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Exploring the Land, the Art & the People

PO Box 1756 Taos, NM 87571

210 Ledoux Street 505-758-3250

The complete works of R.C. Gorman View additional Gorman works online:

Tasha II, bronze, 5 ft., edition of 10

Estella Loretto F I N E C O N T E M P O R A RY N AT I V E A M E R I C A N A RT A N D M O N U M E N TA L S C U L P T U R E S

Peaceful Warrior’s Prayer The Peaceful Warrior’s prayer is a healing prayer, to the Global Community about living in harmony upon our Mother Earth. To reunite the spiritual circle of the human family. To remind us all of the sacredness of life and to walk gently with dignity, integrity, respecting one another and our differences.

Gentle Spirit Studio Specializing in Monumental Bronze Sculpture 505.986.8471 • Fax 505.986.8460 Available by appointment only

email: Peaceful Warrior’s Prayer” Bronze 13 ft. x 90” W x 5.5 ft. D


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WELCOME TO NEW MEXICO While New Mexico and surrounding areas today offer a unique blend of space-age advancement and centuriesold tradition, the Land of Enchantment has always been a crossroads of ideologies and cultures. The 2006 edition of New Mexico Traveler highlights the military forts, ghost towns and historic structures that symbolize the state’s Old West era. Albuquerque Downtown Historic Old Town Estella Loretto Santa Fe Spas and Retreats Unique Shopping In Santa Fe Travel the Culinary World in Santa Fe R. C. Gorman Gallup Pawn Gallup: The City of Murals 85th Ann. Inter-Tribal Ceremonial 58th Ann. Lions Club Rodeo 13th Ann. Wild Thing Bull Riding 26th Ann. Red Rock Balloon Rally Southwest NM Diverse History Southwest NM Forts & Ghost Towns Southwest NM Area Attractions Southwest NM Mining Towns Buffalo Soldiers of Ft. Bayard Southwest NM Great Outdoors

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Museums and Cultural Attractions Exclusively New Mexico Gallup Traders & Galleries Gallup Accommodations Gallup Restaurants Dining Guide Index of Advertisers Advertisers Web Index


ENCHANTED TRAVELS The north-central corridor of Albuquerque and Santa Fe form the strategic center for New Mexico’s arts, entertainment and outdoor experiences.


INDIAN COUNTRY Historic Route 66, outdoor recreation and the world’s largest Native American markets make northwest New Mexico a region like no other.


NORTHERN MOUNTAINS Spanish villages nestle among the state’s highest peaks and lakes, where ski slopes share the landscape with a narrow-gauge mountain railroad.


EASTERN REGION Aliens, dinosaurs and Billy the Kid are a few historic figures of New Mexico’s eastern plains, where the past, present and future meet. OLD WEST COUNTRY Retracing the footsteps of Native Americans and settlers from three continents, the rugged trails of the Old West lead to the space age of tomorrow.





EL PASO, TEXAS The exciting cities of El Paso, Texas U.S.A. and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico comprise the world’s largest international border community.


ARIZONA WHITE MOUNTAINS Surrounded by lakes, forests and streams, the communities of Eastern Arizona’s beautiful White Mountains offer gaming and year-round outdoor recreation.

counterclockwise from top, left: Albuquerque’s Old Town; Fort Union on the Santa Fe Trail north of Las Vegas; large metal cutouts on the horizon near Jal; monument overlooking Fort Wingate near Gallup; Officers Row at Fort Apache near Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona; a sculpture to the modern fighting units at Fort Bliss, Texas; remains of Fort Selden near Las Cruces.

ON THE COVER The Reawakening, a 90" bronze sculpture by Santa Fe artist Estella Loretto. The re-awakening of the inner healing is To honor and respect the sacredness of life Taking the opportunity to realign yourself Focusing only on your highest potential Letting the rhythm of your breath guide you As you venture with prideful purpose and total heart Empowered by self-knowledge and intuition Letting wisdom guide you from illusion Leaving behind what is no longer yours Sharing universal harmony In the magic of sincerity through prayer Letting the summer showers bathe your soul And nourish your spirit. Gentle Spirit Studio Available by appointment only. 505.986.8471 • email:

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Isleta Pueblo Albuquerque Sandia Pueblo Cerrillos Santa Fe Pojoaque Pueblo The Navajo Nation Four Corners Area Gallup Pueblo of Zuni Scenic Route 53 Native Heritage Trail Byway Timeless Chaco Canyon Window Rock and Historic Hubbell Trading Post Canyon de Chelly Spanish Villages Chama Taos Red River Rociada Las Vegas Socorro Truth or Consequences Elephant Butte Reserve, Datil and Quemado Mogollon Glenwood Cliff, Gila and Buckhorn Silver City Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway Lordsburg Deming Columbus, NM & Palomas, Mexico Las Cruces Mesilla Tucumcari Alamogordo Cloudcroft Roswell Hobbs El Paso, Texas Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona Show Low, Arizona

PRESIDENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR Terri Menges VICE PRESIDENT Joseph Burgess STAFF ACCOUNTANT Arlyn Cooley DESIGNERS Debra Luera Terri Menges Jennifer Rivera Todd Yocham PROJECT MANAGER LeAnne Knudsen REGIONAL SALES Lynn Janes Marie Kilstrom LeAnne Knudsen Judith Leyba Sheri Mann Arlene Schadel CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Gaye Brown de Alvarez Kimberly Buchanan Joseph Burgess Brett Ferneau Tom Kennedy Lindsay Mapes Stephanie Narvaez Sally Noe David Oakeley Bill Siebersma Robert Wey Frank J. Young PHOTOGRAPHY Joseph Burgess, except where noted CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Ira Clark Gary Edwards Deborah Flieg Lynn Janes Tom Kennedy Gary Langston Light Language Keith LeMay Martin Link Kim Mayfield Eric Swanson Craig Robinson Lisa Rodriquez Bill Siebersma Todd Yocham Sandy Young COURTESY PHOTOS Adverti-Zing City of Gallup Cowboy Hall of Fame El Paso Community Foundation Isleta Casino & Resort Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Kamazar La Posada de Santa Fe Navajo Parks & Recreation Sandia Resort & Casino Shush Yaz Trading Sol Cafe Swig Webb Design DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR Graham Dodd PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Erin Oldham DISTRIBUTION Graham Dodd

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Lisa Allen Susie Anderson Pam Arlaud Glen Bennefield Louie Bonaguide Theo Bremerbennett Lois Brennand Don & MiRan Brown Gaye Brown de Alvarez Barbara Bruce Kimberly Buchanan City of Gallup Ira Clark Deborah Dean Virginia Dooley Josh Franco Andres Giron Star Gonzales Earl Greer Ernie Hall Natasha Isenhour Zina Jundi Tom Kennedy Becky Kenny Susan LaFonte Gary Langston Keith LeMay Walter Leyba Estella Loretto Kayne Maltby Lindsay Mapes Jacob Martin Michael Mason Shelia McDaugale Joe Milosevich Brenda Milosevich Herb Mosher Elliott Mott Ann Mulhern Chantal Newsom Sally Noe Joe Petersen Francis Richardson Pepita Ridgeway Lisa Rodriquez Kerri Rosenberg-Hallet Be Sargent Marcie Silversmith Bill Siebersma Cliff Skoglund Elaine Szemesi Maxine Touchine Tuff Dog Studio Aaron Ulibarri Tom Wallis Ellen Welker Todd Yocham Wendy Young Advertising inquiries should be addressed to: Peggy Luplow or Ray Leverett Targeted Advertising Group 505-689-1234 P. O. Box 386 Truchas, NM 87578 email: New Mexico Traveler is manufactured and printed in the United States of America. ©Zia Publishing, 2006. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission of the publisher prohibited. All submissions of editorial or photography are only accepted without risk to the publisher for loss or damage. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy in the information provided. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions.

To Order Personal Copies: Soft Bound $8.95, Hard Bound $12.95. Outside the USA: Please call for rates. Back Issues available. Order telephone: 1-877-687-7474 POSTMASTER: Send change of address to New Mexico Traveler, 611 N. Hudson Street, Silver City, NM 88061


“Nineteenth century New Mexico was a rough


tumble era of Indian unrest, gunfighters, outlaws, cattle drives, stage coaches, railroads, forts and civil war battles... the ingredients for hundreds of Old West movies.�


Lawlessness ran rampant in the late1800s resulting in the establishment of federal forts to bring peace. Fort Craig (this page) is south of Socorro. Some forts were manned by black troops called Buffalo Soldiers by the Indians. Statues honoring their efforts were erected at Fort Selden (right) north of Las Cruces, Fort Bliss at El Paso and Fort Bayard near Silver City.



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NEW MEXICO By Joseph Burgess

NEW MEXICO IS A MANY-FACETED GEM LIKE NO OTHER STATE IN THE UNION. ITS wildlife and natural beauty, its peoples and cultures, its clear blue skies and a welcome mat that stretches to the borders of five states make it an intriguing year-round attraction that captures the souls and imaginations of those who enter. New Mexico is proud of its world-renowned centers for visual and performing arts, its world-class assembly of museums including the just-opened El Camino Real International Heritage Center, and hand-made products of the highest quality found anywhere. The state offers an incomparable array of outdoor activities in its skies and caverns, on its lakes and mountains and within expansive tracts of pristine wilderness. The 1800s westward expansion of trails, rails and incompatible ideologies into lands previously dominated by Native Americans, the Spanish Crown and the Republic of Mexico, produced an intense century for New Mexico. The paths of indigenous groups, settlers from around the world, fast-buck opportunists, and civil war regiments overlapped and frequently resulted in conflict. New Mexico Traveler in its 2006 edition highlights forts, ghost towns, rowdy outlaws, cattlemen, Indian chieftains and battles that typified the state’s Old West era. It was an exciting period that laid the foundations for a unique melding of peoples, arts and nature. Known today for its laid-back, Old World outward appearance, New Mexico has also stepped into the 21st century touting its high tech, space age involvement. The future will bring exciting new developments in space travel opportunities from New Mexico’s International Spaceport. Visitor centers at radio telescope and solar observatory facilities and museums of rocket, space and atomic energy technology highlight the key roles New Mexico continues to play as our nation and the world stretch deeper into our universe. Welcome to the enchanted homelands of the Pueblo, Apache and Navajo Indian. Welcome to New Mexico and its close neighbors just across the boundaries of Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Mexico. Lean back, relax, and tour the pages of New Mexico Traveler. You’ll discover a world-class destination that could easily become the most incredible experience of your lifetime. 13

Enchanted Travels


he internationally acclaimed cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the state’s strategic centers for the arts, entertainment and outdoor experience. The integration of an indigenous culture with over 400 years of European influence have resulted in a diverse heritage producing distinct opportunities for accomplishment on a world class scale. The ancient Anasazi culture that migrated toward the Rio Grande valley and its tributaries in the 13th and 14th centuries gave rise to the Pueblo groups discovered by Spanish explorers. Early Indian ruins and petroglyphs, the mission churches of Spanish colonizers and the arrival of wagon trains and steam locomotives are strong reminders of New Mexico’s unique role in American history. Today, Albuquerque’s Historic Route 66 strip and Old Town district bubble over with incredible shopping, nightlife and cultural attractions. Natural splendor, outdoor activities and the largest of New Mexico’s casinos surround her largest city. World-renowned art markets, performing arts and an internationally recognized slate of museums distinguish Santa Fe as a primary travel destination. The nation’s oldest capitol has carefully preserved its Spanish/pueblo architecture that creates an ambiance found nowhere else in the country. The ultimate in shopping and dining cap the area’s gaming and outdoor opportunities.



“Travelers discovering the Land of Enchantment

for the first time as well as

seasoned explorers are drawn to the North Central region by its deep rooted spirit.”

(above) Early Spanish architecture is often preferred and occasionally required in new construction like this restaurant in Albuquerque’s Old Town.



Isleta Pueblo Written by Brett Ferneau Photos courtesy Isleta Casino and Resort

PREDATING EUROPEAN EXPLORATION OF THE REGION, THIS HISTORIC PUEBLO was first established in the 1300s. It was later to be called Isleta, after the Spanish word meaning “Little Island.” Its tribal lands stretch from the wooded Manzano Mountains across the fertile Rio Grande Valley and the west side mesas to the Rio Puerco. The pueblo is home to around 4,000 people today, and remains much as it has been for hundreds of years. St. Augustine Church, located on the main plaza of the village, was first built in 1616 under the name of St. Anthony. It is one of the oldest mission churches in the United States. The industrious citizens of Isleta Pueblo, meanwhile, have set an aggressive course in the modern development their reservation, which borders the south side of New Mexico’s largest city. Improvements include the Isleta Casino and Resort, the Isleta Eagle Golf Course, and the Isleta Lakes & Recreation Area. The 100,000 square foot casino is one of New Mexico’s grandest resorts with over 1,700 of the latest Nevada-style slots, 28 table games, high-stakes bingo, five restaurants and a showroom that seats over 2,000 for headline musical concerts and other events. The Isleta Eagle Golf Course is a challenging public championship course designed around three lakes. Its 27 holes are divided into three topographically different nine-hole tracts. Just five minutes south of Albuquerque, it has an excellent clubhouse and restaurant. The Isleta Lakes area has two well-stocked lakes for fishing and picnicking, with amenities and activities offered to the whole family. 100 tent sites and 40 RV sites allow visitors more time to explore and enjoy the lakes region. The sites include on-site showers, a children’s playground and a softball field. Fishing equipment and supplies can be purchased at the mini-store, along with refreshments and picnic supplies. The pueblo invests profits from its enterprises into new ventures and into the needs of its people.


Aug 28 St. Augustine Feast Day. 843-7270 www.indianpueblo.orgMar Sep 4 St. Augustine Feast Day – Harvest Dance. 843-7270



“This historic pueblo

invests in new ventures and the needs of its peoples,”


Highlighting development on the Isleta Pueblo starts with the establishment of a 27-hole Eagle golf course (right) which offers yearround opportunities in a rolling hill setting between the Isleta Lakes Recreation Area (below) and a 100,000 square foot casino (left). The casino’s bingo room converts to a concert venue seating over 2,000 and attracting top performers.



Albuquerque “The river, mountains and fabulous weather have drawn people here

through the ages. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city and the state’s economic hub, is now an entertainment center of the Southwest.” FROM PREHISTORIC INHABITANTS TO MODERN HOT-AIR BALLOON enthusiasts, the river, mountains and fabulous weather of the Albuquerque area are the common threads that have drawn people here throughout the ages. Today, New Mexico’s


Albuquerque’s 300 years of history and culture come alive with bronze sculpture scattered throughout the downtown plaza area (right) and certainly in the Old Town plaza dominated by San Felipe de Neri Church (opposite). The Unser Racing Museum (opposite, inset) is one of several intriguing museum facilities in Albuquerque.

center for commerce and technology continues to gain recognition as an international destination for culture and entertainment, with its impressive selection of restaurants, museums, galleries, nightclubs and casinos. The 170-acre Albuquerque Biological Park contains an aquarium, botanical gardens and zoo. The Rio Grande Nature Center and State Park provides hiking and bicycle trails through dense cottonwood forest along the river. The National Atomic Museum and other major museums border Old Town, and both the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center are located nearby. Old Town itself is where the Villa of Albuquerque was founded in 1706. With its Spanish influenced plaza and church, Old Town



Photo courtesy of Kamazar

is a shopping hub for Native American and Spanish crafts and home to some of the city’s best Mexican dining. Historic Route 66, running the full length of Albuquerque, is lined with hot spots. Both the downtown and Nob Hill areas boast excellent ethnic restaurants, live music, dancing and theaters. Activities not to be missed include taking a thrilling ride on the world's longest tramway to the summit of Sandia Peak – on clear days, the visible scenery extends over 15,000 square miles. You can dine overlooking Albuquerque or ski and hike the back slopes of the mountain. On the northwest edge of town, Petroglyph National Monument preserves an enormous collection of ancient symbols and artwork scratched onto volcanic rocks. A visitor center explains the prehistoric culture and walking trails allow access to the rock art. To the north and south of the city, the Native American pueblos of Isleta, Sandia, Santa Ana and San Felipe have developed extensive gaming and entertainment facilities, resorts, racetracks and championship golf courses.







Alamogordo Space Center & Int’l. Space Hall of Fame Hwy. 2001 • 437-2840 Space age developments and travel on display. Oliver Lee Ranch House 437-8284 • Pioneer Oliver Lee’s restored homestead. Toy Trains Museum and Train Ride N. White Sands Blvd.• 437-2855 Trains of every size exhibited. Albuquerque Albuquerque Museum 2000 Mountain Rd. NW 243-7255 Traditional and contemporary art of New Mexico and sculpture garden. Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE 505-761-4005 Balloon history exhibits, educational programs, library and shop. ¡explora! Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque 1701 Mountain Road NW 224-8300 Hands-on museum using interactive exhibits. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2401 12th St. NW • 843-7270 Pueblo history blended with work by contemporary artists and craftsmen. Lodestar Astronomy Ctr. 1801 Mountain Rd NW 841-5955 Digital planetarium, motion simulator and observatory. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology UNM • University Blvd. and Ash NE 277-4404 Collections focusing on southwest native cultures. National Atomic Museum 1905 Mountain Road • 245-2137 The Manhattan Project includes exhibits about the atomic bomb. National Hispanic Cultural Center of NM 1701 4th Street • 246-2261 Exhibitions, performances and research. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science 1801 Mt. Rd. NW • 841-2800 Experiential museum with an active volcano, dinosaurs and big screen theater. Rio Grande Nature Center 2901Candelaria Rd. NW 344-7240 The flora, fauna, geology and ecology of the Rio Grande Valley. Tinkertown Museum 121 Sandia Crest Rd. Sandia Park 281-5233 The Old West and other collections shown in miniature. University Art Museum and Johnson Gallery UNM • Central Ave. and Cornell NE 277-4001 Collections of world renowned European and American art.


Unser Racing Museum 1776 Montano Rd. NW 866-258-6737 Four generations of Unsers and racecars. Capitan Smokey Bear Museum 354-2298 A museum devoted to Forest Service fire prevention campaign featuring Smokey Bear. Carlsbad Carlsbad Museum and Art Center 418 W. Fox • 887-0276 Focus on geology, history and art of the region. Million Dollar Museum White’s City Resort • 758-2291 Exhibits Old West artifacts. Cimarron Old Mill Museum 376-2466 Collections covering the region’s history. Cloudcroft Cloudcroft Historical Museum Hwy. 2 • 682-2932 History of the community from the Old West era to present day. Deming Deming/Luna Mimbres Museum 301 S. Silver • 546-2382 Features world famous collections of Mimbres pottery and more. Espanola Bond House Museum 710 Bond St. • 753-8172 Collections focus on art and history of the area. Farmington Farmington Museum 302 N. Orchard • 599-1174 Exhibits include prehistory of the region and a history of the Navajo and of Farmington. Gallup Red Rock Park & Museum Church Rock, NM • 722-3829 Displays of native artifacts & art. Rex Museum Rt. 66 • 863-1363 History of Gallup’s railroads & mines. Grants NM Mining Museum 100 Iron St. • 287-4802 Collections devoted to mining. La Mesilla Gadsden Museum 526-6293 Collections of Spanish and Indian artifacts. Las Cruces Branigan Cultural Ctr. 106 W. Hadley • 524-1422 Museum features exhibits of the region’s art and history. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Cox Ranch Rd. • 522-4100 Historical farm and ranch collections featured.


Las Cruces Museum of Natural History 700 S. Telshor Blvd. • 522-3120 Southwest natural history. Log Cabin Museum Main St. (N. end of Las Cruces mall.) • 523-0952 Complete log cabin on display. NMSU Museum Kent Hall • 646-3739 Collections of gems, fossils and technological influences of the West. Las Vegas City Museum of Las Vegas and Roughriders Memorial 727 Grand Ave. • 425-8726 History of Northeast NM. Lincoln Historic Lincoln-Division of Hubbard Museum US 380 • 653-4025 Building Tours, Billy the Kid exhibit. Los Alamos Bandelier Nat’l. Mon. 672-3861 Collection of Pueblo culture from 1200 AD to present. Bradbury Science Museum 667-4444 Science exhibits including WWII Project Y. Los Alamos Historical Museum 662-4493 Focuses on history of Los Alamos. Madrid Old Coal Mine Museum Main St. of Madrid • 473-0743 Museum includes an authentic coal mine shaft. Pinos Altos Pinos Altos Museum Main St. • 388-1882 Collections of Gila Wilderness artifacts and North American exhibits. Pojoaque Poeh Cultural Center Hwy. 84/285 • 455-3334 Center is dedicated to the culture of the Northern Pueblos. Pojoaque Museum 455-2489 Features history, culture and heritage of Pueblo people. Portales Blackwater Draw Museum ENMU • 562-2254 Museum focusing on archaeological finds in Blackwater Draw site. Raton The Raton Museum 216 S. First • 445-8979 Feature the history of the region. Roswell Int’l. UFO Museum and Research Center 400 N. Main • 625-9495 Museum addresses UFO phenomenon and conducts academic field research. Roswell Museum and Art Center 100 W. 11th • 624-6744 Art and science exhibits including Goddard collection and Hurd/Wyeth art work.

Ruidoso Hubbard Museum of the American West Hwy. 70 E. • 378-4142 Facility devoted to history of the equine & Dave McGary sculpture. Santa Fe El Rancho de Las Golondrias 12 miles S. of Santa Fe 471-2261 • A historical physical depiction of Colonial New Mexico. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum 217 Johnson St. • 995-0785 The world’s largest collection of art work by legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Museum of Spanish Colonial Art 750 Camino Lejo • 982-2226 Showcase of rich Spanish traditions. The Indian Arts Research Center 660 Garcia St. • 982-3584 Exhibits and collections of Indian art. Institute of American Indian Arts 108 Cathedral Place • 988-6211 Museum houses the national collection of contemporary Native American art. Museum of Fine Arts 107 E. Palace • 827-4455 Exhibits of Southwest artists and Taos and Santa Fe Masters. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture 710 Camino Lejo • 827-6344 Indian artifacts and exhibits. Museum of International Folk Art 706 Camino Lejo • 827-6350 Collections and exhibits from around the world.100+ countries. Palace of the Governors Palace Ave. • 827-6474 Historic landmark which holds the State’s history museum, library and photo archives. Santa Fe Children’s Museum 1050 Old Pecos Trail •989-8359 Youth museum with focus on the humanities and science. The Awakening Museum 125 N. Guadalupe St.•954-4025 www.The Jean-Claude Gaugy's transcendent artwork inspiring imagery and timeless beauty. Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian 704 Camino Lejo • 982-4636 Collections of contemporary and historic Indian arts and crafts. Silver City Silver City Museum 312 W. Broadway • 538-5921 Victorian era & frontier collections. WNMU Museum 538-6386 History of SW New Mexico exhibiting the country’s largest collection of Mimbres pottery. Socorro Mineralogical Museum New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology • 835-5420 Fossils & mineral specimens.

Taos Ernest Blumenschein Home 222 Ledoux St. • 758-0330 The Southwest and European traditions and cultures are seen as having melded into one. Governor Bent Home and Museum 117 A Bent St.• 758-2376 Museum and home of New Mexico’s first territorial governor. Harwood Foundation Museum 238 Ledoux St. • 758-3063 Collections of Taos history with emphasis on Indian pueblos and Spanish culture. Kit Carson Home and Museum Kit Carson Rd. • 758-4741 Mountain man Kit Carson’s artifacts and other frontier exhibits. Martinez Hacienda NM 240 • 758-1000 Tour a large hacienda which portrays Spanish colonial life. Millicent Rodgers Museum NM 522 • 758-2462 Collections include hispanic art and Indian exhibits. Also featured is the Maria Martinez collection. The Taos Arts Museum and Fechin House 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 758-8322 Home of Russian artist. Furniture and folk art displayed. Toadlena Two Grey Hills Museum Toadlina Trading Post • 789-3267 Includes the most famous of the Navajo rugs. Truth or Consequences Callahan’s Auto Museum 410 Cedar St. • 894-6900 Collections focus on all aspects of the automobile. Geronimo Springs Museum 211 Main St. • 894-6600 Features history of the region. Tucumcari Tucumcari Historical Museum 416 S. Adams • 461-4201 Community history on display with collections of Indian artifacts. Zuni A:shiwi A:wan 1222 St. Hwy. 53 • 782-4403 Museum and Heritage Center. Ganado, AZ Hubbell Trading Post Highway 264 • 866-328-1999 Window Rock, AZ The Navajo Nation Museum Highway 264 & Loop Road 928-871-7941 El Paso, TX Insights Science Museum 505 N. Santa Fe 915-534-0000 El Paso Museum of Art One Arts Festival Plaza 915-532-1707

Jan 1-Oct Albuquerque Tricentennial Celebration. 260-4885 Mar 3-5 Annual Fiery Foods & BBQ Show. 873-8680 Apr 20-23 New Mexico International Auto Show 2006. 768-4575 21-23 Albuquerque Tricentennial Celebration “Entrada”. 768-3555 22-23 1st Annual Albuquerque Indian Market. 843-7270 26-29 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. 836-2810 Jun- Summer Nights Concert Series at Rio mid Aug Grande Botanic Garden. mernights.html Jun22-25 End of Trail: Wild West Jubilee and Cowboy Action Shooting World Championships. 714-694-1800 23-25 New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair. 884-9043 24-Jul 29 2006 Sizzlin’ Summerfest. 768-3555 30-Jul 4 80th Anniversary of Route 66. 821-5929 Jul 4 Albuquerque Tricentennial Celebration Open House and Freedom 4th Music Fest at Kirkland Air Force Base. 260-4885 23-25 14th Ann. Youth Nat’l. Arabian Half Arabian Championship Horse Show. 303-696-4500 Oct 7-15 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 821-1000 Nov 25 Twinkle Light Parade in Downtown Abq. Dec 1 9th Annual Holiday Stroll in Old Town. 243-5115 1-31 The River of Lights Holiday Light Parade at the Bio Park. 24 The Luminaria Tour in Old Town. 243-7433 24-28 Christmas Celebration at various pueblos. 843-7270


NM Museum of Natural History & Science. Eight permanent exhibits that let you experience “Timetracks” of New Mexico from the formation of the universe to the present day. 1801 Mountain Road NW. Open daily from 9-5. 505-841-2800. National Atomic Museum. Exhibits including the ZOOMzone, Pioneers of Science and The Manhattan Project. 1905 Mountain Road NW. Open daily from 9-5. 505-245-2137. Explora. Over 250 interactive exhibits for everyone to enjoy. Hands on the exhibits are encouraged. 1701 Mountain Road NW. Open from Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-6. 505-224-8300. LodeStar Astronomy Center. Enjoy colorful, interactive displays and their planetarium theater with the BIGGEST screen in New Mexico! 1801 Mountain Rd NW. Open daily from 9-5. 505-841-5955. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. FREE to the public every weekend with craft demonstrations, traditional Native American dances and much more! 2401 12th Street NW. Open daily. 505-843-7270. Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway. The world’s longest aerial tramway takes you on a breathtaking journey to the top of Sandia Peak. From I-25 exit 234 Tramway Road and go East to the Sandia Peak Tramway. Call for seasonal hours. 505-856-6419.

LOCATION Albuquerque is located at the junction of Interstates 25 and 40, nestled between the Rio Grande and the 10,700 foot bluffs of Sandia Crest. TOUR Drive 59 miles north on I-25 for the Enchanted Travels Tour to Santa Fe (see Turquoise Trail Alternate, p. 34); west on I-40 for the Indian Country Tour and east on I-40 for the Central Plains Tour. MORE INFORMATION Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau (505) 842-9918 or (800) 284-2282. National Hispanic Cultural Center (505) 546-2261.



Hot Air Balloon Rides


The experience of a lifetime is happening right now! Your Hot Air Balloon Ride specialists, Rainbow Ryders’ offer hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque over the beautiful Rio Grande River, and we are the official Ride Concession for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Hot air ballooning is year-round, weather permitting! We offer gift certificates and special group rates for reunions, weddings, anniversaries, conventions and all special occasion balloon flights. We have been doing business in Albuquerque for the past 23 years and have an impeccable safety record, the newest top of the line commercial ballooning equipment and our pilots have thousands of hours of flight experience. Reservations are required.

505.823.1111 • 800.725.2477 11520 San Bernardino, NE • Albuquerque, NM 87122 Email: f

Unser Racing Museum Taking a slow-paced lap around this remarkable museum will reveal what several generations of Unsers have given and gotten from the sport of autoracing. From Pike’s Peak to Indy, the cars, the engines, the trophies and the stories are told and showcased. Jerry’s Garage is a popular destination for catered events and custom presentations for 25 to 250 people. Steering thru the Gift Shop, one will find toys for all ages, including a wide selection of racing books, clothing and collector cars. Perfect gifts for the racing enthusiast. Tours and educational programs are available to “ignite” the minds of children. Please visit the website at for more information.

505.341.1776 Open daily from 10am to 4pm 1776 Montano NW • Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

The Albuquerque Biological Park & The Albuquerque Museum – Albuquerque’s BioPark offers exciting opportunities for fun! Adventure Africa at the Rio Grande Zoo is truly an immersion experience, featuring a rustic railway, train station, shops and 17 separate exhibits. The Albuquerque Aquarium’s 285,000-gallon shark tank and aquatic habitats of the Gulf of Mexico invite an undersea adventure. The Rio Grande Botanic Garden boasts lush greenery, Desert and Mediterranean climate conservatories, a Children’s Fantasy Garden and a Heritage Farm. • Open 9am - 5pm daily. Handicap accessible.


• Albuquerque Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden 2601 Central Avenue, NW Rio Grande Zoological Park • 903 Tenth Street, SW The recently expanded Albuquerque Museum of Art and History exhibits traditional and contemporary art of New Mexico along with 400 years of Rio Grande Valley history. Open 9am- 5pm Tues.-Sun. Handicap accessible. •

The Albuquerque Museum •

505.243.7255 • 2000 Mountain Road, NW.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Traditional Indian dances & craft demonstrations every weekend.

505.843.7270 Open seven days a week Closed for Labor Day, Memorial Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, New Year’s Day.

2401 12th Street, NW • Old Town Albuquerque •

Albuquerque’s Historic Old Town WALK in the footsteps of Albuquerque’s Founders. Old Town is the heart of Albuquerque’s heritage. Founded in 1706. STROLL the Plaza, patios and winding paths housing hidden cultural treasures. RELAX under the trees or bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine. DINE at our many cafés and restaurants with a wide variety of foods or taste traditional New Mexican flavor. SHOP at over 150 shops and galleries in historic buildings for unique art and gifts from the Southwest and around the world. LODGE at one of our quaint B&Bs.

505.319.4087 Historic Old Town P.O. Box 7483 Albuquerque, NM 87194

LodeStar Astronomy Center Explore the amazing cosmos in a world-class digital planetarium theater with the BIGGEST screen in New Mexico. Take a thrilling Virtual Voyage to other worlds in the motion-simulation theater. Enjoy interactive space exhibits including the spectacular life-size Mars Exploration Rover replica and join us for Family Astronomy the third Saturday of each month. View the cosmos in the large telescope observatory during special night sky viewing events. Located at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town. LodeStar is accessible to all visitors.

505.841.5955 The University of New Mexico

Open daily from 9am to 5pm Except Thanksgiving, Christmas & non-holiday Mondays in January and September.

1801 Mountain Road, NW • Old Town Albuquerque •


• Main Museum -The richest resource for the study of America’s first inhabitants in the Southwest. Docent guided tours available. Open from 9am - 4:30pm. • Children’s Pueblo House Museum - Docent guided tours available. Open Tues.-Fri. mornings 9:30am to 12:30pm, Tues. 9:30 to 4pm, Sat. & Sun. by appointment. • Pueblo Harvest Café -Native American and Southwestern cuisine served year round. On-site catering available. Open Mon.-Fri. from 8am-3pm • Sat. & Sun. from 8am- 5pm. • Gift Shops - Huge selection of Southwestern Art and Crafts, clothing, books and gifts. Open from 9am - 5:30pm. • Gas Station, Convenience Store & Pueblo Smoke Shop - Discount prices in the heart of Albuquerque. • Art Galleries - Open from 9am - 5pm.

Gold Avenue Shopping District



“To get food and service this good, you once had to fly to Rio. But not anymore.” Brazilian grilled cuisine served in a fun, festive setting!

THAI CRYSTAL In the heart of Downtown Albuquerque, serving fine, authentic Thai delectables. Experience a special culinary adventure–unique to Albuquerque & New Mexico.

Open Daily at 11:00am.

Mon-Thurs.11am-9:30pm•Fri. 11am-11pm Sat. 12pm-11pm •Sun. 5pm-9:30pm

Downtown corner of 1st & Central 246.9900 •

109 Gold Ave. • 842.5099 between 1st & 2st Streets.

Historic Route 66 revives memories of the ’50s and ’60s, while the well-lit streets overflow with people and music. BENEATH




downtown Albuquerque, a transformation has taken place. Historic Route 66 still revives memories of the ‘50s and ‘60s, while outdoor patio and sidewalk dining and art exhibits add a European element to the district. The revitalized area swells with restaurants, cinemas, and nightclubs. In the evenings, the well-lit streets overflow with people as dining gives way to music and dancing. Downtown’s new look includes murals, underground shopping,


One street south of Central (between 8th St. & 10th St.), you’ll find yourself in a caf´e pleasingly reminiscent of the street cafés of San Francisco. Breakfast & lunch all day, vegetarian & vegan friendly fare,house roasted coffee. Live music too! 6:30am-3:30pm, 7 days.

906 Park Ave. SW 505.765.1514

THE DOWNTOWN CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER Albuquerque’s newest contemporary gallery/working studios. Established & up and coming talent, from painters & photographers to musicians & more. Painting • “Colleen” by Joshua S. Franco Acrylic on Canvas 36”x 36”

105 Fourth St. SW • 242.1983

life-size bronzes of locals chatting on the corners and a large plaza for events. At the heart of it all stands the Gold Avenue Shopping District, home of Patrician Design’s Caliente – Its Hot! Gallery. For over 21 years the gallery has provided its discerning clientele with artful home décor and furnishings, unique gifts and a full line of hand selected personal sundries. Just a block away, look for Ooh! Aah! Jewelry, Albuquerque’s premier contemporary jeweler, where you’ll find striking designs in sterling silver and gold paired with semi-precious gemstones. The Downtown Contemporary Art Center always has an intriguing selection of artistry on display. When you’re ready for refreshment, you can


sample sushi at Sushi King, try Thai cuisine at

Come enjoy fresh sushi, rice & noodle dishes with beer and wine in our contemporary atmosphere. With your dining experience you’ll leave feeling like a king!

Al’s New York Pizza Department specializies in thin crust New York Style pizza, calzones & hot Italian sandwiches, Al’s NYPD is sure to hit the spot. FREE local delivery.

Thai Crystal, taste Tucano’s Brazilian-style grilled

Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9:30pm•Fri. 11am-11pm •Sat. 12pm-11pm• Sun. 12pm-9:30pm

Mon.-Thurs. 11am-11pm • Fri. 11am-12am Sat. 12pm-12am • Sun. 12pm-10pm

118 Central Avenue SW 842.5099

(between 2nd & 3rd Streets) 766-NYPD (6973)



215 Central NW

entrees, nosh New York-style pizza at Al’s NYPD and quaff world-class coffee at Java Joe’s.


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“Happy 300th birthday, Old Town!” Old Town – and Albuquerque – are now officially 300 years old. This is where it all began, with the 1705 founding of a trading village named for the Spanish Duke of Albuquerque. The settlement grew outward from its central plaza dominated by San Felipe de Neri church. Today, shops and restaurants housed in old Spanish colonial style buildings surround the plaza with its traditional bandstand. Large selections of Native American pottery, jewelry and rugs are available, as well as art, New Mexican furniture, collectables and southwest apparel.


Within New Mexico’s hub of technology, over 300 years of history and culture live on in its Old Town. Its Spanish architecture houses shops, restaurants, art and one-of-akind gifts. Step back in time and discover the origins of the Duke City and a host of the state’s top museums.

LOCATION Old Town Plaza is located at the junction of Rio Grande Blvd. and historic Route 66 (Central Avenue).







Open Daily Sun-Wed • 8-4 Thu-Sat • 8-8

2111 Church St. NW

Albuquerque, NM

505.247.8522 Church St. Cafe is one of the original buildings in Albuquerque. Built in the 1700’s. ENCHANTED TRAVELS / OLD TOWN - ALBUQUERQUE



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OPEN DAILY 10–6 4000 CENTRAL AVE SE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87108 505·255·4054 505·255·1730 FAX

Photos courtesy of Sandia Resort and Casino

Sandia Pueblo


Sandia Resort and Casino, at the base of the majestic Sandia Mountains, is one of the state’s most elegant destinations. Las Vegas style gaming, the new 18-hole golf course designed by Scott Miller, rooftop dining and stateof-the-art spa and fitness facilities are all located within minutes of downtown Albuquerque. (opposite, bottom) "The Reawakening," a bronze sculpture by Estella Loretto is displayed at the entry to Sandia Casino.

“A spectacular resort and casino located between the life-giving waters of the Rio Grande and the majestic Sandia Mountains.” Written by Stephanie Narvaez

Discover New Mexico’s all-new secluded paradise, Sandia Resort and Casino, where guests are pampered with Southwest hospitality. From the luxury hotel and world-class dining to playing a challenging round on the championship golf course or relaxing at poolside, there is truly something for everyone. Enjoy a weeklong or weekend escape at the luxurious seven-story hotel, which features 228 oversized rooms, including 30 suites. Indulge yourself at the full-service, 12,000 sq. ft. Green Reed Spa, which includes ten treatment rooms, a couple’s massage room, hot and cold plunge pools, two saunas, two steam rooms and male and female locker rooms with serenity rooms to melt away stress. The spa also sports a fully equipped fitness center, a cosmetologist, esthetician, hair and nail salon and boutique. For those wanting to challenge their golf game, a day out on the greens at the 18-hole golf course will do just that. The Scott Miller-designed course was recently awarded 2005 Development of the Year by Golf Inc. magazine and named to Golf Magazine’s 2005 list of the



Photos courtesy of Sandia Resort and Casino

Photos courtesy of Sandia Resort and Casino

“Top 10 New Courses You Can Play” in the United States. Visitors will also find great variety in Sandia’s new restaurants, from the 410seat signature buffet to The Council Room Steakhouse or the delectable Bien Shur rooftop indoor-outdoor restaurant on the hotel’s seventh floor. The Bien Shur offers spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains, the Albuquerque city skyline and the Rio Grande. The resort also boasts 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, making it one of the largest meeting facilities in New Mexico. Ten spacious meeting rooms are equipped with high-speed wired and wireless Internet capabilities. The grand ballroom encloses more than 27,000 square feet for larger functions, while the 3,000 sq. ft. event area adjacent to the golf course is perfect for intimate gatherings.

Photo by Steve Heit

Photo © Joe Burgess 2005

For more information, visit

LOCATION Sandia Casino is located at I-25 & Tramway and offers complimentary shuttle service. MORE INFORMATION (505) 796-7500 or (800) 526-9366 or EVENTS

Jan 6 Kings Day Celebration. 843-7270 Jun 13 St. Anthony Feast Day. 843-7270 ENCHANTED TRAVELS / SANDIA PUEBLO


Cerrillos “Adobe, stone, and wood siding construction, styles of another time.”

Written by Frank J. Young. Photography by Todd Yocham and Sandy Young

THE DISCERNING GUEST OF THE VILLAGE OF CERRILLOS WILL SOON DISCOVER THAT it’s not really a “one-horse town” (you’ll find several horses stabled here), as the Old West is pleasantly drawn from the depths of one’s imagination by the picturesque First Street with Mary’s Bar, false-fronted shops (now galleries and studios), and St. Joseph’s Catholic church, all shaded by ancient cottonwood trees. Adobe, stone, and wood siding construction, styles of another time when the clop clop of horses’ hooves, the braying of donkeys, and the smell of wood smoke from cook stoves were signs of the times. Cerrillos was then a busy mining town, boasting two churches, a public school with 130 students, twenty-seven saloons, four hotels, five brothels, and 3000 citizens, vying almost successfully to be the capital of the soon-to-be State of New Mexico. The history of the village includes mining of turquoise by Native Americans as early as A.D. 900 and the mining of lead, gold, and silver by the Spanish after 1540, when Coronado visited the area. The first gold boom of the area came in 1823, when a herder tending his animals picked up a stone to throw at his stubborn mule, noted its peculiar weight, and discovered flecks of gold in the stone. Later booms came in 1828 at the “Old Placers” and in 1839 at the “New Placers.” Again, in the late 1870s, another rush began, and on March 8, 1879, Founder’s Day was declared for the community of Cerrillos. What does one do in Cerrillos today? Ride horseback in the hills surrounding the village; hike in the Cerrillos Hills Park, 1100 acres encompassing many of the old mines that pepper the “little hills”; visit The What-not Shop, spend time with Todd and Patricia Brown at the Turquoise Mining Museum; and walk by the Clear Light Opera House, where As visitors to Sarah Bernhardt and Lillian Langtree once sang. Cerrillos walk the dusty streets snapping digital pictures of another time, nostalgia medicates the stress of todays hustle 'n bustle life. Let imagination transport you back to the days of steam engines, horse and buggies and a slower, simpler way of life. Come visit us in Cerrillos.




Don’t expect a fancy sub-division because this village was laid out by the railroad when it came through in 1880, and it is currently serviced by the original water system put in by the railroad to supply water for its steam engines. Remember . . . you’re visiting The Old West!


Cerrillos Cultural Center, Mining Museum, Outdoor Amphitheater, Petting Zoo, St. Joseph’s Church.

FILMS SHOT IN CERRILLOS John Carpenter's VAMPIRES EARTH 2 (Television Series) Young Guns For more on films made in New Mexico visit: LOCATION Cerrillos is located on NM 14 (Turquoise Trail), Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. TOUR ROUTE From Santa Fe, travel 25 miles south on NM 14, turn right just after the bridge into the village. MORE INFORMATION New Mexico Tourism website: DB-place/place/1190.html Cerrillios Hills Historic Park: Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway: ENCHANTED TRAVELS / CERRILLOS


Santa Fe “The nation’s oldest continuously serving capitol has been drawing people to its natural beauty

and rich culture for centuries. The world knows Santa Fe for its art and for its historic significance.”

THERE IS NO CITY ANYWHERE QUITE LIKE SANTA FE, OFFICIALLY NAMED La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis in 1823. The flourishing 400-year old capital at the junction of El Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail flaunts her international recognition for one of the world’s largest art markets, multi-national cuisine, renowned museum facilities and performing arts and exceptional shopping opportunities. Each year in July and August tens of thousands of visitors attend the huge Indian and Spanish markets held at the central plaza. Combine this wealth of culture with the slopes of the Santa Fe Ski Basin, rafting the Rio Grande, hiking and fishing the Pecos Wilderness, beating the odds at Indian casinos and browsing local pueblo markets and you have just created a unique experience… the Santa Fe experience. The visual arts, the performing arts, the crafts, the history, the architecture, the food and a unique blend of people and cultures emerge from “The City Different” in a natural setting that takes your breath away. A generous sprinkling of New Mexico enchantment adds the final touch.



Relocated to the sunny slopes of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in 1609 by Spain’s third governor of New Mexico, Santa Fe is the oldest continuously serving capitol in the United States. Among the nation’s oldest buildings are San Miguel Mission, rebuilt in 1710 over the ruins of its predecessor church and the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in the U.S. Narrow, old-world streets wind through Spanish and Pueblo architecture exposing the hundreds of galleries, shops and museums that vitalize this cultural Mecca.


Surviving weeks of harsh conditions, struggling settlers in the 1800s streamed into the nation’s oldest capital of Santa Fe. The life-size sculpture, “Passage”, by Dan Namingha stands appropriately at the entrance to “museum hill” overlooking Santa Fe, an established destination in the westward expansion of the United States. Having already served over 200 years as a territorial capital under Spain and Mexico, the adobe city became a major stop for westward bound wagon trains.


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Feb 23-26 ARTFeast. May 6-7 Civil War Weekend. 471-2261 21 21st Annual Santa Fe Century. 982-1282 Jun 3-4 Spring Festival and Animal Fair. 471-2261 17-18 Arts & Crafts Festival. 988-7621 21-24 Rodeo de Santa Fe. 471-4300 TBA Santa Fe Stages. 982-6683 Jun 30-Aug 26 Santa Fe Opera. 800-280-4654 Jul 1-2 Wine Festival. 471-2261 Jul 16-Aug 21 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. 983-2075 Jul 29-30 Spanish Market. 982-2226 Contemporary Hispanic Market. 992-0591 Aug 4-6 Summer Festival. 471-4711 6-13 Santa Fe County Fair. 471-4711 9-13 Mountain Man Rendevous. 476-5100 14-16 Invitational Antique Indian Art Show. 992-8929 19-20 Indian Market. 983-5220 Sep 2-10 La Fiesta de Santa Fe. 988-7575 27 Wine and Chile Fiesta. 438-8060 Oct 7-8 Harvest Festival. 471-2261 Dec 2-3 Winter Spanish Market. 982-2226 6-10 6th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival. 988-5225 8 Christmas at the Palace. 476-5100 10 Las Posadas. 983-7317 24 Farolitos on the Plaza and at the Cross of the Martyrs. 983-7317



As one of the world’s largest art markets, there is no end to the impressive sculpture to be found in the permanent and rotating collections at the State Capitol, the downtown plaza area, Canyon Road, Museum Hill and in front of many public and private buildings.



Canyon Road. Originally a Native American trail into the mountains; now lined with unique shops, art galleries, artists’ studios, restaurants and local hangouts. 1-800-777-2489 El Rancho de las Golondrinas. A historical Spanish colonial village that was a stopping point on El Camino Real. Call for yearly event schedule and guided tours. 471-2261 Hyde Memorial State Park. Camping, hiking and picnicking. Just 8 miles northeast of Santa Fe. 983-7175 Loretto Chapel. Housing the miraculous staircase built by a mysterious carpenter believed to have been St. Joseph. 207 Old Santa Fe Trail. 982-0092. Museum Hill. Location of the Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Museum of Fine Art. Southwest art, historical art and contemporary art. 107 W. Palace Ave. 476-5072. Palace of the Governors. 17th century building on the historic Santa Fe Plaza housing history exhibits. The oldest continuously used public building in the US. 105 W. Palace Ave. 476-5100. San Miguel Mission Church. Dates back to first Spanish colonization. Rebuilt following 1680 Pueblo Revolt. 401 Old Santa Fe Trail. 983-3974 Santuario de Guadalupe. Mission museum exhibiting Spanish colonial art. 18th century shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. 988-2027

LOCATION Santa Fe is located at the junction of I-25 and US84/285, in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 59 miles north of Albuquerque. TOUR ROUTE Return to Albuquerque to complete the Enchanted Travels Tour. Travel 17 miles north on US84/285 to Pojoaque Pueblo to begin the Northern Mountains Tour and another 8 miles to Española. Take side trips from Pojoaque Pueblo west on NM502 to Los Alamos and east on NM503 to the Spanish Villages. MORE INFORMATION Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau (505) 955-6200 or (800) 777-2489. Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce (505) 983-7317


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Her work reaches out and touches the minds of onlookers, sharing the spiritual feelings that have guided Estella’s own life. The warmth and passions expressed in her work are incredible. No doubt the most visited and photographed sculpture in all of Santa Fe, “Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha”, glows with an expression of calm determination that engulfs the grounds of St. Francis Basilica in the downtown district. “My creations bond with me as well and nurture me on a daily basis,” relates Estella. “At night I light up the sculpture garden surrounding my home and Gentle Spirit Studio and feel protected by ‘The Reawakening’ and ‘Peace Warrior’s Prayer.’ I am never alone.”

(opposite page) ”Precious Moment” (this page, top right) Estella with her daughter Fawn and grand daughter Faith. (bottom right) “The Reawakening”


Born and raised in Jemez Pueblo, Estella was introduced to the traditional arts by her mother, Albenita Loretto. “I always knew art would be my life’s focus. I yearned to travel beyond the Pueblo and the National Geographic magazines given to me by my stepfather’s therapists created a window to the world and fueled my desire to travel abroad. At an early age, I began plotting out my life to the countries and cultures I wanted to experience.” At fifteen, Estella transferred to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and was accepted as a cultural exchange student to Belgium. “The experience was a stressful, but important spiritual step in my life’s journey.” She was later an exchange student in Oaxaca, Mexico, living among local villages; she traveled to India and Nepal to study cultural structures and ceremonial art; she received a fellowship to study traditional Japanese pottery at the Tekisui Museum of Pottery in Ashiya, Japan, and


fellowship funded


the Shah of Iran to study


at the Oomoto School of Tra-




ditional Japanese Art in Kameoka,






Japan. She conducted personal and cultural studies on various South Pacific islands



and in Italy.

Estella Loretto is the creator of


the dynamic and quietly powerful


sculpture “The


Reawakening” fea-



cover of this year’s New



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Mexico Traveler. She works primarily for clients on commission and her artwork is in demand across the country. Estella’s sculpture reflects events in her life as well as her

It was probably Allan Houser who fine-tuned Loretta’s use of flowing artis-

own personal journeys in

tic lines. She is obviously comfortable with rounded shapes and edges,

awareness and healing. For

adding a sort of Feng Shui el ement to the clay she is molding.

example, her two most recently com-

“Each piece of my work represents an unfolding prayer from deep within





my heart. I rely on prayers each morning to guide me as I begin shaping

Moments,” inspired by the birth

another segment of a sculpture. I am intrigued by bronze creations,” she

of her granddaughter and “Inner Harmony,” which

concludes, “because they will continue to convey my passions and prayers

depicts the celebration of inner peace and spiritual

long after I am gone.”

growth. Another work currently underway is called “Letting Go.” When completed it will speak visually to the viewer of Estella’s daughter leaving home to start a life on her own, and every parent’s thoughts and emotions accompanying such a bittersweet event. Estella’s work can been seen annually at the Santa Fe Indian Market, this year to be held on August 19th and 20th. She is preparing two new sculptures that will be premiered there: “The Guardian” and “Spirit Flight.” A prolific artist, she is also presently working on a monument-size commissioned piece for an out-of-state client.

Readers can learn more about this amazing woman and her work by visiting the website:

(opposite page, top left) “Morning Prayer.” (bottom right) “Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.” (this page, top) “Hummingbird.” (top right) “Inner Harmony.” (bottom left) Estella working on “Letting Go” in her studio. (bottom right) “The Magical Encounter.” ENCHANTED TRAVELS / SANTA FE







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“If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.”

– Herotodus

The ancient Romans had a phrase for it: “salis per aquam,” which means, “healing by water.” This Latin phrase gradually became reduced to the modern English acronym “spa,” and while water is still an important component of healing, today’s Santa Fe spas offer much more than the basics. Weary travelers can rejuvenate body and spirit with a variety of services that include aromatherapy, facials, massage, saunas and two-handed body therapy, as well as an array of restorative water rituals. Make some time for yourself, and take a short trip to a Santa Fe area spa. Your tension and stress are really all you have to lose.

A visit to a spa helps to restore one’s sense of peace, balance and natural order.






“When the weather is cold and bitter, that’s not the way you want to be.” — Ten Thousand Waves awaken

“This ever-changing personalized treatment is designed to awaken the spirit and soothe the soul.” — Avanyu Spa at La Posada de Santa Fe


“We want to feed all your senses with fabulous tastes, heavenly aromas, beautiful sights, soothing sounds, and wonderful textures.” — Absolute Nirvana


“Step out of the stresses of everyday life and discover the healing nature that has made these waters legendary. Relax, rejuvenate, enjoy!” — Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs


Special Retreat

Downtown Day Spa of Santa Fe Santa Fe’s oldest day spa located in the heart of historical downtown. Celebrating 12 years promoting wellness and massage excellence. Visit our website for specials.


ten thousand waves reservations 505.982.9304



japanese spa

112 West San Francisco Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501



ONE OF THE REASONS FOR SANTA FE’S WELL-KNOWN sobriquet, “The City Different,” is that it presents its visitors with a shopping experience quite unlike any other. While it still retains its small-town ambiance, it is, in fact, considered by many to be one of the greatest shopping centers in the world. In shops large and small, a fascinating array of top-quality merchandise from around the world mingles with first-rate Native American and Spanish-influenced arts and crafts, along with the best of Mexico and South America. With unobtrusive pride, galleries display the work of worldrenowned painters, sculptors and potters, many exclusive to their respective dealers. A number of the shops, boutiques and galleries are family owned businesses, handed down through generations along with the knowledge and skills required to operate such unique enterprises. Meanwhile, in recent years, internationally known clothing and jewelry designers have quietly gravitated to Santa Fe, where they comment on a feeling of visionary freedom that they are unable to find in Paris or New York. This influx of creativity has led to a profusion of original apparel and accessories with a fresh, multi-cultural look. Many items are handmade or hand-woven of natural fibers. In addition to the year-round local businesses, late summer in Santa Fe brings the huge Indian and Spanish Markets. These yearly open-air markets draw thousands of shoppers from around the world. Finding themselves unable to view all that the city has to offer in just one trip, many visitors eagerly return to Santa Fe again and again.






Travel the

CULINARY WO R L D yz of Santa Fe

Photo courtesy of Swig

Santa Fe is replete with eclectic, creative eateries that draw upon the world’s great food traditions.



the many FLAVORS of B Fe Santa The international cuisine of Santa Fe has carved out its own niche among travel centers of the world. Its reputation as an enddestination, as well as its position as the world’s third largest art market, created the need to please palates from around the globe. Italian bistros, Japanese sushi and just about everything in between can be found in the “City Different.” It goes without saying that an array of Mexican food and prime steaks are available, but there are also flavors unique to Northern New Mexico. Northern Italian, Thai, Indian, French… name your culinary preference and it is sure to be found. And while Texas Bar-B-Q may not be considered international cuisine, any Texan will tell you it is certainly internationally significant. Find the food you have long enjoyed but seldom encounter, or better yet, take advantage of the incredible selection and create a new experience for you and your family. Couple this with a wide range of entertainment and your visit to Santa Fe will be the one to write home about. 54


Kakawa Chocolate House





Sol Café Canyon Rd.’s Sol Café owner, Vikki Nulman, is truly passionate about food. In 2006, Vikki leads 2 exciting culinary trips. The first to, Italia’s Tuscany, where you’ll be lodging in Antinori’s wine estates. The second to Mexico to further hone the Mexican/New Mexican fusion power. 802 Canton Road • Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-989-1949

Two Businesses, One Location Chocolate & Sweets Boutique

& La Cantina 847 Ninita St, Corner of Ninita St. and St. Francis in Santa Fe



Southwestern cuisine with international influences is the mark of this restaurant set in a historic hacienda. Their outstanding culinary staff brings to your table such delights as flash-fried tortilla shrimp with papaya-fire sauce, as well as trout baked in adobe. La Cantina serves up nightly Broadway tunes and innovative Southwestern fare. Also enjoy their renowned garden dining patio. 125 East Palace Ave. • Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-988-9232


Your host, Lino Pertusini, from Lake Como, and staff, invite you to experience authentic regional Italian cuisine, and extensive wine list, great cocktails, world class service in an elegant charming and historical setting. Enjoy our fireplace, two bars, private rooms and outdoor dining. Located two blocks from Santa Fe Plaza.

505.986.5858 | S OUTH F EDERAL P LACE | S ANTA F E , NM | W W W.









FAX : 505.986.3938


Drop by Saveur for Breakfast or Lunch. Everything Prepared Fresh Each Day. Owners Dee & Bernie Rusanowski offer the spirit of giving daily with their exceptional food and ambiance. 204 Montezuma • Santa Fe, NM (corner of Galisteo and Cerrillos) 505-989-4200





Pueblo of Pojoaque “The beautiful Pojoaque valley, framed by the majestic Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains and just minutes north

of Santa Fe, has been home of the indigenous people of the Pueblo of Pojoaque for centuries.” Written by David Oakeley

NOW WITH TWO CASINOS, TWO HOTELS, A MAGNIFICENT 27-HOLE GOLF COURSE, THE Poeh Museum and much more, Pojoaque remains a growing and popular stop for travelers and locals alike.


The Poeh Cultural Center (below) in Pojoaque was established in 1988 as a facility for preserving and enhancing cultural development among the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley.

GAMING. The Cities of Gold Casino offers the newest and most liberal slot machines in New Mexico, black jack, craps, roulette, the only poker room in northern New Mexico, and nightly bingo. The Golden Buffet has good food at a good price, and enjoy adult beverages and entertainment in the Golden Cantina. At the nearby Sports Bar Race Book & Casino you can place a wager at horse racetracks across the country and watch the live race. Enjoy the coin slot machines, your favorite TV sports programming, and your favorite drink. HOTELS. The modern Cities of Gold Hotel is located next to the Cities of Gold Casino and has 124 modern rooms, meeting facilities, the Gold Dust Restaurant and a Cantina. The elegant Homewood Suites by Hilton® has 79 units and is located next to the Towa Golf Resort. TOWA GOLF RESORT. The 27 hole Towa Golf course offers quality golf at an affordable price. The codesigners of Towa, PGA Tour Champion Hale Irwin and architect Bill Phillips of Tempe, AZ, utilized the natural topography and unique natural rock and indigenous piñon trees to create a magnificent high desert golf course. Towa offers professional instruction, rental golf sets, a beautiful club house and restaurant and a fully stocked golf shop. POEH MUSEUM. Opened in 1991, the Poeh Museum is a unique hub of Pueblo culture that serves Native and non-Native peoples alike. EVENTS Dec 12 Jan 6

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day. 843-7270 All Kings Day. 843-7270

LOCATION Pojoaque Pueblo is at the junction of US285, NM502 and NM503, just 15 minutes from Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Espanola. MORE INFORMATION Cities of Gold Casino (505)455-3313 or 800-455-3313 (toll free) Sports Bar Race Book & Casino (505)455-3105 Cities of Gold Hotel (505) 455-0515 or 877-455-0515 (toll free) Homewood Suites (505)455-9100 Towa Golf Resort (505)455-9000 or 877-465-3489 Poeh Museum (505)455-3334



“The cultural mix

in northwest New Mexico is like no other anywhere.”

(above) Rock formation known by Four Corners residents as “God’s Opening”, similar to many of the unusual rock formations found throughout New Mexico.



Indian Country

Photo by Lisa E. Rodriquez of Light Language


hroughout the millennia of human habitation in this ancient land, seemingly measureless time has in fact been measured in many different ways: in centuries of tribal ceremony, in generations devoted to the making and trading of native arts or in the decades that belonged to the “mother road,� Route 66. Time in northwestern New Mexico can be measured in minutes on a railroad timetable, in the interminable heart-pounding eight seconds of a championship bull ride, or more recently, in computer-age nanoseconds. The Native American residents here explore cutting-edge technology while remaining firmly committed to their culture, religions and tradition. Successive generations of craftspeople trade with successive generations of traders and dealers in trading posts built over a century ago. The cultural mix here is like no other anywhere. Besides shopping the world’s largest Indian markets, take time to enjoy our superb scenery, abundant wildlife and great fly-fishing. You can golf, hike and bike; or go rock climbing, horseback riding or gaming.



Gallup Written by Sally Noe Old Gallup photo courtesy Sally Noe



below: Early Gallup, facing west on Route 66 between First and Second Streets. opposite above: Rex Museum. opposite below: The Historic El Rancho Hotel on the famous Highway Route 66.

rediscover Route 66. From Chicago to LA the grandfather of our national highway system will celebrate its 80th birthday. For all of the 80 years Gallup's automobile travelers have traced the original roadway on the miles through our downtown--railroad on the north, east and westbound traffic lanes separating the businesses on the south. Gallup's Route 66 has been crossed by every vehicle that has ever moved through our town in any direction. Route 66, formerly Railroad Avenue, is still the single east-west roadway through our present day fourteen mile city limits. Other New Mexico communities have shifted business districts and residential areas or been bypassed over the years, but in our town the 100+ year-old one and two-story business buildings still guard our original national highway route. Settled in 1881, Gallup was never a company town. Even though our coal was shipped by rail to the generators, smelters, and households of towns from Missouri to the Pacific, we were a business town. Gallup merchants provided for the wants, needs, and entertainment of surrounding mine camp personnel, reservation residents, and local families. Hotels provided traveler accommodations. Street side businesses provided the rest, for Gallup was located 135 miles from a meal, fuel, tools, or entertainment.

Photo courtesy of Sally Noe

With the growing family automobile traffic new demands brought campgrounds, gas stations,

Rediscover Route 66. “Every local street still deadends

on Route 66.

One hundred trains a day trace the original Route 66 through town.�



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Celebrating Eighty Years

movie houses, reservation rugs and crafts, and, recently, fast food. Today our community distributes 85% of all Native American craft sold worldwide. We still ship coal from the area mines. We are known worldwide for our art and entertainment. Every local street still deadends on Route 66. 100 trains a day trace the original Route 66 through town. Hundreds of drivers per day turn off I-40 to stretch their legs, eat a meal and mix with the local population. New Mexico may have "a city different," but Gallup, New Mexico is a "different city." right top: Historic Richardson’s Trading Post displays its Route 66 era neon signage. right center: Murals and museum pieces enhance a city parking lot adjoining the Rex Museum. right bottom, from left: A flare of neon illuminates the front of Gallup’s Chamber of Commerce; Route 66 businesses haved maintained the 50’s and 60’s era neon lighting. Photos this page by Joe Burgess GALLUP


ABOUT THE COVER A portion of well-known artist Irving Bahe’s mural in downtown Gallup. The full mural “Ceremonial”, honoring the world famous Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, is located on the Ceremonial building between Second and Third Streets on Coal Avenue. Cover photo by Gary Langston


OLD GALLUP The world’s marketplace for traditional Native American merchandise, Gallup also has a thriving contemporary fine arts community. History, culture, special events and outdoor activities abound here, surrounded by scenic beauty and natural wonders. Many more unique experiences are just a short day tour away.

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Historic Route 66 Interesting Facts and Statistics Native Heritage Trail Byway The R.C. Gorman Library Collection at Diné College Gallup Pawn Map of Gallup Map of Four Corners Area The City of Murals Be Sargent Walking Tour Outdoor Activities Area Events 85th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial 58th Annual Lions Club Rodeo 13th Annual "Wild Thing" 26th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally The Wrangler Jr. High School Rodeo The High Desert Trail System

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Welcome from the Mayor 2006 Calendar of Events Traders and Galleries Accomodations Restaurants,Transportation and Other Services


DAY TOUR 1: PUEBLO OF ZUNI No village in North America has a higher concentration of skilled artisans than Zuni Pueblo, just a short drive from Gallup.


DAY TOUR 2: SCENIC ROUTE 53 On a tour that loops over the Continental Divide, a trail of natural wonders awaits travelers on historic Highway 53.


DAY TOUR 3: TIMELESS CHACO CANYON Visit a land of history and mystery. Tour the ruins of a complex prehistoric society that left an unsolved riddle behind.


DAY TOUR 4: WINDOW ROCK AND HUBBELL TRADING POST Tour the capitol of the Navajo Nation, and visit a trading post that has been in continuous operation since 1878.


DAY TOUR 5: CANYON DE CHELLY Ancient ruins nestle in the sheer red cliffs, while modern-day Navajo people raise crops and livestock on the verdant floor of this amazing canyon.

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Published exclusively for The City of Gallup as a supplement to the New Mexico Traveler

City of Gallup Elected Officials Bob Rosebrough Mayor William Nechero City Councilor-District 1 Mary Ann Armijo City Councilor-District 2 Patrick Butler City Councilor-District 3 Frank Gonzales City Councilor-District 4 Eric Honeyfield City Manager George Kozeliski City Manager Larry Binkley Assistant City Manager Director of Administrative Services



Dear Visitor:

Gallup Development Commission

On behalf of the Gallup City Council and the Citizens of Gallup,it is my pleasure to welcome you to Gallup, New Mexico.

Glen Benefield Director Maxine Armstrong Touchine Administrative Assistant

Please join us as we celebrate the cultures of our neighbors, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi, Zuni, Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. Attend the Outdoor Summer Nightly Indian Dances and the country’s premier Native American event, the Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.

Executive Committee Sandy Chavez Charles High Dr. Peter Tempest Exofficios Prakash Sundaram Herb Mosher Tim T. Hagaman Members at Large Mohammad Aysheh Barry Butler Sammy Chioda Dave Dallago, Jr. Doug Decker Claudia Klesert Paul McCollum Jackie McKinney Lisa Rodriguez Brad Vergien Raymond Yazzie Brett Newberry Mary Ann Armijo

Gallup is an international source for Native American art. There are more than 100 shops teeming with handcrafted silver and turquoise jewelry, pottery and world famous Navajo rugs. Enjoy the more than 20 pieces of intriguing public art scattered throughout the City. Sample our wide variety of restaurants and cuisines and savor the best Mexican food in the Southwest! If you are the adventurous type, consider taking a hot air balloon ride in the Red Rocks or experiencing our world class venues for mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. Welcome to Gallup, we are a gateway to adventure in many forms. Sincerely,

Bob Rosebrough Mayor, City of Gallup



STATISTICS Latitude: 35.528N Longitude: -108.74W Gallup is a city in McKinley County and is the county seat. Gallup is on the Rio Puerco, near Navajo, Hopi (Arizona), and Zuni reservations.

Photo by Gary Langston

Population, from the 2004 Census Total: 20,209 White: 8,106 Black: 219 Hispanic or Latino: 6,699 American Indian/Alaska Native: 7,404 Asian: 289 Native Hawaiian: 19 Other: 2,985 Two or more races: 1,187 On Historic Route 66 Historic sites and museums: Red Rock Museum, Rex Museum and The Gallup Cultural Center Museum

above: "Native American Trading", one the new downtown Gallup Murals located on the Joe Tanner building, at the corner of Third Street and Coal Avenue. One of Gallup's favorite artists, Chester Kahn painted the mural of the history of trading in the area.

Nearby parks & recreation: Red Rock Park


Colleges and Universities: University of New MexicoGallup Branch, Western New Mexico UniversityGallup Campus

There is no doubt that Gallup is a unique city, but there are more things that make it so than meet the eye. Here are a few facts you might find interesting:

Fun Facts and Interesting Items

ONE FOR THE GIPPER One of the dishes on the menu at the El Rancho Hotel Restaurant is the “Ronald Reagan”- that’s a big half-pound burger with bacon, cheese and a side order of jellybeans.

Listed places in Gallup: Accommodations (40), Libraries (4), Museums (3), Newspapers (3), Magazines (1)

PAINT THE TOWN Gallup has more pieces of WPA artwork than any other city in New Mexico.

Churches and Religious Organizations (83) Baptist (12) Catholic (15) Methodist (3) Christian (14) Lutheran (1) Presbyterian (3) Assemblies of God (5) Ministries (1) Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (8) Mosque (1)

“A SPIRIT OF ONENESS” Gallup is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. Races and national backgrounds represented here include Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Italian, Croatian, Polish, Greek, Dutch, Japanese, African American, Indian and Palestinian, to name a few. KEEP THE CHANGE The city of Gallup has no parking meters. This is highly unusual among towns located on old Route 66, where busy municipal meters once harvested millions of dollars in nickels and dimes.

A CITY DIVIDED There are no designations like North Gallup or South Gallup, but the city is neatly split in half by railroad right of way and Historic Route 66. The invisible line runs completely through Gallup from end to end. The two halves of the city do not touch at any point. A CITY THAT SWELLS Gallup’s population is 22,000 but on weekends it is not unusual for the city to host over 50,000 visitors from the surrounding trade area. KICKS ON 66 When it was finally decommissioned in 1985, old Route 66 had been on hard times for years. As the Interstate Highways gradually replaced it, the old Mother Road became broken into segments. Some are surrounded by desert now; others are only blocks long. But the Mother Road is as elegant as ever in Gallup, New Mexico. Historic Route 66 still runs completely through town in one smooth, easy cruise.

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LOCATION Gallup is located at the junction of I-40, US491 and NM602, in the heart of Indian Country, 138 miles west of Albuquerque and 36 miles north of Zuni.


Gallup Visitors and Information Center, located in the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce Building, 103 West Historic Route 66, Gallup, NM 87301 (800) 242-4282 Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce (505) 722-2228 • (800) 380-4989 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, 226 W. Coal, Gallup, NM 87301 (505) 863-3896 • (800) 233-4528 Red Rock Park, P.O. Box 10, Church Rock, NM 87311 (505) 722-3839


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Rainbird Trading Co.

Rain Bird of Scottsdale

1724 S. Second St.

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Gallup, NM 87301

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Pueblo of Zuni DAY TOUR 1

Zuni Pueblo is the largest of the nineteen New Mexico pueblos and is also considered to be the most traditional. World-famous for their exquisite jewelry, pottery and stone fetishes, the people of Zuni have their own unique language and culture. The people of Zuni are called the A:shiwi, and the majority of them are artisans. In fact, no village in North America has a higher concentration of skilled artisans than the Pueblo of Zuni. Some craftsmen make jewelry of silver and polished stones so intricate it is called needlepoint, and equally elaborate channel and inlay pieces. Zuni artisans make distinctive fetishes, pottery, kachinas, sculptures and beadwork. Cooking is also an art form at the Pueblo of Zuni. The A:shiwi still bake pies and their famous sourdough bread in wood-fired outdoor ovens called he:bok’owe. Recipes have been handed down for generations, including such dishes as deer jerky, fried squash and Zuni-style blue corn tamales. Spanish missionaries first arrived at Zuni in 1539. Our Lady of Guadalupe — Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe — Mission was built there in 1629 and restored in 1968. Also known as the Old Zuni Mission, the building is again under restoration. It features monumental murals of Zuni kachinas as well as Spanish-influenced architectural details. The A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center is an independent enterprise of the Zuni people. The museum displays hundreds of priceless artifacts that were retrieved when the ancient city of Hawikku was excavated in the 1920’s. It is located on the site of one of Zuni’s first trading


Experience Zuni! “Zuni Pueblo is the largest of the nineteen New Mexico Pueblos. ”


right: The Old Zuni Mission was built in 1629 and restored in 1965. opposite: The famous Zuni Olla Maidens in all their finery. Photography by Joe Burgess



posts. The museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, except on days when religious ceremonies are being conducted nearby. The pueblo is a sovereign nation. While many ceremonies are open to the public, restrictions do apply and are to be respected. All visitors are asked to please stop at the Visitor Center near the center of town for complete information.

P.O. Box 426 • Zuni, NM 87327 Come in and see our selection at 1177 Hwy 53

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23 Pia Mesa Road P.O. Box 446 Zuni, NM 87327

800.752.3278 505.782.4547 Fax: 505.782.2155


Authentic Zuni jewelry and fetishes directly from the source — the Pueblo of Zuni. Visit the people that have been living in the same area for 9,000 years. Handmade jewelry with natural stones inlaid in sterling silver and gold. Fetishes carved from variety of stones, shell, wood and antler. All Major Credit Cards Accepted Open Mon.– Fri. 9 – 6, Sat. 9– 5, Sun. 10–3 (Seasonal) 1222 Hwy. 53 • PO Box 425 • Zuni, NM 87327

505.782.5531 • 866.515.7675 •



OLD ZUNI MISSION Started by Franciscan friars in 1629 and reconstructed in 1692 after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Old Zuni Mission is considered to be one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture in the Southwest. Beginning in 1970, it has been decorated with life-sized murals of Zuni Kachina figures. They were painted by artist Alex Seowtewa and his sons, who have continued the work since.


Where we treat you like family, and not just like a friend Your hosts Mickey & Jeanne Fuhs P.O. Box 492 Fort Wingate, NM 87316



This showroom of authentic contemporary Zunimade merchandise is open to the public. Items range from strictly traditional to purely decorative. All are genuine Zuni. Zuni pottery is of such high quality that it was exchanged for trade goods with other tribes even before the arrival of the Spanish. The same quality and attention to detail is evident in the jewelry, fetishes, Kachinas, and furniture. The Zuni Arts and Crafts Enterprise also has ice-cold sodas! (505) 782-5531 / (866) 515-7675


EVENTS Jul 28-30 Aug 24-27 Oct 7-8 Nov 23 Dec TBA December

Zuni Cultural Arts Expo. 782-7238 Zuni Fair. 782-7238 Zuni Fall Festival & Arts Market. 782-7238 Zuni Christmas Lights Parade. 782-7238 Deshkwi/Fasting, All businesses closed! Late and late June. 782-7238

LOCATION Zuni Pueblo is located on Scenic NM 53, 77 miles southwest of Grants, 155 miles west of Albuquerque. TOUR ROUTE Just a short drive from Gallup, Zuni has the highest concentration of skilled artisans of any village in North America. MORE INFORMATION Zuni Information Center (505) 782-7238 Pueblo of Zuni Arts & Crafts (505) 782-5531 Museum & Heritage Center (505) 782-4403

top, left: A Zuni Olla Maidens getting ready for a parade; center, left:The Zuni Queens in full traditional dress; center, right: The cover of the first Spirit of Zuni magazine; bottom, left: A portion of a Zuni painting.



Located in the middle of Zuni Pueblo, Halona Plaza occupies a former trading post built in 1866. Calling it merely a supermarket would be selling it short. Its staff of over 20 Zuni tribal members provides a variety of goods and services to residents and guests. Along with fresh meat and produce, the store offers financial services and ceremonial supplies. There’s even a lapidary supply for jewelry makers. The Deli at Halona features daily lunch specials, indoor and outdoor dining, and the “Best Fried Chicken in the Southwest.” The Inn at Halona is a bed and (complete) breakfast inn. It has eight guest rooms, patios for outdoor events, and a conference room. 1(800) 752-3278 /

A:SHIWI A:WAN MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTER In 1916, anthropologists began a seven-year excavation project at the Zuni ancestral city of Hawikku. Some Zuni elders remembered, as children, seeing wagonloads of crates leaving Zuni. They did not know then that the crates contained some 20,000 priceless artifacts bound for New York City. The items were never put on public display. Today, however, hundreds of those artifacts are on display – in Zuni, at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum. The collection is on extended loan from the National Museum of the American Indian. (505) 782-4403.

JOE MILO’S WHITE WATER TRADING CO. This is a must-stop en route to Zuni or El Morro. Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co. is nestled in the pines of Van der Wagen, NM seventeen miles south of Gallup on Highway 602. The old trading post has a historical U.S. Post Office located inside. Joe Milo’s offers Zuni, Navajo and Hopi jewelry, Zuni fetishes, Navajo rugs, Kachinas, pottery, baskets and sand paintings. 1(888) JOE MILO /

Scenic Route 53 DAY TOUR 2

A trail studded with natural wonders, this trip starts the same as Day Tour 1 but makes a loop eastward from Highway 602 at the Zuni Pueblo turnoff. It takes you to the ancient landmark of El Morro National Monument, through the Land of Fire and Ice, and over the Continental Divide to El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area, where the landscape resembles that of another planet. From there you can continue on and visit La Ventana Natural Arch, the largest such rock formation in New Mexico; or return directly to Gallup. You will have seen legacies of ancient cultures and living history carved in stone. You will have traversed an ice cave and the insides of an ancient volcano, walked underneath a natural stone arch and descended a mineshaft. But what’s really great is that you will have done all this without leaving Gallup’s “back yard.” Take Interstate 40 west back to Gallup. You’ll be there in less than an hour!

The Ancient Way. “You will see legacies of

ancient cultures and living history carved in stone.”

e Photo by Craig Robinson

left: Ramah Lake, located two and a half miles northeast of the town, offers fishing, boating and picnicking.



El Malpais National Monument Volcanic eruptions occurring over time created the landscape called El Malpais. These lava flows formed unique ecosystems and shaped human perceptions.

El Malpais Information Center Open Daily 8:30 – 4:30 • 505-783-4774 11000 Ice Caves Road • Grants, NM 87020

EL MORRO AND INSCRIPTION ROCK Also known as Inscription Rock, El Morro is a massive, castle-like sandstone bluff that rises 200 feet above the valley floor. It contains over 2,000 historic petroglyphs and inscriptions carved into the rock. The ruins of an ancient 875-room pueblo rest atop the bluff. A distinct landmark with a reliable water supply, it became a stopping point for travelers through the ages. Many left their marks on the rock, including Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish conquistadors and the U.S. Cavalry.

RAMAH Settled in 1876, Ramah, New Mexico has two houses listed with the New Mexico Registry of Historic Places. It is the home of the Ramah Navajo Weavers Association, which has developed a local economy based on sheep and other land-based traditions. The Ramah Navajo people are recognized as a Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Ramah Lake, 2.5 miles northeast of town, offers fishing, boating and picnicking.

Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center The Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center provides a gateway to exploring the recreational & cultural opportunities which abound in this part of the state. This multi-agency center provides area information, exhibits, maps, books, videos, & programs.

Open Daily 8-5 MST 9-6 MDT • 505-876-2783 1900 East Santa Fe Avenue • Grants, NM 87020

El Morro National Monument Commemorating 100 years as a National Monument in 2006.

Rising above the valley floor, Inscription Rock was a welcome landmark for weary travelers. A reliable water hole hidden at its base made it a popular resting place. Today, the petroglyphs & names inscribed by these travelers represent 1000 years of continued human use & occupation.

Open daily; hours vary with season • 505-783-4226 HC 61, Box 43 • Ramah, NM 87321

ICE CAVE AND BANDERA VOLCANO Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice. Visit the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano east of El Morro and experience an anomaly of nature: a cave of perpetual winter, near the heart of an extinct volcano. The ice on the cave floor is twenty feet thick, and the temperature never rises above 31 degrees (F). Nearby Bandera is the largest of 29 extinct volcanoes in the Ice Caves region. Its lava tube is one of the longest in North America.

EL MALPAIS NAT’L MONUMENT AND CONSERVATION AREA Farther to the east a few miles, you will come to El Malpais National Monument. Nowhere are the volcanic origins of this land more apparent than El Malpais (The Badlands). Encompassing 2100 square miles of lava fields, this amazing monument contains a vast array of cinder cones, pressure ridges and complex lava tube systems. The appearance of the area is like the landscape in a science fiction movie.

THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE Between El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments, the 29 volcanic mountains of the Fire and Ice region form the backbone of the Continental Divide in this area. The Continental Divide is the pinnacle of a huge geological ridge that separates the flow of the nation’s waterways to the east and west. Waterways east of this line flow toward the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico; those west of the line flow toward the Pacific.



Photo by Gary Langston

6TH ANNUAL FIRE & ICE ROUTE 66 BIKE RALLY Hosted this year by the city of Grants, the event draws thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. Attractions include live entertainment, food and vendor booths, poker runs and motorcycle giveaways. The three-day rally roars into town on the third weekend of July. 1(800)550-3573

GRANTS Your last destination of the day is Grants, New Mexico and the world’s only underground uranium mining museum. The New Mexico Mining Museum is open daily except Sundays. It features the history of the area and local uranium mining, as well as a collection of ancient artifacts and a display of gems and minerals from all over the world. You can even ride “the cage” down the actual mineshaft for a short distance! 1(800) 748-2142 ext. MW /

GRANTS EVENTS Feb 17-18 May 6-7 Jul TBA 14-16 Sep 2-3 Oct 6-8 Dec 2-3

Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon. 800-748-2142 La Fiesta de Colores. 800-748-2141 Wild West Days. 800-748-2142 Fire & Ice Bike Rally, 800-550-3573 Bi-County Fair. 287-9266 Great Fall Chili Fiesta. 287-4802 Winter Arts and Crafts Fair. 287-7927


Candy Kitchen Wolf Rescue Ranch. Wolf dog and wolf captive born rescues. 20 miles southeast of Ramah. 775-3304. El Morro National Monument. Inscription Rock and Ancestral Pueblo ruins. 13 miles southeast of Ramah. 783-4226 Ramah Lake. Fishing, boating and picnicking. 2.5 miles northeast of Ramah

LOCATION Scenic Route 53 is south of Gallup running parallel to I-40 between Zuni and Grants. TOUR ROUTE Travel 30 miles south from Gallup on NM602 and turn left (east) on NM53, traveling another 12 miles to Ramah. Continue east 13 miles to El Morro National Monument, another 16 miles to Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave and 26 miles through El Malpais Nat’l Monument to Grants. The Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna are located on I-40 east of Grants. MORE INFORMATION El Morro Nat’l. Mon. 505-783-4226 Ramah Historical Society 505-783-4150 Ramah Stagecoach Cafe 505-783-4288 Ice Caves & Bandera Volcano The Land of El Malpais Nat’l. Mon. 505-783-4774 Grants/Cibola County Chamber & Mining Museum 505-287-4802 800-748-2142



Photo by Kelly West


ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU WHERE THE PAST AND PRESENT MINGLE – a place where “history” in the Southwest literally began. Geologic time reveals itself around every bend. Ancient cultures emerged, thrived, disappeared, but their descendents still walk the old paths and practice treasured traditions. Encounter a rugged land that challenged European explorers who documented their story long before Plymouth Rock! This is Indian Country – and the Native Heritage Trail, the State’s newest “scenic byway,” awaits your explorations. Begin your journey at any of our “gateway” cities – Gallup, Grants, or Farmington – ideal “base camp” locations along the Native Heritage Trail. Enjoy a variety of excellent dining, lodging, and tour outfitter options for your excursions – whether for a couple of hours, days, or weeks. Follow the Native Heritage Trail to discover the essence of Indian Country on Acoma, Navajo, and Zuni lands. These ancient cultures have been here since the beginning of time but are equally comfortable in the world of iPods and HDTV! Discover world-class arts of Acoma pottery, Navajo weaving and silversmithing, and Zuni “fetish” stone carving, jewelry inlay, and more. Savor vistas from Acoma Sky City, imagine daily life at Chaco Canyon, or discover where Coronado first encountered Zuni’s ancestors. Experience this land of contrasts, stark beauty, and spectacular artistry. This is Indian Country and the Native Heritage Trail is your passport to adventure. Come explore! above: Shiprock on the Navajo Reservation rises 1500 feet above the valley floor. It plays a strong part in the Navajo folklore, having saved the Navajo at one point from its enemies.



Timeless Chaco Canyon DAY TOUR 3

A trip to Chaco Canyon is an adventure into prehistory. Once the center of a thriving civilization, the canyon’s multiple communities had farms, canals, plaza, kivas and residential buildings up to five stories tall, but time has stood still since the “Ancient Ones” left Chaco Canyon over eight hundred years ago. This was the land of the ancient Pueblos (Anasazi” is the Navajo term). For three hundred years, the ancestors of our modern Pueblo Indians presided over a ceremonial and civic center that linked over one hundred communities throughout the Four Corners by roads, trade, and a shared culture. In the late 1200s, the people left this remarkable place behind as they migrated to new centers, but Chaco is still alive in the songs and history of Pueblo cultures today. When you go to Chaco the past will come alive and speak to you. Travelers arriving at the Chaco Culture National Historic Park will want to stop at the Visitor Center first. Beyond that is a nine-mile paved loop that provides access to five Chacoan sites. Parking areas are provided for autos and bicycles, with the sites located a short hiking distance away. Visitors should be advised that this is a remote area. Few amenities are provided; so come prepared. Travelers should also be aware that the last 20 to 33 miles of the road are unpaved. According to the National Park Service: “From the south, two routes access Chaco from Highway 9, which runs between Crownpoint, Pueblo Pintado and Cuba. Both routes can vary from very rough to impassable. Not recommended for RVs. If you are traveling from the south, please call ahead for the latest conditions.” For more information call 505-786-7014. Information provided by the staff at Chaco Canyon.

Land of the Anasazi. “Time has stood still

Photo by Gary Langston

since the Ancient Ones abandoned Chaco Canyon.”



TOUR ROUTE From Gallup, drive east on Historic Route 66, parallel to Interstate 40, past the century-old Rehoboth Christian School to Church Rock and Red Rock Park. Return to I-40 and continue east for 22 miles to northbound Highway 371 at Thoreau. Drive 25 miles north to Crownpoint and an additional 3 miles, turning east on Indian Highway 9. Continue on Highway 9 to Pueblo Pintado. Go north on Highway 46 to County Roads 7900/7950 directly to the Visitor Center at Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

FORT WINGATE As you head toward Thoreau, you will pass Fort Wingate, located south of I-40. Established in 1868, the fort is actually older than the city of Gallup. Still a military reservation, present-day Fort Wingate is a Pershing Missile launch site for White Sands Missile Range.

THOREAU AND CROWNPOINT You can fish for rainbow trout at Bluewater Lake State Park, or view migratory waterfowl and elk at Rice Park in the Cibola National Forest. Both are just a short drive from Thoreau. Crownpoint, New Mexico is famous for its monthly auction of high-quality Navajo woven goods. The auctions are usually held on the third Friday of every month. Viewing begins at 3 p.m. and bidding starts at seven. The weavers themselves often attend the auction.


The park contains a variety of fascinating Ancestral Puebloan ruins, a Visitor Center and a Museum. Bicycling is a great way to tour the interior. The ruins are so historically significant that the park is designated a World Heritage Site.

NAVAJO LODGE This B & B is located in Coolidge, on I-40 west of Thoreau.

RED ROCK PARK Located near the community of Church Rock, this 640-acre park is framed on three sides with spectacular red sandstone formations. The park offers full facilities and a museum. From the parking area, there are hiking trails leading to fantastic views of Pyramid Rock and the distinctive spires of Church Rock. opposite: Chaco Canyon, the Land of the Anasazi. above: Eldon, a young Native American dancer.



Window Rock and Historic Hubbell Trading Post DAY TOUR 4

Named for its famous local sandstone formation, Window Rock, Arizona, is the capitol of the Navajo Nation. Its ceremonial name is Ni’’Alnii’gi or “Earth’s Center.” All Navajo tribal government is based here, housed in buildings made of quarried native russet sandstone. The rock formation that gave the city its name is 200 feet tall. Over thousands of years, the “window” was carved by a seeping spring at the base of the rock. This is one of four places where Navajo medicine men gathered water for offerings and ceremonies. Window Rock is the home of the Navajo Tribal Museum and Arts and Crafts Center, a $7 million facility built in 1997. While emphasizing tribal history, the museum also houses ancient and modern examples of Navajo rugs, sand paintings, jewelry and crafts. Many of the items are available for purchase. While you’re in town be sure to visit the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, the official marketing channel of the Navajo Nation. Started in 1941, this non-profit business now has seven locations in Arizona and New Mexico. A half-hour’s drive west of Window Rock is Ganado, AZ, and the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Purchased by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878, it is the oldest continuously operated trading post in the Navajo Nation. The famous Navajo “Ganado Red” rug style, which features a deep red background, was developed here. The 160-acre former homestead includes the trading post, the family home, a barn and blacksmith shop, and a visitor center.

The Earth’s Center. “Hubbell's is the oldest

continuously operated trading post in the Navajo Nation.”



this page: A winter scene at Window


Rock, the center of the Navajo Nation.opposite, top: The Rug Room at the Historic Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona.

Photo by Gary Langston

TOUR ROUTE From Gallup, head north on Highway 491 for five miles to Yah-tah-hey. Turn west on Highway 264 and continue nineteen miles to Window Rock, Arizona. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is at Ganado, 26 miles farther west on Highway 264.


Photo courtesy of Martin Link

NAVAJO CAPITOL AT WINDOW ROCK Besides Window Rock’s stunning sandstone formation, you can visit the circular Navajo Nation Council Chambers, adorned with colorful murals. In keeping with tradition, Navajo Councilmen speak in their native language during Council sessions. The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park is the only “tribal zoo” in America. Some 30 species of wild animals live here, and at least half a dozen species of domestic animals. Most are native to the Navajo Nation. All live in truly natural habitats.

HUBBELL TRADING POST NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Trading posts were critical supply points for Navajos returning from the “Long Walk” of 1864-68. First established in 1876, this active trading post still sells groceries and dry goods, but it also features a bookstore, exhibits, rug weaving demonstrations and a picnic area. Self-guided tours of the grounds and a Rangerguided tour of the original Hubbell home are available. Maintained the way it was, the trading post still sells old and new Native American art and is host to two auctions each year.

NAVAJO MUSEUM Learn about the history of the Navajo tribal culture as told in the people’s own words. Located at Highway 64 and Loop Road in Window Rock, this 54,000 square foot museum is shaped like a hogan, the traditional dwelling of the Navajo. It houses a library, children’s museum and a variety of exhibits, including one honoring the Navajo Code Talkers. The facility also includes a book and gift shop, snack bar, auditorium and outdoor amphitheater.

NAVAJO SHOPPING CENTER AT GAMERCO Opened in 1957, the Navajo Shopping Center was a break from the traditional dark, fortresslike trading post. Huge and brightly lit, it featured aisles where shoppers could browse and pick out what they liked. Today’s Navajo Shopping Center deals in more than fine Native American arts and crafts. It has a café, gas station, grocery and general store, a garage, a laundry, and a U.S. Post Office. Livestock and feed are also sold at this unique complex. Located three miles North of Gallup on Hwy 491. WINDOW ROCK / DAY TOUR 4


Canyon de Chelly DAY TOUR 5

The floor of Canyon de Chelly remains green and fertile year round, which explains why it is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in North America. An oasis in the desert, it was home to prehistoric people almost 2000 years ago. The Anasazi basketmakers lived here until the 12th century. Today, the Navajo inhabit and cultivate the valley, as they have for hundreds of years. Starting at about 30 feet high, the canyon’s sheer cliffs soar to a thousand feet along its 26-mile length. Nestled among them are hundreds of Anasazi ruins, some of which are world-famous. The Visitor Center offers maps and information about such places as Spider Rock, White House Ruins and Canyon del Muerto. The National Monument is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust land. With the exception of hikes to White House Ruins and the overlooks along the highway at the canyon rim, a local Navajo guide must accompany all ventures into the canyon. A tip to visitors: The word “Chelly” may look like it rhymes with “jelly” but it is pronounced, “Shay”!

An oasis in the desert. “The Anasazi basketmakers

Photo by Gary Langston

lived here until the 12th century.”



TOUR ROUTE From Gallup, head north on Highway 491 for five miles to Yah-Tah-Hey. Turn west on Highway 264 and continue nineteen miles, passing through Window Rock, Arizona. Turn north on US191 and go 40 miles to Chinle and the Visitor Center at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. From Chinle, Route 64 winds along the canyon rim for 23 miles to Tsaile, home of the Diné College and the R.C. Gorman Library Collection.

The R.C.


Library Collection AT D I N E C O L L E G E New Horizions Poster by R.C. Gorman


WINDOW ROCK The home of the sandstone formation of the same name, the city of Window Rock is the capitol of the Navajo Nation. Attractions include the Navajo Nation Council Chambers, the Navajo Nation Museum, the Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise and the Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park. Two miles to the west on Highway 264 is St. Michael’s, a Franciscan Mission founded in 1898. The mission has a small museum, which is open daily in the summer.

FORT DEFIANCE Established in 1851, Fort Defiance was once a destination on the route of the famous (but shortlived) U.S. Cavalry Camel Corps. Abandoned in 1861 due to the Civil War, it was used again during Colonel Kit Carson’s Navajo Campaign under the name Fort Canby. It was selected as the site of the Indian Agency following the Navajo Treaty of 1868, and was the location of the first Navajo medical center in the entire Navajo Nation.

CHINLE Pronounced Chin-LEE, this friendly town of 8,000 is your supply point for trips to Canyon de Chelly. Located at the west end of the canyon, Chinle is named for a Navajo word meaning “a place where the water flows out.” Here you will find one of seven outlets of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, a non-profit organization that is the official marketing channel of the Navajo Nation. You can be certain that items sold here are genuine Navajo.

CANYON DE CHELLY NAT’L MONUMENT A natural stronghold, this scenic and historic marvel has been home to Native American people for thousands of years. Citizens of the Navajo Nation live, farm, and raise livestock on the lush valley floor, while ancient ruins loom silently among the sheer red sandstone cliffs. There is quicksand in places on the floor of the valley, so you must employ a native guide for all trips to the bottom of the canyon.

DINING AT THUNDERBIRD LODGE The restaurant at Thunderbird Lodge offers cafeteria-style dining for visitors to Canyon de Chelly. The all-day restaurant occupies the original building of a trading post built at the mouth of the canyon in 1896. The walls of the dining room are adorned with excellent examples of Navajo rugs and artwork available for purchase. The cafeteria serves Native American dishes as well as continental cuisine, and is open seven days a week.


The country’s oldest and largest tribally controlled college is Diné College on the Navajo Reservation. Established in 1968, the main campus is located in Tsaile, Arizona, just east of Canyon de Chelly. There are six branch campuses located in Arizona and New Mexico. Prior to his death, internationally recognized Navajo artist R.C. Gorman donated paintings, sculpture and a literary collection consisting of various volumes of historic, artistic and literary significance to Diné College. The school enclosed a special section of its library for the R.C. Gorman Library Collection. The space also honors Gorman’s mother, Adelle Katherine Brown, and his father, artist Carl N. Gorman, one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. R.C. Gorman will certainly be missed, but his works will continue to inspire Navajo students for years. above: Gorman Lithograph "Chili a la Mode". left: Bust of R.C. Gorman by Ellie Hamilton. Artwork courtesy of Navajo Gallery, Taos, NM and the Library Collection at Dine College, Saile, AZ.





GALLUP’S ALTERNATIVE BANKING Imagine trying to conduct day-to-day business in an isolated world where there are no banks, no credit cards, and very little cash. You have products you want to sell and staple items you want to buy. But you have no cash or credit to buy the staple items, and none of your neighbors has cash to buy your products. Even the simplest of daily transactions can be a major undertaking. All of this describes business conditions in Native American lands in the Southwest a century or more ago. In response to these needs and problems, the Southwestern trading posts developed a unique, self-regulated alternative banking system that remains a viable business option for Native Americans today. Forget everything you thought you knew about pawnshops. Beginning with the arrival of the railroads in the 1880’s, the Southwestern trading posts evolved into combination social centers, wholesale buying operations, department and grocery stores, financial institutions, and links to the outside world. They helped to ensure that the people got a fair price for their products, and had vaults for safe storage of valuables. They provided cash advances and short-term loans, accepting handmade items (pawn) as collateral. Some even had their own “money” – metal trading tokens made according to each trader’s own specifications. Mutual trust was essential; traders and Native American families considered themselves to be business partners. The system today is much as it was 120 years ago, and business is still done on a handshake. Some trader’s descendants, themselves traders, have carried on a friendly business relationship with three or four generations of the same Native American families. While only a small percentage of pawn ever goes unclaimed, the sheer volume generated by a century of trading means that the pawn vaults contain many excellent bargains waiting to be discovered.



A few of the established traders in the Gallup area include, from top left: Dave and Wade Elkins with Navajo Shopping Center, Joe Milosevich with Joe Milo's White Water Trading Co., Don Tanner with Shush Yaz Trading Co., Mattie and Bill Richardson with Richardson Trading Co. & Cash Pawn, from top right: Ellis Tanner with Ellis Tanner Trading Co., Michelle, Tony and Colin Tanner with T & R Market & Pawn and Ethel, Sheree and Lola with Rainbird Pawn & Trading Co.

Courtesy of City of Gallup, designed by Carrie House

A Historic Landmark...“Home of the Movie Stars”

Restaurant • Lounge • Banquet & Meeting Rooms • Armand Ortega’s Indian Shop 505-863-9311 800-543-6351 GVG24

El Rancho Hotel is a member of The National Historic Places and is the most enchanting hotel in the Southwest.


I-40 Exit 22, 1 Block South 1000 East 66 Ave. Gallup, NM 87301


Courtesy of Rick Johnson& Co, designed by Jan Underwood


MURALS GALLUP, NEW MEXICO IS 125 YEARS young. We have always offered travelers, whether from near or far, a variety of fascinating opportunities to stop, look and listen. More than a bed and breakfast community, Gallup has been recognized world-wide for over 100 years as a premier source of handmade Zuni and Navajo turquoise and silver jewelry, superb rugs by Navajo weavers, traditional and crosscultural events and superior art works by individual artists. This past year, 2005, area artists were approached by Mayor Rosebrough and the City Council to create outdoor visions of our community and our nearby neighbors through a mural format. The outdoor project called for design and reproduction proposals for a variety of topics from which eight would be chosen. The eight projects would be placed on selected sites. Both public and privately owned buildings had already been chosen for their highly visible exterior wall space and appropriate location. The only stipulation for submitting an idea was that the artist/artists reside within 50 miles of Gallup. The volunteer selection committees were assigned to particular sites and an October completion date was set. Despite late spring freezes, hot summer days and a seasonal mix of high winds and blowing dust, ready or not, the selected artists mural designs were scheduled to be dedicated on October 22, 2005. Under the guidance of Be Sargent and the community advisors, the project began in late spring. Scaffolding might sway in the afternoon continued on page 28

Photo©Joe Burgess 2005

Written By Sally Noe Photography by Gary Langston, except where noted

top: Lloyd Moylan's “2000 sq.ft. WPA Mural”; middle: “The Coal Mining Era Mural” painted by Andrew Butler; bottom, left: “The Great Gallup Mural” painted by Paul Newman with the assistance of Steve Heil. bottom, right: “Gallup Community Life” painted by Eric Leon Sarracino. THE CITY OF ARTS


Photo©Joe Burgess 2005 Photo©Joe Burgess 2005

this page, top: "The Navajo Code Talkers' " mural painted by artist Be Sargent; middle, left: The "Long Walk Home" mural painted by artist Richard K. Yazzie; middle, right: A self portrait of artist Chester Kahn included in the "Circle of Life" mural at the Ellis Tanner Trading Co.; bottom: A portion of "The Multi-Cultural Women's Mural" painted by artist Erica Rae Sykes. opposite, top: The "Ceremonial" mural painted by artist Irving Bahe; opposite, middle: “Zuni” by artist Geddy Epaloose is located at the Octavia Fellin Public Library on Second Street.



winds or block sidewalks, but the murals began to take on a descriptive history of our community and its multicultural mix. The first to be completed just weeks before the October 22 dedication date was Paul Newman, artist of “Great Gallup” located on the west facing patio wall at City Hall. His vision was a blend of past memories and present realities of our distinctive community. All seven remaining murals were nearing completion by the October dedication date. The sites and topics would be completed before the year ended. All are within a five block driving or walking area of our downtown business district between Coal and Hill Streets and Second and Third Streets.

Photo by Lisa Rodriguez


SARGENT By Gaye Brown de Alvarez


It’s an easy and interesting historic walk through the downtown area of Gallup. The following eight new murals are designated as the PARADE OF MURALS, and can be seen as follows: Great Gallup by artist Paul Newman with the assistance of Steve Heil on the west-facing wall of City Hall, located on Aztec Avenue and South Second Street. Gallup Community Life by artist Eric Leon Sarracino on the east-facing wall of City Hall, located on Aztec Ave. and South Second St. Zuni by artist Geddy Epaloose, located at the Octavia Fellin Public Library on Second Street. Long Walk Home by artist Richard K. Yazzie, located on Third and Hill Streets. Native American Trading by artist Chester Kahn, located at the Joe Tanner Building on the corner of Third Street and Coal Avenue. Ceremonial by artist Irving Bahe, located on the Ceremonial Building between Second and

Third Streets on Coal Avenue. Coal Mining Era by artist Andrew Butler, located on Coal Avenue on the American Bar alleyway, between Second and Third Streets. Multi-Cultural Women’s Mural by artist Erica Rae Sykes, located at the Children’s Library on Aztec Avenue.


Circle of Light by Navajo artist Chester Kahn is located inside the Ellis Tanner Trading Co. Kahn’s images of Navajos in various walks of life compile a stunning work meant to inspire Navajo youth. Lloyd Moylan’s 2000 sq. ft. Mural is the largest remaining WPA mural in the State. The documentation of the multi-cultural history of the area through 1940 is located in the Courtroom at the McKinley County Courthouse. The Navajo Code Talkers’ Mural painted by Be Sargent in 2001 and located on South Second, between Coal and Route 66.

When Gallup officials decided it was time to decorate the exterior walls of downtown Gallup with beautiful murals of some of Gallup’s talented artists, they knew they would need someone to organize the selection of the artists and a fine arts consortium to choose the work for eight murals. After they saw local artist Be Sargent complete and raise the money for her Code Talker mural on the corner of 2nd Street and Coal in 2001, she was chosen in June, 2004 to coordinate the art project. Sargent, a full-time artist who has a house in Gallup and one in Pinehill, spent about one year getting the murals organized. A graduate of Boston Museum School and the San Francisco Arts Institute, Sargent has her specialty in murals and takes pride in the socially responsible formal elements of the murals. She does all her painting outside; when not completing outdoor murals she spends her time painting pleine aire landscape works. Sargent, who lives with her dog and cat insists, “I’m here for good.” above: Be Sargent coordinated the Mural Project for the City of Gallup, which consisted on eight new outdoor murals in the downtown area. THE CITY OF ARTS


THE GALLUP MURALS • Velvet Fashions

• Blanket Coats

• Moccasins

• Native Music

• Leather Goods

• Navajo Gifts

• Home Decorations • Collectable Arts

Many wall murals were created during the 1930s in Gallup, with funding from President Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA-Public Works Administration. Depicting the landscape and history of the area, the murals themselves have become a priceless part of local history. A number of these murals remain on public display today. Visit the Octavia Fellin Public Library, McKinley County Courthouse, and Gallup High School to view the work of many well-known artists. The city of Gallup has recently commissioned twelve new downtown murals by local artists. Eight are completed.


It seems to be everywhere around Gallup. Like the countryside, it is life-size or larger. In steel, wood, stone, concrete, tile, paint and neon, much of Gallup’s past is permanently recorded in open-air artwork. The outdoor arts are booming here, and it shows. The visual feast ranges from the realistic murals of wildlife, Indian dancers and scenic vistas at Red Rock Park to the abstract, eclectic, and historic sculptures in Miyamura Park near the El Rancho Hotel.


815 W. Coal Ave.•Gallup, NM 87301 • 505.722.6837 • 800.377.6837 •

Mon.-Fri. 9 to 6 Sat. 10 to 5

The monthly Arts Crawl evening tour is a great way to check out Gallup’s downtown galleries. Attend art show receptions and exhibits at the Coffee House, Crashing Thunder Studio, the Native Hands Co-op inside the Catholic Indian Center, Primal Image Gallery, Wild Sage Natural Food Co-op and others. The event features live music and dancing in the summer.


The Rex Museum displays a variety of art and cultural items. Displays feature the mining industry and highlight the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Gallup area.

300 West historic 66 Avenue Gallup, NM 87301 • 505-863-1363 GVG30


Open 8:00 - 3:30 Monday Friday

Red Rock Park is bursting with an abundance of historic and contemporary indoor and outdoor art. Along with Native American arts and crafts, the Red Rock Museum displays a variety of artwork depicting the history of Gallup and the Pueblos. Located in an historic railroad depot, the Gallup Cultural Center features a Master’s Gallery upstairs. The Southwest Indian Foundation, which operates the center, and Reunion of the Masters sponsor a Student Art Scholarship Program here each year. above: Chase the Painted Pony, a collaborative work by twenty-eight of the best-known Native American painters, jewelers, metal smiths, sculptors and weavers.

Photo by Gary Langston


DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR Take a look! Gallup has more than Native American arts to entice visitors to our downtown area!

ZIMMERMAN’S A tin ceiling and wonderful aroma of historic wooden floors delight the senses in this old-fashioned dry goods store. From boots and Pendleton blankets to premium adult Stetson hats, Zimmerman’s can outfit the entire family with quality western wear at a price that will fit your pocketbook. 216 West 66 Ave. 505-863-3142

REX MUSEUM Housed in one of Gallup’s hundred-year-old stone buildings, the museum displays memorabilia of our community’s railroad and coal mining history. Authentic mine records, furnishings and photographs offer a glimpse into Gallup’s historic beginnings. The building itself is the former home of the Rex Hotel, which was well known in its day. 300 West 66 Ave. 505-863-1363

GALLUP COURTHOUSE SQUARE This walkthrough to our recently remodeled McKinley County Courthouse is a must see. The original building is a WPA facility with beautiful artwork, murals and furnishings produced during President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. The walkthrough is dedicated to all area veterans of the 20th century. 213 West Coal Avenue.

EL MORRO THEATER This beautiful old building was built in 1926 as a showcase theatrical house. An example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture, it included a balcony, stage, curtains and plush seats for an audience of 650. Restored and refurbished in the late 1980s, the theater is used for civic events, lectures, community activities and screenings of selected films. 207 West Coal. 505-726-2048


1109 Susan Drive Gallup, NM 87301

505.863.9224 Exit 22 - Follow the Signs


The Gallup Municipal Golf Course is one of the most scenic public courses in the Southwest. Players are immersed within the striking beauty of the high desert landscape. An 18 hole golf course with a full array of challenges for golfers of all levels and ability.


Completed in 1933, this former U.S. Post Office was the first WPA building project in New Mexico. The solid brick structure is also the first Pueblo Revival style federal building in the United States. Although some of the murals have been painted over, the building trim and unique light fixtures are all original. 201 South First Street. 505-863-9334 above: The beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival style El Morro Theatre was built in 1926 as a showcase theatrical house.


YOU CAN HAVE LOTS OF FUN JUST SHOPPING, SIGHTSEEING AND dining in the Gallup area. But folks who like to get physical will find plenty of activities here that will get their blood pumping. Those who are “going places” can go on foot, on a bicycle or horse, in a wagon or a golf cart. Those who are “on the way up” can climb fascinating rock formations. There are lakes for fishing, birds and wildlife for viewing. Your activities are limited only by your imagination. The hiking and biking trails in the Cibola National Forest are world-class, with new trails and markers being added regularly. On a hike to the summit of Pyramid Rock in Red Rock Park, you can see for fifty miles on a clear day. On a bicycle tour at the bottom of Chaco Canyon, you can look a thousand years back into history. But anywhere you go, even on a leisurely tailgate picnic, you are sure to see something interesting, if not downright fascinating. There are some items that you will want to take on just about any outdoor activity or day tour. The most important is plenty of water. The high desert air here is quite dry compared to many places in the country. You need not perspire to become dehydrated, so you may not notice it at the onset. Because of the altitude, fair skin can sunburn quickly. Take along a lightweight long sleeved shirt, a hat, and sunglasses. Now fill your water bottle, grab your gear, and head for outdoor adventure, Gallup-style!


Pyramid Rock Trail is a three-mile round trip through amazing rock formations, with a summit elevation of 7,487 feet. Church Rock Trail, a two-mile round trip, begins at the Outlaw Trading Post parking lot and offers spectacular views of the Church Rock spires. From Gallup, go 6 miles east on Route 66/Hwy 118. Turn north onto Hwy 566 for one-half mile. Turn left into Red Rock Park and follow the signs. Check with the Visitor Center for maps.


High Desert Trail System near Gamerco provides a variety of terrain and levels of difficulty. The least technical segment starts at the East Trail. Three loops off the main trail increase in difficulty of terrain. Before setting out, check with the Chamber of Commerce for maps of the area. From Gallup, drive 3 miles north on Hwy 491. Turn west onto Chino Road (the Gamerco road.) Go about 300 yards and turn left at the first road. You will find the trailhead and parking area at the corner.


Head for Mentmore Rock Climbing Area, where you can choose from 50 different bolted top rope climbs or 31 sport climbs ranging from 25 to 45 feet in height. Difficulty levels are from 5.0 through 5.13. To get there, take Route 66/Hwy 118 one-half mile west from I-40 Exit 16 in Gallup. Turn north on County Road 1. After about a mile, the road turns west and becomes Mentmore Road. Follow it over the hill to the parking area. Check with the Gallup Visitor Center or Chamber of Commerce for maps of the area.


Located just minutes away from your lodgings in Gallup, the Gallup Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole course open to the public year round. Par is 72 at this 6379-yard facility, which features bluegrass greens and water hazards. The course offers a driving range, putting green, chipping area, practice bunker, snack bar, a pro shop and a teaching pro. Clubs and golf cart rentals are available. 1109 Susan St., Gallup, NM 87301. (505) 863-9224


above: Golf available at the Gallup Municipal Golf Course with its panoramic views. top, right: Bikers enjoying the beautiful High Desert Trail System around Gallup.

You can fish for rainbow trout at McGaffey Lake Recreation Area or Bluewater Lake State Park. View migratory waterfowl at Rice Park in the Cibola National Forest, or tour Balok Elk Ranch in the McGaffey Lake area. For tour information call (505) 722-7786. Enjoy horseback riding in season at the Z Lazy B Guest Ranch near Fort Wingate; (505) 488-5600 or (888) 488-2007. Attend outdoor concerts, a rodeo, championship bull riding, the hot-air balloon rally, or the Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial at Red Rock Park. Hike to the White House Ruins at Canyon de Chelly, or just take a walking tour of the century-old buildings downtown.


GALLUP CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2006 Jan 7 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 7, 14, 22, 23, 28 Gallup Talons Home Games. 722-2080 13 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. 722-3389 Feb 3, 4, 16 Gallup Talons Home Games. 722-2080 4 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 6 Community Concert. 863-3075 Gallup Folk Arts Workshop. 722-3389 10 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 11 Bow Wow Meow. 722-3839 25 Bishops Mardi Gras. 863-4406 Mar 2 Gallup Talons Home Games. 722-2080 4 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 5 Gallup Talons Home Games. 722-2080 Gallup Folk Arts Workshop. 722-3389 10 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 10-11 Celtic Festival. 863-4512 Apr 1 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 8 Dawn Till Dusk. 722-2228 Easter Festival. 863-6851 Gallup Folk Arts Workshop. 722-3389 14 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 19 Community Concert. 863-3075 20-23 Fest-I-Gal. 722-2228 27 Gallup Classical Music Concert. 722-3389 29 Water Festival. 863-1289 May 6 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 9 Community Concert. 863-3075 WNMU Graduation. 722-2228 Cinco de Mayo. 863-6851 11 UNM-GALLUP Graduation. 863-7500 18 Run for the Wall. 722-6681 18-20 Traditional & Bluegrass Music Festival. 722-3389 19 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 20-21 Squash Blossom. 722-2228 26 Gallup High School Graduation. 722-2228 29 Nightly Indian Dances through September 4th. 722-2228 Jun 1- 4 USTRC Team Roping Championship. 863-6701 3 Native American Appreciation Day. 722-2228 7-10 NM State HS Championship Rodeo. 722-6913 GVG34


14-17 23 Jul 7-8 8 14 9-15

26-30 Aug 5 18 Sep 2- 3 9 10-17 15 Oct 5 7 12 13 Nov 4 16 Dec 1-3 2

11 15

58th Annual Lions Club Rodeo. 863-3075 Relay for Life. 863-3075 13th Annual “Wild Thing” Championship Bull Riding. 722-3839 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 Gallup Folk Arts Workshop. 722-3389 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 Wrangler Junior High School Rodeo Finals . 722-2228

85th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial. 888-685-2564 Or 722-2228 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 RMCHCS Charity Invitational XI. Call 505-863-7283 for information Red Rock Arena Cross. 722-2228 Air Show. 722-9596 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 Good Sam’s Samboree. 722-2228 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 Canyon Concert. 722-3389 Festival of Cultures. 722-2228 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 Baroque and Classical Music Concert. 722-3389 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302 26th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally. 863-1337 Or 800-863-1337 Christmas Parade. 722-2228 Pyramid Rock Run 5k. 722-2228 Fine Arts Expo. 722-3070 Arts Crawl. 722-3070 Spirit of Giving. 863-6851 Gallup Folk Arts Workshop. 722-3389 The Messiah, Community Concert. 722-3389 Crownpoint Rug Auction. 786-5302

If you need additional information about any of these events or have questions, please contract the events coordinator at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce 505-722-2228 or 800-380-4989


CULTURAL DIVERSITY Written By Lindsay Mapes

GALLUP IS HOST TO A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS THAT portrays our rich cultural diversity. With over 20 rodeos per year, including the CPR, PBR and Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo, we have become a national destination for rodeo fans. Gallup also hosts the oldest event in the state, the world famous 85th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial drawing Native American tribes from as far away as Alaska and spectators from Japan. We proudly host the second largest balloon rally in the world, the 26th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally the first weekend in December. It is often referred to as the best balloon rally because the stark red cliffs make a truly spectacular sight as the balloons ascend. This year we are expanding our recreational opportunities with the Squash Blossom Classic on May 20 and 21. Featuring the cultures of our Native neighbors while promoting the multitude of outdoor adventures, the Squash Blossom includes a mountain biking race, three road bike races, a balloon rally, rock climbing, the Native American Championship run, and a huge downtown festival with native dancers, musicians, arts & crafts vendors and more. The Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo, with competitors from over 30 states and 3 countries, will hold their 2006 rodeo at Red Rock Park in Gallup. With 900 participants we expect over 4,000 rodeo enthusiasts and plenty of entertainment to compliment the event. Throughout the year the Gallup Community Concert Association brings musicians and performers from around the world, from the U.S.A. Ballet to the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The downtown arts community also hosts a regular Arts Crawl with galleries holding extended hours and offering hors d’oeuvres the first Saturday of each month. Gallup is a truly diverse community, from our cultures to our events. We have plenty to offer our guests with some of the largest rodeos in the southwest, outdoor adventures, and the finest native arts in the world. right, top to bottom: Barrel Racing at the Red Rock State Park. Native American dancer at the Gallup Ceremonial.One of the many events sponsored by the Gallup Concert Association. Ellis Tanner, founder of the Native American Appreciation day leads the march with two Navajo women in traditional dress.


85th Annual INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL JULY 26 - JULY 30, 2006 Since 1922, Gallup has been a yearly gathering place for Native American tribes from all over the United States and Mexico. They come here for four days and five nights of celebration featuring traditional dancing, rodeos, parades, exhibits and Native American food. These days, over 50 tribes participate in the event held at Red Rock Park. The Ceremonial Indian Dances are colorful, exciting and professionally performed. The events emphasize tradition and authenticity, and offer unforgettable photo opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the world. The spirited, fastpaced contest PowWows offer a look at another side of Indian Dancing. A juried art show in the exhibit hall of the auditorium displays handmade jewelry, pottery, baskets, rugs, kachinas, sand paintings, fine art and sculpture. At the Indoor and Outdoor Marketplace and the Ceremonial Showroom, dealers and craftspeople present the country’s most complete and varied collection of top quality handmade Indian merchandise. Selected artists demonstrate the creation of various arts and crafts. All areas open at 10 a.m. daily, giving you time for breakfast in Gallup before taking the short drive to Red Rock Park. The celebration also includes five all Indian rodeos, and Saturday’s parade in downtown Gallup is the only all-Indian non-mechanized parade in America. A Ceremonial Queen Contest, special Art Previews, delicious Indian foods, a hands-on activities center and educational programs round out the bill at this phenomenal gathering. For more information, a brochure and a list of accommodations, call the Ceremonial office at (888) 685-2564 or (505) 863-3896. 202 West Coal Avenue, Gallup, NM 87301 GVG36



JUNE 14 - 17, 2006

58th Annual Gallup

June 14-17, 2006



Hold onto your hats! Now in its 58th year, the annual Gallup Lion’s Club Rodeo is the largest amateur rodeo in the Southwest. The Rodeo Parade will be held in downtown Gallup on Saturday, June 10. This year’s rodeo kicks off on June 14, and runs through Saturday night, June 17 at Red Rock Park. For four days and nights, over 800 contestants compete in categories including Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. A variety of events in the Youth Rodeo include Steer Riding, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, Breakaway Team Roping and Barrel Racing. There’s also a Barnyard Scramble, and the crowd favorite-Wooly Riding! - occurs nightly. That’s a lot of fun and excitement by itself, but there’s more to this outstanding event than just great rodeo action. Following Saturday’s parade in downtown Gallup, the Lions Club serves good oldfashioned outdoor barbeque to over 1,000 hungry rodeo fans. There are also dances Friday and Saturday nights (June 16 and 17) featuring live county and western music. Back at the arena, the rodeo special events include a Kids’ Night, a Seniors’ Night, and nightly raffle drawing for over $50,000 in prizes. The Gallup Lions Club has been helping the community with its hard work and generosity since 1945. It currently supports over forty community projects. For more information contact the Gallup Chamber of Commerce at, or the Lions Club at (505) 722-2228 or (505) 863-3851.


JULY 7 - 8, 2006 The rumbling sound you hear around Gallup every July is ninety tons of the most notorious bad bulls in the country shaking the ground at Red Rock Park. The “Wild Thing” is back again, and it’ll knock your socks off. Now in its 13th year, “Wild Thing” Championship Bull Riding continues to thrive. Organizer and former pro bull rider Larry Peterson estimates that the event has grown 10 to 15 per cent a year for the last ten years, largely through word of mouth. People from all over the country plan their vacations around the Wild Thing. Approximately $23,000 in prize money for two nights’ work brings out the best of the professional bad boys and bulls. The bull riding contests are a blaze of music, courageous effort and non-stop action. Rodeo clown Tony Johnson keeps the crowd in stitches. A spectacular fireworks display soars above the park’s huge rock formations, and has been known to stop traffic on the highway miles away. Parking is hosted by the Manuelito Children’s Home, and concessions by the Gallup Christian School. The event is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for both these non-profit organizations. A perennial crowd favorite is a little contest called Cowboy Poker. Four cowboys sit at a card table in the center of the arena. A wild bull is let loose, and the last cowboy to leave the table wins the pot! Wilder and more wicked than ever, this year’s “Wild Thing” is coming July 7 and 8, 2006. For more information, (505) 722-2228 or (800) 380-4989. GVG39

26th Annual RED ROCK BALLOON RALLY DECEMBER 1 - 3, 2006 2006 marks the 26th anniversary of the Red Rock Balloon Rally. It began as an effort by four individuals to share the unique flying challenges offered in the incredible red rock formations east of Gallup. Since then it has grown into the second largest balloon rally in the world, with 200 balloons participating. Red Rock Park, with its massive sandstone bluffs and deep canyons, is the perfect backdrop for the colorful spectacle viewed by thousands yearly. Invitations to the event are highly prized by balloon pilots worldwide. The rally has received numerous awards, including “Best Balloon Event in The West” (Ballooning Magazine) and “Most Outstanding Event” (New Mexico Tourism Association.) The Red Rock Balloon Rally Association, which hosts the event, has been helping the Gallup community since 1981, partnering with many non-profit groups and contributing tens of thousands of dollars to their fund raising efforts. The Association is run by an all-volunteer committee and has never had a paid staff, which speaks loudly of the dedication of its members. The Balloon Rally schedule of events includes mass ascensions, balloon glows and competitions, with handcrafted Native American arts and crafts items as prizes. Admission is free. For information call (800) 380-4989 or (505) 722-2228 Red Rock Balloon Rally Association PO Box 2621 Gallup, NM 87301 GVG41


Authentic Trading Post Navajo Shopping Center, Ltd. is one of the few remaining true trading posts. We are situated in the heart of Indian Country, located three miles north of Gallup, New Mexico in a community called Gamerco.


Navajo Shopping Center is indeed a one stop trading post. We are dedicated to buying and selling the finest authentic American Indian handmade arts and crafts from the reservations of the great Southwest.

JULY 9-15, 2006 Written By Lindsay Mapes

• Large Selections • Wholesale, Retail • Pawn, Jewelry, Kachinas • Cafe, Gas, Groceries • General Merchandise • U.S. Post Office • Garage, Laundry • Livestock, Feed

P.O. Box 77 Gamerco, New Mexico 87317 Three miles North of Gallup on Hwy 491

800 • 825 • 5777 505.863.6897 • Fax: 505.722.9120 • E-mail:

Wholesale and Retail Southwest Jewelry • Rugs • Baskets Kachinas • 14k Gold & Diamonds 612 W. Wilson Gallup, NM 87301



One of the biggest rodeos in the world is taking place at Red Rock Park again this year, the second Wrangler Junior High School Rodeo Finals. Junior High contestants from 41 different states and provinces will travel to Gallup on July 10th to compete in the six-day rodeo. With 12 different events like Junior Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Goat Tying, Chute Dogging, Barrel Racing and Team Roping, these young people are not to be taken lightly. Each one of them is competing for a share of the $50,000+ in college scholarships and an additional $150,000 in awards and prizes. The first ever Wrangler division rodeo was hosted by Gallup in 2005 with just over 600 contestants. This year the rodeo is expected to grow to nearly 1000 participants. Gallup will host several activities in conjunction with the rodeo, from bus tours to popular sites like El Morro National Monument to movies at the newly renovated Historic El Morro Theatre in downtown Gallup. For more information contact the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce at (800) 380-4989.





TRADERS & GALLERIES TRADING COMPANIES ELLIS TANNER TRADING CO. Hwy. 602 Bypass 863-4434 HALONA PLAZA Shalako Drive • PO Box 446 Zuni, NM 87327 782-4547 • 800-752-3278 JOE MILO’S WHITE WATER TRADING CO. South of Gallup, 17 miles on Hwy. 602 Historic Post Office In Trading Post 1-888-JoeMilo NAVAJO SHOPPING CENTER North of Gallup, 3 miles on Hwy. 491 863-6897 PERRY NULL TRADING COMPANY & CASH PAWN 1710 S. 2nd St. 863-5249 RAINBIRD PAWN & TRADING CO. 1724 S. 2nd St. 722-3292 RICHARDSON’S TRADING CO. 222 W. Hwy 66 722-4762 SHUSH YAZ TRADING CO. 1304 W. Lincoln 800-736-7027 • 722-0130 TOADLENA TRADING POST & MUSEUM Home of the Two Grey Hills One hour drive from Gallup 505-789-3267 T & R JEWELRY & PAWN Rio West Mall 722-3473

*Gallup and the surrounding areas are all 505 area code


NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS & CRAFTS ANDY’S TRADING CO. 612 W. Wilson Ave. 863-3762 ARMOND ORTEGA’S INDIAN SHOP Inside the El Rancho Hotel 1000 East 66 Ave. 863-9311 ART ORTEGA’S NAVAJO TRAVEL PLAZA 3360 W. Hwy 66 863-3118 FIRST AMERICAN TRADERS 198 E. Hwy 66 722-6601 GALANIS TRADING CO. 101 W. Hwy 66 722-5464 GALLUP TRADING CO. 215 S. 3rd St. 722-5992 INDIAN TOUCH OF GALLUP 106 West Hwy 66 Downtown Gallup 722--6807 • 877-507-2923

NAVAJO PARK TRADING POST Located 22 miles north of Kayenta, AZ 435-727-3468

KIVA GALLERIES 200-202 W. Hwy 66 722-5577

THE NUGGET GALLERY 1302 S. 2nd St. 722-7369 • 863-3615

NATIVE HANDS CO-OP 506 W. Hwy 66 722-4407 ext. 106

PUEBLO OF ZUNI ARTS & CRAFTS PO Box 425 Hwy 53 Zuni, NM 87327 505-782-5531 • 866-515-7675


QUINTANA’S INDIAN ARTS 1727 S. 2nd St. 722-2028

SILVER BEAR STUDIO & GALLERY Drawer F Zuni, NM 87327 505-782-2869 • 877-857-0673

RUNNING BEAR 1010 W. Hwy 66 722-3878 SILVER DUST TRADING CO. 120 W. Hwy 66 722-4848 TURNEY’S, INC. Wholesale Only 207 S. 3rd St. 863-6504 TURQUOISE VILLAGE Pueblo of Zuni 87327 505-782-5521 • 800-748-2405 ZUNI CRAFTMEN COOPERATIVE PO Box 426 Zuni, NM 87327 505-782-4425 • 888-926-1842

NAVAJO NATION MUSEUM Hwy. 264 and Loop Road Window Rock, AZ 928-871-7941

LEYBA’S ALL INDIAN JEWELRY 725 E. Coal Ave. 722-4579

NAVAJO ARTS & CRAFTS ENTERPRISE Window Rock Hwy. 264 & Route 12 928-871-4090 NAVAJO CO-OP STORE PO Box 838 Thoreau, NM 87323 862-8075 • 800-862-5763


A:SHIWI A:WAN MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTER PO Box 1009 Zuni, NM 87327 782-4403 CODE TALKERS MUSEUM Chamber of Commerce 103 W. Hwy 66 722-2228

JOE TANNER’S INDIAN ARTS By Appointment Only 237 West Coal Ave 863-6017

M & M TRADING CO. 1218 E. Hwy 66 863-4995


NEW MEXICO MINING MUSEUM Grants Chamber of Commerce 100 N. Iron Ave. Grants, NM 287-4802 GALLERIES & GIFT SHOPS CREATIVE HANDS Noreen Simplicio, Potter P.O. Box 324 Zuni, NM 87327 505-782-2543 • Cell: 505-870-9112 GALLERY OF PUEBLANO & STUDIO Box 1087 Zuni, NM 87327 782-2156

R.C. GORMAN LIBRARY COLLECTION Dine College Tsaile, AZ 86556 928-724-6764 • 928-724-6757 REX MUSEUM 300 W. Hwy 66 863-1363 TOADLENA TRADING POST & MUSEUM PO Box 8014 Newcomb, NM 87455 505-789-3267



HOLD YOUR NEXT MEETING OR CONFERENCE IN GALLUP RED ROCK PARK PO Box 10 Church Rock, NM 87311 722-3829 • 722-2228 800-242-4282

BEST WESTERN INN & SUITES 3009 W. Hwy. 66 Gallup, NM 87301 722-2221 800-722-6399

EL RANCHO HOTEL 1000 E. Hwy. 66 Gallup, NM 87301 863-9311 800-543-6351

HISTORICAL FULL SERVICE El Rancho Hotel 1000 E. Hwy. 66 863-9311 • 800-543-6351 Indian Jewelry & Gift Shop Historical Western Charm, AARP discount, Restaurant, Lounge, Meeting & Banquets. 75 rooms   


MICROTEL INN 3270 W. Hwy. 66 722-2600 53 rooms AAA

ZUNI MOUNTAIN LODGE PO Box 5114 Thoreau 87323 862-7616 Breakfast and Dinner 10 rooms  

RED ROOF INN 3304 W. Hwy. 66 722-7765 • 800-RED ROOF Outdoor Pool 103 rooms   AAA SLEEP INN 3820 E. Hwy 66 863-3535 • 800-753-3746 Exit 26 - Next to Denny’s Restaurant. $8 Fee for pets 61 rooms   AAA

RV PARKS & CABINS EL MORRO RV PARK & ANCIENT WAY CAFE Rt. 2 Box 44 Ramah, NM 87321 783-4612 Open Year Round Adjacent to El Morro National Monument 

HOLIDAY INN 2915 W. Hwy. 66 722-2201 • 800-Holiday Restaurant, Lounge, Fitness Center 212 rooms   AAA



BEST WESTERN RED ROCK INN 3010 E. Hwy. 66 722-7600 • 800-528-1234 $7 fee for pets 110 rooms   EL RANCHO MOTEL 1020 E. Hwy 66 863-9311 • 800-543-6351 Register at El Rancho Hotel 24 rooms    QUALITY INN & SUITES 1500 W. Maloney Ave. 726-1000 70 rooms 

Full Breakfast/Dining


STAUDER’S NAVAJO LODGE HC32 Box 1 Continental Divide 87312 Located at Coolige, near Chaco Canyon Between Gallup and Thoreau 862-7553 2 rooms 

BEST WESTERN INN & SUITES 3009 W. Hwy. 66 722-2221 • 800-722-6300 $10 fee for pets. Enclosed garden & heated pool. Free hot breakfast buffet. Lounge & Steakhouse 126 rooms    AAA

BEST WESTERN ROYAL HOLIDAY 1903 W. Hwy. 66 722-4900 • 800-528-1234 50 rooms   AAA

*Gallup and the surrounding areas are all 505 area code

LA QUINTA INN & SUITES 3880 E. Hwy 66 Exit 26 off I-40 722-2233 Indoor Pool & Fitness Center Refrigerators, Microwave, Cable TV. Breakfast Included 65 rooms   AAA


APACHE CANYON RANCH A Country Inn #4 Canyon Drive Laguna, NM 87026 800-808-8310 Full Gourmet Breakfast Included Dinner Upon Request 7 rooms  

RED ROCK PARK PO Box 10 Church Rock, NM 87311 863-9330 Five miles East of Gallup near Church Rock at the base of the Red Rocks - Horse Park  USA RV PARK 2925 W. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301 863-5021 Swimming Pool, Gift Shop and Big-Rig Friendly Pancake Breakfast and Cowboy Cook Outs during Summer. Open year round. Near restaurants and attractions. 

CIMARRON ROSE B&B Scenic Route 53 783-4770 • 800-856-5776 Breakfast Delivered To Your Room 2 rooms  THE INN AT HALONA B&B PO Box 446 Zuni, NM 87327 782-4547 • 800-752-3278 Uniquely located in the middle of Zuni Pueblo. Full Breakfast Included Full service with food, beverage and meeting rooms 8 rooms  Pets Welcome


Z LAZY B GUEST RANCH McGaffey – Zuni Mountain Area PO Box 492 Ft. Wingate, NM 87316 488-5600 Cabins sleep 6 to 8 8 Cabins  Pool

AAA Discount



KING DRAGON RESTAURANT Great Oriental Selections 828 N. Hwy. 491 863-6300   MY SISTER’S PLACE Soups, Salads & Daily Specials 2150 E. Hwy. 66 863-2535


Dial 911 GALLUP FIRE DEPT. 722-4195


CHELLE`S A Nice Place to Eat Dinner Only 2201 West Hwy. 66 722-7698 

ROUTE 66 DRIVE-IN Back to the 50’s 1301 W. Hwy. 66 863-9932

NEW MEXICO STEAKHOUSE Steak, Prime Rib, BBQ Located in the BW Inn & Suites 3009 W. Hwy. 66 722-2221  

ANGELA’S CAFÉ Located in the Gallup Cultural Center 201 East Hwy. 66 722-7526

DON DIEGO’S A Family Operation Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 801 W. Hwy 66 722-5517 

EARL’S RESTAURANT 1400 East Hwy. 66 863-4201

GRANDPA’S GRILL Best Hamburgers in Town 2001 East Aztec Ave. 863-2151


KANSAS CITY SMOKE HOUSE BBQ Take Out Service 1500 S. 2nd St. 863-5843 D~~

RED ROCK ANIMAL HOSPITAL Dr. Jensen 816 South Boardman Ave Small & Large Animals 722-2251

GABI’S COOLATTE Open 7 AM – 6 PM Coffees & Teas Soups, Sandwiches, Salads Great Daily Specials 1981 Hwy. 602 863-4565


CEDAR ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER Small Animals: Medicine & Surgery #7 Hamilton Rd. One Mile North on NM491 Center 722-7786 Emergency 863-5520


ROOKIES SPORTS BAR Located in the BW Inn & Suites 3009 West Hwy. 66 722-2221   VIRGIE’S LOUNGE 2720 West Hwy. 66 863-5152  

EL SOMBRERO RESTAURANT Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Great Food • Great Service 1201 W. Hwy 66 863-4554 

EL RANCHO HOTEL RESTAURANT 1000 East Hwy. 66 863-9311  




EL RANCHO LOUNGE In the El Rancho Hotel 1000 East Hwy. 66 863-9311


DOMINIC’S DOWNTOWN CAFE 303 West Coal Ave. 722-0117 

BUDGET CAR RENTAL 2111 West Hwy 66 726-1916

DON DIEGO’S LOUNGE 801 East Hwy. 66 722-5517  


LA BARRACA RESTAURANT 1303 East Hwy. 66 722-5083 

GREYHOUND BUS LINES 701 East Montoya Ave. Exit 22 - Old Northside Visitors Center 863-3761 800-231-2222


GALLUP VISITORS CENTER Located in the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce 103 W. Hwy 66 863-3841 • 800-242-4282

NEW MEXICO HERITAGE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE Annual State Preservation Conference May 24 - 27, 2006 Holiday Inn & Conference Center 2915 West Hwy 66 For more information: Call Gary Wolff 989-7745

MARIA’S RESTAURANT Downtown Gallup 110 W. Coal Ave. 722-6135 PANZ ALEGRA Italian, Mexican 1202 E. Hwy 66 722-7229  


AMTRAK RAIL LINE Boarding at the Gallup Cultural Center 200 East Hwy 66 800-872-7245

GALLUP-MCKINLEY CO. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 103 W. Hwy 66 722-2228 • 800-380-4989

JERRY’S CAFE Mexican American Food 406 W. Coal Ave. 722-6775

Credit Cards Accepted

GALLUP EXPRESS TRANSIT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Information & Reservations Call 722-2345 Boarding at: 1898 Warehouse Lane GALLUP MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 2111 West Hwy 66 722-4896

ROCKET CAFE Italian, Mexican, American Where the Locals Lunch We Deliver 1719 S. 2nd St. 722-8972



VIRGIE’S RESTAURANT A Gallup Tradition Great Food • Great Service Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 2720 W. Hwy. 66 863-5152  

 Beer & Wine

*Gallup and the surrounding areas are all 505 area code



STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL SIEBERSMA The High Desert Trail System is a new mountain bike trail located on the high mesas northwest of Gallup. It features huge views, narrow winding single track, and fine art sculpture whimsically sited along the way. It’s mountain biking with an artistic twist... delightful, and perhaps to be expected given the area’s reputation as a haven for fine artists. This stacked loop trail has trailheads near the little villages of Gamerco and Mentmore, once bustling coal mines, now sleepy and rustic. Between them are the mesas with their massive stone cliffs on the south backed by dotted sage flats and whimsical rock outcroppings on the northern exposure. Gamerco Associates, current owner of the land, generously donated some 20 miles of easement for the trail, which was built by Gallup Trails 2010 and the Youth Conservation Corps. Our ride begins at the Gamerco Trail Head, some two miles north of I-40 on US 491. Turn left at the Chino Loop traffic signal and look for the trailhead on the left just after the curve. The trail heads west, winding its way up a gentle rise followed by a fast downhill run to Salt Cedar Crossing. A steady climb takes us to the Six Flags Intersection, where you can turn left and ride the First Mesa Loop, a 2.25-mile jaunt around a mesa top featuring several expansive view points. We turned right at the Six Flags, continuing on to the Second Mesa. Here the trail meanders through more spectacular overlooks, whimsical rock gardens, and some interesting technical challeges. The third mesa leads even higher to the south, touring the rim, then down a trick descent carved into the mesa wall. Here we come to another tee, and a map/sign which tells us left will lead to the Mentmore Trail Head, while right will take us back around the north side. This section has some challenging climbs, groovy descents, and finally climbs back up to the second mesa, where we return through the Post Office, back to the Six Flags, up the House Of Pain, then a short adrenalin run back to the Gamerco Trail Head. We had consumed 4 hours of true MTB pleasure, two bottles of water, one power bar, and a whole flash card of excellent photo ops. If you’re a racer, 2 hours is the holy grail, 2.5 is very respectable.


The High Desert Trail features several massive switchbacks built by Youth Conservation Corps crews. Enjoy the expansive view from this overlook on the First Mesa Loop.



The Navajo Nation “The craftsmanship of its people Ya´a’atééh

combines with the spellbinding beauty of the land.”


The political center of the Navajo Nation at Window Rock, Arizona, northwest of Gallup, provides a picturesque introduction to the nation’s largest Indian reservation. The Navajo Tribal Museum and Arts and Crafts Center houses insights into the culture of the Navajo people and offers products for sale to the public.

THE LARGEST TRIBAL LAND IN THE COUNTRY, THE NAVAJO NATION COVERS 27,000 square miles in parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Larger in land area than some eastern states, it is a land of stark beauty and contrast in the midst of four sacred mountains and bounded by four great rivers. Though they were once reduced to a population of only about 8,000, the Diné, as the people call themselves, number over a quarter of a million today. They are a people dedicated to preserving the ways of the past while looking toward the future. The Navajo Nation is home to some 15 national monuments, tribal parks and historical sites. The Bisti Badlands and De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Monument Valley Tribal Park and Rainbow Bridge National Monument are just a few of the fascinating places to see. For water sports enthusiasts, there are a dozen different lakes and ponds for fishing. Lake Powell, in the northwest corner, has more miles of shoreline than the entire west coast. The rugged, spellbinding beauty of the land combined with the history, distinctive lifestyle, colorful cultural events, and incomparable craftsmanship of its native people will make your visit to the Navajo Nation an unforgettable experience.

Photo by Lisa E. Rodriquez of Light Language




Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Areas. 42,000 combined acres. Shale and sandstone formations. 37 miles south of Farmington. 599-8900 Carson National Forest Jicarilla Ranger Station. Camping and hunting. 632-2956. Chaco Culture National Historical Park. A World Heritage Site. 13 major ruins. Campsites. 40 miles northeast of Crownpoint. 786-7014. Farmington Museum & Visitors Center at Gateway Park. History of the Four Corners area, San Juan Basin geology exhibits, art and tourism information. 1-800-448-1240. Navajo Lake State Park. Campsites, fishing and visitor center. 30 miles east of Aztec. 632-2278. Salmon Ruins and Heritage Park. Pueblo ruins from the 11th century. Exhibits and artifacts. 2 miles west of Bloomfield. 632-2013 Ship Rock Peak. Formation sacred to the Navajo people rises 1,700 feet from desert floor. 10 miles southwest of Shiprock.


Jun TBA Navajo Arts & Crafts Festival. 289-3808 Jul 4 Fourth of July Celebration. 928-871-6478 4 PRCA Rodeo. 928-871-6434 Sep 9-10 Navajo Nation Fair. 928-871-6478

Four Corners Area “Ancient and Native American

cultures have left their mark on four states.”



Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah all meet at one point. Ride the railroad in summer and ski

The boundaries of four states and the cultures of Native America meet and merge in the Four Corners Area. The sites of ancient dwellers and the handiwork of Mother Nature forge an incredible visual and historic experience for American travelers.

the slopes in winter. If water sports are more to your liking, head for the San Juan River, Navajo Lake or Vallecito Lake. Breathtaking scenery is available year round. At Four Corners Monument you can set foot in four states in just moments, but that’s only a fraction of the time you’ll want to spend here, choosing from the best that four states have to offer. The Apache, Navajo and Ute people are native to this region, but they were not the first tribes here. Visit Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Mesa Verde National Park to glimpse what civilization was like a thousand years ago. Both these places are designated World Heritage Sites. The Canyon de Chelly and Aztec Ruins National Monuments also provide insights into the lifestyles of the early Anasazi and the later Navajo peoples. The views here are mind-numbing in scale. Spectacular Shiprock rises 1500 feet above the valley floor. Monument Valley and Canyonlands were subjects of Ansel Adams photographs and backgrounds for many western movies. EVENTS Apr


27th Annual Apple Blossom Contest Pow wow. 566-3321 TBA 23rd Annual Shiprock Marathon. 368-6303 May26-Jun 4 Mesa Verde Country Indian Arts & Western Culture Festival. 800-530-2998 Jun 1-4 Aztec Fiesta Days. 334-9551 Jul TBA Little Beaver Roundup. 759-3242 Aug30-Sep 4 Four Corners Rally in the Rockies. 888-901-7701 Sep 2-3 Totah Festival. 800-448-1240 12 Aztec Founder’s Day & Cowboy Gathering. 334-9551 TBA Stone Lake Fiesta. 759-3242 TBA Shiprock Fair. 800-448-1240 Nov24-Dec 31Fantasy of Lights 7th Annual Holiday Show. 888-838-9551 23 Navajo Nativity. 325-0255

LOCATION The Four Corners region encompases portions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Farmington is located at the junction of US64/550 and NM371/170, 138 miles northwest of Albuquerque and 122 miles north of Gallup. TOUR ROUTE Take side trips from Farmington on US64/491/57 to Mesa Verde National Monument or Four Corners Monument; on US550 to Aztec Ruins National Monument, Durango and Silverton; or on US64 and Routes 7900/7950 to Chaco Canyon National Historic Park. From Farmington, travel 113 miles south to Thoreau on I-25, another 29 miles east on I-10 to Grants plus 22 miles to Acoma. MORE INFORMATION Navajo Nation Tourism Office Window Rock, AZ 520-871-7371 or 520-871-6436 Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-448-1240 Colorado Welcome Ctr. 970-565-4048 (in Cortez, CO) for information on Four Corners National Monument 68



The Black Bear fetish representing strength and the spiritual jorurney through life is carved of black jet with turquoise inlay.

High Road Revel, ”23 x 14” Watercolor Painting by eRic Luplow eRic calls his work “Sur-Folk”, a collision between surrealism and folk art.

Pueblo of Zuni Arts & Crafts 1222 State Hwy. 53 Zuni, NM 87327 (505) 782-5531

eL Gallery & Studio on the High Road to Taos #95 County Road 75,Truchas, NM 505-689-1018

FullingimIsenhour & Leard Galleries 113-C Abeyta Street 505-835-4487 Socorro, NM 87801 OPEN 7 days at noon or by appointment

Sterling silver multicolor stone inlay buckle on black lizard leather belt.

Tom Taylor Custom Belts, Buckles and Boots 108-110 East San Francisco Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 (505) 984-2231



Photo courtesy

Following Blue by Natasha Isenhour Oil on canvas 40" X 30"

Traditional Native American jewelry and artifacts directly from the Southwest.

Indian Touch of Gallup 106 West Highway 66 Gallup, NM 87301 (505) 722-6807

“Enchantment”, 25.5” x 34.5” Lithograph, Edition of 75 by R.C. Gorman

Navajo Gallery 210 Ledoux St. Taos, NM 87571 (505) 758-3250

The Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise (NACE) offers a wide range of quality products, including contemporary and traditional jewelry, rugs, pottery, belts, and crafts. NACE recently added Navajo-branded blue jeans and a custom Pendleton blanket to its inventory.

Photo by Chris Corrie

Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise P.O. Box 160 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-4090

These originals by Randy Chitto, a Choctaw artist, will make you smile. In small, medium and large sizes, these traditionally hand-made turtle koshare storytellers will make a truly unique statement in your home.

Shard boxes are artistic creations made by contemporary craftsmen using pieces of antique Chinese porcelain.They are available exclusively at Asian Adobe.

Packards 61 Old Santa Fe Trail On the Plaza Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 505-983-9241

Asian Adobe Antique Furniture, Art and Accessories 530 S. Guadalupe Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-992-6846




Untitled 1-6, 48" x 48" Acrylic, Resin, On Canvas by Frank Martinez

tadu contemporary art 110 West San Francisco Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 505-992-0100

Southwestern wearable art designed by Navajo fashion designer Virginia Yazziev




A unique one-of-a-kind Bracelet by Aaron Anderson who has perfected a new double sided pour in the old style of Tuffa Casting, in silver with 14k bezel setting Candelaria Turquoise. He collaborated with Tommy Jackson who inlayed both sides with Morenci Turquoise and Mediterranean Coral.

Ellis Tanner Trading Company P. O. Box 636 Gallup, NM 87305 505-863-4434



Photo courtesy of Light Language

Navajo Spirit 815 W. Coal Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 505-722-6837

Custom cabinetry, Sombraje twig shutters and more.

Ernest Thompson Furniture 4531 Osuna NE (at I-25 and Osuna, turn at Studio 6 Suites) Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-344-1994

Photo © Ira Clark

Market Drive, 24” x 30” Oil on canvas, 1974 by Jim Abeita Navajo artist.

Shush Yaz Trading Co. - Gallup 1304 West Lincoln Gallup NM 87301 (505) 722-0130 White Corn Offering by Estella Loretto

Gentle Spirit Studio Specializing in Monumental Bronze Sculpture Available by appointment only 505-986-8471 Silver, turquoise and coral Dragonfly Pin by Navajo Silversmith Herman Smith Old Style tear drop silver and turquoise Cluster Pin by Navajo Silversmith Calvin Martinez

Reclining Nude, Violet Oil on Linen 48” x 60”, 1968 Collection: Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art by Wesley Rusnell

Photo © Ira Clark

Silver and turquoise Butterfly Pin by Navajo Silversmith Alex Sanchez

Joe Milo’s Whitewater Trading Co. P.O. Box 104 Van der Wagen, NM 87326 Toll Free: 1-888-JOE-MILO

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art 409 East College Blvd. Roswell, NM 88201 505-623-5600




Silver pins inset with turquoise.

Rainbird Pawn and Trading 1724 S. Second St. Gallup, NM 87301 (505) 722-3292

Ganado Red rug by Marie Nez from Arizona Measures 61⁄2 ft. by 10 ft.

Richardson’s Trading Co. & Cash Pawn 222 West Hwy. 66 Gallup, NM 87301 (505) 722-4762

Extraordinary Gourd Art by Robert Rivera .

The Torres Gallery 207 West Water Street, Suite 101 Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 986-8914



The Gatherers, State l 29” x 41”, Original Lithograph, Edition of 100 by R.C. Gorman

Nizhoni Gallery 323 Romero NW, Suite #1 Historic Old Town Albuquerque, NM 87104 (505) 843-7666 (505) 843-7667

Dancing Shimmer Bracelet Sterling with 14k gold, chocolate and black diamonds, natural drewsy and black mother of pearl accents Heard Show award winning piece by Fritz Casuse - Diné Jeweler

Photo ©Ira Clark

Shush Yaz Trading Co. Santa Fe 1048 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe NM 87501 (505) 992-0441

Quality Antiques of the American West. An extensive selection of pre-1940’s Native American, New Mexican, and American Folk Art.

Photo by Eric Swanson

Cowboys & Indians Antiques 4000 Central SE Albuquerque, NM 87108 (505) 255-4054

Koshare Clown by Kathleen Wall of Jemez Pueblo

Agape Southwest Pueblo Pottery Old Town 414 Romero NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 (505) 243-2366

Lawrence Baca’s designs are forged using heat and hammer.The powerful result is primitive, organic and one-of-akind jewelry in silver, gold and semi-precious stones.

Packards 61 Old Santa Fe Trail On the Plaza Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 505-983-9241



“The Northern Mountain Region of New Mexico can only be described as spectacular.�

(above) Martinez Hacienda in Taos has been carefully preserved to reflect life in the 1800s, with displays and periodic demonstrations.



Northern Mountains


he state’s highest peaks and lakes, tumbling rivers and colorful sandstone formations provide stunning backdrops for a century of nationally acclaimed art and culture in New Mexico’s northern mountains. World-class skiing and snowmobile excursions, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and golf charge the imaginations of outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors climb aboard a narrow gauge steam-driven train at Chama, run the whitewater rapids through the Rio Grande Gorge, and ride a horse-drawn wagon at Bobcat Pass. The experience is enhanced by the incredible artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe and the early Taos artists, a drive through quaint Spanish villages and an evening in the Pueblo casinos and resorts. Bandelier National Monument, the Puyé Cliff Dwellings and Taos Pueblo World Heritage Site provide a striking account of Native American evolution prior to and during the years of Spanish colonization. Kit Carson Museum and Ft. Union National Monument on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail depict the challenging lives of early pioneers. The arrival of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad created the Victorian setting of Las Vegas. The Los Alamos Historical Museum highlights the more recent era of atomic power development. The mountain region of northern New Mexico can only be described as “spectacular.”



Spanish Villages “Traditional customs and cultures here are as unique as the

paintings, weavings and woodcarvings of the local artisans.” NORTHERN NEW MEXICO IS A LAND INHABITED BY A MIXTURE OF DESCENDENTS OF THE ancient Anasazi, Spanish settlers, French fur trappers and Anglo pioneers from the east. As a result, the traditional customs and cultures here are as unique as the paintings, weavings and woodcarvings of the local artisans. Following the Anasazi migration to the pueblos of the Rio Grande, the Spanish blazed El Camino Real, the “Royal Road” northward from Mexico City. It passed through El Paso del Norte – present-day El Paso, Texas – across the treacherous Jornada del Muerto (the Journey of Death) to Socorro, past Albuquerque to its terminus in Santa Fe. From there, the High Road to Taos pushed north to Tesuque, Tesuque Pueblo, Cuyamungue, Pojoaque and Pojoaque Pueblo. From Pojoaque it turned east through Nambé, Nambé Pueblo, and Chimayó before resuming its northerly direction through Córdova, Truchas, Las Trampas, Ojo Sarco, Picurís, and Peñasco. These historic Spanish villages and Native American pueblos still exist today. Each year, thousands of religious pilgrims travel on foot to El Santuario de Chimayó to pay homage to El Santo Niño, the Baby Jesus. The holy soil that people take away with them comes from the same area where early Spanish settlers found a spring with healing waters. Local Native American residents had used the same spring since prehistory.


The tiny Spanish Villages located on the “High Road” between Española and Taos are like time capsules from the 18th and 19th centuries. Picturesque settings and unique products provide a laid-back alternative to the major markets of Santa Fe and Taos. Truchas (above) and Chimayó (right) reflect centuries of isolation from mainstream America.



Indo-Hispano architecture is characteristic in the churches and shrines that are part of every village. Besides the Santuario, other outstanding examples of the style include the unique and beautiful church at Las Trampas, the recently renovated church of San Lorenzo at Picurís Pueblo, and the famous, oftenphotographed church of St. Francis of Assisi in Ranchos de Taos. While these pueblos and villages are colorful and fascinating, please remember that each is also home to the people who live there. In some places, photographs may not be allowed. Always obtain permission before taking pictures or entering private property.


Sep 22-23 High Road to Taos Studio Tour. 866-343-5381 29-30 High Road to Taos Studio Tour. 866-343-5381 Apr 13-14 Annual pilgrimage to Santuario de Chimayo. 351-4889


Embudo Station. A historic narrow-gauge train station and microbrewery. Located in Velarde. 800-852-6372 The High Road: Santa Fe to Taos. Scenic 70-mile drive from Santa Fe to Taos on the back road through Spanish Villages and the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Photograph old churches, browse through artists studios and shops and hike in the Pecos Wilderness. Santuario de Chimayó. Built during 1813-1816, the Santuario is well known as a Good Friday pilgrimage site and for its miraculous healing earth. Located in the village of Chimayo. 351-4889 The Wildlife Center. Wildlife rehabilitation and educational programs. Located in La Puebla. 753-9505

LOCATION The Spanish Villages of Chimayó, Truchas, Las Trampas and Peñasco are located on the High Road to Taos between Española and Rancho de Taos. TOUR ROUTE From Santa Fe, travel 24 miles north on US 84/285, exiting northeast for eight miles on NM503 and NM98 to Chimayó. Turn east on NM 76 to Truchas and Las Trampas, NM 75 to Peñasco and NM 518 to Rancho de Taos.

MORE INFORMATION High Road Marketplace’s website and store provide samples for sale of the work of the local artisans who populate the Spanish villages along the Scenic By-way, “High Road to Taos”. 866-343-5381 NORTHERN MOUNTAINS / SPANISH VILLAGES


Chama “Four seasons of fun are found in

this picturesque mountain village surrounded by

spectacular scenery near the Colorado border.”


Chama is home for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (below). The steamlocomotive driven train winds its way over high-mountain passes into Southern Colorado, much as it did in the late 1800’s. The Railroad Museum (opposite), the 1800’s rail yard and old store fronts create a truly Old West atmosphere.


EARLY ON A SUMMER MORNING FIREBOXES ARE STOKED, BOILERS ARE BROUGHT UP TO temperature, oilers are checked and an adventure begins. The Victorian inns, restaurants, coffee houses and quaint shops of Chama, NM are awakened by whistle blasts from the Cumbres and Toltec steam locomotives preparing for their daily runs. The completely refurbished 19th century narrow gauge trains, loaded with railroad and history enthusiasts and lots of folks who simply appreciate natural beauty, carry their passengers through lush green meadows and chug over high mountain passes from Chama to Antonito, Colorado. In late afternoon the trains return again to this serene mountain village on the Chama River near the Colorado line. In the fall after the whistles wind down and before snow sets in, hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing continue into that perfect brisk season for outdoor activities. Large and small game trophy hunters also share the brilliant fall colors of the cottonwoods along the river and the aspen of higher elevations. Winter brings incredible snowmobile opportunities in the high plateaus above Chama. Outings in rented snowmobiles follow miles of forest trails through mountain wonderlands. Wildflowers burst from the departing snow pack with the advent of spring, and it’s back into fishing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Heron Lake and El Vado Lake State Parks offer year-round recreational opportunities.


Invites you to our Enchanting Shop Nestled in the Mountain Town of Chama, New Mexico.


May-Oct Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. 756-2151 Jul 4 Fourth of July Display. 756-2184 Aug 12-13 Chama Days. 756-2184


Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Ride a historic narrow-gauge steam locomotive from Chama to Antonito. 1-888-286-2737. Edward Sargent State Wildlife Area. Elk Habitat. 756-2300 Rio de los Pinos State Wildlife Fishing Area. Camping, fishing and hunting. 756-2300 W.A. “Bill” Humphries State Wildlife Area. Elk habitat. 10 miles west of Chama

Enjoy lines of: • Ladies & Men’s Clothing • Jewelry • Childrens Items • T-shirts • Candles • Sandals • Moccasins • Dolls • Lamps • Artwork • Gifts & More!

505-756-2963 534 TERRACE STREET C HAMA , NM 87520

Annie Oakley Nature’s Harvest Collection

LOCATION Chama is located at the west end of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad 87 miles from Taos on US 64, and 106 miles miles from Santa Fe on US 84. TOUR ROUTE In warmer months, travel 60 miles east on US84 and US64 to Tres Piedras and another 30 miles south on US285 to Ojo Caliente. In the winter, travel 85 miles south on US84 and north 18 miles on US285 to Ojo Caliente. MORE INFORMATION Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce (505) 756-2306 (800) 477-0149 Jicarilla Apache Tribe (505) 759-3242 NORTHERN MOUNTAINS S/ CHAMA



“The Soul of the Southwest, Taos, has an atmosphere that inspires the

creative genius dwelling within every one of us.” WE FEEL DRAWN TO MOTHER EARTH AND OUR SENSES ARE REVIVED AS WE BREATHE in the aura of Taos. The spirit of the pueblo Indians, Spanish conquistadors, territorial figures and the Taos Society of Artists are amply captured in the community’s museums and restored homes and keep the creative flame of Taos illuminated. An atmosphere that inspires the genius within each of us envelops the community. A hundred galleries showcase the works of artists past and present, local and international. Scattered within walking distance around the plaza and along side streets lined with bright hollyhocks and geraniums, the galleries invite the visitor to become one with the works. World-class contemporary fine art, southwestern art, sculpture, ceramics and crafts make Taos a buyer’s choice. Weavings and jewelry beg to be worn and the aromas of local culinary creations add the finishing touch to a successful day. Inhabited for a millennium, the


Taos Pueblo World Heritage Site (right) has inspired artists and sculptors for over a century. Remington’s Bronc Buster (right) is prominently displayed on Paseo del Pueblo Norte. A host of museums, including Kit Carson Home & Museum (opposite), maintain a strong historic and artistic perspective for the community. San Francisco de Asis church (opposite, top) captures the photographer’s eye.


multistoried Taos Pueblo World Heritage Site north of town has long intrigued international scholars, artists and photographers. With a

backdrop of New Mexico’s tallest peaks, the earthen tones of the dwellings, bread ovens and mission create an inspiring experience. The Indians also operate a smoke-free gaming casino. Wheeler Peak at over 13,000 feet looks down on the world-class Taos Ski Basin. During the warmer months the area provides a scenic chair lift and trails for hiking, biking, horseback trips, llama treks and fishing. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the nation’s second highest suspension bridge and offers a breathtaking view of the river 650 feet below. The San Francisco de Asís mission at Ranchos de Taos is one of the state’s most photographed and painted structures.




Jan Feb Mar

A site for retreat-style meetings to the human spirit... Georgia O’Keeffe stayed here, as well as many other notables, such as, D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Martha Graham and Carl Jung.

240 Morada Lane • Taos, New Mexico 87571

505-751-9686 • 800-846-2235 fax: 505-751-0365

E:mail: •

18-29 Winter Wine Festival. 766-2233 28 Mardi Gras Celebration. 800-517-9816 18 Ernie Blake Celebration & Beer Festival. 766-2233 Apr 2 Pond Skimming. 776-2291 May 1-31 Spring Arts Celebration. 758-3873 20 Folk Life Festival. 758-2462 Jun-Sep Taos Plaza Live. 758-3873 Jun 18-Aug 6 Taos School of Music 44th Summer Music Festival. 776-2388 Jun 23-25 Taos Solar Music Festival. 758-5826 23-25 Rodeo de Taos. 758-8905 Aug 25-27 Taos County Fair. 758-3982 Sep 1-Oct 31 Taos Fall Festival. 758-3873 Sep 23-24 High Road to Taos Studio Tour. 866-343-5381 16 Octoberfest Celebration. 776-2233 Oct 7-8 Taos Wool Festival. 751-0306 6-9 Taos Mountain Film Festival. 751-3658 2022 Taos Mountain Balloon Festival. 751-1000 Nov 23-Dec 31 Yuletide in Taos. 758-3873 24-26 Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair. 758-4160 Dec 16 Christmas Carnival. 758-4160


Gov. Bent House & Museum. Home of first Territorial governor. Old family furnishings and frontier artifacts on display. 117A Bent St. 758-2376 Millicent Rogers Museum. Art, history and cultural exhibits from northern and southwest New Mexico. 758-2462. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. 650 feet above the Rio Grande River. 11 miles northwest of Taos. Taos Pueblo. Designated as a World Heritage Site. 758-1028. Taos Ski Valley. Ski school rated No. 1. Vast system of trails for beginning, intermediate and expert skiers. 776-2291.

LOCATION Taos is located at the junction of US64, NM68 and NM522 on the plateau between New Mexico’s highest peaks and deepest gorge, 70 miles north of Santa Fe. TOUR ROUTE Travel 42 miles southeast on NM518 from Ranchos de Taos to Mora and another 11 miles south on NM94 and NM105 to the hamlet of Rociada. MORE INFORMATION Taos Chamber of Commerce (505) 758-3873 or (800) 732-8267 84


BEST OF THE SOUTHWEST May 12, 2006 - March 25, 2007 Millicent Rogers Museum • Celebrating 50 Years 50th Anniversary Turquoise Jubilee Benefit Auction and Dinner July 29, 2006

Millicent Rogers Museum 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos, New Mexico 87571 • • 505.758.2462

R.C. GORMAN “The women of Gorman’s paintings were created with simplistic lines portraying a pride and dignity that carried a universal appeal.”

1931 - 2005

Famed Navajo artist R.C. Gorman honored the start of the third millennium with a limited edition lithograph titled Gracias. The artwork appeared concurrently as the cover for the millennium issue of New Mexico Traveler. The spirit of R.C. Gorman was released this past year to seek a higher plane, and New Mexico Traveler wishes to recognize his contributions to the world of art and to his Navajo people. Born in Chinle, Arizona, to a lineage that included Carl C. Gorman, a painter and one of 29 original Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. R.C. Gorman served in the United States Navy and studied art in San Francisco, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. His work has been collected internationally and was included in a show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1973. His Taos gallery on Ledoux Street, called simply The Navajo Gallery, was possibly the first gallery owned by an Indian artist outside the reservation. It was always a gathering place for friends and admirers. The artist’s work expanded to include woodblock, ceramics, cast paper, carved glass, bronze and handprinted stone lithographs. He wrote a series of four cookbooks titled Nudes & Foods, the last of which was Volume IV: Celebrating the Millennium. Gorman donated numerous paintings, sculpture and a literary collection consisting of various volumes of historic, artistic and literary significance to Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, the nation’s oldest and largest tribally controlled college. The school enclosed a special section of its library for the R.C. Gorman Library Collection that also honors his parents. Gorman will be missed, but he will continue to be an inspiration to his people and to young artists everywhere. We will miss his mischievous smile and trademark headband.


The art and sculpture of the late R.C. Gorman captivate the imaginations of admirers across the nation. Photographed here in his Taos home and Studio, the must famous of Navajo artists touched the lives of America’s rich and famous. Gorman’s millennium painting was the cover of New Mexico Traveler’s millennium issue (top, inset).


Red River “Once a rough and roudy mining town

called River City, Red River was destined to offer the world a wealth

of year-round recreational activities long after its original mineral wealth played out.” Written by Kimberly Buchanan Photos courtesy of Webb Design


Red River is a familyfriendly ski resort and summer recreation area located on the north end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Hosting year-round outdoor activities, including snowmobiling, hiking, biking and fishing, the picturesque community also provides excellent shopping, dining and night-life opportunities.


WINTER OFFERS DOWNHILL SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS A WORLD OF FUN AND excitement on the new terrain park at the Red River Ski and Snowboard Area. The mountain keeps skiers and snowboarders of all abilities entertained and challenged on the many mixed terrains. The ski area has a recognized ski school catering to all ages and all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The Enchanted Forest is New Mexico’s premier cross country ski and snowshoe area offering over 30 kilometers of cross country trails groomed for skate and classic with 15 kilometers of snowshoe trails as well as 5 kilometers of trails for rover. Trails at Enchanted Forest wind through over 500 acres of the Carson National Forest with many spectacular views. Snowmobile Tour Operators are ready to escort you over 50-plus miles of groomed trails including the popular tour to Greenie Peak at an elevation of 11,249. Lodging accommodations, restaurants and shopping are within walking distance of the Ski Area and visitors can ride anywhere in town on the Miner’s Transit for only $0.50. As spring arrives the snow melts, wildflowers bloom and the valley reveals an outdoorsman’s playground. Red River offers over 138 miles of clearly marked trails for hikers, bicyclists, jeeps, ATV’s and horseback riding. Take a guided tour or self-guided tour along trails passing old mining camps and breathtaking scenery. The Red River is stocked on a regular basis keeping anglers busy catching trout. The local kid’s pond is stocked as well keeping youngsters under 12 on a thin line with a trout at the end of it. Red River hosts a Memorial Day motorcycle rally, a classic car show, a wine festival, two major cycling events, a chili cook-off and music festival and music in the park.



Feb 23-28 Mardi Gras in the Mountains. 800-348-6444 11-21 Beach Week at Red River Ski Area. 754-2223 May 26-29 Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally. 877-754-1708 or 800-348-6444 Jun 3-4 Sportsman’s Weekend. 877-754-1708 9-11 Red River Classic Car Show. 800-348-6444 17-18 3rd Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival. 800-348-6444 Jul 4 Fourth of July Parade on Main St. 800-348-6444 Aug 17-19 Hot Chili Days & Cool Mountain Nights. 877-754-1708 Sep 9 18th Annual Top of the World Mountain Bike Race. 800-348-6444 10 29th Annual Enchanted Circle Century Tour. 800-348-6444 Sep 29-Oct 1 Aspencade Arts & Crafts Festival. 800-348-6444 Oct 6-8 2nd Annual Oktoberfest. 800-348-6444 or 877-754-1708


Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Area. Ski, snowshoe and designated dog trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Restrooms and warming hut. 800-966-9381. Greenie Peak. Highest Peak accessible by vehicle at 11.249’. Pick up maps at the Red River Chamber of Commerce or at the Red River Conference Center and Tourist Information Office. 800-348-6444 or 877-754-1708. Little Red Schoolhouse Museum. Historic one-room schoolhouse with old-time local memorabilia. Located on E. Main St. behind the Red River Public Library. Pioneer Canyon Trail. Drive or hike in the gold mining canyon. Pick up a map at the Red River Chamber of Commerce or at the Red River Conference Center and Tourist Information Office. 800-348-6444 or 877-754-1708. Red River Ski Area. 57 runs, 7 chairlifts: 2 triple, 4 double, 1 surface. Red River lodging and amenities within walking distance from the ski area. Private, general and children’s lessons available. 754-2223. Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. New Mexico’s highest peak, 13,161 feet. Camping and hiking. Pick up a map at the Red River Chamber of Commerce or at the Red River Conference Center and Tourist Information Office. 800-348-6444 or 877-754-1708

LOCATION Red River is located at the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountains on NM38,13 miles east of Questa and 18 miles northwest of Eagle Nest. TOUR ROUTE Travel 24 miles north on NM522 to Questa and 12 miles east on NM38 to Red River. MORE INFORMATION Red River Conference Center and Tourist Information Office 877-754-1708 • Red River Chamber of Commerce 800-348-6444 • NORTHERN MOUNTAINS / RED RIVER


Rociada A Tiny Mountain Hamlet


LOCATION Rociada is located on NM 105 north of Las Vegas on the east slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. TOUR ROUTE Travel 20 miles south on NM 518/94/105 back to Las Vegas. MORE INFORMATION Pendaries Office (505) 425-3561 or (800) 733-5267 Website: 90


7,500 feet call golfers to Pendaries’ 18-hole course.”

Photo courtesy Pendaries

“The breath-taking views at

THE BEAUTY OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BECKONS VISITORS and retirees to the small community of Rociada each year. Visitors come to Rociada and the village community of Pendaries (Panda-ray) to relax and enjoy the mild mountain temperatures during the summer. Named after its original land owner, Jean Pendaries, the small village is known for its captivating morning views and amazing high mountain golf course. Jean Pendaries, who emigrated to Rociada from Gascony, France, in 1875, was instrumental in developing the area. The Frenchman built a sawmill and gristmill to grind grains for his neighbors and friends. He built a home for his growing family and soon became a substantial citizen in the area. One of his daughters, Margarita, married a young man named José Baca. They later became the patrones of the 5,000-acre ranch. In 1949, C.D. (Toad) and Donna Leon purchased the ranch and buildings, ushering in a new era for Pendaries. They turned the Old Mill into a supper club and cocktail lounge, installed a golf course and an eight-room guesthouse overlooking the Old Mill. The Leons soon realized the need for a restaurant for all of their guests, which eventually led to moving the lounge from the Mill to its present location – the Moosehead Saloon. Over time, other additions were made, including the construction of ten more guest rooms. Today, Pendaries is an amazing place for guests and homeowners to get away and relax. The breath-taking views at 7,500 feet call golfers to Pendaries’ 18-hole course. Pendaries also provides guests with overnight accommodations, conference facilities, a golf shop, restaurant and saloon. The golf course and resort are open May thru October each year. Rociada is located just 30 minutes north of Las Vegas, the last major stop on the old Santa Fe Trail. Both Santa Fe and Taos are just an hour and a half away from Rociada, offering travelers other sight-seeing destinations while in the area. above: The lush golf course in the pines at Pendaries is at an elevation of 7,500 feet.

Las Vegas “Settlers brought their Victorian style

of architecture with them and today there remain over


Las Vegas, New Mexico, developed into a major stop for the westward advancing railroad and became a showcase for Victorian homes (above) and lifestyles, with picturesque storefronts (below) reminiscent of eastern communities. Fort Union (opposite) on the Santa Fe Trail above Las Vegas offered protection and supplies for thousands of wagon trains.


900 buildings on the National Historic Register.” THE 19TH CENTURY MOUNTAIN AND CIMARRON ROUTES OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL merged near today’s Fort Union National Monument north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. In 1862, troops from Fort Union halted the Confederate invasion of New Mexico at the Battle of Glorieta Pass west of Las Vegas. The fort served as a base for later operations against Indian uprisings and outlaws, and provided a resting place for travelers. Many took advantage of the hot springs in the Las Vegas area. From humble beginnings Las Vegas prospered as a trade center and health resort for easterners, eventually becoming a hub for the Atchison-Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads. Settlers brought the Victorian style of architecture with them and today there remain over 900 buildings listed on the National Historic Register. The plaza’s grand hotel and adjoining Bridge Street shops provide a colorful link to the past. Modern-day Las Vegas is a destination for health, history and recreation. It’s also home to New Mexico Highlands University, a four-year school that with good professor/student ratios and a comfortable small campus atmosphere. Storrie Lake State Park on the north edge of Las Vegas offers camping, fishing, boating and windsurfing. The 18,750-acre Las Vegas National Wildlife refuge is a hiker’s haven. There is motor boating at Conchas Lake. Roads leading north and west from Las Vegas wind through scenic valleys on an enchanting drive through Mora and on to Taos. With locations in both Las Vegas and Mora, the Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center is a unique nonprofit enterprise that spins yarns from natural fibers and weaves beautiful traditional and contemporary textiles from local wool and alpaca yarns following Spanish Colonial traditions.


TAPETES de LANA Weaving Center

Tapetes de Lana is a non-profit organization created to help rural residents in North Eastern employment opportunities, while maintaining traditions and family values.

Our Spinning Mill specializes in the creation of yarns made from natural fibers, raised locally and nationally


Las Vegas WinterFest. 425-86311 Civil War Weekend at Pecos National Monument. 800-832-5947 Apr TBA N.M. Rodeo Assoc. Membership Drive Rodeo. 800-832-5947 Jun-AugSun. Music in the Park. 425-8631 Jun TBA Meadow City Rodders’ Car Show. 800-832-5947 TBA Fort Union Founders Day. 800-832-5947 16-18 Las Vegas Celebrates the Arts. 425-1085 Jul TBA Fourth of July Fiesta. 800-832-5947 Aug TBA San Miguel County Fair. 800-832-5947 Oct TBA N.M. Rodeo Assoc. Team Roping Finals. 800-832-5947 Nov 25 Light Up Night. 800-832-5947 Dec TBA Christmas Light Parade. 800-832-5947 TBA Luminaria Display. 800-832-5947


City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Riders Memorial Collection. Area history, Indian artifacts and Santa Fe Trail exhibit. 727 Grand Ave. 454-1401 Fort Union National Monument. Built during 1851-91 to protect the Santa Fe Trail. 29 miles northeast of Las Vegas. 425-8025. Montezuma Castle. Hotel built in 1884 now a part of Armand Hammer United World College of the American West. Tours available. 454-4200. Storrie Lake State Park. Boating, windsurfing, fishing, camping, and visitor center. 6 miles north of Las Vegas. 425-7278 Villanueva State Park. Camping, fishing and visitor center. 31 miles southwest of Las Vegas. 421-2957

LOCATION Las Vegas straddles I-25 on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. TOUR ROUTE Take a side trip north on I-25 to Ft. Union National Monument. Travel 64 miles west on I-25 past Pecos National Historical Park to Santa Fe. MORE INFORMATION Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce (505) 425-8631 or (800) 832-5947

The Community Rural Arts Center in Mora houses a Weaving Gallery, a Culinary Arts Center and a Performing Arts/Movie Theater. You can purchase unique yarns made from alpaca, wool, cotton, angora rabbit and goat fibers that have been spun at our mill. Our textiles are also woven with these unique yarns. We also do custom spinning and weaving.

Visit our studio and mill and purchase hand-made textiles and yarns created from local alpaca and sheep fibers.

Weaving Wool and Community: Family, Culture & History

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Mora Weaving Studio Junction 518 & 434 Main Street • Mora, NM 87732 • (505)387-2247 Las Vegas Weaving Studio 1814 Plaza • Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701 • (505)426-8638







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discovery that filled Southwest New Mexico in the 1800s can still be felt there today. The land is a tapestry of natural wonders, prehistoric ruins and old missions. The 19th century left the area dotted with old army forts and ghost towns, some re-inhabited and some abandoned forever. Amid changing times, the nation continues to choose the modern communities of Old West Country in which to contemplate history, conduct business, seek the arts, develop harmony with Mother Nature and enjoy meaningful retirement. New Mexico’s largest recreational lakes and bird sanctuaries and some of its best mountain streams, trails, wilderness areas and scenic byways help create an enticing quality of life for visitors and residents alike. Those desiring a thoughtful stroll along a peaceful river or seeking challenging mountain trails for hiking and biking find Old West Country offers it all. The state’s largest vineyards and world famous chile contribute to the best Mexican food and steak dinners around. Museums, galleries and theater highlight the region’s cultural scene. Fill the missing pages of your life with the arts, the rugged beauty and intrigue of Southwest New Mexico. Please see detailed map on page OWT9.



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Old West Country Diverse History Forts, Ghost Towns & Historic Buildings Area Map Area Attractions Mining Towns of Old West Country The Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Bayard From Brush Huts to Brick Homes Great Outdoors

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Socorro’s San Miguel Mission was first established along El Camino Real is the 1600s. Abandoned during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, Socorro was re-established in 1816.

Southwest New Mexico’s old ghost towns, abandoned forts and mining camps form a historic backdrop for the culture, natural wonder and recreational opportunities that comprise Old West Country today.


Tracking radio waves from deep space and the movements of migratory waterfowl, Socorro County honors its historic past while reaching toward an exciting future. OWT12 SOCORRO OWT14 MAGDALENA

left, from top: A Vietnam veteran’s memorial was erected next to the historic plaza in Socorro. Elephant Butte Lake State Park provides a host of recreational opportunities from parasailing to four-wheeling. A number of the original buildings still stand in the picturesque gold mining town of Mogollon. The Gila Cliff Dwellings located on the edge of the nation’s first Wilderness were constructed by the Tularosa Mogollon culture around A.D. 1280. The railroad ghost town of Steins just west of Lordsburg opens daily for public tours. Rockhound State Park and Visitor Center cater to those who thrive on rocks, minerals and grand vistas.The rugged Organ mountains above Las Cruces include hiking trails and recreational opportunities. right: A bronze sculpture pays tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Ft. Selden north of Las Cruces.


Nurtured by the Rio Grande and long known to the Native Americans, this modern-day water sports paradise has been a healing oasis for centuries. OWT16 TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES OWT18 ELEPHANT BUTTE


Colorful Old West history mingles with outdoor activities in the nation’s first designated wilderness area. OWT20 RESERVE, DATIL AND QUEMADO OWT22 MOGOLLON OWT24 GLENWOOD


Once known for its rich gold and silver deposits, the Grant County of today is rich in history, culture and the arts. OWT26 CLIFF, GILA & BUCKHORN OWT28 SILVER CITY OWT34 TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY


A haven for historians and Old West aficionados, the Lordsburg area is home to two ghost towns and once accommodated the likes of Billy the Kid, the Clantons, John Ringo and Curley Bill Brocius. OWT36 LORDSBURG


A rockhound’s dream with access to Mexico, sunny Luna County is the home of fast ducks and friendly people. OWT38 DEMING OWT40 COLUMBUS, NM AND PALOMAS, MEXICO


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Serving the communities of: Deming 800 East Pine • Deming, NM 88031 1-800-848-4955 e-mail:

Las Cruces 211 N. Water Street • Las Cruces, NM 88001 1-800-FIESTAS • 505-541-2444 • e-mail:

Lordsburg 117 East 2nd Street • Lordsburg, NM 88045 505-542-9864 e-mail:

Reserve/Glenwood P.O. Box 415 • Reserve, NM 87830 505-533-6116 e-mail:

P.O. Box 183 • Glenwood, NM 88039 505-539-2711 e-mail:

Silver City 201 N. Hudson St. • Silver City, NM 88061 1-800-548-9378 e-mail:

Socorro/Magdalena P.O. Box Drawer K • Socorro, NM 87801 505-835-8927 e-mail:

P.O. Box 281 • Magdalena, NM 87825-0281 Voice 866-854-3217 Fax 800-788-1303 e-mail:

Truth or Consequences/Elephant Butte P.O. Box 31 Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 505-894-3536 e-mail:

Set in a beautiful green valley along the Rio Grande, the 1850s regional headquarters of the Butterfield Stage Line reposes in its historic splendor while offering serene shopping and dining adjacent to the burgeoning activity of New Mexico’s second largest city. OWT44 LAS CRUCES OWT46 MESILLA Terri Menges

P.O. Box 884 • Silver City, NM 88062 1-800-290-8330 Website: e-mail:

Elephant Butte P.O. Box 1355 Elephant Butte, NM 87935 (505) 744-4708 e-mail:

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THE SPIRIT OF THE OLD WEST LIVES ON THE GOVERNMENTS OF SPAIN AND LATER Mexico had interests in Old West Country, as did the region’s original native inhabitants. When mining activity increased there and American settlers continued their westward migration, conflicts were inevitable. In an effort to protect the growing population of miners and settlers from Apache depredations, a line of forts under the authority of the U.S. Cavalry was established across the area. Ft. Selden near Las Cruces, Ft. Craig between Socorro and Truth or Consequences, Ft. Webster at Santa Rita and in the Mimbres, Ft. Cummings near Deming, and Ft. Bayard near Silver City are among those playing important roles in the late 1800s. Settlers moved along El Camino Real through Socorro, Truth or Consequences and Mesilla and westward along the Butterfield Trail from El Paso and Mesilla, through the Deming and Lordsburg areas to California. Noteworthy Old West characters include Billy the Kid, who was raised in Silver City and first jailed in Mesilla, and Pancho Villa, who attacked the United States at Columbus. Area Apache leaders include Geronimo, Victorio, Mangas Coloradas and Cochise. Elfego Baca made a name for himself by holding off 80 Texas cowboys in Reserve, and Butch Cassidy and his gang hid out for a time near Glenwood. Shakespeare, near Lordsburg, lays claim to a whole host of interesting and unsavory characters including the Clantons, Curley Bill and Russian Bill, just to mention a few. Mesilla served as regional headquarters for the Confederate Army and was the site where the Gadsden Purchase was ratified. Reenactments are scheduled throughout the year at Mesilla, Shakespeare, Socorro, Ft. Selden and Ft. Bayard.

left, top to bottom: Early Spanish colonizers followed the Rio Grande valley as it passed from present-day El Paso and through Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences, Socorro and on to Santa Fe. A towering monument marks the entrance to El Camino Real International Heritage Center between Truth or Consequences and Socorro. Modern Mining on a grand scale near Silver City can be observed at the Santa Rita copper pit, which was initiated by a Spanish soldier in 1803. Quarai is one of three major Indian pueblo and Spanish mission sites included in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument northeast of Socorro. The other two sites are Abo and Gran Quivira. Elephant Butte Lake State Park on the Rio Grande near the cities of Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences is one of the state’s largest recreational facilities providing boating and camping opportunities. right, top to bottom: Architecture in Silver City’s historic district is representative of the area’s metal mining booms beginning in the late 1800s. Deming vineyards are the largest suppliers of grapes to the wineries of New Mexico and West Texas. The railroad ghost town of Steins, west of Lordsburg includes collections of tools, utensils and critters utilized by early residents. Hatch, Deming and Las Cruces strive to satisfy the nation’s insatiable appetite for New Mexico chile.






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FORT SELDEN A State Monument including the fort ruins, a visitors center and a museum. Open May 1 through September 15.


FORT BAYARD A medical facility and National Cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SANTA RITA DEL COBRE FORT A replica of Fort Webster located in Pinos Altos.



FORT CUMMINGS Ruins maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. A railroad springhouse and ruins of a Butterfield stage station from the same era stand nearby.

of old cavalry forts still standing in Old West Country serve as reminders of a time


when western life was simpler, harsher and often shorter. Nearly two hundred mining camps, stage stops, farming and ranching communities and railroad towns suddenly sprang to life here in the 1800s. Many flourished for a few years and then were abandoned as fortunes changed, while some remained sparsely populated and others are being reborn today. A number of the communities that survived to the present day have well-maintained historic districts that feature the architecture of that bygone era. While much lore abounds regarding western peacekeepers and their Colt Peacemakers, the towns of the day often had to make do without formal law enforcement. At Shakespeare, a Butterfield Stage relay south of Lordsburg, locals adhered to a strict but unwritten rule: If you shot someone in Shakespeare, you were the one that had to bury him. This rule, coupled with the fact that the ground around the town is mostly rock, helped to tone down the mayhem. To protect the settlements and trade routes, over 70 forts, military posts and encampments were established across southern New Mexico. Many, like Fort Craig, were constructed of adobe and rock. Most were abandoned in the late 1800s, but their eroded remains can still be viewed today.

FORT CRAIG A BLM Special Management Area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it hosts periodic Civil War re-enactments and other living history events.


Ghost Town Etiquette: While this list was compiled using recent information, New Mexico Traveler cannot guarantee access to these sites or their current conditions. Always inquire locally and always obtain permission before entering private property. Take only photographs; federal law prohibits removal of artifacts.


CLAIRMONT Two log cabins and a corral remain. FRISCO Site of the Elfego Baca fight. Some ruins remain. MOGOLLON Lightly populated. Many original buildings remain.


HIDALGO COUNTY opposite: Walls and bars are all that remain of the 1892 jail and county courthouse in Hillsboro. Originally settled as a result of gold and silver mining activities in Hillsboro and the surrounding area, the picturesque village has become an artist’s haven and the venue for an annual apple festival.

GRANITE GAP Rock mine camp ruins. A fee mineral and treasure hunting site; call 505-495-5012. SHAKESPEARE Restored and maintained, many original buildings remain. Call for tour dates and times, 505-542-9034. STEINS Under restoration, many original buildings remain. Call for tour dates and times, 505-542-9791.




CHLORIDE Population 20. Many original buildings remain. CUCHILLO A few buildings remain. The San José Church is still active, and an abandoned dance hall stands next door. GOLD DUST Two structures remain. LAKE VALLEY BLM operated. Walking tours are available, and the schoolhouse is open to the public. A chapel, some old homes and railroad buildings still stand.


KELLY The church and minehead remain. The headframe of the mine was designed by Gustav Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Obtain visitor’s pass at the rock shop nearby. SAN ANTONIO The Hilton section is just south of the present-day town. The old post office, another deserted building and ruins remain.


SAN ALBINO CHURCH Originally built around 1600, this beautiful church still holds mass today.


SILVER CITY MUSEUM The museum is housed in the former H.B. Ailman residence, one of the city’s first houses and later its fire station.


LUNA COUNTY COURTHOUSE Located in Deming and still in use, the Luna County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Deming is home to numerous historic buildings, which can be viewed on a walking tour of the city. Inquire at the Visitor Center.


THE PIONEER STORE Located in Chloride, it is on the State List of Historic Buildings and is now a museum.


THE CAPITOL BAR Built on Socorro’s plaza in 1896, it also doubled for a time as a courtroom and jail.




from top, left to right: The mining ghost town of Mogollon northeast of Glenwood was a major gold mining boomtown. Many buildings from the mining era still stand in Chloride west of Truth or Consequences.Old bottles are part of the railroad ghost town collections found at Steins west of Lordsburg. Military re-enactors are popular at Fort Bayard Days near Silver City. The walls of Fort Selden north of Las Cruces line up like a column of the Buffalo Soldiers who courageously sought to bring peace between Indians and settlers. The Capitol Bar is one of the historic buildings surrounding the plaza in Socorro.




Reserve/Glenwood 1 Reserve (C2) 2 Quemado (A2) 3 Pie Town (A3) 4 Plains of San Agustin/Datil (B3-B4) 5 Glenwood (D1) 6 Glenwood Hatchery (D1) 7 The Catwalk (D1) 8 San Francisco Hot Springs (D1) 9 Mogollon (C1) 10 Snow Lake (C2) 11 Gila Wilderness (D2-D3) 12 Outer Loop (C1-D3) a Cooney’s Tomb (C1) b Clairmont (C1) c Frisco (C1)




Socorro 13 Very Large Array Telescopes (B4) 14 Magdalena/Kelly (B5) 15 Langmuir Lightning Res. Lab (B5) 16 Magdalena Ridge Observatory (B5) 17 Socorro Plaza Historic District (B6) 18 NM Tech/Mineral Museum (B6) 19 Quebradas Back Country Byway (A4) 20 Owl Cafe (B6) 21 Bosque del Apache Refuge (B6-C6 22 Sevilleta Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge (A5-6) 23 La Joya State Game Refuge (A6) d Ft. Craig National Historic Site (C5) e Riley (A5) f Rosedale (B4) g San Antonio (B5) h San Marcial (C5) i Historic Capitol Bar (B5)




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Silver City 24 Historic Downtown Silver City (E3) 25 Silver City Museum (E3) 26 WNMU Museum (E3) 27 Royal Scepter Mineral Museum (E3) 28 Pinos Altos (E3) 29 Santa Rita del Cobre Fort (E3) 30 Trail of Mtn. Spirits S. Byway (D3-E3) 31 Gila National Forest (C2-E4) 32 Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat’l. Mon. (D3) 33 Lake Roberts/Mimbres River (D3) 34 Mine Tours & Old Mines (E3) 35 Fort Bayard (E3) 36 City of Rocks State Park (E3) 37 Outer Loop Drive (C1-D3) j Fort Webster (E3) k Royal John (E4) l Fiero (E3) Truth or Consequences 38 T or C Hot Baths (D5) 39 Geronimo Stprings Museum (D5) 40 Rio Grande (D5) 41 Elephant Butte Dam (D5) 42 Elephant Butte Lake St. Park (C5-D5) 43 Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway (C4-E4) 44 Monticello/Placita (C3) 45 Pecan & Candy Shop - Cuchillo (D4) 46 Cuchillo Bar & Museum (D5) 47 Winston (C4) 48 Chloride (C4) 49 Caballo Lake State Park (D5-E5) 50 Lake Valley Bk Ctry Byway (D4-E4) A Lake Valley (E4) 51 Hillsboro (E4) 52 Kingston (E4) m Gold Dust (D4) n Grafton (C4) o Pioneer Store Museum (D4) p Auto Museum (D5) q Percha Dam/Campground (E5) r Verterans Mem. Park/Museum (D5) s Engle (D5) Lordsburg 53 Steins Ghost Town (F1) 54 Shakespeare Ghost Town (F2) 55 Lordsburg Museum (F2) 56 Virden (E1) 57 Gila River (C3-E1) 58 Redrock State Wildlife Area (E1) 59 Gila National Forest (E2) 60 Cave Creek (G1) 61 Portal (G1) 62 Rodeo (G1) 63 Animas (G1) 64 Hatchita (G2) 65 Antelope Wells (H2) t Cloverdale (G1) u Granite Gap (G1)



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St. Clair Winery (F4) Geolapidary Museum (F4) Mimbres-Paquime Tour (E3-H2) Pancho Villa State Park (G4) Columbus/Museum (G4) Palomas (G4) Fort Cummings (F4)

w Historic Luna Co. Courthouse (F4) Las Cruces 78 Old Mesilla (F6) 79 NM Farm-Ranch Museum (F6) 80 Gadsden Museum (F6) 81 Branigan Cultural Center (F6)

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New Mexico State University (F6) Natural History Museum (F6) Bataan Death March Memorial (F6) Dripping Springs (F6) Stahmann Farms (F6) White Sands MIssile Range Museum (F6) White Sands Nat’l. Monument (E7)

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Ft. Selden State Monument (E5) Leasburg Dam State Park (E5) War Eagles Air Museum (G6) San Albino Church/Old Mesilla (F6) Aguirre Springs Nat. Recreation Area (F6) Chamberino (F6)






A permanent Vietnam Memorial Wall has been erected in Truth or Consequences to honor those who gave their lives for their country. 505-894-6600.




Twenty-seven dish-shaped antennas are spread across three 13-mile legs, one of which crosses US 60 between Socorro and Reserve. A visitor center explains the mission of the project sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. 505-388-8201.


New Mexico’s largest lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Land lubbers can find hiking trails, great birding, and year-round events. History buffs will love the views of the 1916 dam and historic district at Dam Site Recreation Area. 505-744-5421.


A city of giant monoliths protruding unexpectedly from the desert floor is located halfway between Deming and Silver City, 5 miles east of US 180. The park has a visitor center, hiking trails, and a night sky observatory. Call for the observatory schedule. 505-536-2800.

ROCKHOUND STATE PARK AGAINST A BACKDROP OF THE GHOST TOWNS AND RUINS OF FORTS from another time, an assortment of other adventures awaits visitors to Old West Country. The differences in the extremes of climate, flora and fauna here are no less diverse than those of the human experience, rooted in history while reaching for the stars. A multitude of recreational opportunities abounds in the Elephant Butte Lake State Park area. The lake offers jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, windsailing, scuba and fishing opportunities. There are miles of beaches for cookouts and the nearby town of Truth or Consequences features hot mineral baths for soothing one’s aches and pains. The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers first-hand insight into an ancient native culture that began moving from the valley floor into walled caves for protection just before disappearing altogether. The monument lies in the middle of a massive mountain region offering wilderness pack trips, camping, mineral baths, hiking and extraordinary vistas. The Very Large Array Radio Telescopes, as seen in the movie Contact, consists of 27 dish-shaped antennas spread along three 13-mile legs on the remote Plains of San Agustin. They act as a single antenna focusing on radio waves from deep space. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum displays a history of the state’s farming and ranching activities from ancient Anasazi practices to modern mechanization. Demonstrations are given with actual farm animals. The Catwalk National Recreation Trail begins with a series of steel walkways clinging to narrow canyon cliffs and bridging the tops of boulders. They are reminiscent of the catwalk that transported gold ore from an upstream mine. A large picnic area lies beneath cottonwoods and sycamores at the mouth of the canyon.

Rock specimens scattered across the slopes of the Florida Mountains simply offer a great excuse to explore the area. Rockhounds meet regularly in the area southeast of Deming for demonstrations, sales and trading. 505-546-6782.


Walkways suspended from narrow canyon walls are the beginnings of a trail that works its way into the Gila Wilderness. The trailhead and picnic grounds beneath large cottonwood and sycamore trees are five miles east of US 180 at Glenwood. 505-538-2801.


Follow the “Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway” two hours north from Silver City along NM 15 or NM 35 to the national monument visitor center. Printed matter and a movie provide information about the 13th century inhabitants of this pristine area. The Cliff Dwellings are accessible by a short, well-maintained trail. 505-536-9344.


A large and intriguing display of farm and ranch implements from the early Anasazi to modern times. See live milking demonstrations and special presentations. 505-522-4100.


New Mexico’s lifeline meanders through the Old West communities of Socorro, Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces. It contributed water and food for early travelers and traders along El Camino Real and now supports industry, agriculture, recreation and individual needs for New Mexico’s central corridor. Visit the El Camino Real International Heritage Center off I-25 at exit 115.


A picturesque and historic Mexican/Old West plaza is surrounded by a stately church and 1800s buildings filled with fabulous shopping and dining opportunities. Additional shopping plazas with a charm all their own are continuing to expand along Avenida de Mesilla. 505524-3262

FORT SELDEN counterclockwise from top, left: The Very Large Array west of Socorro is a collection of movable radio telescopes computer-coordinated to act as a single unit. The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument above Silver City is the remains of a twenty-year phase in the ancient Mogollon Culture. The old brick structures stir the hearts and imaginations of Mesilla’s visitors. A rousing sculpture in Palomas, Mexico, depicts revolutionary General Poncho Villa, who carried out a raid on Columbus, New Mexico. The Catwalk National Recreation Trail clings to narrow canyon walls before climbing deep into the Gila Wilderness east of Glenwood. Elephant Butte Lake State Park near Truth or Consequences provides a host of warm water recreational opportunities. Fort Craig between Socorro and Truth or Consequences was involved in a Civil War episode. City of Rocks State Park between Deming and Silver City is a unique formation of huge monoliths. The visitor center for Rockhound and Spring Canyon State Parks east of Deming provides information for enjoying the Florida Mountains. A solemn flag display guards the Vietnam War Memorial at Truth or Consequences.

An 1800s cavalry fort that was utilized by the Buffalo Soldiers. A year-round visitor center and living history demonstrations on weekends May through September. Nineteenth century military encampments second Saturdays monthly year-round. 505-526-8911


The largest and highest grassland in North America. 866-854-3217.

THE CIBOLA NAT’L. FOREST–MAGDALENA DIST. Made up of the largest collection of historic ranchlands in New Mexico. 505-854-2281.




Socorro THERE IS NO QUESTION OF THE SOCORRO AREA’S PLACE IN HISTORY. Located along the original El Camino Real, the “Royal Road” from Mexico City to Santa Fe, Socorro has been welcoming weary travelers for hundreds of years. Today, the new El Camino Real International Heritage Center 30 miles to the south honors that tradition. Nearby stand the ruins of Fort Craig, one of the largest frontier forts in the west. That adobe-walled outpost withstood an attack by General Sibley’s Confederate troops during the Civil War and protected the valley until 1885. Just west of Socorro near Magdelena, the Kelly Mine produced nearly $60 million in gold, lead, zinc and copper in the 1800s. A few miles to the south is San Antonio, the 1880s site of the first Hilton Hotel. Near Socorro’s historic central Plaza Scenic Byway rise the towers of San Miguel Mission, originally built around the turn of the 17th century. At the eastern edge of the county, the excavated ruins of the historic pueblo trade center that the Spanish called Gran Quivira comprise part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Amid these many trappings of the past, however, Socorro is also a community committed to the technology of the future. 52 miles west of town, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory operates the Very Large Array, a huge composite radio telescope that captures radio waves from the far reaches of the universe. The VLA complex consists of 27 dishshaped antennas, each 82 feet in diameter and weighing 230 tons. The antennas are arranged on tracks along three 13-mile legs on the high Plains of San Agustin.

“Amid trappings of the past, committed to the technology of the future”



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Fort Craig was home to over 2000 soldiers during the late 1800s. Initially built as a deterrent to Indian raids, it also played a role in the Union’s efforts to stop the westward push of the Confederate Army. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the site includes a small museum. opposite: The high-tech community of Socorro has chosen to preserve many of its historic buildings through the efforts of local business, parish and government entities. Efforts continue for salvaging this warehouse, a Socorro landmark for Interstate 25 travelers.


25-26 Battles of Socorro, Civil War Re-enactment, (505) 835-2530 Jun 5-10 Socorro Springs Open Golf Tournament, NM Tech Golf Course (505) 835-5335 Sep 9 4th Annual Socorro Fest Micro-Brew and Wine Festival, HistoricPlaza (505) 835-8927 19-23 13th Annual Enchanted Skies Star Party, NM Tech Observatory, (505) 835-8927 Nov 15-20 19th Annual Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache Refuge, (505) 835-2077 For more information on any of the above events please call the Socorro Visitor Center at (505) 835-8927 or visit

ATTRACTIONS Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor center, auto tour, hiking and year-round birding. 16 miles south of Socorro. 838-2120. Cibola National Forest – Magdalena District. Made up of the largest collection of historic ranchlands in New Mexico. 854-2281 Old Kelly Mine. Mine ruins and many wonderful specimens for rockhounds. 3 miles south of Magdalena. 866-854-3217 Mineralogical Museum. More than 9,500 mineral specimens. Fossils. 835-5420. NM Institute of Mining and Technology. 801 Leroy Pl. 1-800-428-8324 N.M. Performing Arts Series. Call for schedule. 835-5688. Plains of San Agustin. The largest and highest grasslands in North America. 866-854-3217 Trinity Site. Site of world’s first atomic bomb explosion. Open twice a year; the first Saturday in April and October. 479-6124 The Boxcar Museum. Local history, artifacts of Wild West, mining, cattle drives, circa 1885-1930. Located next to AT&SF Railroad Depot. 108 N. Main St. 505-854-2261 Very Large Array National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Visitor center, self-guided tours, world’s largest radio-telescope array on the Plains of San Augustin. 835-7000. www.nrao.ed

LOCATION Socorro is located at the junction of 1-25 and US60. Nearby is Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Magdalena is 27 miles west of Socorro on US60. TOUR ROUTE Travel 108 miles west on US60 through Magdalena and the VLA to Quemado; 41 miles south on NM32 past Quemado Lake to Apache Creek; 12 miles west on NM12 to Reserve. OR: Travel south 72 miles on I-25 to Truth or Consequences. MORE INFORMATION Socorro Visitor Center (505) 835-8927

• Wildlife Sanctuaries • Ancient Ruins & Historical Sites • Scientific Research & Education • Art Galleries & Performance Arts • Technological Advancements • New Mexico’s Best Green Chili • One of New Mexico’s Best Public Golf Courses

Socorro Visitor Center 505-835-8927

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SOCORRO COUNTY Back in Socorro the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, better known as New Mexico Tech, is a respected university specializing in science and engineering education and research. Its free Mineral Museum contains one of the finest mineral collections in the world, with 15,000 different specimens. The campus even has an observatory and an 18-hole golf course named “one of the 10 best public courses in New Mexico” by Golf Digest magazine. Ten miles down river, the 57,000-acre Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge draws thousands of visitors each season in late Fall to observe migratory waterfowl. Bald eagles, snow geese and sandhill cranes are among the 377 identified species observed and filmed from unobtrusive decks along the edges of shallow marshlands. A 12-mile auto tour loop and nature trails one to nine miles in length offer fantastic wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. The annual Festival of the Cranes, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, is a world-famous event. The Bosque Nature Store – a bookstore and gift shop – is open year-round. Nearby San Antonio has restaurants, B&Bs and an RV park. The arts in the Socorro area are well represented by the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series at Macey Center Theater, the Socorro Community Theater, the London Frontier Theatre Company in Magdelena, Socorro County Arts, the Magdalena Area Arts Council and numerous individual artists and galleries. The Fullingim, Isenhour & Leard Galleries is an artist-owned enterprise where visitors can talk with the artists whose work is on display. Outdoor recreation destinations around Socorro include Box Canyon, Escondida Lake Park, San Lorenzo Canyon, Water Canyon Campground and the Quebradas Backcountry Scenic Byway.

SUNDANCE GIFTS A unique selection of gifts for all reasons and seasons. • Native American and Native New Mexican Arts & Crafts • Mexican Arts & Crafts • Pottery & Ceramic Art • Desert Garden Chile & Spices • Indian Jewelry & Custom Jewelry Mon.-Sat. 9am-5:30pm • (505)

118 Historic Plaza

835-2498 Socorro, NM


MAGDALENA… jumping off point to the most remote region in the Land of Enchantment… the high country of New Mexico. • London Frontier Theatre Company • Biannual Arts Festivals & Gallery Walks • Cibola National Forest • Boxcar Museum • Livestock Driveway • Kelly Mine

Magdalena Chamber of Commerce 866-854-3217 •

Socorro County Chamber of Commerce Your Source for Visitor, Relocation and Business Information. 101 Plaza • Socorro NM 87801 505-835-0424 • Fax: 505-835-9744 OWT14



MAGDALENA In the 1800s the Village of Magdalena was a bustling railhead built for shipping mineral ore from the rich Kelly Mine and cattle that came over the Magdalena Stock Driveway, a trail that ran 125 miles to eastern Arizona. As times changed the Village declined in the early 20th century. With an

right: The high-tech communities of Socorro County have chosen to preserve many of their early Spanish and historic Old West buildings such as this Socorro structure.

estimated population of 1,000 today, the community is beginning to flourish again. 27 miles west of Socorro and some 2,000 feet higher in elevation, it is a gateway to the Cibola National Forest and offers lodging, services, galleries and a variety of local businesses.

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Truth or Consequences “Soothing mineral baths, a revitalized downtown area and a

growing arts community attract newcomers from around the country.”

LOCATED ON THE MIGHTY RIO GRANDE, THE PLACE NOW CALLED TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES has been known for its warm mineral springs for as long as humans have inhabited Old West Country. Geronimo himself is said to have bathed in the healing waters here, thus lending his name to the present-day Geronimo Springs Museum. A cluster of deep matates, or corn grinding holes, at Ralph Edwards Riverside Park is evidence of the Native American’s long-term presence. The original community here was called Las Palomas or Palomas Springs for the doves that favored the cottonwood trees along the river. In the 1800s early white settlers learned of the healthful properties of the mineral springs. After the Civil War the U.S. Army built forts nearby. The town was renamed Hot Springs in 1923, and its reputation as a destination for healing caused it to boom in the ‘20s and ‘30s. In 1950 Hot Springs gained national attention when it voted to change its name in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Ralph Edwards radio show Truth or Consequences. Today the downtown area has been revitalized, and the town’s growing arts community attracts newcomers from around the country. Open yearround, full-service bathhouses combine the relaxing and healing attributes of the hot mineral water with a full gamut of related services. Several of the lodges include mineral baths with the cost of the room. An important landmark is The Wall That Heals, a permanently erected 240-foot-long replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that stands in our nation’s capitol. It is installed on the grounds of the New Mexico Veterans Center overlooking the Rio Grande. There is public access throughout the county for biking, hiking, 4-wheeling, motorcross, rock hounding, and birding. left: Enhancing its Old Take a short drive on highway 51 to the east West heritage, several to visit the old railroad town of Engle. Once a Truth or Consequences bustling railhead, it is a ghost town today with businesses along Main only a few people and two buildings remaining. Street have returned to To the west, enjoy easy access to the nearby Black 1800s frontages. Range in the vast Gila National Forest, with its above: Remains of the splendid variety of wildlife, tall trees, volcanic courthouse in Hillsboro rock formations and clear mountain streams. The exemplify the area offers scenic byways, the quaint village of architecture of Hillsboro and the ghost towns of Kingston, late1800s mining Lake Valley, Chloride and Winston. communities.






Fiesta & Rodeo, Truth or Consequences (505) 740-0315 Sep 1-3 Hillsboro Apple Fest, Hillsboro (505) 895-5636 9-10 Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta, Drag Boat Races and Sky Divers (505) 744-4708 Sep 22, 23, 25 Destination Sierra County (505) 894-2739 Dec 9 Beachwalk Luminaria & Floating Light Parade, Elephant Butte (505) 744-4708

ATTRACTIONS Black Range Ranger District. Camping, hiking, picnicking. (505) 894-6677 Caballo Lake State Park. Boat launch sites, campsites, picnicking and visitor center. (505) 743-3942 Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Campsites, visitor center, water sports and trails. (505) 744-5421 Geronimo Springs Museum. Area history, pottery collections and minerals. 211 Main St. (505) 894-6600 San Felipe Winery. (505) 843-8171 T or C Hot Springs. Indoor tubs, bath houses and saunas. (505) 894-6600

LOCATION Truth or Consequences is located on I-25 by Elephant Butte Lake State Park in the hot springs region of the Rio Grande. Elephant Butte is 5 miles north. TOUR ROUTE On I-25, travel 72 miles north to Socorro or 75 miles south to Las Cruces. MORE INFORMATION Truth or Consequences/Sierra County Chamber of Commerce (505) 894-3536 Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce (505) 744-4708 Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway Visitor’s Center (505) 894-1968 or 1-800-831-9487

PLAZA REALTY Providing the finest real estate brokerage services since 1978; “When Only The Best Will Do” is our motto. We know Sierra County! Call us first! 216 Warm Springs Blvd. P.O. Box 985, Elephant Butte



505.744.4960 Bus. 505.744.4999 Fax 505.740.1487 Cell 509 Hwy.195, P.O. Box 1083 • Elephant Butte, NM 87935 Each Office is Independently Owned & Operated.

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City of Elephant Butte “The entrance to Elephant Butte Lake

State Park, a

virtual angler’s paradise, is just east of the city.”

WATER-SKIING, WIND SURFING, SCUBA DIVING, FISHING…THE LIST OF WATER sports and activities goes on and on for the City of Elephant Butte. The entrance to Elephant Butte Lake State Park is adjacent the city of Elephant Butte. The park has a visitors center and offers numerous campsites including over 100 with hookups, plus swimming beaches, picnic grills, boating, three marinas and boat rentals of all kinds, nature trails and more. Other activities include sailing, parasailing and jet skiing. A virtual angler’s paradise, the 45-mile-long lake contains trophy-size bass, northern pike, catfish, sunfish, crappie, perch, walleye and some rainbow trout. Fishing guides are available to show visitors how to catch largemouth bass weighing up to nine pounds or even how to take on a 20-pound striped bass. It all began in 1911 with the start of construction on the Elephant Butte Dam, named for a nearby extinct volcanic cinder cone that is an island in the lake today. The dam was built to control downstream


The damming of the Rio Grande to form Elephant Butte Lake in 1916 created the state’s largest recreation site. An endless array of water sports and picnicking opportunities attract visitors year-round.



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flooding in the farming communities of the Rio Grande and to release water for irrigation as needed. At the time of its completion in 1916 it was the largest man-made dam in the world. 306 feet

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water impoundment in the United –

States – over 2 million acre-feet, or enough water to cover 4000 square miles one foot deep. The Dam Site area is a designated Historic District built from native rock. Then return again to the warm lights and hospitality of the City of Elephant Butte for restaurants, lounges, motels, RV parks, shopping and golf, with a new 18-hole championship golf course slated to open in late 2006.

PLAZA REALTY Providing the finest real estate brokerage services since 1978. “When Only The Best Will Do” is our motto. We know Sierra County! Call us first! 216 Warm Springs Blvd. / P.O. Box 985

Elephant Butte, N.M. 87935 1-800-744-5140 • Hodges Corner Restaurant We specialize in home style cooking. Ray Hodges & Staff Welcome You. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Open 7 days, daily buffets, Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet. Mexican and American food. To go orders. 505-744-5626 • 915 Hwy. 195, Elephant Butte, N.M. 87935 ELEPHANT BUTTE



Reserve, Datil & Quemado


According to a local historian, The Sacred Heart Church of Quemado was built in the late 1940s or early 1950s. This Catholic Church was built on a site previously occupied by an older church that sat for as long as one can remember.

THE LOCATIONS OF THE TOWNS OF RESERVE, DATIL AND QUEMADO FORM A scenic triangle in the heart of Catron County, the largest and most sparsely county in New Mexico – and a sportsmen’s paradise. Deeply infused with colorful Old West history, the region is a gateway to the Gila, Apache and Cibola National Forests, and the Gila and Blue Range Wildernesses. Geronimo and Billy the Kid frequented the area in the 1800s, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid worked on a local ranch when they were laying low. Besides these historic figures shared by other places, Catron County was host to figures and events that were unique and legendary even in Old West Country. In a hut of mud and wood in Frisco – where Reserve stands today – one such legend began in 1884. This was said to be the location of the famous 33-hour shootout between 19-year-old selfappointed lawman Elfego Baca and an estimated 80 Texas cowboys who had been harassing the townspeople. Over 4,000 rounds of ammunition were fired at Baca, who killed at least one of his attackers and wounded several more before emerging from the ordeal uninjured. A statue of Baca is set for unveiling at the Elfego Baca Festival in Reserve in October, 2006. A museum to be built at the site of the shootout is in the design stages. Did we mention the Great Outdoors? Not only are the hunting, fishing, hiking and camping great in Catron County, but the Enchanted Tower rock formation near Datil enjoys a growing

“Deeply infused with colorful Old West history region is a gateway to forests and wildernesses.”

Photo by Lif Strand

, the



Reserve and Quemado RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Hidden Springs Inn • Little Adobe Cafe favorable reputation among rock climbers. You can stay at the Datil Well National Recreation Area, with 22 campsites, a group shelter and three miles of hiking trails. Datil is northeast of Reserve on State Highway 12. Traveling west of Datil on US 60 brings visitors to Quemado and the 800-acre Quemado Lake Recreation Area. The recreation area features a 151-acre fishing lake with universally accessible fishing piers, boat ramps, campgrounds and links to more than seven miles of hiking trails. The lake offers year-round trout fishing and channel catfish and small-mouth bass in summer. Boats are restricted to oars or electric motors.

Understated Luxury.

Just outside the White Mountians, surrounded by the Gila National Forest. Bakery and Cafe on premises serving New Mexico continental fare, featuring our exquisite baked goods. HC 62 Box 2-8 • Reserve, NM 87830 • 505-533-6146 Fax - 505-533-6404 •

United Country American West Properties, Inc. We specialize in offering a variety of the finest properties

available in Western New Mexico, from Hunting and Agricultural properties to Homes, Mountain Cabins and Forest In Holdings. Let us show you why New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. P.O. Box 99 • Datil, NM 87821 • Office: 505-772-5333 •

Frisco Stables Art – Antiques – Collectibles.

Unique gift items, something for everyone. Fantastic Hispanic Art by well know local artist Jose Andres Giron. P.O. Box 545 • Reserve, NM 87830 505-533-6968 •

Black Gold Emporium More than your typical convenience store. Fine Art & Jewelry – Crafts – Natural

Foods. Eclectic-Diverse Selection. FINEST COFFEE IN 100 MILES. CATRON COUNTY EVENTS

P.O. Box 569 • Reserve, NM 87830 • 505-533-6538

March TBA Dutch Oven Cook Off, Glenwood Park (505) 539-2321 May TBA Glenwood Park Barrel Race and Pot Blessing (505) 539-2321 July 4 July 4th Celebrations in Glenwood (505) 539-2711, Quemado & Reserve (505) 533-6968 TBA Frisco Cowbells’ Annual BBQ, Glenwood (505) 539-2711 TBA Luna Pioneer Days and Rodeo (505) 533-6968 Aug TBA Catron County Fair and Rodeo. Reserve (505) 533-6968 Sep TBA Pie Town Pie Pestival (505) 533-6968 Oct TBA Elfego Baca Festival. Reserve (505) 533-6968

Uncle Bills


Alma. Ghost town 7 miles north of Glenwood. The Catwalk. Trail over suspended bridges in White Water Canyon. 5 miles east of Glenwood. 539-2711 Clairmont. Ghost town 19 miles northeast of Glenwood. 533-6922 Mogollon. Ghost town 13 miles northeast of Glenwood. Snow Lake. In the Gila National Forest. Camping and fishing. 47 miles northeast of Glenwood. WS Cemetery. WS Ranch B & B, Alma, 7 miles north of Glenwood. 539-2513 Cooney’s Tomb. Alma, 7 miles north of Glenwood. Quemado Lake. Camping and fishing, 11 miles south of Quemado.

LOCATION Datil and Datil Well are located at the junction of US60 and NM12. Quemado is located at the junction of US60 and NM32 near Quemado Lake. Reserve is located on NM12 along the San Francisco River. TOUR Travel 36 miles south on NM12 and US180 from Reserve to Glenwood, MORE INFORMATION Catron County Chamber (505) 533-6116

True Old West bar with character. The funnest place in Catron County, 3rd

generation owned and was established during prohibition. P.O. Box 426 • Reserve, NM 87830 • 505-533-6369

Henry’s Corner In the heart of Reserve – Gifts

Elfego Baca Memorabilia

• Espresso Coffee • Soft & Dip Ice Cream Wireless Internet Soon • Hours: 7am - 9pm.

P.O. Box 595 • Reserve, NM 87830 • 505-533-6488

Apache RV Park Hunting, fishing and lots of outdoor enjoyment. Located 9 miles north of Reserve in the heart of elk country. Shower, laundry, propane and pull through spaces. HC 62, Box 650 A • Reserve, NM 87830 505-533-6166 •

Quemado Land & Cattle Company

Specializing in Recreational & Mountain Vacation Home Sites with utilities in a gated master planned community. Deed restricted, world class hunting & fishing. Owner financing available. • P.O. Box 188 • Quemado, NM 87829 • 505-773-4590 •

Hitching Post Land Co. High Country Land Specialists. Your source for mountain land from 5 acres to larger ranches. Homes & cabins also available. • NE Corner of Highways 60 & 36 P.O. Box 502•Quemado, NM 87829 • 505-773-4200 • 888-812-5830 Toll Free email: • website:

Unlimited Enterprise Mike Ritter

Licensed and Bonded # 05499. General contractor Specializing in meeting all of your residential construction needs. 505-773- 4991 • email: • Photo by Gary Edwards

Reserve – Catron County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 415 • Reserve, New Mexico 87830 • 505-533-6968

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above: Hand-painted clock at the entrance of town commemorating the last mining shift in 1942. above right, from top: Gazebo view of The Queen, Mogollon cemetery, powder house, Bursum Rd. (NM159), authentic stage stop along side the movie set for “My Name is Nobody” starring Henry Fonda (1973) opposite, top: Mogollon museum opposite, center: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church (currently under renovation) photographs: Courtesy Mogollon Enterprises by Pakaáge



MOGOLLON (pronounced Muggy-own) and the surrounding mountains were named for a Spanish colonial governor of New Mexico in the early 1700’s. In 1874, gold and silver were discovered in this area by Sgt. James Cooney in adjacent Mineral Creek. Shortly thereafter, John Eberle made similar discoveries in Silver Creek canyon and built a cabin which was the start of Mogollon in 1876. It grew into a very prosperous mining town because of the prolific Little Fannie mine which later closed in 1942 due to the fall of ore prices during WWll. Subsequently, Mogollon was deserted and the township became a “ghost town”. Mogollon had a brief resurgence in the 1960’s with a famous artist colony (Bill Rakocy, Johnnie Archer, Chet Kwiecinske, and Peter Hurd among many others) that has since faded. Now, Mogollon is alive with 18 year-round residents who have organized a volunteer fire


ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Unique Gift Items Books, Old Indian Pawn Jewelry, Mining Implements, Depression Era Glass, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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Galloping Gourds

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ATTRACTIONS Businesses are open May - October (depending on the weather) Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday holidays from 9:00/10:00am - 5:00pm.

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department. There are several seasonal businesses (see opposite page), a privately operated museum and cemetery archives, and an historic theater and church undergoing renovation. Mogollon is located on state highway NM 159 off US 180, junction about three miles north of Glenwood. There is a scenic mountainous climb of about 3,000 ft. over 8.5 miles to Mogollon (town elevation approx. 7,000 ft). Beyond Mogollon, the highway is not paved but is the entrance to a very primitive and beautiful wilderness. Many scenic hiking trails, diverse fauna and flora, and nine species of hummingbirds can be found in the immediate area as well as magnificent dark skies for stargazing. Located in Catron County, NM, one of the least densely populated areas in the continental U.S., Mogollon is approximately equidistant (250 miles) from El Paso, TX, Tucson AZ, and Albuquerque, NM.

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Glenwood is the activities hub on the western edge of the rugged Gila Wilderness area. The Catwalk and Mogollon ghost town are in close proximity. Above Alma, the tomb of gold prospector James Cooney, killed in 1880 by Apaches is a reminder of the hardships faced by early settlers.

“A haven for hikers, birders, anglers and sightseers.”

WHITE WATER MOTEL Relax & Enjoy vacationing at our retreat in the heart of Glenwood. Surrounded by rugged mountains & forests. Dish Network-Air Conditioning Fantastic Views - Spacious Backyard 505-539-2581 P.O. Box 158 Glenwood, NM 88039 GLENWOOD REALTY Ranches - Farms - Residential Commercial. An experienced team for all your Real Estate needs. Darrel Allred, Qualifying Broker. Misty Riegel, Associate Broker. P.O. Box 38 • Glenwood, NM 88039 505-539-2711 • Fax: 505-539-2722 ALMA GRILL Open Daily, 6am-3pm. Breakfast served all day! Serving Mexican & American dishes. See our collection of antique photos and western memorabelia. 505-539-CAFE (2233) HC 61 Box 169 • Alma, NM 88039 UDDER DELIGHT Natural goat milk soaps, lotions and more! Come see where we make and dry our udderly delightful goat milk soaps! Open Tuesday - Saturday 9-5.

THE TOWN OF GRAHAM, ONCE LOCATED JUST EAST OF PRESENT-DAY Glenwood, is gone now. A few ruins remain of the mill built there in 1893 to process gold and silver ore, but visitors today still traverse a feat of engineering it left behind. The Whitewater Canyon National Forest Recreation Area is home to the Catwalk, a manmade trail bolted to the rocky sides of the canyon above Whitewater Creek. Retracing the path of a pipeline that carried water to the old mill, today’s Catwalk features a modern, universally accessible trail with metal walkways. The entire area is a haven for hikers, birders, anglers and sightseers. The half-million acre Glenwood Ranger District offers 322 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy sweeping views of the Mogollon Mountains from Aldo Leopold Vista. Visit the Glenwood State Trout Hatchery with its picnic area and fishing pond, and relax in the hospitality of local restaurants and lodgings following your outdoor adventures. OWT24


LOCATION Glenwood straddles US180 on the western edge of the Gila Wilderness near the junction of Whitewater Creek and the San Francisco River. TOUR Travel 33 miles south on US 180 through Buckhorn to Cliff and Gila OR 35 miles north on US180 and NM12 to Reserve. MORE INFORMATION Glenwood Chamber of Commerce (505)539-2711

5121 Highway. 180 • P.O. Box 268 Glenwood, NM 88039 • 505-539-2060 1-877-833-3740 • BLUE FRONT CAFE & GLENWOOD RV PARK Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Mogollon Mountains. Gateway to the Gila Wilderness. P.O. Box 166, Glenwood, NM •505-539-2324 Email: THE WS RANCH BED & BREAKFAST Established in 1881 this historic ranch in Alma, NM now welcomes guests & horses. Experience frontier history & tradition. Unwind in rustic yet elegant bunkhouse accomodations. HC 61 Box 170•Glenwood, NM•505-539-2513 GLENWOOD AREA

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Glenwood, New Mexico, “A Place You Will Never Forget” Home of the Catwalk in the Heart of the Gila. Outdoor activities for everyone. Affordable lodging & dining. Come Experience Our Scenic & Friendly Small Town! 505-539-2711•


WINSTON Originally called Fairview, the silver mining town of Winston was settled in 1881 by miners who preferred its beautiful valley to nearby Chloride.By 1884 it was home to more than 3,000 people. A small population and several original buildings remain today.


Photo bu Keith LeMay

Chloride was established in 1879 after silver chloride ore was discovered nearby. A few old buildings are presently undergoing restoration, and the Pioneer Store has been turned into a world-class museum. The 200-year-old “Hanging Tree” still grows on the main street.

LAKE VALLEY Located south of Hillsboro on NM 27, Lake Valley was the site of the discovery of the legendary Bridal Chamber, a deposit of silver so pure that the metal was shipped straight to the mint without being refined by smelting. Easily included on your trip are other mining towns including Fierro to the south and Mogollon to the north.

FIERRO Named after the Spanish word for iron, Fierro’s mining activity centered around copper, iron and zinc beginning around 1841 with a copper mine established by a German immigrant. The mine site was raided by Confederate troops during the Civil War.

MOGOLLON Photo courtesy Geronimo Springs Museum

This former gold and silver mining town stands at the northern edge of the Gila Wilderness. In its heyday, the precious metal bullion was hauled to Silver City by mule teams. Ore quality began to dwindle after World War I.

PINOS ALTOS Originally named Birchville after a miner, the gold mining town of Pinos Altos is located northeast of Silver City. Well into the 20th century, its general store accepted gold dust as well as cash in payment for merchandise and commodities. Rowdy mining camps were scattered throughout Old West Country during the late 1800s. Picturesque settings provide exciting day-trips or weekend getaways. clockwize from top: Fierro near Silver City, includes underground mining structures. Lake Valley near Hillsboro offers self-guided tours and a museum. Period architecture can be found at the silver mining villages of Winston and Chloride near Truth or Consequences. A rustic elegance graces the quaint ice cream parlor, museum and melodrama playhouse in Pinos Altos north of Silver City. Mogollon above Glenwood was a major gold-mining camp. Winston, Chloride, and Lake Valley can all be accessed along the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway.




Cliff, Gila and Buckhorn “Rolling grasslands give way to the rugged

BIRDING, FISHING, HIKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING ARE AT their best where the Gila River flows out of the Mogollon Mountains into a fertile farming valley near the villages of Gila, Cliff and Buckhorn. This beautiful, sparsely populated area also contains many secluded areas with panoramic vistas for sightseeing or just relaxing. Government and privately protected riparian areas provide excellent bird and wildlife sanctuaries along the river and adjoining drainages. Casitas de Gila Guesthouses and Art Gallery at Gila is nationally known for providing ideal base lodgings for wilderness adventures. The beautiful 90-acre retreat sits on a bluff overlooking Bear Creek and its secluded canyon full of wildlife. In addition, nearby Bill Evans Lake offers trout fishing and

mountains of the nation’s first

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Escape to our Stress-Free Zone! Perched on a bluff overlooking Bear Creek and the Gila Wilderness, Casitas de Gila Guesthouses makes a perfect base for an exploration of the entire Southwestern New Mexico area.

Rolling grasslands in the Cliff/Buckhorn area abruptly

Hike our 90 acres and nearby Gila Forest trails. Nap in a hammock under the cottonwoods. From the hot tub watch the moon rise above the cliffs. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature all around you.

give way to the rugged mountains encompassed by the nation’s first wilderness area. Deer and antelope still roam the foothills and steal apples from local gardens, indicating that all is well in the natural balance. Rocky

Beautifully appointed 1 and 2 bedroom Guesthouses with full kitchens, kiva fireplaces, porches, bbq grills, picnic tables, continental breakfast … and a delightful art gallery!


Mountain Bighorn sheep have been reintroduced and are seasonally evident in the rugged terrain. Mogollon Vista


has secured a shared riparian area in the middle of its

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and promote the natural attributes of the land. hands at primitive farming in the area.


left: Remnants of early settlers can be found along the rich Gila River farming valley. The Cliff, Gila and Buckhorn area between Silver City and Glenwood provides opportunities for panoramic vistas, horseback riding, birding, wildlife observation, fishing and remote guesthouses.

Specializing in Gila/San Francisco River Valley and Secluded Rural Properties.


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8412 Hwy. 180 W P. O. Box 408 Cliff, NM 88028

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Chuck Wagon Cafe Good home cooking in the oldest building in Cliff. So round up, saddle up and ride on in. Live Music and Dancing.

LOCATION Gila is located on the Gila River at the junction of NM211 and NM153, two miles north of US180. Cliff is located at the junction of the Gila River and US180. Buckhorn straddles US180 on the grasslands below the Mogollon Mountains. TOUR Travel 26 miles south on US180 to Silver City MORE INFORMATION Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce 505538-3785 1-800-548-9378

505.535.4100 8414 Highway 180 West • Cliff, NM 88028

Valley Market When out in the Gila area - no need to go to town! • Full Service Grocery Store • Pizza • Sandwiches • & Hardware

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Silver City “What started as a 19th century mining camp has become a thriving center for recreation and the arts.”

NEAR-PERFECT WEATHER AND A HOST OF OUTDOOR AND cultural attractions make Silver City an excellent destination for both temporary visitors and those considering relocation. What started as a 19th century mining camp has become a thriving center for recreation and the arts, featuring a central business district and a respected university. The community is consistently rated at the top of the nation’s most respected lists for the arts, historic preservation, healthful living and retirement. A Billy the Kid-era cabin donated by movie director Ron Howard from the movie “The Missing” opens the door to the historic right: A Buffalo Soldier downtown district packed full of restaurants, stands guard on the parade galleries, museums, day spas, coffee shops, and grounds of Fort Bayard, a boutiques. The Victorian architecture, chapels National Historic and churches add the final touch to this Landmark, near Silver City. special setting. The black soldiers gained redognition for their peacePerched on the edge of a three million acre keeping efforts. opposite, national forest with over 1500 miles of trails, inset: Elegant homes once recreation is an important element of Silver occupied by army officers City’s lifestyle and certainly its biggest stationed at Fort Bayard tourist attraction. The Gila Cliff continue to be utilized Dwellings National Monument, surtoday by medical facility rounded on three sides by the first wilderpersonnel. opposite: The ness area designated by Congress, offers Silver City Museum not only a glimpse into the ancient occupies one of the many Mogollon culture, but endless opporVictorian homes built tunities for camping, hiking, pack during the area’s first trips, horseback riding, fishing, bikmining boom in the ing or simply a leisurely drive late 1800s.




through magnificent scenic vistas. A monument recognizing the Apache chief Geronimo, who was born at the headwaters of the Gila River, has been erected at the Gila Cliff Dwellings visitor center. The center highlights the prehistoric cultures that inhabited the cliffs and pithouses of the region and provides information on the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area. Over 20 birding areas have been designated in a variety of habitats surrounding Silver City that attract 339 species, including 10 species of hummingbirds. A hummingbird festival is held annually near Lake Roberts. Lake Roberts, Bill Evans Lake and Bear Canyon Lake, the historic village of Pinos Altos, the peaceful Mimbres River Valley, developed and undeveloped hot springs, City of Rocks State Park and the breath-taking Chino open-pit mine are scattered across the immediate area. Ghost towns, rock hounding and the Catwalk National Recreation Trail are within an hour’s radius.




The Tour of the Gila sanctioned 5-day bicycle stage race, Silver City Blues Festival, Weekend at the Galleries, Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo, Fiesta de la Olla and the Red Paint (Warm Springs) Apache Pow Wow make Silver City a major events destination. An array of cultural, sporting and educational functions fills remaining gaps. Ft. Bayard, an 1863 U.S. infantry post just east of Silver City, housed the “Medal of Honor” buffalo soldiers and is now a medical facility with officer’s quarters still in use. The fort has been designated a National Landmark and includes a national cemetery and buffalo soldier statue. Silver City’s four-year Western New Mexico University with master’s programs, continuing education classes, intercollegiate sports and a strong arts program is a powerful contributor to the community. Beginning as a teacher’s college in the late 1800s, its education programs continue to be its primary focus. A great place for urban stress relief, Silver City’s shops, museums and galleries are within walking distance from bed & breakfast facilities, a turn of the century hotel and excellent day spa facilities.

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Mimbres Region Arts Council • Performance Series September thru May • Silver City Blues Festival Memorial Day Weekend • Weekend at the Galleries Columbus Day Weekend • Fiesta de la Olla featuring Juan Quezada - July 1201Pope St. Silver City, NM

The end of the Civil War marked the beginning of a new era in the development of Old West Country. Great cattle drives moved northward from Texas to the railroads and mining activity at Pinos Altos and Santa Rita was on the increase. The U.S. Army ordered the construction of a post near Pinos Altos in order to protect the settlers. Named for Brigadier General George D. Bayard, Fort Bayard was established in 1866 by Company B of the 125th U.S. Colored Infantry. For the following 33 years, soldiers from Fort Bayard pursued hostile Native Americans, Mexican revolutionaries, Anglo outlaws and train robbers, comancheros and rustlers through some of the most arduous and unforgiving terrain on the continent. Hundreds of soldiers stationed at Fort Bayard during those years were African Americans, nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” by the Cheyenne and Comanche. Commanded by white officers, the otherwise all-black units included the 125th Infantry as well as the distinguished 9th Cavalry Regiment, transferred from Texas in 1875/76. During the years 1868 and ’69, troop strength at Fort Bayard numbered 304 black and 131 white soldiers. In all, over 20 members of the all-black 9th and 10th Cavalries were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Proud of their uniforms and professions, the Buffalo Soldiers fought fierce battles, built outposts and forts, strung hundreds of miles of telegraph lines and explored and mapped huge areas, in addition to growing and raising much of their own food. The Buffalo Soldier Memorial at Fort Bayard was dedicated in their memory in 1992. The Buffalo Soldiers also served at other southwest New Mexico forts.

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some forty miles back to the farm he owned with William Milby, Richard Hudson and others. The farm was located near the marshes of La Cienega de San Vicente, where Silver City stands today. La Cienega was an adobe settlement for sheepherders supplying meat to gold miners in Pinos Altos; Bullard and the others had built what were probably the first log cabins in the area. In the nearby hills, the men quickly picked up surface samples that assayed at $60 to the ton in the /palacehotel

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filed on the Legal Tender mine, followed by the and Twin Lode Number 2. By summer miners were swarming into the area, and the “Silver Flat Mining brush huts. The miners wanted a proper town, however. They laid out the townsite on a grid and named it Silver City. The new town soon found it had another local resource besides its namesake metal: a good supply of brick-making clay. Brickyards began operating as early as 1871. Initially used for commercial building, brick became the preferred material for homebuilding as the 1880’s ushered in the Victorian Era, bringing the graceful and eclectic architectural styles still enjoyed in downtown Silver City today.


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Big Ditch Park. Park formed when flood lowered Main St. 55 feet. In town. Fort Bayard. U.S. Infantry post built in 1863. Housed Buffalo Soldiers. 10 miles east of Silver City. Gila National Forest/Silver City Ranger District. 3005 E. Camino del Bosque. 388-8201. Kneeling Nun. Natural monolith resembling a praying nun. 15 miles east of Silver City at Santa Rita copper mine. Mimbres Region Arts Council. Scheduled events held throughout the year. 758-7289. Royal Scepter Mineral Museum. Rock shop, jewelry and gifts. 1805 Little Walnut. 538-9001. San Vicente Art Walks. Self-guided tour. Call for brochure with map showing galleries and studios within walking distance in downtown Silver City. 1-800-548-9378 Silver City Museum. Area history, Indian artifacts, mining exhibits and Victorian furnishings. 312 W. Broadway. 538-5921. Western New Mexico University Museum. Local and natural history including the Eisele Collection of Prehistoric Southwestern Pottery and Artifacts, the world’s largest permanent exhibit of Mimbres pottery. 1000 W. College. 538-6386. Bill Evans Lake. Fishing and primitive camping, 12 miles south of Cliff. Aldo Leopold Vista. Picnic and wilderness interpretive site, 6 miles north of Buckhorn. Turkey Creek. primitive trout stream northeast of Gila. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Cliff dwelling ruins from the 13th century. 44 miles north of Silver City. 536-9461 Lake Roberts. Camping, trout fishing, hummingbird banding, birding and stargazing. 28 miles north of Silver City. 536-3206. 40 miles north of Silver City. Lightfeather Hot Spring. Near Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center. 30 minute walk includes 2 river crossings. 536-9461 Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. Loops north on NM15 to Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat’l. Monument, southeast on NM35, and west on NM152 and US180. Hearst Church. Seasonal museum and art gallery. Built in 1898 with Hearst newspaper empire money. In town. Pinos Altos Melodrama Theater. Adjacent to the Buckhorn Saloon in the Pinos Altos Opera House. Great fun! Original melodramas. Call for seasonal schedule. 388-3848

LOCATION Silver City is at the junction of US180 and NM90. The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is north on NM15. TOUR Travel 44 miles southwest on NM90 and US70 to Lordsburg. MORE INFORMATION Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce 505-538-3785 1-800-548-9378 Mimbres Region Arts Council 505-538-2505 1-888-758-7289

Wind Canyon Estates Located approximately 5 miles west of Silver City on Hwy 180 W. bordering the Gila National Forest, Wind Canyon Estates boasts breath-taking views - some as far away as Arizona. Enjoy the native vegetation of beautiful wildflowers, yucca, and stately piñon, juniper, cedar and oak evergreens. 10 acre parcels priced from low $80’s. Definitely a place to explore!

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below: Geronimo, a determined Apache leader, was born near the headwaters of the Gila River and is recognized by a monument at the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center. opposite: Fort Cobre in Pinos Altos is the replica of an early fort that provided protection for area mining efforts.

THE WINDING BLACK RIBBON OF HIGHWAY CROSSES THE stunning mountains and canyons of Old West Country, past green farming valleys and historic villages. The Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway seems a road through time itself, recalling the ancient civilizations, nomadic Native American tribes, miners and settlers who once called this place home. Starting in the historic mountain village of Pinos Altos on the Continental Divide, the discovery of gold in 1859 created a boomtown. Today, the gold is gone, but the Old West character remains. Memorabilia and artifacts of gun fighters, Apache warriors and the ancient Mimbres culture are displayed in local establishments. A replica of Fort Webster, a log cabin schoolhouse and the old Hearst Church Art Gallery remicent of bygone times. NM15 takes the traveler into the three million acre Gila National Forest, past campgrounds and wilderness vistas to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. A visitor center explains the life of the ancient Mogollon culture that inhabited the area. The nearby Geronimo Monument is dedicated to that Apache warrior, born in the area in 1829. The byway backtracks to picturesque Sapillo Creek on NM 35 and circles around Lake Roberts. Sandstone cliffs, marshes, campgrounds, lodges and an abundance of hiking, photo and birding opportunities create a year-round attraction. Crossing the Continental Divide a second time, the byway

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ore for the Mexican mint. Today, mountains have literally been moved for the red metal. The final stop on US180 to Silver City is Ft. Bayard Hospital. Established in 1863 as

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an operations center for the Buffalo Soldiers, it is now a National Landmark with a national cemetery, game preserve and a Buffalo Soldier statue.

LOCATION The scenic side trip loops north from Silver City and includes forest vistas, cliff dwellings, lakes, farmlands, historic villages, forts and mining operations. TOUR Travel north from Silver City on NM15 through Pinos Altos to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Travel east on NM35 past Lake Roberts and through the Mimbres Valley. Travel west on NM152 past Santa Rita copper pit and on US180 past Ft. Bayard and return to Silver City MORE INFORMATION Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce 505-538-3785 • 1-800-548-9378

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Lordsburg “The area was an overlap of cultures, once inhabited

by the likes of Curley Bill Brocius and Billy the Kid.”


below:The railroad ghost town of Steins west of Lordsburg provides a fascinating window into life at the turn of the previous century. opposite:The mining and stagecoach ghost town of Shakespeare south of Lordsburg has been carefully preserved as it appeared over a hundred years ago.

HISTORIANS AND WESTERN AFICIONADOS OF ALL AGES WILL ENJOY a visit to the Lordsburg and Hidalgo County area. For starters, just two miles to the south of Lordsburg is the ghost town of Shakespeare. Widely known as “the west’s most authentic ghost town,” it was once inhabited by the likes of Curley Bill Brocius and Billy the Kid. In fact, the latter was employed there as a dishwasher at the Stratford Hotel for a time after some trouble in Silver City. After Shakespeare, a short trip west of Lordsburg on Interstate Hwy. 10 will take you to the delightful railroad ghost town and museum of Steins. Call ahead for tour hours and dates – Shakespeare (505) 542-9034, Steins (505) 542-9791. A host of dignitaries is given tribute in the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum. Elizabeth Garrett, blind daughter of legendary Sheriff Pat Garrett, penned parts of the



New Mexico state song in Lordsburg. Charles Lindbergh landed in the “Spirit of St. Louis” and dedicated the Lordsburg airport in 1927. There are tidbits of information you won’t find anywhere else about silent cowboy movie star Tom Mix, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and territorial governor and Ben Hur author Lew Wallace. Artwork in the village of Rodeo, southwest of Lordsburg, will amaze you without breaking your retirement portfolio. Rodeo is also the gateway to the Chiricahua Mountains and the location of Geronimo’s surrender.





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Shakespeare Ghost Town. Open monthly for guided tours. Call for schedule. 2.5 miles southwest of Lordsburg. 542-9034 Steins. Railroad ghost town located 20 miles west of Lordsburg. Open 363 days a year. 542-9791

LOCATION Lordsburg is located on I-10. Nearby are the ghost towns of Shakespeare and Steins. TOUR Travel 60 miles east on I-10 to Deming. MORE INFORMATION Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce (505) 542-9864

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Deming “An extraordinary collection of memorabilia from

early frontiersmen and military operations” FOUR STATE PARKS, ACCESS TO MEXICO, YEAR-ROUND ROCKHOUNDING AND golf and a growing arts community are a few of the reasons Deming is a great small town, but residents here repeatedly cite its people as its greatest asset. The prehistoric cultures of the region, military operations, early agricultural activities and the arrival of settlers on the Butterfield Trail are aptly portrayed in a spacious museum, and a self-guided walking tour highlight’s Deming’s historic buildings. A host of festivals and local celebrations keep things lively for residents and visitors alike. The Deming Luna Mimbres Museum has developed an extraordinary collection of local history with artifacts from the ancient Mimbres and Casas Grandes cultures and memorabilia from early frontiersmen and military operations. Collections of gems, minerals and geodes are on permanent display. Deming’s sunny climate is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities. If gems and minerals are your passion, you will also enjoy Rockhound State Park and visitor center southeast of Deming where specimens literally litter the ground. Each year, Rockhound events include guided trips, rock auctions and judging seminars. Deming’s calendar of events is left: This missionfilled with exhibits, fairs, style building was fiestas and tournaments at completed in 1866 Deming’s 18-hole golf course. and is an example of The Deming Duck Races the city’s continuing should be included in your commitment to downlist of quality of life experitown development. ences, with a purse for winopposite: The ning ducks, and for everyone Deming Courthouse else a week of parades, out(right) was utilized house races, contests, and for the trials of social events. suspected followers of Day trips from Deming Mexican include shopping and dinrevolutionary general ing in Palomas, Mexico, Poncho Villa picnicking and hiking in following his raid City of Rocks State Park on Columbus, and scenic drives into the New Mexico. Gila National Forest.




LUNA COUNTY AND PALOMAS, MEXICO EVENTS Feb 10 Mar 9 Mar 11 Mar 9-12 May 6 Jul 4 Aug 23-26 Oct 14 Oct

Open House at the Pink Store Raid Day Commemorative Camp Furlong Days Rockhound Roundup Cinco de Mayo Fireworks and Entertainment at the Baseball Field Deming Duck Races Columbus Day Festival Second week in October Southwest New Mexico State Fair (Second Week) Dec 9 Christmas Light Parade Dec 10 Green Tea at Museum For more information on any of these events please call Deming 800-848-4955, Columbus 505-531-2663

ATTRACTIONS City of Rocks State Park. Rock formations formed from old volcanic ash flow. Campsites, botanical garden and visitor center. 30 miles northwest of Deming. 536-2800 Deming Arts Center. National and regional art shows. 100 S. Gold. 546-3663 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum. Minerals, gems, frontier military history and Mimbres exhibits. 301 S. Silver. 546-2382. Luna Rossa Winery. 544-1160. Rockhound State Park. Collect up to 15 lbs of rocks. Campsites and visitor center. 14 miles southeast of Deming. 546-6182 St. Clair Winery. 546-9324. Columbus Historical Society Museum. Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. 531-2620 Pancho Villa State Park. Botanical garden, camping and visitor center. In town. 531-2711 Tumbleweed Theater. 120 shows yearly, call for schedule. Delicious gourmet dinners served. 531-2311 U.S. and Mexico Port of Entry. 24-hour crossing Columbus / Palomas. 3 miles south of Columbus. 531-2686

LOCATION Deming is located on I-10. Nearby are Rockhound and Pancho Villa State Parks and Spring Canyon Park. TOUR ROUTE On I-10, travel 59 miles east to Las Cruces or 60 miles west to Lordsburg. On US180, travel 44 miles north from Deming to Silver City or travel south 31 miles on NM 11 to Columbus and another 3 miles to Palomas, Mexico. MORE INFORMATION Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce (505) 546-2674

Deming, in SWNM on I-10, is a great hub from which to explore high desert “Old West Country,” nearby Old Mexico and Columbus, NM on the border. Majestic views and sunsets! Golf • Award-Winning Wineries • Mild Seasons Historic Museum State Parks • Rockhounding • Aquatic Center • Walking Trails Info Packet: Visitors Center, P.O. Box 8 (NMT), Deming, NM 88031 • 1-800-848-4955, ext.9 Website: • Email:

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Columbus, New Mexico & Palomas, Mexico “Colorful history blends with


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New Mexico USA and Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. The area became internationally

below: International culture is easily accessed in Palomas, Mexico, just across the border from Columbus. The town plaza overshadowed by a Catholic church is representative of Latin American communities and many New Mexico towns. opposite: Structures at Poncho Villa State Park in Columbus share the unique tale of an attack on U.S. soil and the retaliatory pursuit by U.S. forces.



famous in 1916 after Mexican forces commanded by General Pancho Villa crossed the border before dawn and attacked Columbus and Camp Furlong, a U.S. army post located

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in what is now Pancho Villa State Park. The Villistas also attacked the local bank and blew up the vault, which is still visible in its ruined

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condition today. Following a chaotic fight,

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the raiders were repelled with heavy losses.

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U.S. airplanes ever flown in combat. Today the state park preserves buildings and artifacts related to the Villa raid, and the Columbus Historical Society Museum, located in the historic former Union Pacific Railroad depot, displays memorabilia from that time period. On a more peaceful note, every sort of native craft you can imagine – and some you can’t – is available just three miles to the south, where the sister city of Palomas offers a memorable Mexican shopping and dining

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while you shop at La Casa de Pancho Villa, affectionately known as the Pink Store. Colorful, imaginative and skillfully made weaving, carving, pottery, jewelry and furniture are all right here, along with an excellent restaurant and cantina located

Shop at our convenient location right next to the Port of Entry in Columbus New Mexico and purchase quality named merchandise before you enter into Palomas, Mexico. Prices are 50% or more off what you would pay at liquor or discount stores in the U.S. You don’t want to pass us by in Columbus on your way to Mexico. See you at the border – Border Shoppers!

spend an entire day here. The store is hard to miss: it’s huge, painted bright pink, and about a block south of the border. Affordable medical, dental and prescrip-

Las Cruces



tion drug services also attract Americans to Palomas, which is undergoing rapid growth. New businesses like the duty-free


New Mexico Border Shoppers are being developed just north of the port of entry, Columbus

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LOCATION Columbus, New Mexico, and Palomas, Chihuahua, are located on the Mexican border south of Deming. TOUR ROUTE Travel north 31 miles on NM11, returning to Deming, and east 59 miles on I-25 to Mesilla. MORE INFORMATION Columbus Chamber of Commerce, 505-531-2663 or 505-531-2479


Las Cruces SITUATED BENEATH THE RUGGED COUNTENANCE OF THE ORGAN MOUNTAINS AT THE southeast corner of Old West Country, Las Cruces basks in the sun along the rich farming valley of the Rio Grande. Originally a Spanish settlement, the community has been repeatedly rated by various expert sources as one of the nation’s top locations for business, retirement and tourism. Over 16,000 students attend New Mexico State University at its main campus here, while the city’s proximity to White Sands Missile Range and the urban centers of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico assure a lively, fast paced and high tech local economy. Area museums and Ft. Selden State Monument at Radium Springs provide a glimpse into the lives of the region’s settlers and soldiers in the 1800's, with living history demonstrations highlighting most weekends at Ft. Selden during the summer. The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum depicts the development of farming methods in New Mexico over the last 2000 years and showcases modern agriculture practices. The lyric opera, symphony, ballet and community chorus are major contributors to the area’s cultural foundation, in addition to full seasons of both community and university theater. Area festivals, fiestas and conferences celebrate the community's diverse heritage. Hiking trails on both sides of the Organ Mountains and walking and biking trails along the Rio Grande provide an outlet to Mother Nature. Day trips to White Sands National Monument, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, and the mountain playlands of both Silver City and Ruidoso give Las Cruces access to the great outdoors.


Fort Seldon State Monument north of Las Cruces includes a visitor center and period demonstrations during the warmer months. Buffalo soldiers played a role in the fort’s history. Camp sites and facilities next door at Leasburg Dam State Park combine to create an intriguing desert experience along the Rio Grande.

“Ft. Selden State Monument provides a glimpse into the lives of the region’s



settlers and soldiers in the 1800’s”

New Mexico's second largest city continues to build upon traditional roles that began with the coming of Spanish explorers and colonists over 400 years ago. Its cultural, recreational and economic development, however, are clearly tied to the region’s grasp of the future. DONA ANA COUNTY EVENTS Jan 14-15 14th Annual Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally, Swig Field (505) 526-7528/ Apr 21-23 Border Book Festival. May 6-7 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday 12-7:00pm Plaza, Mesilla Sep 16-17 Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta: Parade (Sat. 11am) Avenida de Mesilla, Fiesta (Sat. noon to midnight, Sun. noon-7pm) Plaza, Mesilla Oct 6-8 Jazz Happening: Friday, 6-7:30pm Fountain Theater, Saturday, 12-8pm, Sunday 12-3:30pm Plaza and Mercado, Mesilla Oct 21-22 X Prize Cup: Come experience space and be a part of the next generation of space flight (310) 587-3355/ Nov 4-5 35th Annual Renaissance Craft Fair, Young Park (505) 523-6403/ Sep 22-24 The Whole Enchilada Fiesta. Downtown Mall (505) 526-1938/ Sep-Oct Southern New Mexico State Fair Dec 24 Luminarias and Music: (Music from 5:307:30pm) on the Plaza, Mesilla For more information on any of the Mesilla events call 505.524.3262

ATTRACTIONS Blue Teal Vineyards. 1720 Avenida de Mesilla. 524-0390. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Geological formations, desert flora, hiking trail and archaeology. 524-3334. Fort Selden. An 1800s cavalry fort that was utilized by the Buffalo Soldiers. A year-round visitor center and living history demonstrations on weekends May through September. Nineteenth century military encampments second Saturdays monthly year round. 505-526-8911 Las Cruces Historical Museum and Cultural Center. History exhibits, art and culture. 500 N. Water St. 541-2155. Leasburg Dam State Park. Fishing, campsites and swimming. 19 miles northwest of Las Cruces. 524-4068 N.M. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. 300 years of N.M. agricultural history. 4100 Dripping Springs Rd. 522-4100. Stahmann Farms. Pecan farm. Country store. 7 miles south of Las Cruces. 1-800-654-6887. Gadsden Museum. Local history and Spanish and Indian artifacts. Located in the historic A.J. Fountain home. Call for appointment 526-8667 Mesilla Mercado. Every Thursday and Sunday on Mesilla Plaza. 524-3262 San Albino Church. Mission church built 1907. In town.

LOCATION Las Cruces is located at the junction of I-10 and I-25 between the Rio Grande and the Organ Mountains. TOUR ROUTE On I-10, travel south 44 miles to El Paso, Texas, or west 59 miles to Deming. On I-25, travel north 75 miles to Truth or Consequences. MORE INFORMATION Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 3437827 or (505) 541-2444 LAS CRUCES



Mesilla “The charm and serenity may well transform one's hectic,

modern outlook on life to a calmer, more rational state.” STEP OUT OF YOUR CAR AND INTO ANOTHER ERA AT MESILLA Plaza, surrounded by Spanish territorial buildings and the towers of San Albino Church. The traditional gazebo evokes images of colorful old west fiestas, while the historic structures house a thriving business and cultural community. The seasonal aroma of roasting chile drifts through the narrow streets. Every door opens to a gallery, an antique shop, a bookstore, a coffeehouse, a dress shop or a collection of handmade jewelry. Charming shopping and dining plazas line Avenida de Mesilla, also designated Don Juan de Oñate Trail after the early Spanish colonizer. The road is part of the historic El Camino Real-Chihuahua International Trail. Mesilla served as regional headquarters for the Butterfield Overland Mail and Stage Line and also for the Confederate army. The town was a lively and rowdy social center in the 1880s. Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang in Mesilla in 1881, but escaped before the sentence could be carried out. Bordering Las Cruces, the state’s second largest city, Mesilla offers a calming escape Stress relief is just a shopping bag away in from urban stress. Stay overnight in a balcony room and watch the moon climb over the rugged Organ Old Mesilla. The Mountains. The charm and serenity may well transform 1800s plaza and gazebo are surrounded one's hectic, modern outlook on life to a calmer, more by San Albino rational state. Bring your camera and hike or bike the Church…and lots of trails and back roads to the Rio Grande or through the shops. Clusters of miles of pecan orchards and chile fields. There’s a magajewelry stores and zine-quality photo experience around every corner in galleries, unique gift “Old Mesilla.” and collectables sources, restaurants, LOCATION Mesilla borders I-10 on the Don Juan de Oñate Trail, just south of Las Cruces. and frequent DIRECTIONS Travel north on Avenida de Mesilla into celebrations make Las Cruces or south on NM28, an alternate route to the old stage stop La Viña, Sunland Park and El Paso. community the MORE INFORMATION The J. Paul Taylor Visitor Center (505) 524-3262. perfect stopover.







World-class shopping and dining in the very buildings that kindled 150 years of vibrant Southwest history. Photograph a stunning plaza where the Gadsden Purchase was ratified, buildings that served the Confederate Army and the Butterfield Stage, and the courthouse where Billy the Kid was tried for murder. Take a self-guided tour, visit our museum, hike the river or bicycle through the pecan orchards on El Camino Real Scenic Byway. You’ll barely make a dent in one day, so plan to spend the night at our boutique hotel or old west bed & breakfast.

The J. Paul Taylor Visitor Center 505.524.3262 2231 Avenida de Mesilla

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THE DRY, MODERATE CLIMATE OF OLD WEST Country makes each day an opportunity for a new experience. Extraordinary adventures lie at the back door of every community in Southwest New Mexico. Bird watching is abundant in most Old West towns with guidance available from local and private groups. Observe and photograph one of nature’s late fall extravaganzas at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro as thousands of migratory birds stop to feed and rest on their journey. Hike the trails of the region’s three national forests and enjoy the solitude of two major wilderness areas. State park trails also penetrate the challenging desert regions of Old West Country. The rugged terrain of Old West Country and its meandering rivers offers mountain and standard biking opportunities in each of the communities. A grueling 5-day bicycle stage race, the Tour of the Gila, draws top international cyclists annually to Silver City. Rockhounds scour the hills and historic mining camps for specimens throughout the region. The Mineral Museum in Socorro, Rockhound State Park at Deming, the open pit mines near Silver City, and the ghost towns of Mogollon, Winston/Chloride and Shakespeare offer intriguing insights into Old West geology. Fishing for bass and catfish doesn’t get any better than the warm water lakes along the Rio Grande. Stripers are trophy size at Elephant Butte Lake. Rainbow trout are the challenge of the mountain lakes and streams. Fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba…it’s all available at Elephant Butte Lake, but pull out your electric motorboats for the smaller mountain lakes. counterclockwise from top left: Migrating water fowl at Bosque del Apache Refuge near Socorro. Rock climbing south of Lordsburg. Mountain biking near Silver City and throughout Old West Country. Jet skiing at Elephant Butte Lake. Packing and hiking into wilderness areas in the heart of Old West Country. Cooling off at a campground near the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Warm-water fishing at lakes near Truth or Consequences.


Late fall migratory birds provide spectacular bird watching and photo opportunities at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro. The Rio Grande and Gila River systems and all mountain regions are host to year-round birding. Hummingbirds provide a real treat in warmer months in the Lake Roberts and Gila Cliff Dwelling areas. 505-388-8201


Apache, Cibola and Gila National Forest personnel maintain trail networks throughout the vast mountain region of Old West Country. Specific hiking areas include Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area at Las Cruces, Catwalk National Recreation Trail at Glenwood and segments of the Continental Divide Trail around Silver City. 505-388-8201


Mountain biking roads and trails are scattered throughout Old West Country, while the sanctioned Tour of the Gila 5-day bicycle stage race is held annually in Silver City. Check with local visitors centers for recommendations.


Gem and mineral activity is found throughout southwest New Mexico. Specific points of interest include the Mineral Museum at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, Rockhound State Park near Deming and the Chino open pit copper mine near Silver City. 505-388-8201


Among the state’s major fishing waters are Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes on the Rio Grande. Mountain lakes and streams are scattered throughout the Gila and Apache National Forests, including Lake Roberts, Bear Canyon Lake, Bill Evans Lake, Snow Lake, Quemado Lake and Wall Lake. 505-476-8000.

BOATING & WATER SPORTS Water skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing, sailing, parasailing and much more are typical activities at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. At most of the smaller mountain lakes, only electric powered motorboats are allowed.



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atural wonders, mountain playlands, historic cattle drives and land wars, dinosaurs and ancient cultures cover the eastern sector of New Mexico. A host of outdoor activities and gaming opportunities attract travelers nationally. The largest underground cavern system on earth near Carlsbad and the world’s largest deposit of sparkling white gypsum sand dunes near Alamogordo are among the world’s most intriguing geologic creations. Alien spaceships caught the attention of the nation in 1947, but if people from that era had driven past today’s home base of the stealth fighters in Alamogordo…The New Mexico Museum of Space History at Alamogordo highlights space accomplishments worldwide and Goddard’s rocket workshop can be seen in Roswell. The Sacramento Mountains offer miles of hiking, biking, ATV and cross-country ski trails. Cool mountain golfing and horse racing in the summer months are balanced by winter skiing, skating and snowmobiling. The nation has apparently taken up soaring in the southeast corner with thousands gathering annually in Hobbs. Old west attractions include the whole village of Lincoln, windmills in Portales, horse sculpture in Ruidoso Downs, an incredible sculpture series of a cattle drive in Jal, museums dedicated to the era in Hobbs and Ruidoso, Ft. Sumner State Monument and Southern New Mexico’s most famous outlaw, Billy the Kid, who managed to show up…everywhere! Dinosaur footprints and bronze skeleton collections in Tucumcari, the remains of prehistoric animals and the artifacts of early man found near Clovis make the eastern region archaeologically rich. Thousand-yearold petroglyphs are found en masse in the western foothills of the Sacramento Mountains. Galleries and performing arts venues are well-attended throughout the region. Local symphony and other performing groups are augmented during the year by top-billed national and international touring troupes.



“Historic cattle drives and land wars were the cornerstones of a lively 1800s era.�

(above) The plains of eastern New Mexico were frequented by cattle barons like John Chisum in a highly volatile era. EASTERN REGION


Tucumcari “Once called Ragtown and Six Shooter Siding,

Tucumcari began as a railroad camp that popped

up like a mushroom in 1901 along the Chicago Rock Island and Union Pacific Railroad.”

LOCATION Tucumcari is located 43 miles west of the Texas border on I-40 and 177 miles east of Albuquerque. TOUR ROUTE Travel 83 miles southeast on NM 209 to Clovis. Take a side trip on NM 467 to Black Water Draw National Archaeological Site. From Clovis, travel 110 miles southwest on US70 to Roswell; or 138 miles south on US70, NM206, NM18 to Hobbs. MORE INFORMATION Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce (505) 461-1694

BY 1910 THE TOWN, RENAMED FOR ITS LOCAL MOUNTAIN, HAD A ROUNDHOUSE, A train depot, a water tower and over 70 businesses. Sixteen years later the roadway followed the rails, and Route 66 brought travelers to town by automobile. Today, the town is an attraction to aficionados of Historic Route 66 with its unique restaurants, motels, curio shops, abundant neon lights, the world’s largest mural dedicated to Route 66 and the Route 66 Memorial at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The history of Tucumcari and Route 66 is brought to life at the Tucumcari Historical Museum and in over 17 indoor and ATTRACTIONS Conchas Lake State Park. Fishing, camping and visitors outdoor life-size or larger murals around town. The Tucumcari center. 34 miles northwest of Tucumcari. 868-2270 Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum. Train Depot is an excellent example of California-Spanish Dinosaur exhibits, fossils and museum shop. 211 E. Laughlin St. 461-3466. architecture. The Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Tucumcari Historical Museum. Farm and ranch exhibits, Museum and Gift Shop houses the world’s largest collection of town history and Indian artifacts. 414 S. Adams. 461-4201. full-scale bronze-cast dinosaur skeletons. Ute Lake State Park. Boating, camping, fishing and swimming. 30 miles northeast of Tucumcari. 487-2284 Outdoor sports enthusiasts should check out the Municipal Golf Course and two major reservoirs only a short drive away. EVENTS Conchas Lake and Ute Lake are havens for boaters, anglers and Mar 31-Apr 2 Tucumcari Art Festival. 461-9679 May 5 Mesalands Cinco de Mayo Celebration. 461-4413 picnickers. Spectacular local drives include Mesalands and La 6-7 Spring Craft Show. 461-3697 Jun 3-4 Kiwanis High Plains Jr. Rodeo. 461-0522 Frontera Del Llano Scenic Byways. Year-round special events 16-18 Mother Road Rally. 461-8669 include arts and crafts weekends, concerts and fairs. Major events Jul 4 Fourth of July Fireworks. 461-1694 6-9 6th Annual Route 66 Celebration and Rotary Classic include the Mother Road Rally in June, the Annual Route 66 Car Show. 461-1694 Festival in July and the Rotary Air Show, rated third in the Aug 3-5 Rattler Reunion. 461-0244 16-19 Quay County Fair & Carnival. 461-0562 country, in late September or early October. Sep 22-23 Quay County Heritage Dayze. 461-0562 With more than 1200 hotel rooms and a myriad of great places Nov 4-5 C.R.A.F.T. Christmas Show. 461-3092 Dec 9 Christmas Parade of Lights. 461-1694 to eat, Tucumcari invites you to come and stay awhile.

(right) Walls of the Cuervo schoolhouse on Historic Route 66 near Tucumcari utilized local stone.



TBA Mariachis & Dancers. 461-1694 4th Sat/month Bluegrass Music Program. 461-0457

Photos courtesy Joseph Burgess

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Alamogordo “A unique ecosystem created by wind, water and time

is just minutes away at both the White Sands

National Monument and the ancient Valley of Fires lava flow.” LOCATED JUST MINUTES FROM NATURAL WONDERS, PREHISTORIC CULTURES AND SPACE AGE technology, Alamogordo is a ready-made home base for exciting vacations. Visitors will find an amazing variety of attractions and outdoor activities nearby. White Sands National Monument, created by water, wind and time, consists of a large region of crystalline dunes. A unique ecosystem is highlighted at interpretive sites, and photo opportunities emerge in the late afternoon shadows and moonlit evenings. The New Mexico Museum of Space History overlooking Alamogordo offers visitors a “hands-on” experience with space travel development. Exhibits include numerous artifacts from international space efforts and a distinguished collection of missiles, rockets and rocket sleds. A 2,700 square foot screen offers the world’s clearest IMAX theater and planetarium shows. Valley pistachio groves and vineyards offer tours and tasting rooms and the Alameda Park and Zoo, established in 1898, includes a toy train depot and museum. The mountain playland of Cloudcroft, at an elevation of 8600 feet, is just 18 miles from Alamogordo and offers dining, shopping, winter activities, hiking and biking. A visitor center for the National Solar Observatory explains the phenomena studied at nearby Sunspot. Hiking trails access the rugged desert canyons at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park south of Alamogordo. To the north, camping, picnicking and hiking are available at Three Rivers Petroglyph National Historic Site, with access to some of the 21,000 rock art samples pecked onto the volcanic rock a thousand years ago. Other trails lead into the White Mountain Wilderness surrounding 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca. Continuing north to Carrizozo, interpretive sites explain the ancient Valley of Fires lava flow and resulting ecosystem.


Alamogordo is the hub of an exciting area that includes the Oliver Lee homestead (right), White Sands National Monument and the Valley of Fires Natural Recreation Site (lava flow-next page).



Apr 7 Trinity Site Tour. 505-437-6120 May 20 Saturday in the Park. 505-439-4142 20-21 5th Annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament. 505-437-6120 Memorial Day Hang Gliding Fly-In. 505-437-5213 Jun TBA Juneteenth Celebration in the Park. 505-437-3888. Jul 4 Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza. 505-439-4250 Aug TBA Otero County Fair and Rodeo. 505-437-6120 Sep TBA White Sands Star Party VIII. 505-479-6124 2-4 16th Annual Cottonwood Arts & Crafts Festival. 505-437-6120 16-17 15th Annual White Sands Balloon invitational. 505-437-6120 Oct 7-9 Columbus Day Hang-Gliding Fly-In. 505-437-5213 Dec TBA Christmas Parade. 437-6120


White Sands National Monument. Nearly 300-square miles of glistening white gypsum sand dunes. Daily sunset strolls year-round; full moon programs in summer. (505) 479-6124. New Mexico Museum of Space History. Site of the International Space Hall of Fame. Four floors featuring artifacts and exhibits. Outdoor exhibits include Stapp Air & Space Park, Astronaut Memorial Garden. (877) 333-6589. Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater. Wraparound theater featuring the world’s largest projection system. Located at New Mexico Museum of Space History complex. (877) 333-6589. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Recreational trail, panoramic view of Tularosa Basin, developed picnic/campsites, rebuilt & authentically furnished 19th-century ranch house. Excellent location for hiking, bird watching. (505) 437-8284. Alameda Park Zoo. The oldest zoo in the Southwest is home to nearly 300 animals representing 90 different species. Picnic area and playground on site. (505) 329-4290. Toy Train Depot. Over 1200 feet of model railroad track, hundreds of model and toy trains displayed in 100-year old train depot, plus miniature train ride in park. (505) 437-2855. Tularosa Basin Historical Museum. Historical documents, artifacts, published materials of historic importance to the Tularosa Basin. Free admission. (505) 434-4438. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Just north of Alamogordo. Outstanding examples of Jornada Mogollon rock art—over 21,000 petroglyphs. Hiking, picnic/camping area. (505) 525-4300.

LOCATION Alamogordo is located at the junction of US 82, 54 and 70, 68 miles east of Las Cruces and 86 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas. TOUR ROUTE Travel west 13 miles on US70 to White Sands. Return to Alamogordo and travel east 18 miles on US82 to Cloudcroft. MORE INFORMATION Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce (505) 437-6120 EASTERN REGION / ALAMOGORDO


Cloudcroft “A quiet and quaint scenic mountain village with year-round activities.”

IT WAS THE SIGHT OF A SINGLE WHITE CLOUD HOVERING AMONG THE TOWERING PINES that inspired a group of surveyors to name the location Cloudcroft around the turn of the century. The word “croft” is the old English term for meadow. Enjoying clean, invigorating air in a picturesque village complete with wooden sidewalks, shops, churches and a beautiful Victorian hotel, visitors find Cloudcroft to be a mountain retreat far from the noise and hassle of everyday life. Just 18 miles above Alamogordo and overlooking White Sands National Monument, the timber-covered region surrounding Cloudcroft offers both summer and winter activities. For the warmer months, hiking, biking, ATV and horseback trails are plentiful in the Lincoln National Forest. Volunteers from the New Mexico Rails to Trails Association have transformed rights-of-way of the old logging trains into unique paths with magnificent panoramic vistas. Hanggliding from high altitude cliffs overlooking the Tularosa Valley now draws enthusiasts from around the world. Mountain climbers and rappellers also enjoy the varied terrain. Ice skating in the park and tubing on area hillsides are great for kids of all ages during the snow season. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in this southern locale are popular activities. The National Solar Observatory and Apache Point Observatory are just a short drive from Cloudcroft. A visitor’s center and self-guided tours explain the opportunities for studying both the sun and stars from this 9200-foot vantage point.


At the top end of the cloudclimbing railroad from Alamogordo, the mountain hamlet of Cloudcroft provides shopping opportunities and relief from the surrounding desert regions of southern New Mexico and West Texas. Early homesteads (left) and railroad trestles are part of the historic preservation and training a young fisherman (opposite) is part of the recreational opportunities.



The Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway originally built the Lodge, a stunning full-service resort facility, in 1899. Behind the Lodge, eighteen holes of golf are laid out on one of the nation’s highest courses. It also offers dining, shopping, a spa and Rebecca, the blue-eyed ghost. Shop for a wide selection of unique gifts and collectables in the village and visit Cloudcroft’s historic museum and pioneer village.


Feb TBA Mardi Gras in the Clouds. 505-682-2733 May 27-28 Cloudcroft’s 29th Annual Mayfair Juried Art Show. 505-682-2733 Jun 17-18 Cloudcroft’s Western Roundup. 505-682-2733 TBA Blue Grass Festival. 505-687-3520 Jul TBA July Jamboree Art & Craft Fair. 505-682-2733 TBA Chili Cookoff. 682-2733 Sep 2-4 Labor Day Fiesta on Burro Ave. 505-682-2733 TBA Ann. “Run to the Aspens” Classic Car Show. 505-682-2733 Oct TBA Octoberfest Juried Art Show. 505-682-2733 TBA Harvestfest on Burro Ave. 505-682-2733 Nov TBA Cloudcroft’s Santa Land Opens! 505-682-2733


Lincoln National Forest Ranger Station. ATV trail and hiking trail maps available. 61 Curlew Pl. 682-2551 National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak. Visitor center. 20 miles south of Cloudcroft. 434-7000. Sacramento Mountains Historical Society Museum. Railroad and pioneer artifacts. 1000 U.S. 82. 682-2932 Ski Cloudcroft. 2 miles east of Cloudcroft. 1-800-333-7596

LOCATION Cloudcroft is located in the Sacramento Mountains, 18 miles east of Alamogordo and 90 miles west of Artesia at the junctions of US82, NM244, NM130 and NM6553. TOUR ROUTE Travel 39 miles north on NM244 and US70 to Ruidoso. MORE INFORMATION Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce (505) 682-2733 EASTERN REGION / CLOUDCROFT


Roswell “Culture and UFO phenomena


Roswell expanded across the Pecos River Valley to accommodate the 1800s cattle industry. Architecture, the arts and a 1947 visit by aliens make the attractive community a unique stop. The Court House (below) is among the architectural accomplishments.

at the confluence of three rivers ”

THE OPENING OF THE FAMOUS GOODNIGHT-LOVING TRAIL IN 1866 BROUGHT THE cattle-ranching industry to the Roswell area, where it still flourishes today. In 1870, Van Smith established the town of Roswell at the confluence of the Spring, Hondo and Pecos Rivers. There are five outstanding free museums to explore here. The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art features a wide collection of modern art, while the Roswell Museum and Art Center houses a collection of paintings by Peter Hurd, Henriette Wyeth, and Georgia O'Keefe. The Historical Center for Southwest New Mexico is filled with antiques, artifacts and changing exhibits, the General Douglas L. McBride Museum contains military armament displays and the International UFO Museum features UFO phenomenon exhibits and The Alien Caffeine Espresso Bar. During fall and winter, theater lovers delight in the Roswell Community Little Theatre performances. The noteworthy Roswell Symphony Orchestra performs at New Mexico Military Institute's Pearson Auditorium. A broad range of architectural styles awaits sightseers on Roswell’s walking tour. The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium is an exciting destination for stargazers. Bird watchers and wildlife aficionados will relish trips to Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge. The Spring River Park and Zoo boasts animal exhibits, paved bicycle paths, a children's fishing lake, a carousel, and a miniature train ride. Golfers will enjoy two of the finest courses in Southeast New Mexico: Cahoon Park and New Mexico Military Institute’s course, both 18 holes and open to the public. Bottomless Lakes State Park, 12 miles west of Roswell, hosts swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking with camping, shower, and bathroom facilities available. We know you will enjoy your stay in Roswell, New Mexico, the Alien Capitol of the World.


Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. 409 E. College Blvd. 623-5600 Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Hiking trails and designated hunting areas. 622-6755. Bottomless Lakes State Park. Fishing, hiking, swimming, non-motorized boating and camping. 624-6058. International UFO Museum and Research Center. UFOs and exhibit on 1947 incident. 114 N. Main. 1-800-8223545. Roswell Museum and Art Center. Peter Hurd collection, science exhibits and Goddard Planetarium. 100 W. 11th. 624-6744. Spring River Park and Zoo. Carousel, miniature train ride and kids’ fishing lake. 1306 E. College Blvd. 624-6760



Roswell Museums

The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (AmoCA) More than 300 diverse artworks by alumni of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program enliven the seven galleries and 17,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Located at 409 E. College in Roswell, the museum is open daily and admission is free. AMoCA opened in 1994, and quickly became a treasured resource for the community. Its comfortable furnishings and catering kitchen make it an ideal place for social events as well as for viewing the paintings, sculpture, prints, photos and more. To learn more about the museum visit You can read profiles of current Roswell Artists-in-Residence at

The Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico The museum is contained in a 19-room, three-story historical house built in 1912 for local cattle baron J.P. White. The Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico has preserved the authentic atmosphere of that era by furnishing the house with items from the early 1900’s. The museum archives provide an abundance of invaluable rare books and over 11,000 photographs, in addition to diaries, letters, oral histories, high school yearbooks, city directories, newspaper articles, maps and other historic reference material. The archives are available to researchers and scholars Friday afternoons or by appointment. The Historical Center is located at 200 N. Lea Ave., Roswell, NM 88021-4655. You can visit the website at The museum’s e-mail address is; Roger K. Burnett is the Director.


15 29-30 May TBA 6 7 Jun 30-Jul 3 Aug TBA Sep TBA TBA 29-30 Nov 17-18 24-25 Dec 2

Hagerman Old-Timers Day. 752-3204 Artfaire Arts and Crafts. 624-6860 Old-Timers Balloon Rally. 623-5695 Fiesta del Rio. 624-6720 Cinco de Mayo Festival. 624-0889 UFO Festival. 624-6860 Dragonfly Festival. 623-5695 Eastern N.M. State Fair and Parade. 623-5695 Pinatafest. 623-5695 Chile Cheese Festival. 624-6860 Holly Day Arts and Crafts Show. 624-6860 Christmas Fantasy. 624-6860 Electric Light Parade. 624-6860

LOCATION Roswell is located on the Pecos River 73 miles east of Ruidoso at the junction of US70, US285 and US380. TOUR ROUTE Travel 76 miles south on US285 to Carlsbad. MORE INFORMATION Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau (505) 624-7704

Ellis Store Country Inn In Historic Lincoln • Tranquil Mountain Retreat • Internationally Acclaimed • Gourmet Dining The Ellis Store offers Old West charm & hospitality. Weddings are our specialty in catering, we can provide the bride-to-be with unlimited assistance in planning the wedding and then orchestrating the entire affair from the rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch.

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Hobbs “Breathtaking sunsets combine with fine dining and all-night entertainment at Hobbs.”

FROM YOUR COMFORTABLE LODGINGS AT THE LEA COUNTY INN AT HOBBS, NM, head out into a delightful small-town atmosphere where the whole family can enjoy browsing the singular antique shops and boutiques. Join in the gaming action at the Black Gold Casino with over 675 of your favorite slot machines and view exciting live horseracing or simulcasting at Zia Park Racetrack. Play a round of golf at two 18-hole area courses featuring the most affordable green fees within a 100-mile radius, and then dine at superlative steakhouses and Mexican food restaurants. Western aficionados can see the Wild West come alive at the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, the Linam Ranch Museum and the Thelma A. Webber Southwest Heritage Room at the College of the Southwest. The Lea County Event Center in Hobbs is the second largest convention center in New Mexico. Well known for its outstanding concerts, trade


The recently completed Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs displays remnants of southeast New Mexico’s early years (opposite, top). The buggy (right) served as a refined mode of transportation and the wagon (p. 110) was a utility vehicle of the era. Oil pump jacks (opposite) are now as common as the cow on southeast New Mexico’s grasslands.


fairs, car shows, basketball games, AKC dog


Photo coutesy of Cowboy Hall of Fame

shows and rodeos, the Event Center also includes a state-of-the-art banquet facility. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing at Green Meadows Lake just north of town along NM Hwy. 18 or Maddox Lake 10 miles west via U.S. Hwy. 62. Camping is available at Harry McAdams State Park four miles north of Hobbs. Nearby you’ll find the Hobbs Industrial Airpark, where the National Soaring Society hosts worldwide soaring events. Many world distance records have been set here, and Hobbs has been



dubbed the “soaring capital of the world!” An interesting day trip destination from Hobbs is the Jal Cowboy Sculpture by artist Brian Norwood, located near Eunice Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 838 Eunice, NM 88231 505 394-2755 • 505 394-3937 fax Hobbs Chamber of Commerce Convention & Tourist Information 400 N. Marland Blvd. Hobbs, NM 88240 505 397-3202 505 397-1689 fax

Lovington Chamber of Commerce 201 S. Main St. Lovington, NM 88260 505 396-5311 • 505 396-2823 fax

the town of Jal along NM Hwy. 18 to

Tatum Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 355 • Tatum, NM 88267 505-398-8288 • (City Hall)

the sculpture features giant steel

Economic Development Corporation of Lea County 2702 N. Grimes • Hobbs, NM 88240 505 397-2039

the south. Titled “The Trail Ahead…” silhouettes of mounted cowboys on a cattle drive. It’s over 400 feet long and visible for five miles in any direction. A trip to the north of Hobbs takes visitors to the Lea County Museum at Lovington, which displays artifacts from

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Hobbs is home to such culturally rich

Roundup, Christmas in the Desert and the Southwest Cowboy Celebration.

Home of the 2nd largest convention center in the state the LEA COUNTY EVENT CENTER is ready to host your event. Hosting annual events such as Monster Truck shows, Arena Cross, Fund Raising Banquets, Indoor Soccer, Wedding Receptions, Company Meetings and a visit from President George W. Bush.

Greetings from Lea County and welcome to our corner of New Mexico. Lea County and the many communities that make her up are part of the county’s “last” frontier, where massive ranches stretch for miles and cowboys and cattle dot the landscape. We are also part of the “new” frontier with the continued technological advancements within the petroleum industry that allows our economy to thrive. Whether you are looking for a place to visit or a place to call home, Lea County is the place to be.

There is something for everyone at the Lea County Event Center. For Information Contact:

Lea County Event Center 5101 Lovington Highway • Hobbs, NM 88240

505-391-2900 HOBBS EVENTS Mar TBA May TBA Jul TBA Aug TBA TBA Sep-Dec Oct TBA Dec TBA TBA

Monster Truck Show. 800-524-6227 Cinco de Mayo Celebration. 800-524-6227 Lea County Commission for the Arts Gala. 800-524-6227 August Nites. 800-524-6227 Lea County Fair and Rodeo. 800-524-6227 Live Horse Racing. 800-524-6227 Taste of Lea County. 800-524-6227 Winter Wonderland and Christmas Parade. 800-524-6227 Christmas in the Desert. 800-524-6227


Hobbs Industrial Airpark. National Soaring Society, archery and shooting ranges and walking trails. 4 miles north of Hobbs. Linam Ranch Museum. By appointment. Pioneer and Indian artifacts. West of Lea County Airport. 393-4784 N.M. Junior College Performing Arts. Music and theater. 3924510.

LOCATION Hobbs is located at the junction of US62/180 and NM18. TOUR ROUTE Travel 17 miles northwest on NM18 to Lovington and 22 miles north on US82 and NM206 to Tatum before returning to Roswell on US380. Take a side trip south from Hobbs on NM18 through Eunice to Jal. MORE INFORMATION Hobbs Chamber of Commerce (505) 397-3202

(above) The

Cowboy Hall of Fame spotlights the necessities of the late 19th Century. EASTERN REGION / HOBBS


El Paso, Texas


l Paso/Juárez, the world’s largest border metroplex, offers an incredible array of international art, culture, shopping, food and entertainment. Gateway to the Old West and “avenida” to Mexico and the Americas, El Paso/Juárez is a city of romance and adventure for explorers past, present and future. The horserace track at Sunland Park and the Plaza Monumental bullfight arena in Juárez highlight the depth of entertainment options that also include casino gaming, Sun Bowl football and hiking, biking and picnicking in the 24,000-acre Franklin Mountains State Park. El Paso’s performing arts, galleries, museums and fiestas provide the city with leading entertainers and shows throughout the year and a cultural diversity unique to its international status. Named by Spanish colonizer Don Juan de Onate in 1598, El Paso del Rio del Norte became an important stop on the trade route from Mexico City and Chihuahua to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following New Mexico’s pueblo revolt, Ysleta Indians settled the Tigua Reservation near El Paso and were responsible for building the missions of Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario. The excitement, the history and the intrigue of El Paso’s location at the transition of Mexico and the Old West elevate the city to a lifestyle class all its own. Rough and tumble Old West re-enactments, summer nightly performances of Viva El Paso! and weekend ceremonial dancing by the Tigua Indians keep the pioneer spirit of El Paso alive. A cluster of downtown museums including the incredible El Paso Museum of Art, the thought-provoking Insights science museum, a vintage railroad museum and the Museum of History opening in late 2006 will combine with the massive revitalization of the old Plaza



“El Paso del Rio del Norte was an important stop on the trade route from

Mexico City to Santa Fe.�

(above) Fort Bliss played a key role in settlement of the west, as did the Buffalo Soldiers stationed there.



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Theater to provide downtown El Paso with an impressive state-of-the-art performance and educational venue. A cavalry-era museum and the Museum of the Non-Commissioned Officer at Fort Bliss provide a glimpse into two centuries of the area’s military presence. The Juárez market place, El Paso boot manufacturers and Mexican blanket and leather outlets beckon the devoted shopper. Airport specialty shops and the Tigua Indian Visitor Center offer regional arts and crafts. The cuisine of many lands and music of the Southwest fire the hearts and souls of young and old as part of the passionate and vivid experience that is El Paso/Juárez.

(top) El Paso’s modern museums, including the Insights Museum (shown) rival any in the southwest. (above) Extensive revitalization in downtown El Paso has included modernization of the Plaza Theatre Centre for the Performing Arts.






The Border Jumper. El Paso-Juarez Trolley Company which can take you back and forth between their twin cities. Take a tour to the Pancho Villa Museum in Columbus, NM or rent a trolley as large as 70 passenger Double Decker. One Civic Center Plaza. 915-544-0062. El Paso Zoo. A 5 acre zoo with more than 700 animals in natural settings. Open daily at 9:30. 4001 E Parisano. 915-544-1928. El Paso Mission Valley Trail. Visit the historic missions built by early Spanish and Indian settlers beginning in 1682. 915.534.0630. Fort Bliss Museum. A reproduction of the 1854 fort houses the museum with other exhibits including living history displays and Civil War artifacts. Pleasanton Road. 915-568-4518. El Paso Museum of Art. Galleries, Education, Museum Store and much more. One Arts Festival Plaza. 915532-1707. Wyler Aerial Tramway. View two countries and three states from the southern end of the Franklin Mountains. Alabama to McKinley Ave. 915.566.6622 LOCATION El Paso is located on I-10 at the international gateway to the Old West. TOUR ROUTE Travel north 44 miles on I10 returning to Las Cruces; or northeast 86 miles on US54 to Alamogordo; or east 164 miles on US62/US180 to Carlsbad. MORE INFORMATION El Paso CVB (800) 351-6024 El Paso Museum of History (915) 858-1928

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16th Ann. El Paso Chamber Music Festival. 833-9400 Sunland Park Race Track horse racing. 874-5200 Black History Month Parade and Rally. 740-7826 31st Siglo de Oro Drama Festival. 532-7273 International Mariacchi Conference. 544-6454 4th Annual WinStar Derby. 874-5200 La Vina Blues & Jazz Festival. 882-7632 Cinco de Mayo Street Festival. 351-1680 Art in the Park. 533-3311 KLAQ Balloon Festival. 544-8864 Alfresco Fridays. 541-4481 Custom Car & Chopper Street Festival. 351-1680 Music Under the Stars. 541-4481 KLAQ Downtown Street Festival. 544-8864 Ysleta Mission Festival. 859-9848 Binational Film Festival. KLAQ “Taste of El Paso”. 544-8864 Fiesta de las Flores. 542-3464 Mexican Independence Day. 533-6311 Con Salsa Festival. 351-1191 Southwestern International Livestock Show & Rodeo. 755-2000 Celebration of Our Mountains. 542-1422 Amigo Airsho. 545-2864 Dia de los Muertos Festival. 351-1191 Kermezaar Arts & Crafts Show. 821-2132 Concordia Walk Through History and Reenactment. 581-7920 Bucking on the Border. 497-9518 Sun Bowl Parade. 533-4416 Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic. 533-4416 A Christmas Fair. 584-3511 San Jacinto Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting. 533-3311 Vitalis Sun Bowl. 533-4416 Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta. New Year’s Eve & First Day Festival.

Insights Where you can see lightening strikes three times a day and uncover the mysteries and wonders of science in a spacious 20,000 square foot exhibit hall. • 40 hands-on exhibits • Traveling exhibits • Sky Shows - Rooftop observatory INSIGHTS El Paso Science Museum 505 N. Santa Fe • El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 534-0000 • website:

Museum Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9-5 Saturday 10-5 Sunday 12-5



“Rising high above the central Arizona desert,

the White Mountains join the rugged ranges of western

New Mexico to provide an enormous pristine region.�

(above) Officers Row at Fort Apache Historic Park portrays an intense era for the White Mountain Apache in Eastern Arizona.



The Arizona White Mountains


ncompassed by a colossal stand of Ponderosa Pine and reaching elevations of 11,500 feet, Eastern Arizona’s White Mountains are peppered with 50 lakes and over 800 miles of clear mountain streams and rivers. Fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, camping and a full array of winter sports are all part of the outdoor package that compliments the deep-rooted historic and cultural aspects of the region. Rising high above the Central Arizona desert, the White Mountains join the rugged ranges of western New Mexico to provide an enormous pristine region for urban stress relief and outdoor recreation. The Apaches offer gaming at Hon-Dah and world-class downhill and cross-country skiing at Sunrise Park. Snowmobile, sleigh areas and ice fishing spots are found throughout the region. An impressive 180-mile system of interconnected, year-round, multi-use trails is accessible to hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and horseback riders in the Pinetop-Lakeside area. The St. Johns Museum, Renee Cushman Art Museum, the Little House Museum, Fort Apache, the Kinishba and Casa Malpais ruins provide a historic perspective of the area ranging from the prehistoric Anasazi through the Old West renegades and pioneers. Take a drive through meadows of spring flowers or past the fall colors of turning aspen. Peer across the desert valleys from the Mogollon Rim Overlook. One visit to the region will reveal a hundred reasons to return.



Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona


(below) Called “The Last Wagon,” this hardworking relic of the Old West has found a resting place on Charlie Clark’s parking lot. (opposite page, above) Over 40 pristine lakes are within a 40-mile radius of Pinetop-Lakeside. (opposite page, below) A bronze sculpture of a bull elk graces the entrance to a gated community at Pinetop.


“The trails were designed to protect the delicate land,

vegetation and wildlife

while providing forest access to visitors.”

NESTLED IN THE HEART OF ARIZONA’S WHITE MOUNTAINS RECREATIONAL AREA, surrounded by fishing lakes, trail systems and mountain streams, stands the small resort community of Pinetop-Lakeside. Located just three miles from the Hon-Dah Casino and 30 miles from the Sunrise Park winter sports complex, its 69 lodging facilities and 14 RV and mobile home parks are essentially dedicated to tourism and recreational activities.


Perched at 7200’ in elevation amidst the world’s largest stand of Ponderosa Pine, a unique 180-mile interconnecting multi-use trail system was developed through Pinetop-Lakeside that experiences year-round usage. The non-motorized loops and trails were designed to protect the delicate land, vegetation and wildlife of the area while providing forest access to hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and horseback riders. Usually avoiding the use of clichés, Pinetop-Lakeside is nothing less than a fisherman’s paradise. Hundreds of miles of clear mountain streams and over 40 pristine lakes are within a 40-mile radius. Woodland Lake Park includes a boat launch and wheelchair-accessible fishing pier, and Rainbow Lake provides boat rentals. Pinetop-Lakeside has its own 18-hole golf course and area stables provide horseback riding, wagon, carriage and hayrides as well as outdoor cooking opportunities. Sunrise Park has a high-speed quad chairlift and separate snowboarding and children’s areas. Excellent downhill and cross-country skiing are spread across three mountains, 65 runs and 13 miles of cross-country ski trails.




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Holiday Inn Express Pinetop 431 E. White Mountain Blvd. (Highway 260) • Pinetop Arizona 85935

(928) 367-6077 or 1-800 HOLIDAY Tours of Ft. Apache, built in 1870, and the thousand-year-old Kinishba Ruins are available through the Apache tribe. The

Pinetops Best Kept Secret

scenic Mogollon Rim Overlook is located just 2 miles north of Pinetop-Lakeside. A daytrip to Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert reveals the greatest and most colorful concentration of petrified wood in the world. A trip to the Rene Cushman Art Museum, the Little House Museum and the Casa Malpais Indian Ruins in the Springerville/Eager area will fill one day and the museums in Show

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King Business Suites or Queen Beds Superb Breakfast Bar Refrigerator & Microwaves Irons/Boards, Hairdryers In-Room Coffee Pet Friendly Frequent Visitors (VIP) Rewards Program Clean & Comfortable Rooms Cable TV w/HBO, CNN ESPN Free Hi-Speed Wireless Internet Free Local Calls & Incoming Fax Service Sparkling Indoor Spa Afternoon Fresh Baked Cookies & Refreshments Hunting (Elk, Deer, Wild Turkey, etc.)



Low and Snowflake should be included

Located in the heart of Pinetop.

on another. The fishing and hiking in PinetopLakeside are about as good as it gets, but as a person’s interests diversify, the adventure

458 E. White Mountain Blvd.


grows by adding gaming, winter sports, mountain vistas, and historic experiences.

Toll Free Reservations:


(above) The officer’s quarters at historic Fort Apache were occasioned by Theodore Roosevelt.

EVENTS Jun 10-11 23-25 Jul 1-4 14-16

Pow-Wow in the Pines at Hon-Dah Casino Best of the West Art Show at Hon-Dah Casino Art & Craft Shows, Rodeo 19th Annual White Mountain Native American Art Festival Aug 12-13 16th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival Sep 1-4 White Mountain Apache Tribe Fair and Rodeo 23-24 Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Car Show, Antique & Quilt Show Oct TBA Watchable Wildlife Festival For more information on the above events, please contact the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce at (800) 5734031. For a complete listing of all the White Mountain Events, please go to

ATTRACTIONS Hon-Dah Casino. Enjoy poker, bingo, video blackjack and keno. Providing live entertainment and great restaurants too. Rainbow Lake. Where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery a couple of miles from town. This lake has 90 acres and provides boat ramps, camping, restrooms and plenty of parking. For visitor information call Pinetop Chamber of Commerce. 928-367-4290

19th Annual Native American 16th Annual White Mountain Bluegrass 31st Annual Fall Festival Watchable Wildlife Festival - July 15th & 16th. Musical Festival - August 12th & 13th. September 23rd & 24th October 2006

Winners will be drawn quarterly and will recieve Dinner for Two & Two Nights Lodging. Visit Must check NMT Box.

800-573-4031 WWW .P INETOP -L AKESIDE . COM

LOCATION Pinetop-Lakeside is located on AZ 260, among some of Arizona’s finest lakes, streams and horseback trails. TOUR ROUTE From Pinetop-Lakeside, travel west 12 miles on AZ 260 to Show Low or east 45 miles on AZ 260 to Springerville. MORE INFORMATION Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 800-573-4031 928-367-4290 Fax 928-367-1247 ARIZONA WHITE MOUNTAINS / PINETOP-LAKESIDE


Show Low, Arizona “A present-day hub for White Mountains

recreational activities, the town was named for the turn of a card.”


The White Mountain community of Show Low was named for a card game (below) and has become a hub for business, education and recreation in Arizona’s eastern mountain region. Surrounding lakes, streams, wild life and cool weather are the draws for the larger visitor and temporary populations.

ACCORDING TO LEGEND, SHOW LOW WAS NAMED FOR THE TURN OF A CARD IN the late 19th century. Two partners named Cooley and Clark had a disagreement and decided to dissolve their partnership with a game of Seven-Up. The winner was to buy out the loser’s interest in the settlement. As the story goes, they played all night. After the last hand, Cooley needed just one point to win. They decided to cut the deck for the low card, with Clark reportedly saying, “Show low and you win.” Cooley cut the deck and produced the two of clubs, saying, “Show low it is.” He won the game and the settlement, and incidentally inspired the name Show Low’s main street carries today: Deuce of Clubs. Each June Show Low is the nostalgic scene of Show Low Days. A classic car show and an arts and crafts show provide spectators with three days of fun. The town also hosts a major Fourth of July celebration, beginning with a Dignitary Breakfast that attracts influential persons throughout the state. A patriotic parade along Deuce of Clubs follows the breakfast, and the Show Low Fire Department brings the day to a close with a spectacular fireworks presentation. Show Low has a modern airport that serves both corporate and private planes, and features scheduled daily airline service offered by Great Lakes Airlines. Passenger bus service is provided by White



Photo by Kim Mayfield


The Pines Resort

Mountain Passenger Lines. Show Low is located on U.S. Hwy. 60, 47 mile south of Holbrook and Interstate 40. For more information, contact the Show Low Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-SHOWLOW.

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Feb 24 Mardi Gras Celebration. 537-2326 Mar 27-30 Spring Breaker Fun Maker. 537-2326 Apr 22 Kite Flyin’ Family Fun Event. 537-2326 Jun 3-4 Deuces Wild Triathlon. 537-2326 National Trails Day. 537-2326 9-11 Show Low Days. 537-2326 3rd Annual Still Cruizin Car Show. 537-2326 30 Red, White & Bluau. 537-2326 Jul 4 July 4th Parade. 537-2326 Aug 26 11th Annual Tri in the Pines. 537-2326 Oct 27 Halloween Bash. 537-2326 Dec 2 Electric Light Parade. 537-2326




Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. View spectacular vistas from the Mogollon Rim to beautiful stands of fir and spruce at nearly 11,500 feet. Hiking, hunting, fishing and camping in the summer. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing in the winter. Fools Hollow Lake Recreation Area. 850 acre recreation site surrounding a 149 acre lake. RV and tent camping with restroom facilities, fishing, hiking and playgrounds. 537-3680 The White Mountains TRAILSYSTEM. A system of 25-30 interconnecting trail loops designed for use by hikers, bicyclists and saddle stock. www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside,org

LOCATION Show Low is located at the junctions of US 60, AZ 260 and AZ 77 in Arizona’s scenic White Mountains. TOUR ROUTE Return to Springerville on scenic AZ 260 through PinetopLakeside or 46 miles across grassy plains following US 60.

Chuck Stewart Property Management Broker

2450 S. White Mountain Rd. Suite 123 Show Low, Arizona 85901

MORE INFORMATION Show Low Chamber of Commerce 888-SHOWLOW 928-537-2326 Fax 928-532-7610 928-537-1888 1-800-537-4632 (Arizona only) (above) Fool Hollow recreation area in Show Low is one of numerous such lakes that pepper the region. ARIZONA WHITE MOUNTAINS / SHOW LOW


ACOMA Huwak'a Restaurant Native American Sky City Casino, I-40 At Exit 102 552-6017 American ALBUQUERQUE Al’s NYPD 215 Central NW, Ste. 1B 766-6973 Pizzeria Bien Shur Restaurant Sandia Resort & Casino Steak 30 Rainbow Rd NE 796-7500 Seafood Casa de Ruiz Church Street Cafe Southwestern 2111 Church St NW 247-8522 American Chile Ristra Café & Deli All American Isleta Casino & Resort, I-25 Exit 215 869-3111 New Mexican Hungry Cowboy Buffet Route 66 Casino International I-40 exit 140 352-RT66 Buffet MA-TU-EY Buffet Isleta Casino & Resort International I-25 Exit 215 869-3111 Buffet Pueblo Harvest Café Native Indian Pueblo Cultural Center New Mexican 2401 12th St NW 843-7270 American 777 Sports Bar Isleta Casino & Resort American I-25 Exit 215 869-3111 Sushi King Sushi 118 Central SW 842-5099 Asian Thai Crystal 109 Gold SW 244-3344 Thai Thur Shan Buffet Sandia Resort & Casino International 30 Rainbow Rd NE 796-7500 Buffet TIWA Steakhouse Isleta Casino & Resort Grill I-25 Exit 215 869-3111 Southwestern Tucano’s Brazilian Grill 100 Central SW 246-9900 Grill BERNALILLO The Corn Maiden 1300 Tuyuna Trail 771-6037 Rotisserie The Santa Ana Cafe 1300 Tuyuna Trail 867-1234 Rotisserie CHIMAYO Rancho de Chimayó Box 11, Chimayo 351--4444 New Mexican CLIFF, BUCKHORN, GLENWOOD, AND Adobe Café, Bakery & Espresso Bar at Hidden Springs Inn Mexican Hwy 12 & 180, Reserve 533-6906 American Alma Grill Mexican Alma, NM 539-2233 American Blue Front Café Mexican Glenwood, NM 539-2561 American, BBQ Chuck Wagon Café Mexican 8414 Hwy 180 W, Cliff 535-4100 American Pizza Pro Carry Out 7627 Hwy 180, Buckhorn, NM 535-4428 Pizza ELEPHANT BUTTE Hodges Corner Mexican Restaurant American 915 Hwy 195 744-5626 Elephant Butte Inn Mexican Restaurant & Tavern American Hwy 195 744-5431 Steak & Seafood FARMINGTON Riverwalk Patio Mexican B W Inn, 700 Scott Ave 327-5221 American GALLUP Don Diego’s Mexican 801 W Historic 66 722-5517 American Earl's Family Restaurant Mexican 1400 E 66 Ave 863-4201 American El Rancho Restaurant Mexican El Rancho Hotel American 1000 E Hwy 66 863-9311 Steak & Seafood Grandpa’s Grill Mexican 2001 East Aztec Ave 863-2151 American Jerry’s Café Mexican 406 W Coal Ave 722-6775 American N.M. Steakhouse Seafood, Steak Best Western Inn New Mexican 3009 W. Hwy. 66 722-2221 Virgie's Restaurant Mexican 2720 W Hwy 66 863-5152 American, Steaks GRANTS N.M. Steakhouse Seafood, Steak BW Inn, 1501 E. Santa Fe 287-7901 New Mexican




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Acoma Sky City Casino Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Bear Creek Motel & Cabins . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT35 Best Western Inn & Suites - Farmington . . . . . . . . . .69 Best Western - Mission Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT45 Best Western Red Rock Inn-Gallup . . . . . .GVG26 Best Western Royal Holiday-Gallup . . . . . .GVG26 Bison Ridge Luxury Cabins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Cities of Gold Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG24 Eldorado Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Elephant Butte Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT19 Ellis Store Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Hacienda de Villa Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT41 Hawthorn Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Hidden Springs Inn/Little Adobe Café . .OWT21 Holiday Inn Express-El Paso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Holiday Inn Express-Pinetop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Holiday Inn Express-Silver City . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT32 Holiday Inn of Tucumcari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . .4 Inn at Halona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG9 Inn on the Alameda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa . . . .41 Lea County Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Mabel Dodge Luhan House . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Palace Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT32 Pendaries Village Mountain Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Pueblo on the Mimbres . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Quality Inn and Suites-Gallup . . . . . . . . .GVG26 Silver Creek Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT23 Spirit Canyon Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT35 Sunrise Springs Inn & Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 The Pines Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 White Water Motel . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT24 Woodland Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

Albuquerque Biological Park . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 24 Gallup Lions Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG38 Indian Country USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG15 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Insights El Paso Science Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG25 LodeStar Astronomy Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 25 Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum . .101 National Park Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG13 Old West Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Rainbow Ryders, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Red Rock Balloon Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG41 Spaceport - SCEDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Very Large Array . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT15

Lea County Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . .111 El Paso Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Airports El Paso International Airport . . . . . . . .117 Spaceport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96

Antiques & Collectibles Agape Southwest Pueblo Pottery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29, 75 Cowboys & Indians Antiques . . . . . . .31, 75 Payload Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT23

Apparel & Accessories Dancing Wolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Kioti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Navajo Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, GVG30 Santa Fe Premium Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Tom Taylor Custom Belts, Buckles & Boots . .52, 70

Art Galleries Archetype Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Chalk Farm Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Downtown Contemporary Art Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 eL Gallery & Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70, 79 Frisco Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT21 Fullingim-Isenhour & Leard Galleries . . . . . . .70, OWT15 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Navajo Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C2, 71, 86 Nizhoni Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29, 74 Shush Yaz Trading Company Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . .1, 75 Tadu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, C4 Torres Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50, 74

Artists David DeVary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 eRic Luplow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70, 79 Estella Loretto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C1, 6, 73 R.C. Gorman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C2, 71, 86 R.C. Gorman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29, 74, 86 Torres Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Virginia Yazzie-Ballenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72

Associations/Foundations El Paso Community Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Mimbres Region Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT31 Old Town Merchants Association . . . . . . . . . .25

Bars/Saloons Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT35 Uncle Bill’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT21

Bed & Breakfasts Casitas de Gila . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT27 Cimarron Rose Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . .GVG13 Ellis Store Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Happy Trails Ranch Bed & Breakfast . . .OWT47 Pueblo on the Mimbres . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 WS Ranch Bed & Breakfast . . . . . .OWT24

Books Bowlin’s Mesilla Book Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT47

Boots, Hats & Shoes Back at the Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 City Electric Shoe Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG36 Lucchese, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Tom Taylor Custom Belts, Buckles & Boots . .52, 70

Casinos Acoma Sky City Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Black Gold Casino . . . . .111 Dancing Eagle Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG37 Cities of Gold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Isleta Casino & Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-19 Route 66 Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG37 Sandia Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-35

Chambers/Cities City of Alamogordo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 City of Gallup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG1 City of Socorro Tourism Department . . . OWT13, OWT14 Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce .OWT39 Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce .GVG32 Glenwood Chamber of Commerce . . . . .OWT24 Grants - Cibola County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . .GVG13 Hobbs Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Lea County Chamber of Commerce - Hobbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT37 Magdalena Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . .OWT14 Mogollon Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT23 Reserve - Catron County Chamber of Commerce . .OWT21 Silver City - Grant County Chamber . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT30 Socorro County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . .OWT14 Town of Mesilla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT47 Town of Pinetop - Lakeside . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Town of Red River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Truth or Consequences - Sierra County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT17 Tucumcari Quay County Chamber of Commerce . . .101

Contractors Terrazas Enterprises Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT33 Timberland Construction . . . . . . . . . .OWT32 Unlimited Enterprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT21

Convenience Stores Last Chance Liquors - Pizza Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT27 Valley Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT27

Furniture & Home Decor Asian Adobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3, 71 Ernest Thompson Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 72 Jackalope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Packard’s West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Pandora’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Patrician Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pink Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT41 Southwestern Furnishings, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Zuni Craftsmen Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG9

Gifts Black Gold Emporium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT21 Border Shoppers Duty Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT42 Chuck’s Nuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Dancing Wolf Mountain Home & Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Galloping Gourds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT23 Henry’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT21 Itzel’s Jewelry and Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT47 Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67, 71 Packards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46, 51, 71, 75 Patrician Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Silver City Museum Store . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT31 Sundance Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT14 Super Salve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT23 Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Tom Taylor Custom Belts, Buckles & Boots . 52, 70 Udder Delight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT24

Golf Gallup Municipal Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG32 Isleta Pueblo Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-19 Pendaries Village Mountain Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Sandia Golf Club - Sandia Resort & Casino - . . . . . . .32-35 Towa Golf Resort - Cities of Gold Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

Guest Ranches Z Lazy B Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG10

Jewelry Andy’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG42 Chalk Farm Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Cowboys & Indians Antiques . . . . . . .31, 75 Dancing Wolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG24 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, GVG17 Gallup Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG39 Indian Touch of Gallup . . . . . . . . . .70, GVG31 Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co . . . . . . . . . .73, GVG11 Kioti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67, 71, GVG19 Navajo Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG42 Ooh! Aah! Jewelry, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27, 72 Packards . . . . . . . .46, 51, 71, 75 Pueblo of Zuni Arts & Crafts . . . . . . . . .70, GVG9 Rainbird Pawn & Trading Co. . . . . . . . . . . .74, GVG7 Richardson’s Trading Co. & Cash Pawn . . . . .64, 74 Shush Yaz Trading Company Gallup . . . . . . . . .73, GVG23 Shush Yaz Trading Company Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . .1, 75 T & R Pawn & Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG14 Toadlena Trading Post . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG36 Tom Taylor Custom Belts, Buckles & Boots .52, 70 Zuni Craftsmen Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG9

Medical Rehoboth McKinley County Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG34 Ultimed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Museums Albuquerque Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 24 Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art . . . . .73, 107 Poeh Cultural Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 El Camino Real Int’l Heritage Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT1 Explora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 23 MesaLands Dinosaur Museum . .101 Millicent Rogers Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 85



INDEX OF ADVERTISERS National Atomic Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 23 NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT43 Rex Museum . . . . . . . . . . .GVG30 Silver City Museum Store . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT31 Unser Racing Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 24 WNMU Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT32

Pets Barefoot Horse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT35 Borderline Animal Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT41

Photography Light Language Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG34 Wendy Young Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

Pottery Agape Southwest Pottery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29, 75 Andy’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG42 Dirt Dauber Stoneware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, GVG17 Indian Touch of Gallup . . . . . . . . . .70, GVG31 Jackalope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co . . . . . . . . . .73, GVG11 Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71, GVG19 Pueblo of Zuni Arts & Crafts . . . . . . . . .70, GVG9 Rainbird Pawn & Trading Co. . . . . . . . . . . .74, GVG7 Richardson’s Trading Co. & Cash Pawn . . . . .64, 74 Shush Yaz Trading Company Gallup . . . . . . . . .73, GVG23 Shush Yaz Trading Company Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . .1, 75 Toadlena Trading Post . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG36

Pueblos/Tribes Acoma Pueblo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Isleta Pueblo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-19 Pueblo of Pojoaque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Sandia Pueblo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Zuni Pueblo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG8

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Action Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT27 Burnside Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Century 21 Thompson Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT31 Coldwell Banker-Desert Lake Rlty . OWT17, OWT19 Coldwell Banker - Enchantment Realty . . .OWT33 Coldwell Banker - Middle Rio Grande Realty . . . . . .OWT15 El Segundo Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Glenwood Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT24 Hitching Post Land Company . . . . . . . . . . .OWT21 Martha Skinner Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT41 Plaza Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT17, OWT19 Prudential Silver City Properties . . . . . . . .OWT33 Quemado Lake Land & Cattle Co. . . . . .OWT21 United Country American West Properties Inc OWT21

Restaurants Comprehensive Dining Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Al’s NYPD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Alma Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT24 Bien Shur Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-35 Blue Front Cafe & Glenwood RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT24 Blue Heron Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT35 Casa de Ruiz Church Street Cafe . . . . . . . .29, 126 Charlie Clarks Steak House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Chuck Wagon Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT27 Don Diego Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG43 Earl’s Family Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG40 El Rancho Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG24 Eldorado Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Fuego Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54, 126 Geronimo Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C4 Grandpa’s Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG43 Hodges Corner Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT19 Huwak'a Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65, 126 Java Joe’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Jerry’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG43 Joseph’s Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 La Casa Sena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 La Posta de Mesilla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT45 Last Chance Liquors - Pizza Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT27

Old House Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Osaka Seafood & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Osteria d'Assisi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Pendaries Village Mountain Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Pranzo Italian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Purple Onion Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT23 Rancho de Chimayó . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Riverwalk Patio - BW Inn & Suites - Farmington . . . . .69 Saveur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Señor Lucky's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C4 Sol Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Spirit Canyon Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT35 Sushi King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26, 126 Thai Crystal . . .26, 126 The Corn Maiden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 The Pueblo Harvest Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 The Santa Ana Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Tucanos Brazilian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26, 126 Vanessie of Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Virgie’s Mexican Food & Steaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG39

Rugs & Weaving Andy’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG42 El Paso Saddleblanket Co . . . . . . . . . . . . .116 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, GVG17 Indian Touch of Gallup . . . . . . . . . .70, GVG31 Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co . . . . . . . . . .73, GVG11 Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67, 71, GVG19 Packard’s West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rainbird Pawn & Trading Co. . . . . . . . . . . .74, GVG7 Richardson’s Trading Co. & Cash Pawn . . . .64, 74 Shush Yaz Trading Company Gallup . . . . . . . . .73, GVG23 Shush Yaz Trading Company Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . .1, 75 T & R Pawn & Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG14 Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Toadlena Trading Post . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG36

RV Parks & Camping Apache RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT21 Blue Front Café & Glenwood RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT24 USA RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG45

Shopping Border Shoppers Duty Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT42 Chuck’s Nuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Itzel’s Jewelry and Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT47 Kioti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Santa Fe Premium Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

Spas Absolute Nirvana Spa, Tearoom & Garden . . . . .49 Avanyu Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Downtown Day Spa of Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . . .48 Nidah Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Green Reed Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-35 Samadhi Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Ten Thousand Waves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Tamaya Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Tours Diosa Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OWT35

Trading Posts Andy’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG42 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72, GVG17 Gallup Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG39 Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co . . . . . . . . . .73, GVG11 Navajo Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG42 Rainbird Pawn & Trading Co. . . . . . . . . . . .74, GVG7 Richardson’s Trading Co. & Cash Pawn . . .64, 74 Shush Yaz Trading Company Gallup . . . . . . . . .73, GVG23 Shush Yaz Trading Company Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . .1, 75 T & R Pawn & Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG14 Toadlena Trading Post . . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG36

Universities Mesalands Community College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 University of NM - Gallup Campus . . . . . . . . . . . .GVG38

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