felix of Barbara Felix Architecture A recently renovated room at La Fonda + Design, Santa Fe. “People love them.” Felix was the primary architect on La Fonda’s recent renovations. Keeping the past fresh in guests’ minds was top of mind for both Kimball and Felix. “Those wonderful headboards aside, our firm looked at the furnishings and furniture and assessed information to set priorities,” says Felix. “Jenny helped us with (identifying) objects original to the hotel. For me personally, the biggest reward was the yellow plaster. We had letters from the original designer, Mary Colter, saying she wanted yellow plaster walls. Yet over time, with all of the previous renovations, there had become a terra cotta cast and darkness. Wooden beams had been painted black. It was not as bright and cheery as Colter originally envisioned it. I wanted to restore that brightness and cheeriness.” A remnant of Colter’s beloved yellow was discovered during demolition: “Above the bar, on the first floor, we found yellow plaster. Up, literally, above the ceiling. And we were thrilled, because we’d almost mimicked it with the yellow paint color we were using to replicate the plaster. We ended up using the yellow in a triangular pattern – a cloud pattern used by some pueblos on their pottery to indicate clouds. We did it full height, above the doors. Felix says. “From the Fred Harvey/Mary Colter era, circa 1929 doors had a wood transom with different cloud patterns taken from Pueblo pottery,” Felix says. “We wanted to remain true to that and the concept of bringing in light and sunshine, even if we couldn’t open much actual daylight into a space.” Additional Gerald Cassidy masterpieces were cleaned up. “One of the advantages to now having a smoke-free facility is we were able to have nine or 10 paintings by Cassidy preserved up by conservators – after decades of smoke had permeated the images,” Felix says. “He painted fullstanding portraits, ranging from a pueblo chief to Kit Carson, as well as the Indian Detour map. They are all original to the Harvey era.” For Struever, La Fonda retains its magic: “For many, many years the guests for our seminars stayed at La Fonda,” she says. “I think it’s wonderful. That’s where I put my own family when they visit.” On your next visit to Santa Fe, consider resting your head on a lovely bed beneath one of La Fonda’s lovely, historic headboards. | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


Choose Your Wild Life!


Many years ago, someone asked Robert Geronimo I, the son of Geronimo, what the Apache Heaven was like. He looked surprised. “It’s just like home,” he said calmly. “Big mountains, tall trees, high grasses, fast horses, good hunting.” When you visit the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s marvelous resort hotel and casino, the Inn of the Mountain Gods, or its fabulous ski resort, Ski Apache, you’ll realize that answer is not as ingenuous as it seems. How wonderful to live in a place so beautiful that heaven is just like home. Nestled in a heart-pounding, high-mountain setting of pristine, natural beauty, the Inn of the Mountain Gods has a well-earned reputation for impeccable service, mouthwatering cuisine for every palate, exhilarating gaming action, fine entertainment and breathtaking alpine scenery. Situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, just outside of Ruidoso, the Inn of the Mountain Gods brings guests back again and again to enjoy the clean mountain air, stunning panoramic views and exciting gaming options. This is a grand hotel, in a monumental mountain-chalet style. A stunning lobby featuring a sweeping view of the snowcapped mountains, lake and championship golf course starts your vacation here, and you’ll go on to find 273 luxury rooms and suites; numerous dining options ranging from a signature steak and seafood restaurant to a scrumptious buffet; 40,000 square feet of meeting space; and a 38,000-square-foot casino. There are original works of art throughout the property, roaring fireplaces in the lobby, and a tranquil setting that makes the everyday world feel a million miles away. There is so much to see and do beyond the adult activities of the high-level gaming casino and its top entertainment. The resort is very much family-friendly, with amenities such as a boat dock, indoor pool and hot tubs, fully equipped workout facility, video arcade, clay sport shooting range, horseback riding stables and, of course, the 18-hole championship golf course. Outdoor activities like hiking, fishing and big game hunting can be arranged.

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In winter, Ski Apache adds to the fun as New Mexico’s premier ski and snowboard resort. It offers dozens of trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Here’s a tip: even before the snow flies, when the golds and russets of a southern New Mexico autumn still surround you, the tribe throws a little pre-season get-together. You can party on the mountain from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. There will be gondola rides, food, games, giveaways, t-shirts and more. Later in the year, the skiing and snowboarding is as good as it gets. Parking is free in both the main and upper lots at Ski Apache. There are 10 lifts: three quads, five triple, one gondola, one handle tow, and one conveyor lift. Ski Apache has 750 acres of terrain. The base elevation is 9,600 feet, and the top elevation is 11,400 feet. The runs are 20 percent greens, 50 percent blues and 30 percent blacks. Probably the most spectacular recent addition at Ski Apache is the Apache Wind Rider ZipTour, a stunning, three-span, zip-lining experience. This will be zip-lining like you’ve never experienced! This beautiful adventure begins and rises above 11,000 feet. It also is complete with parallel cables so riders can glide down the mountain side-by-side. The adrenaline-pumping, three-part zip tour, traveling at more than 65 mph, is more than 8,900 feet in length, making it one of the longest in the world, while offering a thrilling and unforgettable experience. The total tour takes an estimated time of one hour, while offering an adrenalin rush and the most spectacular view in southern New Mexico. Zip tours may be canceled due to excessive wind or fog. Please call to confirm on your scheduled day to check on weather conditions and to make sure it’s operating. Intoxicated riders will not be allowed. This is for their safety and the safety of other riders and guides. Terrain skiing is also available on trails that are marked and that are changed often – no boredom here. Boredom, in fact, is just not allowed at the Inn of the Mountains God or at Ski Apache.

Sweet Bloomfield Offers Hospitality and Vacation Options NW If you like friendly, small towns, you’ll love Bloomfield, a little community east of Farmington with 8,000-plus welcoming souls, small-town prettiness, great restaurants and lodgings, and a location that makes it truly “the heart of the Four Corners.” From Bloomfield, you’re less than a day-trip from the Salmon and Aztec ruins or Chaco Canyon, one of the U.N.’s World Heritage Sites. Like to fly-fish? You’re practically within an expert cast of the San Juan River, a great trout stream. You can find your best fishing, day-camping or picnicking sites at the Pine River, Cottonwood or San Juan River campgrounds at Navajo Lake, and still sleep in a comfy bed that night. If all that’s not enticement enough, Janet Mackey, chamber president, offers another. Bloomfield has a “wonderful” municipal aquatic center. What could be a better base camp for your Four Corners adventure? Where are the Four Corners? The name for the northwest quarter of New Mexico references the fact that this is the only place in the U.S. where the corners of four states meet neatly – New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. A Four Corners Monument marks the spot on the geographic surveys where the corners are contiguous. Take a selfie as you stand in four states at once!

The Four Corners region contains a vast array of vacationing highlights, from the Bisti Badlands’ unusual geologic features to the east; to the two U.N.-designated World Heritage sites (Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in New Mexico and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado); to the superb fly-fishing on the San Juan River; to the skiing available in the San Juan Mountains around Durango, Colo.; to the restored pueblo ruins at Salmon Ruins and Aztec Ruins. You’re even not too far from the Jicarilla Apaches’ reservation at Dulce to the east, where you will find a small but highly active casino. To the west is iconic Shiprock, one of the most fabulous geologic features of the Navajo Nation. Then there’s the spectacular, mesa-surrounded beauty of Navajo Lake State Park (created by the Navajo Dam), with its three recreational areas that enhance camping, fishing, boating, historical and educational opportunities. Sweet little Bloomfield is a hub of access for all this vacationing bounty.

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Angel Fire Events

Lifting the spirit to new heights develops new memories and an everlasting impression.

Balloons Over Angel Fire Balloons Over Angel Fire is the opening event for New Mexico’s hot air balloon season. Held over Father’s Day weekend, the event is bigger and better than ever in 2015! Be part of Ascensions, a balloon glow, see the Chile Challenge Pro GRT mountain bike race, enjoy a country gospel concert and golf amid a breathtaking mountain backdrop, all enjoyed in the cool, fresh mountain air in Angel Fire! Book your trip now for the 2015 Balloons Over Angel Fire hot air balloon festival! • June 19-21 | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


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Angel Fire Offers Mountain Fun and Breathtaking Scenery Angel Fire is one of the few small villages in the country with both a Chamber of Commerce and a Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. That goes to show you that, in Angel Fire, population 1,200, the welcome mat is always out. The tiny village sits at 8,400 feet altitude amid breathtaking alpine scenery in the Moreno Valley about 30 minutes east of Taos, where the Rockies begin their descent into northern New Mexico. Wheeler Peak, the state’s tallest mountain, is visible from many spots in Angel Fire. It began in 1967, when the Angel Fire ski resort was first established on 500 acres. In 1986, the little village that had grown up around the resort and accompanying real estate development incorporated itself. Today it is a year-round vacationers’ delight, with golfing, hiking, biking, fishing at the village lake or camping in the summer. Some of the West’s best skiing and snowboarding opportunities are offered in the winter. Angel Fire’s visitors report eye-popping sunrises and sunsets. In fact, the resort was named for the fiery evening mountain glow that regional Indians and white men alike called the fire of the angels. The area is blessed with cool summer temperatures and sunny winter days, so it attracts visitors from near (Taos) and far (France, Germany). It feels very western, but never crowded, and the people are friendly. Angel Fire denizens like to say it’s a resort town without resort prices.

The Angel Fire Resort Golf & Country Club is the perfect complement to the resort’s 18-hole PGA championship golf course. You’ll find a full-service golf shop with an on-staff PGA pro instructor; indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces; a modern fitness center with a yoga room; a private wine room; an upscale fine dining restaurant, Element; a downstairs Country Club Grill, offering lighter fare and patio dining; an indoor swimming pool; well-appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms; and even concierge services. Winter is time for fun in Angel Fire. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy southwest sun and snow; tubing and sledding, sleigh rides and snowshoeing also draw crowds. There is a Big Ol’ Texas Weekend celebrating the Wild West in January, and February brings the Shovel Racing World Championships with cash prizes and bragging rights for the fastest snow shovel on the mountain. The first memorial and the only state park in the U.S. dedicated to Vietnam veterans is located on Hwy 64 less than a mile from Angel Fire, overlooking the beautiful valley. The chapel and grounds are always open. The Peace and Brotherhood Chapel was constructed beginning in 1968 by Dr. and Mrs. Victor Westphall in memory of their son, David, who was killed in Vietnam. The grounds and garden that now surround the chapel and visitor center provide additional quiet space for contemplation and enhance the visitor experience for vets and non-vets alike. Thousands of photographs and other memorabilia from the Vietnam era are housed at the memorial.

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among school and community groups and is free to the public at the Civic Plaza across from the newly renovated Albuquerque Convention Center. The group receiving the highest score by judges opens the Spectacular main concert for the world-renowned groups. The Spectacular Concert held at Sandia Amphitheater presents renowned international groups in an ideal setting where students are able to appreciate the music performed by the best mariachi role models in the world.

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On Aug. 27-29 the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival hosts three nights of dancing under the stars at the Plaza in Old Town and at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on the Plaza Mayor and Fountain Plaza. Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival is a very complete event that brings the community together and offers an opportunity for local and out-of-town dancers, musicians, artists, performers and instructors to express and share all their most developed gifts! “Globalquerque,” a world music celebration, celebrates its 10th anniversary and includes artists from as far away as Honduras and Tunisia. This exciting event is set for Sept. 25-26 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Many events throughout the city of Albuquerque occur during national Hispanic Heritage month, the period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture. Then, in November, the 20th-annual Dual Language Education of New Mexico/La Cosecha Conference will occur. This national conference brings together educators, parents, researchers and practitioners who support dual-language enrichment programs in New Mexico and across the United States.

Taos Pueblo’s

1,000 Years Of Beauty, History & Heritage Taos Pueblo’s beauty is a marvel and its history is known beyond New Mexico’s borders, far and wide. Taos Pueblo is considered the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States by archaeologists who say ancestors of the Taos Indians lived in the valley long before Columbus discovered America and even hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages. Parts of this Northern New Mexico pueblo remain much like they did when the first Spanish explorers arrived in New Mexico in 1540. Those explorers were looking for the fabled Cities of Gold and believed Taos was one of them. Today the riches of Taos Pueblo are in the culture, history and traditions of its people. For architecture buffs, Taos Pueblo is breathtaking. The Pueblo is made entirely Blue Skies of Taos Pueblo. of adobe — earth mixed with water and Courtesy of Taos Pueblo straw, made into sun-dried bricks. Roofs of each of the five stories are supported by large timbers, vigas, hauled down from the mountain forests. Smaller pieces of wood, pine or aspen latillas, are placed on top of the vigas. The roof is then covered with packed dirt. The outside surfaces of the Pueblo are continuously maintained by plastering with thick layers of mud. Interior walls are carefully coated with thin washes of white earth to keep them clean and bright. The Pueblo is actually many individual homes, built side-by-side and in layers, with common walls but no connecting doorways. In earlier days there were no doors or windows and entry was gained only Red Willow Creek on a summer morning from the top. Taos Pueblo. By Cameron Martinez Jr.

The pueblo has about 150 people who live there full time and another 1,500 or so other families that own more modern homes to the north or south of the oldest two structures.

One of the most revered sites in Taos is the San Geronimo, or St. Jerome, Chapel. It was built in 1850 to replace the original church which was destroyed in the War with Mexico by the U.S. Army in 1847. That church, the ruins still evident on the west side of the village, was first built in 1619. It was then destroyed in the Spanish Revolt of 1680 but soon rebuilt on the same site. St. Jerome is the patron saint of Taos Pueblo. While Taos stands proud of its ancient history, there is a major modern historical event that also makes Taos Pueblo special. In 1970, 48,000 acres of mountain land, including the sacred Blue Lake, was returned by the U.S. government to the pueblo. It had been acquired in 1906 to become part of National Forest lands, but pueblo leaders and the community worked tirelessly to have the land returned, and they succeeded. Now Blue Lake and the acreage are being guarded by its people for the spiritual, cultural and economic health of the pueblo. The return of this land capped a long history of struggle. Blue Lake and mountains are off-limits to all but members of the pueblo. North House at Taos Pueblo, after the rain. By Cameron Martinez Jr.

The pueblo is open to visitors daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm, except during traditional closure days that require closing the Pueblo. Late winter to early spring the pueblo closes for about 10 weeks. Visit for more information and to view events open to the public.

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Top 25 Reasons to Visit Gallup All Year Gallup is a place where you can find adventure steeped in culture at any age and any fitness level. This small western city is a destination for shopping, outdoor adventures and cultural excitement – and a hub for day trips and getaways throughout the fabled northwest corner of New Mexico. It has abundant, choice hotel rooms and delicious dining at multiple fine establishments. Here are the top 25 reasons to visit Gallup:

1. Year-round, Gallup is the acknowledged “Indian Jewelry Capital of the World.” Treat yourself to unbelievable bargains at the several trading posts still in existence or the many jewelry galleries.

2. There are biking and hiking adventures galore. 3. Every evening Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can experience local Native American cultures through the free nightly Indian dances.

4. Get yourself “Cowboyed Up” during the Lions Club Rodeo, the largest amateur rodeo in the state, each year in June.

5. Year-round, float through the Red Rock Canyons just east of Gallup in a hot air balloon.

6. If you’re an intense biker, compete in the world-class High Desert Mountain Bike Trail in the “Dawn ‘til Dusk” mountain bike race, each year in May. Or enjoy the enchantment and endure the challenge of the incredible mountain bike race, “24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest,” home to the “USA Cycling 24 Hours Nationals” each year in June.

7. Watch the toughest cowboys take on the rankest bulls during the “Wild Thing Bull Riding Championship,” each year in July.


Have Christmas all year long by combining red and green chile on almost everything folks eat in Gallup.

9. Get to know many Native cultures through award-winning art, traditional dance and storytelling at the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, each year in August.

10. Year-round, take an exhilarating hike and then take in a

360-degree breathtaking view at the summit of Pyramid Peak at Red Rock State Park.


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during the Red Rock Balloon Rally each December.


Visit the largest of New Mexico’s 19 pueblos – one of the famous “7 Cities of Gold” – and eat fresh-baked “oven bread” in Zuni, year-round.

13. Travel the “Ancient Way Arts Trail,” and visit El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments along NM 53, a state scenic byway.


On a fabulous day trip, discover the way of life of the Anasazi (“the Ancient Ones”) and some of what they left behind at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chaco Canyon.


Spend a sunny afternoon in downtown Gallup enjoying the historic sights and nine beautiful hand-painted murals.

16. Share a big piece of authentic, fresh and hot Navajo fry bread with honey and powdered sugar.

17. At the Gallup Cultural Center and the Code Talker display at the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, learn to appreciate what the legendary Navajo Code Talkers accomplished while serving our country in World War II.


In September, participate in the Squash Blossom Classic halfmarathon, or just take a leisurely run, on the scenic “High Desert Trail.”

19. Have a howling good time at the nearby Wolf Sanctuary. 20. Spend nostalgic time with the stars at the historic El Rancho Hotel, “Home of the Movie Stars.”


Get a great deal on beautiful Native American art while you enjoy some of our authentic Southwestern food.

22. Escape to a cool place (even when it’s 90° in Gallup) at the regional Ice Caves.


Take in the “Land of Enchantment Opera” in your best jeans, boots and cowboy hat.

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This event for the entire family features a military ball, living history reenactments, lectures, garrison camp tours, live music, and much more from the days of yester-year.

Fort Stanton Historic Site 7 mi. SE of Capitan near U.S. 380 575.354.0341 Open seven days a week. Grounds open daily 8:00am to 5:00pm. Museum Hours: January and February Mon–Thu 11:00am to 3:00pm Fri and Sat 10:00am to 4:00pm Sun 12:00pm to 4:00pm Call to confirm times or for weather closures. March to December Mon–Sat 10:00am to 4:00pm Sun 12:00pm to 4:00pm Adults free; donations appreciated. | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


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It is Memorial Day and in New Mexico that means the temps are moderate, the sun shines like a diamond in the sky, and Elephant Butte Lake State Park heats up with boaters, campers and anyone looking to relax.

The city of Elephant Butte is relatively new. It was incorporated in 1998 with a mission of protecting the health and welfare of its citizens, preserving the small town quality of life, improving the already beautiful environment and encouraging further economic growth in the town.

Relatively central to all four corners of the state, the “Butte” is a great place to pretend you are on some coastal California beach, soaking up the Southern California sun. New Mexico sun might be a bit more intense, but for aquatic fun in the Land of Enchantment, go the Butte.

After incorporation, a mayor and council form of government was established. There has been statewide recognition of the rapid progress in establishing Elephant Butte as a major small community.

The City of Elephant Butte is located immediately west of the lake. The area is in the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, offering high-desert climates with warm days, cool nights and very low humidity levels. This is a wonderful area for year-round outdoor activities, including golf and fishing.

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offers restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, and developed sites with electric and water hook-ups for recreational vehicles. Elephant Butte Lake is also a fisherman’s paradise, known for record-breaking black, white, and striped bass, as well as crappie and bluegill. Elephant Butte Lake State Park encompasses 40,000 acres and has a visitor center and camp sites, which go quickly on holidays, so planning is essential. The lake offers miles of trails, sandy beaches and magnificent views along its 43-mile length, plus three marinas to serve boaters: Dam Site Marina; Marina del Sur; and Rock Canyon Marina. Visit, or call 575-744-5421. For lodging, check in at Riverbend (a good motel atmosphere, with soaking pools right on the river); Blackstone Lodge (uberhip and great, with a private soaking room); or the Sierra Grande Lodge (can you say private soaking and a great breakfast). All the in-between venues are just as impressive. No doubt, the bathhouses were the town’s biggest draw in the Hot Springs era, back when T or C was advertised as the City of Health. You could soak away your ailments. But for a getaway, a spa vacation with someone special or with your favorite girlfriends, this is the place. Today, the springs are quite popular in New Mexico spa/ soaking venues. You can party on a long weekend or go to the

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Most of T or C’s spas have been charmingly restored and are open to walk-ins who can pay to soak by the hour. There are 10 commercial bathhouses offering hot springs in the cool town’s easily walkable historic hot springs and commercial district. Visit to see all the springs, plus the events and special features of T or C. More information at


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Socorro: Enchanting Treasure in Southern N.M. Socorro means “help,” which is what the Spanish settlers led by the pioneer Don Juan de Oñate in 1598 received from the Piro Indians in the region after traversing a section of the Nuevo Mejico trail so arid and mean that the conquistadores had given it the name Jornada del Muerte, journey of the death. In the little valley by the Rio Grande, these travelers found help, so Oñate ordered some settlers to remain there and establish an outpost, 22 years before the Mayflower landed on the East Coast. The adobe mission church they started building in 1615, San Miguel, reflected their sense of gratitude. They first named it ”Our Lady of Help,” but after a mysterious stranger saved it and the cowering settlers inside from some insurrectionist rowdies in the 18th century, they decided they’d received divine intercession from the Archangel

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Michael and changed the name. In a particularly serendipitous moment in time, descendants of those helpful Piro Indians danced at a reconsecration last year after a $1.1 million, four-year restoration job. San Miguel Church

Socorro is an outdoor-recreation haven. Escondido Lake and Park offers fishing and camping, RV hookups, tent sites, bathrooms and potable water. Box Canyon Recreation Area is a popular site for camping, hiking and rock climbing. Elephant Butte Dam and its recreation sites are to the south. The annual USATsanctioned Chile Harvest Triathlon has a growing reputation among triathletes and is slated this year for Aug. 8. It begins with a sprint race and a youth race on Friday, Aug. 7, and the adult triathlon, which kicks off at the city pool on Saturday. Locales for less strenuous nature-walking also exist. In Socorro’s historic district, beautiful Elfego Baca Heritage Park is where you’ll learn about one of New Mexico’s legendary lawmen, and serene Isidro Pair of cranes at the Baca Park honors Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Socorroans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. There’s a thriving contemporary arts scene in downtown Socorro, where amazing galleries like Vertu Fine Art – in a classic old adobe building – are attracting visitors and locals alike. The annual downtown Art Stroll is scheduled for Dec. 5. Socorro also is home to New Mexico Tech University, which evolved out of the School of Mines. It is one of American education’s best-kept secrets. Its departments in lightning research, explosives/technology, petroleum hydrocarbon studies (geology/engineering/geophysics), hydrology, astrophysics and anti-terrorism technology rival continued on page 73

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Historic San Miguel Mission is one of the Oldest Catholic Churches in the United States, founded 1598

The Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico.

Bosque del Apache was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter here each year.

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San Miguel Inn 916 N. California St. Socorro, NM 87801 ..........................................575-835-0211

EconoLodge 713 N. California St. Socorro, NM 87801 ......................................... 575-835-1500

Sands Motel 205 N. California St. Socorro, NM 87801 ..........................................575-835-1130

Economy Inn 400 N. California St. Socorro, NM 87801 ......................................... 575-835-2263

Socorro Old Town Bed & Breakfast 114 West Baca St. Socorro, NM 87801 ......................................... 575-838-2619

Fite Ranch B & B P.O. Box 205 San Antonio, NM 87832 ......................................... 575-838-0958

Super 8 Motel 1121 Frontage NW Socorro, NM 87801 ......................................... 575-835-4626

the 19 pueblos of new mexico acoma - Acoma Pueblo, also

san felipe - The pueblo is well-

known as “Sky City,” is built on top of a 367-foot sandstone mesa.

known for its beautiful dancing, particularly for the Feast of St. Philip on May 1, when hundreds of men, women and children participate in traditional Green Corn Dance.

cochiti - Cochiti is the northernmost of the Keresspeaking pueblos with a population of about 1,502. isleta - Originally established in the 1300s, the name Isleta comes from the Spanish language and means “Little Island.”

jÉmez - The Pueblo of Jémez is the only remaining village of the Towa-speaking pueblos in New Mexico and is surrounded by colorful red sandstone mesas. laguna - Keresan-speaking Laguna Pueblo has six villages (Encinal, Laguna, Mesita, Paguate, Paraje and Seama) and is home to a notable business and industrial community. nambÉ - The Nambé Falls Recreation Area, located above the pueblo, offers swimming, lake fishing, a stunning double-drop waterfall and camping. ohkay owingeh - Ohkay Owingeh, known as San Juan Pueblo until the community returned to its pre-Spanish name, is the headquarters of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council.

picuris - Picuris is located in an isolated valley in the northern hills of New Mexico. They refer to themselves as the “People of the Hidden Valley.” pojoaque - The Pueblo of Pojoaque has always owned its land in communal title – the Pueblo has never been a federal reservation. The pueblo, located 12 miles north of Santa Fe, has two hotels, a casino and a world-class golf course. sandia - Originally named Nafiat, the pueblo was deserted in 1680 when the residents fled to Hopi Pueblo during the Pueblo Revolt. The people of Sandia did not return until the mid-1700s, and their old village is evident in ruins near the church.

san ildefonso - San Ildefonso is best known as the birthplace and home of the late Maria Martínez, who along with her husband, Julian, developed the worldrenowned black-on-black pottery with black matte designs. santa ana - Santa Ana Pueblo has a long history of progress. In 1709, the pueblo purchased 5,000 acres along the Río Grande to increase its agricultural production and land base. santa clara - Contemporary Santa Clarans believe their ancestors first lived in the nearby Puyé Cliff Dwellings, including Top House, a ruined mesa-top village built along a stunning cliff face in Santa Clara Canyon. santo domingo - The village people have a distinguished history of making fine jewelry and heishi.

taos - Taos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. It continues to enchant visitors as it has done for the past 1,000 years. tesuque - The name Tesuque is a Spanish variation of the Tewa name, Te Tesugeh Oweengeh, meaning the “village of the narrow place of the cottonwood trees.”

zia - Zia Pueblo is the birthplace of the familiar ancient sun symbol, which sports multiple stylized rays radiating in each of the traditional four directions from a central sun.

zuni - New Mexico’s most populated pueblo was the first native settlement visited in 1540 by Spanish explorers, who thought it was one of the legendary Seven Golden Cities of Cíbola.


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any in the country – at much less expensive tuition rates! Check out the beautiful campus with its duck pond, gorgeous golf course, famous Estcorn Observatory and fascinating Mineral Museum.

Hiking and mountain bike trail

The national Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, which consists of 27 25-meter-diameter radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration, is located on the Plains of San Agustin 50 miles west of Socorro. Of ornithological interest is the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, with bird and wildlife viewing opportunities, where thousands of sandhill cranes (and the occasional whoopers), snow geese, bald eagles and other birds overwinter in fields and marshes each year. The Festival of the Cranes just before Thanksgiving celebrates the arrival of the “birds of heaven” with guided tours, unparalleled photography opportunities and lectures. Bosque del Apache is a true conservation success story. In 2009, the count of sandhill cranes overwintering at the refuge topped 17,000, compared with the inaugural count in 1940 of 17. For the wild birds of North America, Socorro also is an oasis. If that’s not enough, Socorro, right in the middle of the state and an easy commute to Albuquerque to the north and Las Cruces to the south, also is garnering an increasing awareness among collectors as an arts-and-crafts town. The state El Camino Real Heritage Center, to the south on I-25 between Socorro and Truth or Consequences, recalls early Spanish colonial times. El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro – The Royal Road to the Interior Lands – was the official “Road from Spain,” bringing the first colonists to the region beginning in 1598. The trail brought thousands of Spanish and Mexican colonists to New Mexico until the arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century. The roots of the unique culture, history and people of New Mexico are in the Camino Real. El Camino Real is a National Historic Trail. The historic trail museum contains award-winning exhibits and artifacts presenting the history and heritage of the trail and life in Mexico and New Mexico during the colonial era. Socorro really is a year-round destination for the celebration of all that is best in New Mexico. City of Socorro, (575) 835-0240; | SUMMER • WINTER 2015


Awesome Awaits! Climb a ladder into a cliff dwelling at Bandelier National Monument in the morning. Engage your brain with an interactive exhibit at the world-renowned Bradbury Science Museum in the afternoon. Three hundred and sixty degrees of endless, colorful canyons, mesas and cliffs provide spectacular entertainment along the way to the mountain town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. Best known for the Manhattan Project and its role in ending World War II, the history of Los Alamos dates back millions of years. Walk through time in the footsteps of Ancient Puebloans, Homesteaders, Rough Riders, Ranch School boys, world-class scientists and the innovative creative community that make Los Alamos such an interesting place today.

Leslie Bucklin


Los Alamos Historical Museum, Shop and Walking Tour 1050 Bathtub Row,, 505-662-6272 A walk through this award-winning museum will orient you to all of Los Alamos’ historical treasures. Find a map and follow the markers that take you from ancestral pueblo dwellings to the homes of the Manhattan Project scientists. FREE!

Leslie Bucklin

Fuller Lodge and Art Center 2132 Central Ave.,, 505-662-1635 Designed by famed architect John Gaw Meem and built in 1928, this massive vertical-log structure is lovingly preserved and open daily to residents and visitors. The adjoining Art Center features authentic art and jewelry for sale from around the northern New Mexico region.

Historic Fuller Lodge and Arts Center

Bandelier National Monument 15 Entrance Rd.,, 505-672-3861 ext. 517 Discover petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, and standing masonry walls that pay tribute to the early days of a culture that dates back 11,000 years and still survives in the surrounding communities. Bradbury Science Museum 1350 Central Ave.,, (505) 667-4444 Experience more than 40 family-friendly interactive exhibits that provide a window into the history, defense and research initiatives, and innovations conducted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. FREE!

Arts and Entertainment In a place where science is considered a creative outlet, the international arts and culture are cherished and cultivated. Check out the Los Alamos Creative District website (above) for a list and links to classes, exhibits and performances year round. Sports and Recreation, 505-662-8170 Los Alamos’ median 7,300 foot elevation offers unique high altitude training, sports and leisure opportunities, featuring the county’s aquatic center, golf course, outdoor ice rink, and a 70-mile trail network. The Nature Center 2600 Canyon Rd.,, 505-662-0460 This new facility offers a planetarium, observation room, children’s discovery area, exhibits and a gift shop.

Leslie Bucklin

Pajarito Mountain Camp May Rd., Ski, mountain bike or just enjoy the sights and terrain of a ski mountain at this four-season resort.

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Valles Caldera

Valles Caldera National Preserve, 866-382-5537 This “super volcano” is a short drive from Los Alamos and open year round, featuring the state’s second largest elk herd, breathtaking views, as well as hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and snowshoeing adventures.

Bandelier National Monument

Leslie E. Bucklin

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Summer Food and Fun In Artesia!



Barbeque enthusiasts gather June 26-27 for the 4th-annual Smokin’ on the Pecos NM State BBQ Championship, in Artesia. Traveling far and wide to participate, professional and amateur barbeque chefs compete for more than $15,000 in the double-sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society and Rocky Mountain BBQ Association event. Participants compete in a variety of categories, all professionally judged. Get a taste of the Wild West at the NM Bandoleros Shootout (one of the top cowboy mounted shooting competitions nationwide). Enjoy award-winning BBQ, beer, crafts and live music, featuring Little Joe Y La Familia Friday and Jo Dee Messina Saturday night. Curious about what it takes to be a roughneck? Ever heard a “Red Dirt Dig?” Join us for Red Dirt Black Gold on August 29. Red Dirt Black Gold is a new event being introduced to the community, as a result of Artesia’s recent designation as a New Mexico Arts and Cultural District. The event is a celebration of the community’s heritage and livelihood in the oil and gas industry. Festivities include an oilfield cookoff, oilfield equipment parade, micro-brew garden, oilfield Olympics and a music festival featuring Red Dirt Bands, with Turnpike Troubadours headlining.

Oil, Music, Art... Making the Connection!

EDDY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS • ARTESIA, NM 60+ Professional BBQ Teams vying for $16,000 Prize Money KCBS & RMBBQA dually-sanctioned BBQ Competition


JO DEE MESSINA jo Refining

Courtesy of Nava

PLUS: The Fabulous Pacers & Cavern City Boyz

Tickets available at Ocotillo Box Office, Hotel Artesia, and online or Paid for by Eddy County Lodgers’ Tax

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(continued from page 53) April 23-26 Pueblo Days Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 36 to 12th St. and Indian School Rd. (505) 843-7270

MAY May 4-6 Face the Future Conference Albuquerque Convention Center Times Vary Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and walk to Tijeras and 2nd St. May 11-15 Endangered Species Awareness Week Albuquerque Zoo 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 53 westbound to 8th and Atlantic. (505) 724-6214 May 13-17 Outside Bike & Brew Santa Fe Railyard, Times Vary, Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. May 23-24 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival Santa Fe Community Convention Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk to the Convention Center. (505) 982-7799 May 24 ABQ Blues & Brews Sandia Resort & Casino 3-6 p.m. Exit the train at the Sandia Pueblo station and take the free shuttle.


August 28 NM Black EXPO Civic Plaza, Albuquerque 1-9 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take the short walk to Tijeras & 3rd St. (505) 222-9405

June 1-7 Albuquerque Film & Music Experience Various Venues & Times The train can connect you to many of the events. (505) 350-8572

July 11-12 International Folk Art Market Museum Hill Santa Fe 9 a.m – 5 p.m. Exit the train at the South Capitol station and take the shuttle to the market. (505) 992-7600

June 21 Bike & Brew Tour Albuquerque Routes Rentals & Tours, Old Town 1-4:30 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66 or Rapid Ride Red Line westbound to Central & Rio Grande. (505) 933-5667


July 17 Route 66 Summerfest Nob Hill, Albuquerque 2-10:30 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66 eastbound to Central & Columbia. (505) 255-1128

September 4 Burning of Zozobra Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe 3-10 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk to Fort Marcy Park. Buses provided for return trip to the South Capitol station. 855-ZOZOBRA

July 25-26 Spanish Market Santa Fe Plaza 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk or take the Santa Fe Pickup (Saturday only) to the Plaza. (505) 982-2226

September 5-6 Great Southwest Brew Fest Loretto Park, Bernalillo Times TBD Exit the train at the Sandoval Co/US 550 station and take the short walk to the entrance of the festival.


September 10-20 New Mexico State Fair EXPO New Mexico 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66, 766 or 777 eastbound to Central and San Pedro. (505) 265-3976

June 25 The Great Race Vintage Car Rally Old Town Albuquerque 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66 or Rapid Ride Red Line westbound to Central & Rio Grande. (505) 768-3561 June 26-28 NM Arts & Crafts Fair EXPO New Mexico 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66, 766 or 777 eastbound to Central and San Pedro. (505) 884-9043

JULY July 4 Fourth of July Celebration Daniel Fernandez Park, Los Lunas Parade 9 a.m.; Park Festivities 4 p.m. Exit the train at the Los Lunas station and walk .5 mile south to the park.

August 8 Downtown Summerfest Civic Plaza, Albuquerque 5-10:30 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take a short walk to Tijeras and 3rd St. August 2-23 Santa Fe Indian Market Santa Fe Plaza 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk or take the Santa Fe Pickup (Saturday only) to the Plaza. (505) 983-5220

September 12 Old Town Salsa Fiesta Old Town Albuquerque Noon – 7 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and board ABQ RIDE Route 66 or Rapid Ride Red Line westbound to Central & Rio Grande.


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C Route 66 Casino: Where A Whole Lotta Fun Awaits Route 66 Casino Hotel is the ultimate destination for a fun-filled day or weekend getaway. Experience the excitement of gaming, indulge in award-winning cuisine, feel the energy of live entertainment, and shop for nostalgic memorabilia all in one place. The best part is you can stay the night and do it all over again. Fun, food and entertainment around every corner is just a hop, skip and scenic 15-minute drive west of downtown Albuquerque on Interstate 40. Route 66 is a desert oasis, just off the iconic mother road, where a whole lotta fun and adventure await you. Imagine being surrounded by an electronic playground full of over 1,700 classic and themed slot machines waiting to thrill all of your senses. If you’re looking to sharpen your social skills, try one of the 20 action-packed table games, or practice your poker face in the Irish-themed poker room. And if “Bingo is calling your name-o” you will be right at home in the 500-seat bingo hall. Experience bingo like never before. Every Friday and Saturday night the jams are cranked and the hall is transformed into a glowing array of card-daubing action – this is not your ordinary bingo. All this excitement is sure to stir up an appetite. Fulfill that sensation in one of Route 66’s award-winning food and beverage venues. Feast your eyes on over 200 taste sensations from around the world at Buffet 66. Voted best buffet in Albuquerque, Buffet 66 features live-action cooking and nine international food and drink stations. Are you craving something a little bolder? Take a walk on the rustic side at Thunder Road Steakhouse and Cantina. Located in the heart of the casino, this multi-level restaurant serves up sizzling steaks, spicy tacos and specialty drinks from the wellstocked tequila bar. Kick-start your meal with freshly made tortillas or dip into one of the complementary salsas available in a variety of

flavors. Conveniently located by the hotel, Main Street Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to grab breakfast or order a homestyle special. Bop into Johnny Rockets for classic All-American favorites. Enjoy a cheeseburger and milkshake in a 50s inspired atmosphere complete with diner style seating and oldies music. If you’re looking to simply whet your whistle, swing by the 360 Lounge, Poker Pub or Main Street Bar and ask about the drink specials. Every month Route 66 proudly presents Albuquerque with some of the best names in entertainment. Headlining acts like Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett and ZZ Top have rocked the Legends Theater stage. The 2,800-seat venue offers audiences a unique opportunity to experience intimate performances from a variety of entertainers including; comedians, rock legends, country superstars, and premier tribute bands. You can also catch the best in local entertainment performing live, every weekend, on the bar-top stage in Thunder Road. The fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Re-energize in one of the newly renovated rooms at Route 66 Hotel. The hotel has been refreshed from ceiling to floor with all new decor, furniture and little comforts to make your stay a memorable one. Enjoy amenities from top brands like Simmons Beautyrest®, Starbucks®, and Bath & Body Works. Plus with on-site hourly child care and a non-violent arcade available at Kids Quest & Cyber Quest, the entire family can get its kicks at Route 66. To think, just west of the Rio Grande lies a truly a unique entertainment experience. Route 66 Casino Hotel brings the best in food, fun and fortune to one convenient location. For more information on upcoming happenings, visit

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