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“Kateri ” Exploring the Land, the Art & the People

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Welcome to New Mexico The contrasts of scenic wonders create an artists and visitors haven. There are no better markets for Native American crafts, Spanish architecture and influence are found throughout the state and opportunities for adventure range from white water rafting to lava tube exploration. Gallup: Rich in History Gallup Pawn Collecting Native American Art Estella Loretto Affordable Vacations Forts, Ghost Towns & Famous Buildings Historic Mining Towns Heroes, Villians & Outlaws Birding Locations


Albuquerque The population and business center for the state carefully preserves its natural spaces and heritage while cultivating its arts and entertainment programs.


Santa Fe Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the U.S., supports more than 250 galleries, numerous venues for performing arts and unequalled shopping and dining.


Indian Country The largest markets for Native American crafts and the ruins of prehistoric peoples highlight the depth of visitor opportunities.


Northern Mountains The state’s highest peaks and deepest canyons and its world renowned art markets and fiestas contribute to its status as a world class destination.

OW2 Old West Country OUR COVER Kateri, a bronze sculpture by Estella Loretto of Santa Fe, is located on the grounds of St. Francis Cathedral. The statue is dedicated to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, patroness of peace and ecology and likely the first Native American saint in the United States. She was a 17th century Algonquin/ Mohawk maiden living initially in Fonda, New York, the location of her national shrine. Photo by Joe Burgess.

Southwest New Mexico touts its old west heritage as it leaps into commercial space travel and alternative energy.


Southeast The gateway communities to southern New Mexico’s mountain playground have also developed their own arts and entertainment.

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Albuquerque Valencia County Santa Fe Grants Gallup Ojo Caliente Taos Taos Dining Raton Des Moines Las Vegas Tucumcari Pagosa Springs, Colorado Socorro Truth or Consequences Elephant Butte Lake Silver City Bayard, Hurley & Pinos Altos Reserve & Glenwood Lordsburg Deming Las Cruces Alamogordo Artesia El Paso, Texas

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El Paso, Texas Spaniards, Pueblo Indians, Mexicans and western moving Anglos contributed to an exciting history and a vibrant metropolis.

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New Beginning with the 11,000-year old Clovis and Folsom-era mammoth hunters, New Mexico has been a melding pot for diversity. The prehistoric Anasazi and Mogollon cultures built fortresses and large communities of multistoried structures. The state’s pueblo cultures and nomadic tribes were the first confronted by European explorers in the early 1500s. The continued influence of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and pioneer American cultures remains largely intact and strong, giving rise to New Mexico as America’s Land of Enchantment. Communities across the state celebrate their varied cultural experiences with colorful fiestas and solemn processions held throughout the year. New Mexico is a land of beauty and contrast from vast pristine wilderness areas to



Mexico the crystalline dunes of White Sands. The brilliant New Mexico sunlight – that incredible painter’s light, and its stunning blue skies create sharp and vivid vistas that keep you reaching for your cameras. Our heartbeat hastens to the beat of a Pueblo drum, while the Very Large Array of radio telescopes listens intently for signs of life in distant galaxies. Marvel at a curious lizard that scrambles across an ancient ruin and be awed by trophy elk near high mountain trout streams. Drive the web of New Mexico’s scenic byways and spend days shopping the world’s best markets for art, jewelry and Indian crafts. Challenge the ski slopes and white water rapids and visit the forts, ghost towns and Spanish missions. Accept this invitation to celebrate the cultures, the arts and Mother Nature’s wonders from the most welcoming people in the nation. ¡Bien Venidos a Nuevo México!

this page: Santa Fe has served as New Mexico’s capital for over 400 years. Established by Spanish colonizers in 1610, the city continues to be the center for the state’s rich culture and diverse heritage.



Albuquerque is located at the junction of I-25 and I-40, nestled between the Rio Grande and the 10,700 ft. bluffs of Sandia Crest.

MORE INFORMATION Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (505) 764-3700 Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau (800) 733-9918 Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (800) 754-4620





May Fiery Foods and BBQ Show 505-873-8680 Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival Spring Show Jun Fiestas de Albuquerque and Founders Day Parade 505-768-3556 Spring Indian Art Market. 505843-7270 Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow 505-836-2810

Southwest Funnyfest. 505-768-3544 Albuquerque Annual Wine Festival. 505-899-3815 Albuquerque Century & Downtown Criterium 800-284-2282 Jul End of the Trail World Championship Cowboy Action Shooting & Wild West Jubilee. 505-843-1320

Youth National Arabian Half Arabian Championship Horse Show. 303-696-4500 Albuquerque Folk Festival 505-710-9641 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. 505-884-9043 Independence Day Celebration. 505-768-3556 TBA Mariachi Spectacular 505-255-1501

Albuquerque FOUNDED IN 1706

New Mexico’s largest city and economic hub


lbuquerque’s “Old Town,” with its San Felipe de Neri church and historic plaza, was founded in 1706 and continues to bear its Spanish heritage and architecture. Artwork and dining opportunities, as well as Native American and Spanish-influenced crafts, are abundant in the plaza area. The majority of Albuquerque’s major museums are located in the Old Town historic district. Historic Route 66, running the full length of Albuquerque, is lined with shopping, dining and entertainment hot spots. Both the downtown and Nob Hill areas boast excellent ethnic restaurants, live music, dancing and theater. The170-acre Albuquerque Biological Park, containing an aquarium, botanical opposite: San Felipe de Neri gardens and zoo, is located just blocks away from Old Town. Further north, the church anchors the Old Town Rio Grande Nature Center State Park provides hiking and bicycle trails through Plaza in Albuqua favorite dense cottonwood forest along the river. On the northwest edge of town, erque, shopping area Petroglyph National Monument preserves an enormous collection of ancient for visitors. symbols and artwork scratched onto volcanic rocks. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest gathering of its kind for hot air balloons and includes mass ascensions, flying competitions and balloon glows. The world’s longest aerial tramway ascends 10,000-foot Sandia Peak, providing hiking, skiing and dining opportunities as well as incredible vistas. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico have developed into major historic resources. The Gathering of Nations is now the country’s largest powwow, featuring over 3000 Native American dancers and the crowning of Miss Indian World.




The Great Southwestern Antiques Show. 505-255-4054 TBA Salsa Fiesta. 505-822-1662 New Mexico Wine Festival New Mexico State Fair 505-265-3976 Globalquerque! 505-232-9868 Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival Balloon Fiesta Show 505-292-7457


Fall Indian Art Market 505-843-7270 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 505-821-1000 NM Duke City Marathon. 505-880-1414 Veterans Day Ceremony 505-256-2042 Weems Gallery ArtFest" 505-293-6133


Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival Holiday Show. 505-292-7457 River of Lights. 505-764-6200 Twinkle Lights Parade 505-768-3556 Annual Holiday Shop ‘n Stroll in Nob Hill. 505-255-5006. Annual Holiday Stroll in Old Town. 505-842-8022 Luminaria Tour. 505-843-9200



Repostero/Tapestry, 1620-1640 Messina, Sicily Silk, gold, silver 142 x 142 inches Photographer: Dick Ruddy Gift of Don Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera Martos y Figueroa. PC1973.33.1 Star Road and White Sun, 1920 Ernest L. Blumenschein (1874 – 1960) oil on canvas Collection of The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Museum purchase, 1985 General Obligation Bonds, Albuquerque High School Collection, gift of classes 1943, 1944, 1945. 1986.50.3


Albuquerque Museum


of Art& History

ocated in the heart of historic Old Town, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is a great place to experience the art of the Southwest, the history of Albuquerque and diverse traveling exhibitions. Common Ground: Art in New Mexico highlights The Museum’s permanent art collection of works by contemporary and historical regional artists. Outside The Museum, visitors can stroll through the sculpture garden filled with more than 50 works of art. Four Centuries: A History of Albuquerque presents treasures from The Museum’s history collection. EXHIBITIONS A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and Early maps, armor, weavings, jewelry and domestic the Tiffany Girls. May 8, 2011–Aug. 21, 2011. Art from the Taylor Collection artifacts highlight more than 400 years of Rio Hispanic September 18, 2011-January 8, 2012 Grande Valley history. PROGRAMS In addition to our exhibitions, the museum offers Saturday Family Art Workshops. Most 1–2:30 pm. Fun for all ages. All children’s art classes, sculpture garden tours, gallery Saturdays, supplies are provided. Call to confirm. tours, Old Town tours, lectures and a variety of per- 28th Annual Albuquerque Museum and NM Council of Car Clubs Automobile formances. The Albuquerque Museum also offers Show. May 20, 2012. tours and special events at Casa San Ysidro, the GENERAL INFORMATION Historic Gutiérrez-Minge House located in the vil- The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History 19th & Mountain Rd. NW, Old Town, Albuq. lage of Corrales, just north of Albuquerque For more information call 505-234-7255 or 311. The Albuquerque Museum is open for free every Relay NM and 711.; Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00p.m. and also all Admission: members, FREE; adults, $4 day on the first Wednesday of every month. ($1 discount to NM residents w/ID); seniors (65+ w/ID), $2; children (4-12), $1; children (3 and under), free.

TOURS Gallery Tours. One-hour docent guided tours are offered with pre-arranged bookings. Each tour is designed specifically for the interests and age level of the group requesting the tour. Docent guided tours offered at 2 pm, Tues.-Sun., no reservation required. Sculpture Garden Walking Tours. Docent-guided tours are offered April through November, Tues.-Sat. at 10 am. Old Town Walking Tours. Docent-guided tours are offered mid-March to mid-December, Tues.-Sun. at 11 am.

CASA SAN YSIDRO The Albuquerque Museum's historic Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House. Located in the village of Corrales, just north of Albuquerque at 973 Old Church Road. Tour Hours: Fall/Winter/Spring: Sep.-Nov. and Feb.-May; Wed.-Sat.: 9:30 am and 1:30 pm; Sun.: 2:00 pm Summer: Jun., Jul. and Aug.; Wed.-Fri.: 9:30 am and 1:30 pm; Sat.: 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm; Sun.: 2:00 pm


Harvest Festival. Sat. and Sun., Sep. 24–25, 2011 Noche de Luces (A Night of Lights). Sat., Dec. 3, 2011, 5pm-8pm 8


Photo from a newly installed permanent mural, Morning Prayer by Mallery Quetawki, tells the Emergence Story of the Zuni. Mallery Quetawki is from the Pueblo of Zuni.

Indian Pueblo


Cultural Center

ince 1976 the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has showcased Pueblo Indian art, culture, food and history to its thousands of visitors each year who seek an introduction into a true “Pueblo Experience.” Owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the Center is located on 11 acres in the heart of Albuquerque and consists of a culturally vibrant indigenous community of educators and artists within an urban setting. Inside the Center, permanent exhibits highlight the pueblo people’s creativity and adaptation from 300 B.C. to present, making possible their survival, diversity and achievements for thousands of years. The Center’s impressive exhibition galleries host a variety of changing historical and fine art exhibits of and by Native Americans with emphasis on traditional and contemporary Pueblo history and art. EVENTS Through September 2011, the Center is hosting a PUBLIC Jun. 4 Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling through Performance nationally acclaimed traveling banner exhibition Poetry. 6-7:30 pm, $5 Aug. 24 Coffee and Conversation “Art, from the Smithsonian National Museum of the Indigenous Knowledge and Epistemology: American Indian titled, “IndiVisible, African-Native How We Learn and Share Our Knowledge”. 5:30-7 pm, $5 general $3 members American Lives in the America.” Aug. 29-Sep. 10 Pueblo Artist Series: A workwith Jemez sculptor, Kathleen Wall. Signature events and weekly public programs shop Every other day for 2 weeks. 5:30-9 pm, Fee: $550 includes materials including the popular weekend traditional Native Sep. 14 100 Years of State & Federal Policy and Its Impact on Pueblo Nations: A Critical American dance performances makes the Center an Timeline. 5:30-7 pm, $5 general $3 members Sep. 17-18 Pueblo Artist Series: A workshop attractive venue for people of all ages.

EXHIBITIONS Saints of the Pueblos. Celebrating Native Legacies: Works in Clay by Kathleen Wall of Jemez Pueblo. IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. 100 Years of State & Federal Policy and Its Impact on Pueblo Nations. Visit: for dates.

Admission: Adults-$6, Students-$3 Seniors-$5.50 NM Residents-$4 Groups of 10 or more-$4 per person

MORE INFORMATION Call 866-855-7902 toll free or visit for more information. Open 7 days a week. Closed major holidays.

with Laguna/Isleta painter, Gregory Analla. 10 am-4 pm, Fee: $95 includes materials Oct. 1,2,8,9 Fall Indian Art Market - Buy direct from Native American artists.10am-4pm Oct. 1-9 Balloon Fiesta Week at IPCC - Daily traditional dance performances. 10 am-4 pm Oct. 10 Indigenous Peoples Day - State of the Pueblo Nations: A Contemporary Perspective. 1-3 pm, $5 general $3 members Oct. 15 From Field to Feast - Celebrating ancient foodways and cooking traditions of the Pueblos. 9 am-4 pm


The Center is located just off of I-40 between Menaul and Indian School NW. 2401 12th St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104



Valencia County BELEN, LOS LUNAS

A Historic Crossroads of Rails, Trails and Highways


alencia County was traversed by Spanish explorers and colonists as early as the late 1500s. The King of Spain issued area land grants in the early 1700s. The Village of Los Lunas, the county seat, was in fact named for the Luna family who took possession of this page: Historic a land grant soon after its issuance in 1718. The original Historic Route 66 Route 66 (NM 6), parallels the Rio from Chicago to L.A. turns west at Los Lunas, a segment now labeled NM 6. A Puerco through the Cañoncito Reserhistorical interlude to the region, as well as to Route 66, is housed in The vation, providing a shortcut between Museum of Heritage and Arts in Los Lunas. I-25 at Los Lunas To the south of Los Lunas, the rural village of Tomé was established in1739, and I-40 west of Albuquerque. and now hosts the University of New Mexico Valencia campus, with it’s modern Southwest architecture and award-winning landscaping. It is also the site of Tomé Hill, a sacred hill rising up out of the middle of the valley and offering ancient petroglyphs and extensive vistas from the top. At the base of the hill is a 25-foot sculpture, "La Puerta del Sol," by renowned artist, Armando Alvarez depicting the settling of New Mexico by Native Americans and conquistadors; merchants and missionaries; soldiers and shepherds. Beyond Tomé is New Mexico’s historic “Hub City,” Belén. The settlement played a strategic roll



on the early Spanish supply route, El Camino Real, and later became a critical crossroad of east-west/north-south routes of the Santa Fe Railroad, now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. It is also the southern anchor of New Mexico’s RailRunner commuter train from Belén to Albuquerque and Santa Fé. Located in Belén are the Water Conservation Garden, The Rio Grande Veterans Memorial Park, the P&M Farm Museum and the Harvey House Museum. Painted wall-to-wall murals cover the center room of the Harvey House, depicting scenic views of the valley, and three rooms are dedicated to an HO scale replica of the Bélen railroad yard. The Harvey House Museum sponsors numerous art and railroad exhibits throughout the year.

ATTRACTIONS Museum of Heritage and Arts. Tues-Fri 125, Sat 10-5. 251 Main St. SE Los Lunas, NM 87031 Ph: (505) 352-7720 P & M Farm Museum. 478 Jarales Road Belen, NM 87002-9213 (505) 864-8354 Belen Harvey House. Houses the Valencia County Historical Society Museum. 104 North 1st Street, Belen, NM (505) 861-0581 Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. The Visitor's Center is open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Fri-Sat. 505-865-5807

Belen Art league Gallery & Gifts Wed.-Sat. 12:00-4:00 p.m. 509 Becker Ave. Belen, NM

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VALENCIA COUNTY EVENTS Jan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Annual Matanza Belén, NM Feb-Mar 6x6 Rodeo Belén, NM May Hub City Music Fest Downtown Belén, NM Aug Valencia County Fair & Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Belén, NM Our Lady of Belén Fiestas 505-864-8043 Sep Rio Abajo Days 505-864-8091


Belen and Los Lunas are located on I-25 south of Albuquerque at the junction of historic trails, rails and highways.


Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce 712 Dalies, Belen, NM 87002 (505) 864-8091 Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce (505) 702-9468 Los Lunas Valencia County Chamber of Commerce 3447 Lambros Loop Los Lunas, NM 87031 (505) 352-3596

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Star Road and White Sun (1874-1960), 42" x 51" Oil on Canvas, 1920. The Albuquerque Museum; Museum purchase, 1985 General Obligation Bonds, Albuquerque High School Collection, Gift of the classes of 1943, 1944, and 1945. $575 framed by Ernest L. Blumenschein. This powerful painting reflects an early 20th century shift in Native American culture away from passive accommodation towards an assertiveness of contemporary Native culture

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ATTRACTIONS Canyon Road. East of Paseo de Peralta. Originally a Native American trail into the mountains; now lined with unique shops, art galleries, artists' studios, restaurants and local hangouts. 800-777-2489 or 505-955-6200. EI Rancho de las Golondrinas. South of Santa Fe off I-25. Historical Spanish colonial village, now a living history museum, was a stopping point on EI Camino Real. Call for annual event schedule and tours, 505-471-2261. Hyde Memorial State Park. Eight miles northeast of Santa Fe. Camping, hiking and picnicking. 505-983-7175. Loretto Chapel. 207 Old Santa Fe Trail. Houses the miraculous staircase built by a mysterious carpenter believed to have been St. Joseph by the Loretto nuns. 505-982-0092. Museum Hill. On Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail. Home of the Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Museum of Fine Arts. 107 W. Palace Ave. Southwest, historical and contemporary art. 505-476-5072. Palace of the Governors. 105 W. Palace Ave. 17th century building on the Santa Fe Plaza housing historical exhibits. The oldest continuously used public building in the US. 505-476-5100. San Miguel Mission Church. 401 Old Santa Fe Trail. Dates back to first Spanish colonization. Rebuilt following Pueblo Revolt of 1680. 505-983-3974 or 988-9504. Santuario de Guadalupe. 100 S. Guadalupe. Mission museum exhibiting Spanish colonial art. 18th century shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. 505-988-2027.


Santa Fe is located at the junction I-25 and US84/285, the historic termination of El Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail.


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SantaFe The oldest capital city in the United States


anta Fe is the oldest capital city in North America, inhabited 13 years before the pilgrims settled Plymouth Colony. The city continues to support the nation’s oldest community celebration, the Santa Fe Fiesta, established in 1712 to commemorate the Spanish reconquest of New Mexico. The Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure, now the state's history museum, was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. It is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the opposite: The Cathedral United States. Basilica of St. Francis was With more than 250 galleries to explore, you'll be astonished by the originally constructed in and still includes a city's array of art. Canyon Road is home to a mile-long stretch of gal- 1610 small adobe chapel proleries, and you'll encounter dozens more along any plaza area street. tecting America’s oldest There are galleries in the Guadalupe district and the new Railyard area, statue of the Virgin Mary. a dynamic 50-acre commercial, residential and social district. Santa Fe’s performing arts encompass more than a dozen venues, from historic theaters to outdoor stages, magnificent churches and museum spaces. The Santa Fe Opera continues to bring opera stars and audiences from around the world each summer and the city hosts various annual music festivals, including chamber, jazz and traditional. The city has more than ten museums, four of them state-run. Innovative art centers add even more to the city's rich art life with a steady calendar of performances, exhibits and programs. Public art enhances parks, monuments, buildings, city streets and buses. Santa Fe can be accessed by American Eagle daily nonstop flights from Dallas and Los Angeles. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express carries passengers between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, with free shuttle service from Albuquerque Sunport.


Jun Jul

Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival. 505-476-1250 Civil War Weekend. El Rancho de las Golondrinas 505-471-2261 Aug Rodeo de Santa Fe. 505-471-4300 Sep Santa Fe Opera Season opens thru Aug 26. 800-280-4654 Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas 505-471-2261

Santa Fe Int’l. Folk Art Market Oct at Milner Plaza. 505-476-1197 Traditional Spanish Market on the Plaza. 505-982-2226 Dec Indian Market on the Plaza. 505-983-5220. Reniassance Rair at El Rancho de las Golondrinas 505-471-2261 Burning of Zozobra and Santa Fe Fiesta. 505-988-7575 Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta. 505-438-8060

Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. 505-471-2261 Santa Fe Film Festival 505-988-7414 Canyon Road Farolito Walk Christmas Eve. Winter Spanish Market 505-982-2226 Christmas at the Palace. 505-476-5100 Farolitos on the Plaza. 800-777-2489


Santa Fe is located at the junction I-25 and US84/285, the historic termination of El Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail.


Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce (505) 988-3279 Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau (505) 955-6200



Jewelmark Santa Fe’s Family Jeweler has Moved to Canyon Road Come back to old Santa Fe and rediscover Jewelmark where passion and jewelry collide into a world of integrity, quality and the most beautiful collection of diamonds, jewels and watches in New Mexico.

Gentle Spirit Sculpture Garden

Feel the heartbeat of New Mexico chanting within your soul on our patio. Bronze “Morning Prayer”cast bronze, 7.5' h, by world-renowned sculptor Estella Loretto.

An Invitation into the World of

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Renowned Native American Artist

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“Star Dancers”

Sculpture, Paintings and Jewelry Star Dancer A celebration of the Stars A traveling star, a shooting star A union between Earth and the Night Sky Star Magic Blessing Dancing for you Bringing grounded energy in balance Standing strong, and being free A star burst

Estella Loretto is recognized as one of today’s most celebrated Native American artists. Rooted in her heritage of Jemez Pueblo artists and spiritual leaders, she achieved recognition at an early age for her artistic gifts, which she has always pursued with passion and faith. As the only Native American woman artist working in monumental bronze sculpture, her work is in museum collections, permanent public installations, and private collections around the world. In downtown Santa Fe, “Blessed Kateri,” graces the main entrance to Saint Francis Cathedral and Basilica. “Earth Mother,” placed by Allan Houser, stands at the State Capital grounds. Estella’s sculptures are expressions of strength, beauty, harmony, serenity and prayer. Her art transports the viewer into a mystical place, reminders of living in reverence and gratitude for the blessings that surround us each day. Her goal and enjoyment is to create healing environments. She creates monumental art, medium and small sculpture, paintings, masks, and mixed media works. She has a new line of gold and silver jewelry based on her sculptural designs.

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Plan a visit to Estella’s Gentle Spirit Studio. (505) 986-8471 • Come and see “Blessed Kateri” at Saint Francis Cathedral and Basilica in downtown Santa Fe. The art and jewelry of Estella Loretto can be seen at Jewelmark and Jacqueline’s at 233 Canyon Road.


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World-renowned art markets, thousand year old continuous cultures, 400 years of New World history, some of the nation’s best skiing and white water rafting, unique natural hot mineral waters and arguably the best shopping in the universe are what distinguish North-Central New Mexico from the rest of the nation. below: The The remains of prehistoric civilizations in the northern mountains mingle with Native American Pueblo majestic Sangre de Cristo mounpopulations striving to preserve their ancestral drumbeat while forging ahead with twenty-first century eco- tains rise above Pueblo nomic interaction. Isolated Spanish villages have remained unphased by the influx of America’s top scientific Nambé near Española. minds, and somehow, prairie schooners, railroads and airplanes have kept pace with the rest of the country. But it’s the brilliant sunlight and the bluest of skies, jagged peaks and ski slopes, rivers tumbling through narrow canyons and colorful sandstone bluffs that continue to attract creative minds and visitors from afar. From the carving of ancient petroglyphs through modern graphic manipulation, the artistic spirit that lightly touches every facet of this land of deep spiritual enchantment grows stronger by the day. Discover your artistic niche or extreme physical thrill, hand in hand with Mother Nature herself…or just sit back and bask in the enlightening ambiance of New Mexico’s Northern Mountains.


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Mineral Springs Resort & Spa eemed sacred by Native Americans of Northern New Mexico, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa has been a source of healing for body, mind and spirit for thousands of years. Ojo is one of the nation’s oldest natural health resorts and is the world’s only known hot springs with a combination of four unique, sulphur free, mineral waters including iron, arsenic, lithia and soda. Enchanting accommodations, a full-service spa, an award-winning chef, daily yoga and 1,100 acres of hiking and mountain biking trails make Ojo Caliente a true health and wellness destination. In recent years, Ojo has enjoyed a stunning series of renovations and enhancements including a new reception building, expanded spa, twelve new Pueblo and Cliffside suites, six of which have private outdoor soaking tubs, plus a cozy Wine Bar and Lounge adjacent to the upgraded Artesian Restaurant. There are eleven new Plaza Cottages in addition to the eight renovated North Cottages, plus the enhanced Historic Hotel and two private homes: Casa de Ojo House and The Adobe House.


ATTRACTIONS Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa Suites, cottages, hotel, private homes, full-service spa, restaurant, gift shop, wine bar and lounge. The Artesian Restaurant. Serving wine and beer. Menu items to include: Grilled Artichoke, Cowboy Caesar Salad, Pork Oso Buco, Chile Seared Sea Scallops and many Southwestern Favorites. Wine Bar menu includes Green Chile Fries, Homemade New Mexican Pizzas and Angus, Buffalo and Vegetarian Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries. Full-service Spa. Offers a full-array of soothing and restorative therapies including nurturing massage and rejuvenating face and body treatments.

Ojo Caliente is located 24 miles north of Española on US285, featuring centuries old hot springs flowing from four distinct mineral sources.


From Ojo Caliente, return south on US285 and west on US84 to Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, or travel north 30 miles on US285 to Tres Piedras and west 30 miles on US64, crossing the Rio Grande Gorge bridge to Taos.



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Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (800) 222-9162 or (505) 583-2233

Of course, the waters are what make Ojo Caliente unique. Ten meticulously maintained mineral pools, including three secluded and private outdoor pools and a seasonal mud pool are considered to be beneficial for a number of physical conditions. The four distinctly different natural hot water sources combined with spa therapy provide an amazing opportunity to enhance healthful living and relaxation in a tranquil setting. The full-service spa offers a wide array of restorative services including nurturing massage and face therapies, and signature body treatments that incorporate locally harvested herbs and oils including the Native American Blue Corn and Prickly Pear Salt Scrub. Ojo Caliente which means, “hot eye” was named by Spanish explorers while searching for the Fountain of Youth in the 1500s, noting that the local Native American inhabitants believed the waters “were given to them by their gods.” Ojo Caliente was re-discovered by Zebulon Pike in 1807 as he was being marched to Santa Fe under arrest for exploring New Spain without permission. Ojo Caliente is located just one hour from Taos and Santa Fe.

opposite, from top right: Stunning evening soaks under star-filled skies in the Cliffside Pools. The Cliffside Suites have a private back patio with outdoor soaking tub facing the cliffs. A refreshing waterfall provides soothing relaxation to a guest in a private outdoor pool which is supplied with water containing high iron/arsenic mineralization. The Artesian Restaurant provides a casual dining experience and charming atmosphere. inset: Iron from this sand-bottom pool is believed to be beneficial to the blood and immune system. above: Ten pools are fed by natural hot springs supplying four distinct mineral contents. Photos courtesy Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.




Ageless Beauty & Mystique


radled by the rugged peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Taos has become a center for both the arts and the ultimate in outdoor experiences. Streets lined with galleries, shops, quaint coffee houses and hotels touch the creative spirit within each of us. Huge cottonwood trees, seasonal flowers and crackling fireplaces warm the atmosphere of this high altitude plateau year round. An impressive collection of museums showcase the region’s diverse cultures and multifaceted pool of talent.

TAOS CHAMBER EVENTS January Winter Wine Festival April Taos Home & Garden Expo May Taos Spring Arts Celebration Taos Spring Arts & Crafts Fair June Taos Solar Music Festival July Fiesta de Santa Ana y Santiago Taos Pueblo Pow Wow August Autumn Run Classic Car Show Taos County Fair September Fall Arts Festival Fall Arts & Crafts Fair October Taos Storytelling Festival Taos Mountain Balloon Rally November Yuletide in Taos Arts & Crafts Fair December Festival of Trees Lighting of Ledoux Christmas Eve at Taos Pueblo E6

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The shear mysticism of Taos, a centuriesold melding pot of cultural development, natural beauty and an endless supply of brilliant sunshine, has captured the hearts of America’s artists, writers, historians and anyone else who simply want to experience the essence of New Mexico’s enchanted spirit. The multistoried structures of Taos Pueblo, occupied for a millennium, the bold adobe walls of St. Francis de Asis church and the stark contrasts created by the river and its gorge fill portfolios and manuscripts with the jewels of this high desert destination. For winter sports, the Enchanted Circle includes the adrenaline-charged slopes of Taos Ski Valley, Red River, Sipapu and Angel Fire and ice-fishing at Eagle Nest Lake. High speed lifts, snowmobiles and hot air balloons complete this plein air sketch of a perfect winter getaway. Summer activities are no less challenging. White water rafting, fly fishing, hiking, biking, horseback and llama treks, and yes, lifts are still running and the nightlife steaming. Live music, excellent food, wine, a round of Las Vegas style gambling and a hot rock massage provide an incredible diversion to sore muscles. opposite: San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos was built in the late 1700s and memorialized in a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe.

ATTRACTIONS Gov. Bent House & Museum. 117A Bent St. Home of first territorial governor. Old family furnishings and frontier artifacts on display. 505-758-2376. Millicent Rogers Museum. 1504 Millicent Rogers Rd. New Mexico art, history and cultural exhibits. 505-758-2462. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. 11 miles northwest of Taos. 650 feet above the Rio Grande River. Taos Pueblo. Designated as a World Heritage Site. 505-758-1028. Taos Ski Valley. Ski school rated No.1. Vast system of trails for beginning, intermediate and expert skiers. 505-776-229l.

Retreat style lodging inspires 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.


Taos is located at the junction of US64, NM68 and NM522 between New Mexico’s highest peaks and deepest gorge.


Town of Taos (877) 587-9018 Taos Chamber of Commerce (575) 751-8800 Taos Convention Center (800) 323-6338

240 Morada Lane • Taos, New Mexico 87571

575-751-9686 • 800-846-2235 fax: 575-751-0365 E:mail: •



Taos Mountain Casino

Odds Are You’ll Have A Great Time At Taos!


urrounded by the majestic Sangre de Christo Mountains, Taos, New Mexico is a perfect yearround tourist destination. With it’s centuries-old adobe buildings, world famous art community and year-round recreational opportunities, Taos offers something for every visitor. One Taos entertainment attraction that offers a very different level of excitement is the friendly and intimate Taos Mountain Casino. Visitors can try their luck at Jokers Wild Blackjack, Video Poker and a variety of hot slot machines. Taos Mountain Casino’s Tiwa Kitchen serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and no one will want to leave without trying their famous strawberry shortcake. Odds are visitors will have a great time at Taos Mountain Casino. Drop by and ‘Get That Winning Feeling’. Taos Mountain Casino is located at 700 Veteran’s Highway in Taos, New Mexico.


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108 Kit Carson Rd, Suite F 575.751.8800 Taos, New Mexico 87571

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A few of the area’s great dining experiences!

Sabroso Restaurant & Bar

Located in a cozy, 150 year-old adobe northeast of Taos in the village of Arroyo Seco, serves American and Mediterranean-accented cuisine and a bistro fare. Cooking on an applewood-fired grill, Chef Timothy Wooldrige prepares steaks, lamb and fish. Vegetarian dishes are also offered.


New Mexicos oldest most experienced rafting company.

Half Day, Full Day, Multi Day Adventures. Rio Grande • Rio Chama 800-544-1181

Chef Timothy

0 Rio Grande Gorge Hot Air Balloon Flights Taos, New Mexico Pueblo Balloon Company 575-751-9877


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Chef Timothy studied culinary arts at Paul Smith’s College in Lake Placid, NY and L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD under White House Executive Chef Mesnier. His career has included Executive Chef at Capital Hilton in D.C. and Executive Chef and Food/ Beverage Director at Ponte Vedra Beach Club, FL. Chef Timothy’s Filet Mignon is top 5% choice Blank Angus and he offers Prince Edward Island mussels and Delaware Blue Point oysters, Sabroso style.

The Gorge Bar & Grill

Here at the Gorge, we are providing a clean, fresh and modern sense of casual dining without sacrificing quality of service and the quality of our food and drinks. All of our employees are professionals and carry themselves with pride and a sense of urgency. We are dedicated to New Mexico grown foods that represent the best this great state has to offer. Everything we make is made from scratch to insure the best ingredients in all our dishes and libations. With a great selection of craft beers, world wine and premium's all about what you like. Executive Chef Arik Zamora will cater to any special request or dietary restrictions that he can possibly do. We love our jobs and we want people to feel that when they come and dine with us-with the satisfaction and love for the Gorge. Here is What Else we have to Offer:

HAPPY HOUR! 3-5:30 and again from 9-10 M-F Private and semi-private rooms with audio/visual capabilities Retail Wine Shop coming soon.

Here is what we like: Ice Cold Beer • Spicy Salsa Freshly Squeezed Margaritas • Juicy Burgers Crisp White Wine • Fresh Oysters California Pinot Noir • Grilled 16oz. Ribeye Discover your favorite combination…

Doc Martins

Doc Martin's Restaurant is an acclaimed dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc's is a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards for over 20 consecutive years accompanied by the fabulous Regional New American fare served. Many guests enjoy Doc's Sunday Brunch special event and holiday menus. Occasions such as wine dinners, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day are not to be missed.

With over 400 wine selections, our world class wine list has earned Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence for OVER 20 consecutive years Legendary Dining.

Enjoy unique breakfast treats with homemade chorizo sausage, blue corn and blueberry hotcakes with Vermont maple syrup or the Kit Carson specialty featuring poached eggs served over yam biscuits and topped with a savory red chile sauce. Doc's offerings of classic chile rellenos with salsa fresca, pumpkin seeds and goat cheese cream sauce, macadamia encrusted halibut with chipotle and mandarin orange, organic beef ribeye with green chile polenta cake and a succulent rack of lamb with organic vegetables and seasonings are sure to intrigue the palette. Specialty wine pairings complement the savory dishes and tantalizing desserts prepared by pastry chef, Gayle Glanz.





125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte • Taos, NM 87571 Phone: 575.758.1977 • Reservations 888.518.8267 Fax: 575.758.5776 •

Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts RATON

High Plains Getaway he Shuler Theater, now in its 97th year, celebrates throughout the year with theater, dance and musical attractions from all over the world. This historic showplace has presented countless performing artists to the above: The proscenof the historic delight of thousands from northern New Mexico and ium Shuler Theater which southern Colorado. The Kaleidoscope Players, The Official opened in 1915, celebrated its 95th AnnState Theater of New Mexico, present each summer a full season iversary in 2010. Photo of plays and musicals. Various local organizations bring in a full by Ralph Erwin. season of touring national shows and the Shuler is the home of many Raton groups including the Choral Society, the Youth Theater, the School of Dance and public school programs. With its perfect acoustics, comfortable seating and beautifully restored rococo ambiance, the Shuler Theater is a New Mexico jewel open all year to the traveling public for free tours. Check the calendar for current shows. 575-445-4746

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The Mandala Center Relax, Reflect, Renew DES MOINES



ntelope roam, sunsets are spellbinding, night skies are star-studded, and eagles soar to accompany your own spirit of adventure in the ancient and enchanted land of Northeastern New Mexico. This remote setting of high plains and volcanic fields is home to The Mandala Center nestled on the slopes of the Sierra Grande with a clear view of Capulin Volcano National Monument. The Mandala Center became a non-profit retreat facility in 1996 and has opened its doors to hundreds of people each year consciously seeking deeper connection with their life callings, personal growth, creativity, spiritual understanding, and transformative processes. The Mandala Center provides personalized attention, comfortable accommodations, and heartfelt hospitality. We cater to small groups and organizations seeking a supportive destination for meetings, trainings, study, and creative exploration. Retreat space for individuals is available. We offer a yearly schedule of workshops facilitated by wonderful and inspired teachers on various topics. We comfortably accommodate groups of 24 guests. Chef services are available upon request for groups. A kitchen area is provided for individual use. Guests may use our labyrinth, hiking paths, contemplation loft, small library, decks, and peace pole area. Internet service is available in our main center. We offer a reflective space for deep work of the mind, body, and spirit and lots of room for the soul to soar. We look forward to your visit with us! Call 575-278-3002 or visit our new website: Find us on Facebook as The Mandala Center (New Mexico).

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS June 16-19 The Sacred Geometry of Mandalas with Charles Gilchrist July 2-5 Photography Live! With Steve Larese July 21-24 Contemplative Art Retreat with Suzanne Frasier Aug 4-7 Yoga for Self Discovery with Monique Parker

 non-profit retreat facility in Northeastern New Mexico Inspiring the Human Spirit

Aug 11-14 Creating Communion with Nature with Lisa Lipsett Sept 23-25 Autumn Rest and Renewal Retreat (reduced rates) Oct 7-9 Walking the Wisdom Trail: Shamanism, Peacemaking and Healing with Myron Eshowsky


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Over 900 Buildings on the National Historic Register


as Vegas rests on the gentle eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the edge of grass-laden prairies that stretch into forever. Authentic and original, Las Vegas is home to over 900 buildings on the National Historic Register, including the state's largest number of intricate Victorian homes and the Plaza Hotel's classic Western ambience. Historical artifacts, clothing, and photographs can be seen at the Las Vegas City Museum, housed in a 1940 WPA building, and the nearby office of the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. this page: The wellA stroll through the Arts and Cultural District reveals an array of aes- preserved historic of Las Vegas thetic riches from carved wooden saints and softly painted retablos to the districts include venues for bold works of modern minds. The local cuisine emerged from a melding local performances and social gatherings. of the two cultures that first met at the river Gallinas, offering dishes from Northern New Mexican to sophisticated American. Music from Mariachi to the classical voices of the New Mexico Highlands University choir echo from the Plaza Park's gazebo as local dancers salsa and two-step during cool summer evenings. Las Vegas counts natural hot springs, mountain hiking trails, striking architecture, and a rich blend of culture as some of its finest offerings. Once the biggest and baddest of the Old West EVENTS Jan 1 Polar Bear Plunge at Storrie Lake. towns, Las Vegas hasn’t lost the best of what it has 505-425-5204; email: Feb 14 Las Vegas WinterFest. 505-454-3238 always been: a jewel on the Santa Fe Trail. Apr 25 Synergyfest. 505-425-6008; email: Jun Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Dec Dec

ATTRACTIONS Fort Union National Monument. Established in 1851 as the guardian of the Santa Fe Trail. 505-425-8025 Pecos National Historical Park. Open Year Round. 505-757-7200 City of Las Vegas Museum & Rough Rider Memorial Collection. Tues-Sat 10am-4pm 505-454-1401 ext. 283 Historic Plaza Hotel. Built in 1882, one of the most beautifully restored New Mexico Hotels! 505-425-3591 13 Luna/Highlands Ann. Customer Car Show. 505-429-0425; email: 13-14 Las Vegas Celebrates the Art. 505-425-1085; email: 1–4 123rd Annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. 505-454-1401 ext 3277; email: 29-31 Ann. Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally 7-15 Places with a Past Historic Sites Tour & Heritage Week. 505-425-8803; 11–14 San Miguel/Mora Co. Fair. 505-454-1497; email: 6 “Ain’t Got No Frijoles” Blues Festival. 505-454-6771 12 Sabor de Las Vegas. 505-425-3745; email: 5 22nd Ann. Electric Light Parade. 505-425-8631 12 Holiday Historic Home Tour. 505-425-8803; email: historic@cybermesa


Second Saturday Artwalk. (Second Saturday of every month) (505) Montezuma Castle Tours. (505) 454-4221 Glimpses of the Past from Fort Union. (505) 425-8025 NMHU Ilfeld Auditorium. (505) 425-3238 Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge. (505) 454-6115

LOCATION Las Vegas is located on I-25, between Fort Union National Monument and Pecos National Historic Park on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.


Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce (505) 425-8631 or (800) 832-5947


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Tucumcari A Historic Route 66

ficionados will find a treasure trove of things to do and see in and around Tucumcari: unique motels, restaurants, curio shops, plenty of neon, the Route 66 Monument, and over 40 murals. Once called Ragtown and Six Shooter Siding, Tucumcari began as a railroad camp in 1901. An excellent example of California-Spanish architecture, the Tucumcari Train Depot will soon reopen as a railroad museum. The Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum houses the world’s largest collection of full-scale bronze-cast dinosaur EVENTS 2011 skeletons. The colorful histo- this page: Tucumcari Mountain has long been May 5 Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Mesalands Comm. College 12-15 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival, Quay Co. Fair Barn ry of Tucumcari and Route one of the Mother 14 Arts, Hats & Hearts Reception, Art Space Road’s most-recognized 66 is brought to life at the natural landmarks. It was Great American Clean Up 20-22 2nd Ann. Route 66 Freedom Ride, Glen Rio frequently used as a Tucumcari Historical lookout Tourist Welcome Center by Comanche 27-30 Valkyries Memorial Day BBQ Run, Safari Motel Museum. Sports enthusiasts war parties as it can be Jun 5 Kids Fishing Derby, Ute Lake seen from the Texas 10-11 Mother Road Rally, Main Street/VFW should check out the Panhandle more than 50 Missoula Children’s Theater miles away. 19 Annual Rubber Duck Hunt, Ute Lake Municipal Golf Course and 25 ENM Bluegrass Pot Luck Supper & Music, Quay County Fair Barn the Jack Nicolas-designed lake-side golf course at Jul 2 Independence Day Parade & Fireworks, Logan/Ute Lake 4 Conchas Lake State Park 4th of July Fireworks, 12Shores. Only a short drive away, Conchas Conchas Lake 4 Tucumcari Elk's Club Fireworks, Elks Lodge Lake and Ute Lake are havens for boaters, anglers 12-Oct 25 Farmer's Market, Wailes Park (Tuesdays & Saturdays) 23-24 NM State 4-H Rodeo & Horse Show, Quay Co. and picnickers. Spectacular drives include Fairgrounds Arena 23 ENM Bluegrass Pot Luck & Music, Quay Co. Fair Barn Mesalands and La Frontera Del Llano Scenic Aug 4-6 Rattler Reunion, Tucumcari Convention Ctr. NMSU Agricultural Science Center Annual Field Day Byways. Special events include arts and crafts 10-13 Quay County Fair, Fairgrounds 27 ENM Bluegrass Pot Luck Supper & Music, Quay Co. weekends, concerts, festivals and fairs. Major Fair Barn Sep 16-17National Intercollegiate Rodeo, Fairgrounds events include the annual Iron Pour in March, Rodeo Arena 23-25 Nara Visa Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering Intercollegiate Rodeo in June, and the Rotary Air 24 ENM Bluegrass Pot Luck Supper & Music, Quay Co. Fair Barn Show, rated third in the country, in October. Oct 1 Fun Run/Walk 5 Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show, Airport With more than 1200 motel rooms and a myri8 3-D Archery Shoot 22 Bluegrass Music Program ad of great eateries, we invite travelers to make it Nov 4 Museum Grand Opening w/Antique Steam Locomotive , Tucumcari Train Depot “Tucumcari Tonite, tomorrow, for a lifetime!” 5-6 Holiday Craft Fair, Quay Co. Fair Barn Dec

Free Thanksgiving Dinner, First Baptist Church Tucumcari Christmas Light Parade & Lighting Contest Ute Lake State Park Campground Lighting Contest ENM Bluegrass Pot Luck Supper & Music, Quay Co. Fair Barn Quay County Pecan Treasures Food Show, Quay County Extension Office Mariachi Christmas, Tucumcari High School Auditorium



Bluegrass Music Program 44th Ann. Agriculture & Home Economics Seminar Feb. Coyote Calling Contest Eastern NM Bluegrass Music Program, Quay Co. Fair Barn Relay for Life Mar. Annual Youth Art Show Annual Mesalands Community College Iron Pour 16 Tucumcari Bull Test Sale 13th Annual Mardi Gras Cajun Shrimp Boil Eastern NM Bluegrass Pot Luck Supper Apr. 12th Annual Logan Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Bluegrass Music Program, Quay Co. Fair Barn 7 Easter Egg Hunt, Dunn Park May 5 Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Mesalands Comm. College Great American Clean Up 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival, Quay Co. Fair Barn 3rd Annual Route 66 Freedom Ride, Glenrio Visitor Information Center Valkyries Memorial Day BBQ Run, Blue Swallow Motel & Motel Safari For more details and updates, be sure to check our calendar of events at

LOCATION Tucumcari is located 43 miles west of the Texas border on I-40 and 177 miles east of Albuquerque.


Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce P.O. Drawer E • 404 W. Route 66 • Tucumcari, NM 88401. 575-461-1694 • Fax 575-461-3884



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Springs Resort &




o mold the stay to revolve around your expectations, with the opportunity to create one of life’s rewarding experiences. That’s your assignment. The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, will enhance your ability to achieve success with 23 pools of flowing, natural, hot mineral water, a river tumbling straight out of the Colorado Rockies, a non-mineral lap pool and Jacuzzi, options for rejuvenating massage and a hotel featuring deep, plush mattresses. With all the amenities of a Roman bathhouse, you can reach a state of mind and body that perhaps you thought was impossible. Terraced to The 30-acre complex by itself can fill your stay, but if you possess above: overlook the beautiful an adventuresome spirit, you can ski or hike the slopes of nearby Wolf San Juan River, The Springs offers numCreek or ride horseback over the trail system of the San Juan erous hot pools to from. below: Mountains. At the very least, you should browse the shops and choose The Resort has a 79 galleries of Pagosa Springs and treat your discriminating palate to its room "boutique" hotel, offering Standard, fine restaurants. Deluxe and EcoLuxe accommodations. As one can imagine, the highly mineralized “healing waters” of the The Great Pagosa Hot Spring were frequented by Native American tribes and discovered by the White Man in 1859. Since the early 1990s, visionary planning and attention to detail is turning The Springs into a top destination in the world of relaxation and rejuvenation. ATTRACTIONS The Springs Resort & Spa The Springs Resort hotel offers 79 rooms from Standard, Deluxe, EcoLuxe accommodations. The Springs Day Spa & Salon Combine the naturally hot therapeutic mineral waters of our soaking pools with body treatments, facials, nails, hair and skin services for the ultimate in health, relaxation, and pampering. EcoLuxe Conference Room Fully equipped with state of the art equipment. Adventure Packages A large array of adventure packages from Train rides to Jeep Tours.


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New Mexico Museum of Space History & IMAX Hwy. 2001 • 437-2840 • Space age developments and travel on display. Oliver Lee Ranch House 409 Dog Canyon Rd. • 437-8284 Pioneer Oliver Lee’s restored homestead. Toy Trains Museum & Train Ride N. White Sands Blvd • 888-2073564 Trains of every size exhibited.

Smokey Bear Museum 102 Smokey Bear Blvd • 354-2298 A museum devoted to Forest Service fire prevention campaign featuring Smokey Bear.

Albuquerque Albuquerque Museum of Art and History 19th & 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 880-0500 • 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 • 866-855-7902 • Pueblo history blended with work by contemporary artists and craftsmen. Lodestar Astronomy Planetarium 1801 Mountain Rd NW • 841-2800 Digital planetarium, motion simulator and observatory. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology UNM • 1 University of New Mexico 277-4405 • Collections focusing on southwest native cultures. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History 601 Eubank SE • 245-2137 The Manhattan Project includes exhibits about the atomic bomb. National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico 1701 4th Street SW • 246-2261 • Exhibitions, performances and research. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science 1801 Mt. Rd. NW • 841-2800 • Experimental museum with 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 Jonson Gallery UNM • 1 University of New Mexico 277-4001 • Collections of world re-nowned European and American art. Unser Racing Museum 1776 Montano Rd. NW • 341-1776 • Four generations of Unsers and racecars.

Belen Harvey House Museum 104 N. First Street • 861-0581 Harvey Girls, Harvey Houses; Santa Fe Railway; Valencia County History; Model Railroad Display, Monthly Exhibits.

Carlsbad Carlsbad Museum and Art Center 418 W. Fox • 887-0276 • Focus on geology, history and art of the region.

Chimayõ Chimayõ Museum 13 Plaza del Cerrõ • 376-2913 • History and culture of Chimayó and its surrounding communities. Supporting the work of established and emerging local artists.

Cimarron Old Mill Museum NM21 • 376-2913 • Collections covering the region’s history.

Cloudcroft Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village 1000 Hwy. 82 • 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. • 747-8535 Collections focus on art and history of the area.

Farmington Farmington Museum 3041 E. Main St • 599-1174 Exhibits include prehistory of the region and a history of the Navajo and of Farmington.

Gallup Red Rock Park & Museum Red Rock Park • 722-3839 Displays of native artifacts & art. Rex Museum 300 W. Historic Rt. 66 Ave. 863-1363 • History of Gallup’s railroads and mines.

Las Cruces Railroad Museum 351 N. Mesilla St. • 647-4480 Photographs, artifacts, & text panels interpret local history & railroadiana. NMSU Museum Kent Hall • 646-3739 Collections of gems, fossils and technological influences of the West.

Las Vegas City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial 727 Grand Ave. • 454-1401 History of Northeast NM.

Lincoln Historic Lincoln-Division of Hubbard Museum US 380 • 653-4025 Building Tours, Billy the Kid exhibit.

Lordsburg Lordsburg Hidalgo Museum 542-9086 • 710 East 2nd St. Old West museum documents early history of the nearby ghost towns of Shakespeare and Steins.

Los Alamos Bandelier Nat’l. Mon. 672-3861 • Collection of Pueblo culture from 1200 AD to present. Bradbury Science Museum 15th & Central. • 667-4444 • Science exhibits including WWII Project Y. Los Alamos Historical Museum 1921 Juniper St. • 662-6272 Focuses on history of Los Alamos.

Madrid Old Coal Mine Museum 2814 Hwy 14 • 438-3780 Includes an authentic coal mine shaft.

Magdalena Box Car Museum N. Main St. • 854-2261 Old photographs and objects of yesteryear's frontier life.

Pinos Altos Pinos Altos Museum Main St. • 388-1882 Collections of Gila Wilderness artifacts and North American exhibits.



NM Mining Museum 100 N. Iron Ave. • 800-748-2142 Collections devoted to mining.

Poeh Cultural Center 78 Cities of Gold Rd. • 455-3334 • Dedicated to the culture of the Northern Pueblos. Poeh Museum 78 Cities of Gold Rd. • 455-5041 Features history, culture and heritage of Pueblo people.

La Mesilla Gadsden Museum 1875 Boutz Rd. • 526-6293 Collections of Spanish and Indian artifacts.

Las Cruces


Branigan Cultural Ctr. 501 North Main St. • 541-2154 Museum features exhibits of the region’s art and history. Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum 4100 Dripping Springs Rd. • 522-4100 Historical farm and ranch collections featured. Las Cruces Museum of Art 491 North Main St. • 541-2137 contemporary art exhibitions, public programming, and educational activities. Las Cruces Museum of Natural History 700 S. Telshor Blvd. • 522-3120 Southwest natural history.

Blackwater Draw Museum Eastern New Mexico University 1500 S. Ave. K • 562-1011 Museum focusing on archaeological finds in Blackwater Draw site.

Raton The Raton Museum 108 S. Secont St. • 445-8979 Features the history of the region.

Roswell International UFO Museum and Research Center 114 N. Main • 800-822-3545 • Museum addresses UFO phenomenon. Roswell Museum and Art Center 100 W. 11th St. • 624-6744 • Art and science exhibits including Goddard collection and Hurd/Wyeth art work.



Hubbard Museum of the American West 841 Hwy. 70 E. • 378-4142 Devoted to history of the equine & Dave McGary sculpture.

E.L. Blumenschein Home & Museum 222 Ledoux St. • 758-0505 The Southwest and European traditions and cultures are seen as having melded into one. Governor Bent Home & Museum 117 A Bent St.• 758-2376 Museum and home of New Mexico’s first territorial governor. Harwood Museum of Art 238 Ledoux St. • 758-9826 Collections of Taos history with emphasis on Indian pueblos and Spanish culture. Kit Carson Home & Museum 113 Kit Carson Rd. • 758-4945 Mountain man Kit Carson’s artifacts and other frontier exhibits. La Hacienda De Los Martinez 708 Hacienda Rd. • 758-0505 Tour a large hacienda which portrays Spanish colonial life. Millicent Rogers Museum 1504 Millicent Rogers Rd. 758-2462 • Collections include hispanic art and Indian exhibits. Also featured is the Maria Martinez collection.

Santa Fe El Rancho de las Golondrinas 334 Los Pinos Rd. • 471-2261 • A historical physical depiction of Colonial New Mexico. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum 217 Johnson St. • 946-1000 • 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. • 954-7205 Exhibits and collections of Indian art. Institute of American Indian Arts 83 Avan Nu Po Rd. • 424-2300 • Museum houses the national collection of contemporary Native American art. Museum of Fine Arts 107 W. Palace Ave. • 476-5072 • Exhibits of Southwest artists and Taos and Santa Fe Masters. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture 710 Camino Lejo • 476-1250 Indian artifacts and exhibits. Museum of Int’l. Folk Art 706 Camino Lejo • 476-1200 Collections and exhibits from around the world.100+ countries. New Mexico History Museum 120 Lincoln Ave. • 476-5100 • Grand Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2009. A state-of-the-art, immersive interactive exhibition set to cast new light on how history can be learned. Palace of the Governors 105 W. Palace Ave. • 476-5100 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. 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 WNMU Campus • 1000 W. College 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 801 Leroy Place • 835-5420 Fossils & mineral specimens.

Taos Art Museum & Fechin House 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 758-2690 Home of Russian artist. Furniture and folk art displayed.

Toadlena Two Grey Hills Museum Toadlena Trading Post • 789-3267 Includes the most famous of the Navajo rugs.

Truth or Consequences Geronimo Springs Museum 211 Main St. • 894-6600 World-class collection of prehistoric Mimbres pottery, Apache, Hispanic, military, mining, exhibits.

Tucumcari Tucumcari Historical Museum 416 S. Adams St. • 461-4201 Community history on display with collections of Indian artifacts.

Zuni A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center 02E Ojo Caliente Rd. • 782-4403 Community directed Eco-Museum and Heritage Center.

Ganado, AZ Hubbell Trading Post Hwy 264 • 928-755-3475 Oldest operating Trading Post on the Navajo Nation.

Window Rock, AZ The Navajo Nation Museum Hwy 264 & Loop Rd. 928-871-7941 History, Culture & Exhibitions of the Four Corners Region.

El Paso, TX Insights Science Museum 505 N. Santa Fe 915-534-0000 Exciting explorations in science. El Paso Museum of Art 1 Arts Festival Plaza 915-532-1707 Houses a permanent collection of over 5,000 works of art.








Country Northwest New Mexico is covered predominantly by the Navajo Indian Nation and the Pueblos of Zuni, Acoma and Laguna. Successive generations of talented tribal artisans have produced the largest market for Native American arts and crafts in the world. Both casual and serious collectors of Native America work are challenged by the vast array of choices being offered. The previous inhabitants of the area were the ancient Anazasi, ancestors of the Pueblo people, who left behind impressive ruins at Chaco Canyon and Aztec in New Mexico, Mesa Verde in Colorado and Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. The geologic diversity of the terrain has given rise to major recreational opportunities including trophy fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking and hot-air ballooning. Segments of Historic Route 66 pass through the pueblos of Acoma and Laguna and form the main streets of Gallup and Grants. Scenic Route 53 accesses El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments and the Pueblo of Zuni.

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Geologic Diversity

rants is the multicultural epitome of the Southwest, where distinct cultures of the Pueblo people, the Navajo, the Hispanic, and the Anglo-European strive to create a community that builds upon the strengths of each. Located among complex geological processes, red and tan sandstone cliffs give way to pine forests and aspen groves on high mountain slopes, and old lava flows meander across the valleys. The Pueblo people have lived in this area “since the beginning of time” in their reckoning. The legacy of their ancestors is evident throughout the region. Nearby Acoma, sitting on a high mesa southeast of Grants, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. The new Sky City Cultural Center showcases the heritage of the Acoma people, and the adjacent Pueblo of Laguna is home to the 300-year-old San Jose de la Laguna church. The Spanish influence arrived to stay in the land of Cibola in 1605, when Don Juan de Oñate carved his inscription on a bluff at El Morro. Grants’ location on Historic Route 66 brought 20th century travelers and the roadside enterprises that served them. The discovery of uranium sparked a mining boom that lasted for over three decades.



opposite: La Ventana, a natural arch on NM 117, overlooks the old lava flow at El Malpais National Monument south of Grants above: Colorful sandstone bluffs provide a contrast to the deep blue New Mexico sky. below: Eleventhousand foot Mt. Taylor provides the backdrop for a sandstone pinnacle on Historic Route 66 near Grants.


Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. 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.

EVENTS Feb Mar May Jul Sep Oct Dec

Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon. 800-748-2142 St. Joseph’s Feast Day at Laguna Pueblo. 505-552-6654 La Fiesta De Colores. 800-748-2142 Wild West Days & Rodeo. 800-748-2142 Fire & Ice Bike Rally. 800-550-3573 Mining Museum Gala. 800-748-2142 Bi-County Fair. 800-748-2142 Ancient Way Festival. Holiday Festivals. 800-748-2142 Winter Arts & Crafts Fair. 800-748-2142


Grants is located at the junction of I-40 and Scenic Route 53, at the base of 11,000 foot Mt. Taylor.


Grants/Cibola County Chamber & Mining Museum (505) 287-4802 (800) 748-2142 El Malpais Nat’l. Mon. (505) 783-4774 El Morro Nat’l. Mon. (505) 783-4226 Ice Caves & Bandera Volcano (888) 423-3383 Inscription Rock Trading & Coffee Co. (505) 783-4706 Ramah Historical Society (505)783-4150

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park a World Heritage Site features a nine mile loop that accesses five different Chacoan sites. Canyon de Chelly National Monument ancient ruins loom silently among the sheer red sandstone cliffs. El Morro and Inscription Rock contains over 2,000 historic petroglyphs and inscriptions carved into the rock. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site sells old and new Native American art and is host to two auctions each year. Outdoor Murals portraying the area’s rich history and diverse cultures turn the downtown district into a museum of art. Pueblo of Zuni known for its craftmanship and skilled artisans is considered to be the most traditional and largest of the 19 New Mexico pueblos. 575-782-5531 Window Rock the ceremonial center of the earth for the Navajo people and capitol of the Navajo Nation.

LOCATION Gallup is located at the junction of I-40, US 666 and NM 602, in the heart of Indian Country, 138 miles west of Albuquerque and 31 miles north of Zuni.

MORE INFORMATION Gallup Visitors and Information Center (800) 242-4282 Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce (505) 722-2228 (800) 380-4989 22



Dawn ‘til Dusk Mountain Bike Race. Twelve hour endurance race on Gallup’s High Desert Trail Jul System course. 505-863-7283 Annual Lions Club Rodeo at Red Rock Park Arena. 505-722-2228


Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo at Red Rock Park Arena. 505722-2228 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo at Red Rock Park Arena. 505722-2228 16th Annual “Wild Thing” Championship Bull Riding at Red Rock Park Arena. 505722-3839



Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial at Red Rock Park and various other Gallup venues. 505-863-3896 Rehobeth McKinley County Christian Health Care Services Charity Invitational XIII Golf Tournament fund raiser. 505863-7283

Gallup SETTLED IN 1881

Of the Native American crafts sold worldwide, 85% is distributed from Gallup


ust eight miles south of the Navajo Nation and 20 miles north of Zuni, the largest of New Mexico’s Pueblos, Gallup is truly the Hub of Indian Country. It is the driving force of Native American markets, commanding attention internationally as the foremost outlet for quality handcrafted jewelry, pottery and blankets. opposite: The director the Zuni band leads The intriguing handiwork of Mother Nature surrounds of the talented group Gallup with its Red Rock State Park, and the nearby forma- through Gallup in a parade of celebration. tions of El Morro, El Malpais, Window Rock and Shiprock. Major ruins of the Anasazi Culture dot the region, including Chaco Culture National Historic Park, a World Heritage Site. A multicultural community, Gallup’s downtown and parks are covered with sculpture and murals and it has preserved its local WPA era artwork. Gallup is the location for the annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.

Oct Dec

Annual Navajo Nation Fair. 928-871-6478 Annual Shiprock Navajo Fair. 928-871-5801 29th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally at Red Rock Park. First weekend in December. 505-863-0262

Southwest Indian Foundation and “Reunion of the Masters, Art of the People” award scholarships to student artists in the region through the Children’s Art Scholarship Program. Held the first weekend in December. Hands-on workshops held by the artists on Thursday and Friday. Scholarship winners announced on Sat. 505-722-3730 Ongoing events Arts Crawl. Local artists featured in downtown galleries and businesses monthly on the second Saturday of the month. 505722-2228 Crownpoint Rug Auction. Typically held on the second Friday of each month. Viewing of

rugs starts at 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Auction begins at 7:00 pm. Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association 505-786-5302 or 505-786-7386 Nightly Indian Dances and Native American vendors at 7:00 pm at the Courthouse Square. Memorial Day through Labor Day. 505-722-2228




Rich Trading posts and galleries line Gallup’s historic business district – the world’s greatest market for Native American crafts. An estimated 85 percent of the entire world’s trade in exquisite Indian products passes through Gallup. The local market continues to thrive, enhanced by the city’s continuing commitment to the public arts, a renovated performing arts theater and modern new government buildings that have maintained the city’s traditional architecture. Murals and sculpture highlighting the area’s rich and surprisingly diverse culture can be found throughout the downtown area. The region’s strong support of its men in uniform is also vividly apparent in its parks, artwork and ceremonies. Gallup’s Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial remains one of the nation’s premier events. Since 1922, American Indians have celebrated their native heritage in Gallup by competing with each other in arts and crafts. Wearing the native dress of their particular tribes, they dance and share stories as they have done for centuries. The colorful bluffs that formed the backdrop for numerous western movies have now been discovered as a premier rock climbing, mountain biking and ballooning destination. Areas have been designated for climbing and biking and the Red Rock Balloon Rally is recognized as a major hot air balloon fest. Settled in 1881, Gallup has served the needs of miners, railroad workers and reservation dwellers. As automobiles emerged, the town catered to the traveling public. For the past 83 years, every vehicle that has passed through Gallup’s 14-mile “main drag”



inHistory has driven the Mother Road, Historic Route 66, which once stretched continuously from Chicago to Los Angeles. The town’s central business district has never relocated and parking meters were never installed. The colorful neon signs associated with the era are still part of the cityscape. Pick any interstate exit, absorb the lingering spirit of the area’s historic coal mining and railroad eras and grasp the essence of the region’s rich Native American cultures. You’re always welcome in Gallup. opposite: A Zuni Olla Maiden performs a corn dance at an Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremoial held at Redrock State Park. right: Lighted columns recognize the sacrifices of area veterans in front of the McKinley County Court House. below, left: Pavement signs identify sections of Historic Route 66. below, right: Murals throughout Gallup reveal the community’s commitment to its culture, history and the arts.

BUYER’S GUIDE FOR PURCHASING NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS AND CRAFTS Ask the following questions when making a purchase: Materials: Of what is the item made? If there are stone settings, are they natural, stabilized, reconstituted or man-made? Technique: Was the piece completely handmade, or was it made with manufactured components or processes? For example, if pottery, is it hand coiled, wheel thrown or poured greenware? Is it fired outdoors or in a kiln? Artisan: What is his/her name? What is the tribal affiliation? If the item is marketed only as “Zuni” or “Navajo” jewelry, be sure it is made by an individual who is a member or certified Native American artisan of the Zuni Pueblo or Navajo Nation. Is there any additional information on the artist’s career, awards, etc. which can be included with the purchase? Reprinted with the permission of the Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA).




Pawn Genuine Native American-made arts and crafts are objects of intrinsic value and enduring beauty that can be collected and treasured over generations. In order to maximize the enjoyment of owning such items, it is well worth the effort for casual purchasers as well as serious collectors to become knowledgeable shoppers. While the vast majority of merchants dealing in Native American goods are scrupulously honest, consumers should be aware that a world market in fraudulent imitations does exist. In the U.S., the penalties are stiff for illegally labeling imitations as genuine products, but the practice continues. The item is only considered genuine if one or more Native Americans have done all the work involved in creating it. For more than a century the world has relied on Gallup area’s traders to provide the best in genuine artistry and craftsmanship by tribal artisans of the Southwest. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) of the U.S. Department of the Interior supports Native American economic development and provides a number for reporting violations: Call (888) ARTFAKE or visit: above: Huge inventories of Indian pawn kept in large secure vaults are the backbone of Gallup’s recognized position as the center of Native American arts and crafts.



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


ompleted in 1937, during the WPA building era, the El Rancho Hotel accomodated many a rough ridin', party drinkin', rootin' tootin' western movie star. D.W. Griffith's brother built this charming Ranch House Hotel for these characters who shot near the Red Rock bluffs close to town in Movies such as Hallelujah Trail, The Bad Man, The Streets of Laredo, A Distant Trumpet and others. These days El Rancho, a member of the National Register of Historic Places, accommodates travelers from all over the world. Guests are those intrigued with the Old West, Westerns and Movie Stars such as John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Ronald Reagan, Suzanne Pleshette, Errol Flynn and others. Made of red brick and solid wood, El Rancho is plain charming. Inside everything is handmade and authentic. Painting and rugs displayed are from Native Artists who more than likely live less than an hour or so away. Even the cedar fire you'll smell on arrival was chopped, stacked and driven into town in a pickup truck by a Navajo man. He says 90, I say 80, we settle on $85.00. So, check on in, have a wonderful western style dinner, mosey on down to the 49er bar, buy a little something made locally in our The El Rancho Hotel has been the gift shop, enjoy a stroll around our home for numerous Movie Stars Western Movie Gallery and retire in tranquility and comfort. Happy Trails while filming in the area. to you until we meet again!



allup, New Mexico is all about Native American handmade art. It is the industry that makes this town go and it is what draws visitors from all over the world. Both the Navajo & Zuni Indian Reservations are within a rocks throw from Downtown and these two creative Tribes fill the local galleries with pieces of handmade treasure. It was a Navajo silversmith who taught the trade to a group of Zuni artists in the 1800s. This would be the start to a lasting relationship between the two Tribes that still thrives today. Over the years many Navajo & Zuni artists have worked together on the same piece. Early Traders considered Navajo silver work superior to that of the Zuni, and no one is equal to the Zuni when it comes to lapidary work. These best skill combinations have created some fascinating pieces of art. Perry Null Trading carries on this tradition of Navajo & Zuni collaboration. Navajo artist Thomas Curtis Sr. has been winning awards for decades with his amazing silver creations. He once traded a blue ribbon silver bowl for a 4 x 4 pick-up truck. He is known for his heavy silver and traditional designs. This past year he finished his most magnificent creation when he placed a Leekya Deyuse butterfly on top of a 12" diameter silver box. Maybe the most famous Zuni artist of all-time is Leekya Deyuse. His fetishes are found in museums around the world and his work is some of the most coveted Native American art. The butterfly featured on the Thomas Curtis Sr. box was made in 1932 by Deyuse and featured in the legendary C.G. Wallace auction of 1975. It couldn’t of found a better home than on Navajo silver, a tradition over 100 years old. So, the next time you come to this Indian Country arts community make sure you stop by Perry Null Trading post to see this historic box. Plus all the other authentic handmade creations that fill the showroom. above: Navajo artist Thomas Curtis Sr. has finished his most magnificent creation in placing a Leekya Deyuse butterfly on top of a 12" diameter silver box. 28


Largest Selection of Navajo Rugs in the Southwest


One of the most interesting and colorful Indian trading companies in the world can be found in downtown Gallup on historic Route 66 - Richardson’s Trading Company and Cash Pawn, Inc. Established as traders on the Navajo Reservation since the turn of the century, the Richardson family continues a long and historic tradition in Gallup, New Mexico. Wood floors, pew-like benches, cases full of polished silver and turquoise jewelry, piles of richly-colored Navajo rugs, indian pottery, baskets, beaded items, hundreds of unique, oneof-a-kind Indian art pieces and the sweet smell of aged leather saddles fill the interior of the store.

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ing such items, it is well worth the effort for casual purchasers as well as serious collectors to become knowledgeable shoppers. While the vast majority of merchants dealing in Native American goods are scrupulously honest, consumers should be aware that a world market in fraudulent imitations does exist. In the U.S., falsely representing imitations is illegal, which makes the practice of ‘buying American’ one of the easiest steps toward ensuring authenticity. The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, a truth-in-advertising law, prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of counterfeit Native American products within this country. The penalties are stiff, including possible prison time for individual first offenders and fines up to $1 million for businesses. Despite such high stakes, however, millions of dollars worth of counterfeits are sold annually. The practice not only harms consumers but also undermines the livelihoods of Native American artisans and honest merchants. American businesses purchase products from around the world, of course, and it is not a crime to resell those products so long as the location of origin is not misrepresented. Likewise, labeling a product with a phrase such as “Native American Inspired” is not prohibited, so is important to pay attention to terminology. The item is only considered genuine if one or more Native Americans have done all the work involved in creating it. Observation and common sense also play a part in the purchase of genuine items. Native American jewelry, for example, is handmade, not mass-produced. Although several pieces in a display may be very similar, they will not be completely identical. Other indications of fraud that savvy shoppers look for include signs that country-of-origin stickers or markings have been removed.

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DES MOINES The Mandala Center 96 Mandala Rd 278-3002 CLIFF/GILA Casitas de Gila 50 Casitas Flats Rd (off Hooker Loop) 877-923-4827 TA O S Mabel Dodge Luhan House 240 Morada Lane 800-846-2235




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ELEPHANT BUTTE Ivory Spa Elephant Butte Inn 401 Hwy. 195 744-5431 OJO CALIENTE Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa 50 Los Banos Drive 800-222-9162 PA G O S A S P R I N G S , C O The Springs Resort & Spa 165 Hot Springs Blvd. 970-264-4168 TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa 501 McAdoo St. 575.894.6976













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S I LV E R C I T Y The Drifter Restaurant & Lounge American Mexican 711 Silver Heights Blvd 800-853-2916 The Red Barn Family Steakhouse Steakhouse & Watering Hole Lounge Seafood 708 Silver Heights Blvd 538-5666 TA O S Doc Martin’s & the Adobe Bar Innovative Seasonal Taos Inn Regional 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 758.1977 New American The Gorge Bar and Grill New Mexican 103 East Plaza 758.8866 American Sabroso New Mexican 470 Hwy 150 Arroyo Seco 776.3333 American TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Happy Belly Deli 313 Broadway 894-3354 Deli Los Arcos Steak 1400 N Date St 894-6200 Seafood















ALBUQUERQUE Native Pueblo Harvest Café New Mexican Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2401 12th St NW 843-7270 American St. Claire Bistro French Country St. Claire Winery 901 Rio Grande NW 243-9916 C AT R O N C O U N T Y Alma Grill Mexican Alma, NM 539-2233 American DEMING Lazy Lizard Bar & Grill Steak & Seafood Holiday Inn New Mexican 4600 E Pine 546-2661 BBQ E L PA S O Carlos & Mickey’s Mexican Restaurant El Paso International Airport Mexican 6701 Convair Road 915-780-4749 El Paso Vineyards El Paso International Airport Italian 6701 Convair Road 915-780-4749 American Tortilla Flats Bar and Grill El Paso International Airport American 6701 Convair Road 915-780-4749 Grill ELEPHANT BUTTE Ivory Tusk Tavern & Restaurant New Mexican Elephant Butte Inn - 401 Hwy 195 Steak 744-5431 Seafood GALLUP El Rancho Restaurant Mexican El Rancho Hotel American 1000 E Hwy 66 863-9311 Steak & Seafood El Sombrero Restaurant 1201 W 66th Ave at Arnold New Mexican 863-4554 American Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Mexican Pub & Grille 107 W Coal Ave Steak, Seafood 863-2220 American GRANTS El Cafecito American 820 E. Santa Fe Ave. 285-6229 Regional WOW Diner 1300 Motel Dr American LAS CRUCES Sabor Restaurant International Ramada Palms de Las Cruces - 526-4411 Latino 201 E University Ave Asian Fusion St. Claire Bistro St. Claire Winery 1800 Avenida De Mesilla French Country 524-2408 OJO CALIENTE The Artesian Restaurant Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa Steakhouse 50 Highway 414 583-2233











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Index of Advertisers Accommodations Bear Creek Motel & Cabins. . . .OW18 Casitas de Gila Guesthouses . 12,31,OW17 Copper Manor Motel, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW16 Drifter, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW16 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .C2,27,31 Elephant Butte Inn & Spa . .31,OW13 Hampton Inn-Deming . . . . .OW26 Hampton Inn-Lordsburg . .OW22 Historic Taos Inn . . . . . . . . . . . .C2,31,E9,E11 Holiday Inn-Deming . . . . . . . . . .31,OW26 Holiday Inn Express-Silver City . . . . . .OW17 Hotel Artesia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW36 Mandala Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E13 Mabel Dodge Luhan House. . . .31,E7 Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,E4 Palace Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . .OW18 Ramada Palms de Las Cruces .,OW29 Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa . .31,OW11 The Springs Resort & Spa. . . .31,E16 Whitewater Motel . . . . .OW20

Banking 1st New Mexico Bank . . . .OW27 Bar/Saloon/Lounge Adobe Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C2,31,E9,E11 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .C2,27,31 Ivory Tusk Tavern & Restaurant . elephantbutteinn.com31,OW13 Los Arcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW12 Ramada Palms de Las Cruces . . 31,OW29 Sabroso Restaurant & Bar . . . . . .31,E10 The Gorge Bar and Grill . . . .31,E11 Tortilla Flats Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW39 Watering Hole Lounge, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW16

Bed & Breakfast Casitas de Gila . . . . . . . . . . 12,31,OW17 Mabel Dodge Luhan House. . . .31,E7

Jewelry Andy’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Celestial Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW12 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .C2,27,31 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,26 Estella Loretto . . . . . . . . . . . .C1,13,E1 Jewelmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,16 Perry Null Trading Co. . . . . . . . .12,28 Richardson’s Trading & Cash Pawn . .13,29 Shush Yaz Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,29

Casinos Taos Mountain Casino . . . . . . .E8

Antiques & Collectibles Cowboys & Indians Antiques. .3,13

Car Rental Ramada Palms de Las Cruces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW29

Associations/Foundations Old West Country . . . . . .OW1,C3 Attractions/Events Albuquerque Museum of Art & History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..8,12 Central Mining District . . . .OW19 City of Rocks State Park . .OW4,OW26,C3 El Camino Real Int’l. Heritage Center . . .OW8 Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat’l OW4,OW18,C3 Gila National Forest . . . . . . . .C3,OW18 Great American Duck Race . . . .OW26 Historic Schuler Theater . . . . . . . . . .E12 Harvey House Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center . . . . . . . .9 Mabel Dodge Luhan House. . .31,E11 Mandala Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E13 Old West Country . . . . . . .OW1,C3 Pancho Villa State Park . . . . . . .OW26 Pueblo Balloon Company . . . . . . . .E10 Rockhound State Park . . . . . . . .OW26 Shakespeare Ghost Town . OW22 Trail of the Mountain Spirits . southwestnewmexico.comOW18 Trails & Rails Arts . . . . . . . . . . .11 Very Large Array . . . . . . . . .OW4,OW8 32

Home Health Services Angelwings Coordinated Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW20 Information Technology Taos Music & Art, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E10

Cartier Watch Dealer Jewelmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,16

Artist Linda Brewer . . . . . . . . . . .OW17 Victoria Chick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW17 Estella Loretto . . . . . . . . . . . .C1,13,E1 Ginny Wolf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW17 Joe Wade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW19

Golf Butterfield Trail . . . . . . . . . . .OW39

Baskets Perry Null Trading Co. . . . . . . . .12,28

Airports El Paso Int’l. Airport . . .OW39

Art Galleries Alamo Gallery and Gifts . . . . . .OW8 Belen Art League Gallery & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW17 Casitas de Gila Art Gallery . . . .31,OW17 Estella Loretto . . . . . . . . . . . .C1,13,E1 Ginny Wolf Studio & Gallery . . . . . .OW17 Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Special Exhibition Art Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Jewelmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,16 JW Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . .OW19 Leyba & Ingalls Arts . . . . . . .OW17 Mimbres Region Arts Council Gallery . . .OW17 Perry Null Trading Co. . . . . . . . .13,28 Seedboat Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .OW17 Shush Yaz Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,29 Tome Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Trails & Rails Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Pacifico Clay Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Pueblo Gift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Ramada Palms de Las Cruces . . 31,OW29 Silver City Museum Store . . . .OW17 St. Clair Winery & Bistro . . . . . . .1,31 Super Salve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW20 Sundance Gifts . . . .OW9 Tome Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Cigar Shop Ramada Palms de Las Cruces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW29 Cities/Chambers Artesia Chamber of Commerce . . OW35 City of Alamogordo . . . . . . . . .OW33 City of Deming . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW25 City of Gallup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22,C4 City of Socorro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW7 Grant County Tourism . .OW15,OW19 Grants-Cibola County CofC . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Las Vegas/San Miguel CofC . . .E14 Lordsburg-Hidalgo Co.Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW23 Reserve Catron County Chamber. . . .OW20 Taos Chamber of Commerce . . . . .E6,E10 TorC Sierra Co. Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW10 Tucumcari/Quay Co. CofC . . . . . . . .E15 Clothing Shush Yaz Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,29 Contractor Tres Amigos Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW20 Convention & Meeting Centers Mabel Dodge Luhan House. . . .31,E7 City of Raton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E20 Ramada Palms de Las Cruces . . 31,OW29 The Springs Resort & Spa. . . .31,E16 Tucumcari Convention Center. . . . . .E15 Dead Pawn Perry Null Trading Co. . . . . . . . .12,28 Entertainment Historic Taos Inn . . . . . . . . . . . .C2,31,E9,E11 Mimbres Region Arts Council. . . . . . .OW17 Sabroso Restaurant & Bar . . . . . .31,E10 Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E12 Fine Jewelry Jewelmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,16 Gifts Armand Ortega’s Indian Shop . . . C2,27,31 Belen Art League Gallery & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Celestial Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW12 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .C2,27,31 Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,E16


Museum/Library Albuquerque Museum of Art & History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..17,8 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,OW26 Geronimo Springs Mus . 17,OW12 Harvey House Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11,17 Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,OW22 Los Lunas Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Mineralogical Museum . . . . .17,OW7,OW8 Museum of Pueblo History & Culture. . .9,17 New Mexico Mining Museum . . . . . . . . .17,20 Silver City Museum . . . . . .17,OW17 Tucumcari Historical Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17,E15 National Scenic Byways Geronimo Trails Nat’l. Scenic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW12 Trail of the Mountain Spirits Nat’l Scenic Byway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW18 Outdoor Recreation/Hot Air Balloon Pueblo Balloon Company . . . . . . . .E10 Outdoor Recreation/River Rafting Los Rios River Runners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E10 Performing Arts Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E12 Pottery Andy’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Belen Art League Gallery & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .C2,27,31 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,26 Pacifico Clay Works . . . . . . . . . .11 Perry Null Trading Co. . . . . . . . .12,28 Richardson’s Trading & Cash Pawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13,29 Shush Yaz Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,29 Pueblo/Tribe Taos Pueblo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E8 Real Estate/Developments Butterfield Trail . . . . . . . . . . .OW39 Prudential Silver City Properties-Mimbres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OW18 Socorro Plaza Realty. . . . . . .OW9 United Country Mimbres Realty. . .OW18

Resort Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,E4 The Springs Resort & Spa . 31,E16 Restaurants Alma Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW20 Artisan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,E4 Carlos & Mickey’s . 31,OW39 Doc Martin's . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C2,31,E9,E11 Drifter Pancake House & Restaurant, The . . . . . . .31,OW16 El Cafecito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21,31 El Paso Vineyards . . .31,OW39 El Rancho Restaurant . . . . . . .C2,27,31 El Sombrero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30,31 Happy Belly Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW12 Ivory Tusk Tavern & Restaurant . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW13 Lazy Lizard Bar & Grill . . . . . . . .31,OW26 Los Arcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW12 Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery. . . . . .9,31 Ramada Palms de Las Cruces . . 31,OW29 Red Barn Family Steak House . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW16 Sabroso Restaurant & Bar . . . . . .31,E10 Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa . . 31,OW11 St. Clair Winery & Bistro . . . . . . .1,31 The Gorge Bar and Grill . . . .31,E11 Tortilla Flats Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW39 WOW Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21,31 Rugs & Weaving Cowboys & Indians Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,13 El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .C2,27,31 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,26 Perry Null Trading Co. . . . . . . . .12,28 Shush Yaz Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,29 Richardson’s Trading & Cash Pawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..13,29 RV Parks & Camping Elephant Butte Inn & Spa . .31,OW13 Sculpture Estella Loretto . . . . . . . . . . . .C1,13,E1 Jewel Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,16 Shopping Alma Store & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW20 Sundance Gifts . . . .OW9 Spas & Salons Ivory Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,OW13 Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,E4 Ramada Palms de Las Cruces . . 31,OW29 Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa . . 31,OW11 The Springs Resort & Spa. . . .31,E16 Trading Company Andy’s Trading Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Ellis Tanner Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,26 Perry Null Trading Co. . . . . . . . .12,28 Richardson’s Trading & Cash Pawn . .13,29 Shush Yaz Trading Company . . . . . . . .13,29 Travel/Visitor Center Deming Visitor Center . . . . . . . .OW25 Four Winds Travel Center . . . . . . . . . . .9 Silver City Visitor Center SouthwestNew . .OW15 Socorro Heritage & Visitor Center. . . . . .OW7 Weddings Mandala Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E13 Western Movie Gallery El Rancho Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .C2,27,31 Wineries/Tastings/Tours St. Clair Winery & Bistro . . . . . . .1,31 Workshops Mandala Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E13

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Did you know that a family of four (with children 8 and 16) can visit our top 10 attractions in Old West Country for as little as $48. A couple for just $37. In a series of nationwide surveys, Old West Country in southwest New Mexico, had consistently low vacation dollars spent in this region. The latest study in December 2005 showed the average California couple spent $2227 for their 4-6 night vacation in Old West Country and the average Arizona couple spent $697. The bargain vacation! We decided to contact our attractions and just see what a family of four could buy in our 120 attractions for about $20.00. The admissions to all of our top 10 attractions was $48.00 for the family of 4, $37.00 for a couple. These attractions included the Gila Cliff Dwellings, Old Mesilla, Elephant Butte Lake, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, City of Rocks State Park, Very Large Array Radio Telescope, The Catwalk, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Shakespeare Ghost Town. All for $48. For $141.00 you’ve covered admission to every one of our 120 popular attractions, less than $1.20 per family at each attraction! $119.00 for a couple (99 cents per attraction)! No matter where you go in Old West Country the total cost for each of the seven county-area's admission varies from $3.00 to $47.00. Talk about affordable vacations! For details on all 120 Old West Country attractions and more information, check out

$20 Family Fun for 4 at Old West’s Top Attractions

Top 10 Attractions

Family 2 of 4 Adults

1 Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat’l. Mon.


$3/person ages 18+. Hot Springs: Gila $3/person, $4/p w/camping, $3 Wildwood Hot Springs $5/person and $10/p w/camping

2 Old Mesilla



3 Elephant Butte Lake State Park


Fees: $5 day use, annual $40 all parks; add $18 overnight camping, $5 annual $180-$225 all parks

4 Bosque del Apache Refuge


$3 $3 per car load

5 City of Rocks State Park


$5 Fees: $5 day use, annual $40 all parks; add $18 overnight camping,

6 Very Large Array Telescopes



7 The Catwalk Recreation Trail


$3 $3 p/car load for day use parking; no camping

8 NM Farm & Ranch Museum 9 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum 10 Shakespeare Ghost Town TOTAL

annual $180-$225 all parks

$14 $10 $0 $15

$0 Donations $8 Tours available; re-enactments

1. Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat’l. Mon. $3/person

2. Old Mesilla. Free

3. Elephant Butte Lake 4. Bosque del Apache Refuge. $3/car State Park. $5/car

5. City of Rocks State Park. $5/car

6. Very Large Array Telescopes. Free

7. The Catwalk Rec. Trail. $3/car

8. NM Farm & Ranch Museum. $5/$2 child

9. Deming Luna Mimbres Museum. Donations

10. Shakespeare Ghost Town. $4/$3 child

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this page: Spectacular sunsets are commonplace throughout Old West Country – made vivid by the area’s “forever” visibility and plentiful by its fair weather climate. Photo by LeAnne Knudsen.



Tie down your holsters and cinch up your saddles – you’ve just arrived in Old West Country and you’re going to be amazed at the scenic beauty, the diversity, the history, the arts and at discovering the future for America. Southwest New Mexico has managed to preserve its colorful past as it boldly snatches up the lead in commercial space travel, solar power generation and algal biofuel. Expect the unexpected in Old West Country. It is covered with parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests and recreation sites. Scenic byways traverse the mountain regions and the state’s largest recreational lake provides an escape from city life. Prehistoric ruins tell the tales of hearty and artistic cultures predating the Spanish and their artifacts are carefully preserved in area museums. Spanish colonizers developed the Rio Grande corridor of Old West Country. Then came the westward migration, the Butterfield stage line and eventually the rails of the iron horse. The era of Civil War battles, gunfights and Indian skirmishes raged until justice finally gained the upper hand. Visitor centers, centers for the arts, galleries and specialty shops full of friendly people will welcome you into a culture that truly makes you feel like family. Welcome to America’s Old West.



BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Year-round birding. Visitor center, auto tour and hiking. 16 miles south of Socorro. 575-838-2120.

THE CATWALK RECREATION TRAIL Walkways suspended from narrow canyon walls begin 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 US180 at Glenwood. 575-538-2801.

CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK A city of giant monoliths protruding unexpectedly from the desert floor is located halfway between Silver City and Deming, 5 miles east of US180. The park has a visitor center, hiking trails, and a night sky observatory. Call for the observatory schedule. 575-536-2800.

ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE STATE PARK New Mexico’s largest lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Landlovers can find hiking trails, birding, and year-round events. History buffs will love the views of the 1916 dam and historic district at Dam Site Recreation Area. 575-744-5421.

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. 575-526-8911

GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NAT’L MON. Follow the “Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway” north from Silver City along NM15 or NM35 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. 575-536-9344.

NM FARM & RANCH HERITAGE MUSEUM A large and intriguing display of farm and ranch implements from the early Anasazi to modern times. See live milking demonstrations and special presentations. 575-522-4100.

OLD MESILLA 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. 575-524-3262

THE RIO GRANDE New Mexico’s lifeline flows through the Old West communities of Socorro, T or C and Las Cruces. It contributed water and food for early 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.

ROCKHOUND STATE PARK Rock specimens scattered across the slopes of the Florida (Flor-eeda) Mountains simply offer a great excuse to explore the area. Rockhounds meet regularly in the area southeast of Deming for demonstrations, sales and trading. 575-546-6782.

THE CIBOLA NATIONAL FOREST Magdalena Dist. made up of the largest collection of historic ranchlands in New Mexico. 575-854-2281.

THE PLAINS OF SAN AGUSTIN The largest and highest grassland in North America, and watch for grazing antelope. 866-854-3217.

VETERANS MEMORIAL A permanent Vietnam Memorial Wall has been erected in Truth or Consequences to honor those who gave their lives for their country. 575-894-6600.

VERY LARGE ARRAY RADIO TELESCOPE Twenty-seven dish-shaped antennas are spread across three 13-mile tracks, one of which crosses US60 between Socorro and Reserve. A visitor center explains the mission of the project sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. 575-3888201.




ctions The stunning geology of Southwest New Mexico presents not only a wide gamut of scenic vistas, but also the elements for an intriguing array of human land use. Craggy peaks thrusting up from the historic Rio Grande Valley and the high Plains of San Agustin, home of the incredible Very Large Array Radio Telescopes, are among the Old West treasures offered residents and visitors alike. Parasailing on New Mexico’s largest lake or photographing elk grazing on a pristine Alpine meadow are merely the enticements to a land of continuous adventure. Early people of the region lived in pit houses and cliff dwellings that can be experienced at the Gila Cliff Dwellings, a national monument surrounded on three sides by the country’s first designated wilderness. The unique pottery of the nearby Mimbres culture can be witnessed in the museums of Silver City, Deming, Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences. Spanish entry into the area is chronicled at the Camino Real International Heritage Center between Socorro and Truth or Consequences. Wild West episodes still unfold in mining and railroad ghost towns, plazas and a collection of forts scattered across the entire area. The monoliths at City of Rocks State Park stand proud while the staggering Santa Rita open pit copper mine scratches its way down into the earth’s crust. Vast national forests blanket much of the region, skirted on the east and south by interstate highways paralleling the strategic El Camino Real and Butterfield Trails. A national recreation trail at The Catwalk and a park specifically for rockhounds near Deming contribute to the endless opportunities of Old West Country. Make any Old West highway your destination byway.

opposite: The Very Large Array of Radio Telescopes near Socorro eavesdrops on deep space. right, from top: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument near Silver City, City of Rocks State Park north of Deming, Elephant Butte Lake at Truth or Consequences, The Catwalk National Recreation Trail near Glenwood, Shakespeare Ghost Town near Lordsburg and Fort Seldon near Las Cruces. OLD WEST COUNTRY




Tour of Socorro Mountain Bike Race 575-350-4116 Very Large Array GuidedTours. 575-835-7243 Jun Socorro Open GolfTournament. 575-835-5335 Oct Socorro Fest. Historic Plaza 575-835-8927 Enchanted Skies Star Party. 575-835-8927 Very Large Array GuidedTours. 575-835-7243 Nov Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache Refuge. 575-835-2007 For more information on any of the above events please call the Socorro Visitor Center at 575-835-8927 or visit


this page: Socorro’s Chamber of Commerce faces the city’s historic plaza – the social and business centerpiece of the community.



Socorro is located at the junction of I-25 and US60, the rest stop for historic travelers and migratory birds. Magdalena is located on US60 between Socorro and the Very Large Array.


Socorro Heritage and Visitor Center (575) 835-8927 Magdalena Chamber of Commerce 1(866) 854-3217 email:

The Old West Meets the Extraterrestrials: Socorro’s UFO Incident “Aircraft fly low around here.” -- An unidentified tourist in Socorro, NM, April 24, 1964


hough it has since been overshadowed by the rediscovered Roswell legend, one of the more credible recorded UFO sightings in modern times occurred forty-seven years ago near Socorro. Apparently, whatever the object was, it landed and took off again, leaving a circle of smoldering bushes and indentations in the dirt to prove that it really existed. What’s more, it was observed by a highly regarded Socorro police officer, who also reported seeing two humanlike creatures standing on the ground after the craft had landed. Officer Lonnie Zamora was pursuing another vehicle in his patrol car on U.S. Hwy 85 when he heard a strange, loud noise. He saw a large flame on the horizon that he described as being blue toward the narrower top, and orange at the broader base. The property where this was occurring was owned by Socorro’s mayor at that time, and the officer knew that there was a dynamite shack located on the premises. He discontinued pursuit of the other automobile and turned off onto a gravel road in the direction of the flame. Arriving at a vantage point perhaps five hundred feet from the object that had landed, his first impression of it was that of an overturned car. On closer observation, however, he noted that the object was oval-shaped and shiny. Nearby stood “two people in white coveralls… possibly they were small adults or large kids.”


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The officer was approaching on foot when he again heard a loud, roaring noise and saw the flame. In running back to his car, he lost his prescription glasses and did not stop to retrieve them. He reported that the object rose ten to fifteen feet above the ground, then left horizontally, “traveling very fast.” The policeman unashamedly wrote of everything that had happened that day in his official report of the incident. An unidentified

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ATTRACTIONS Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor center, auto tour, hiking and year-round birding. 16 miles south of Socorro. 575-838-2120. Cibola National Forest–Magdalena Dist. Made up of the largest collection of historic ranchlands in New Mexico. 575-854-2281 El Camino Real International Heritage Center. 575-854-3600 Mineralogical Museum. More than 9,500 mineral specimens. Fossils. 575-835-5420. NM Institute of Mining and Technology. 801 Leroy Pl., on campus, 1-800-428-8324 N.M. Performing Arts Series. Call for schedule. 575-835-5688. Plains of San Agustin. The largest and highest grasslands in North America. 866-854-3217

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Touting a unique blend of nature, history and technology, Socorro is internationally renowned for the migratory bird facilities at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, its San Miguel Parish serving weary travelers on El Camino Real since 1615 and its immense role with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. A notable destination for golfers, rockhounds, nature photographers, campers and hikers, the town offers unique experiences found within an hour’s drive in all directions. At the center of town, the plaza offers a relaxing venue for shoppers. A block away is the historic San Miguel church and a few blocks further, the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology that includes a mineral museum containing one of the world’s finest mineral collections. From Socorro, visitors can travel west through historic Magdalena to the high Plains of San Augustin and the Very Large Array of radio telescopes. Traveling south from Socorro and exiting at the village of San Antonio, the 1880s parental home of Conrad Hilton, visitors can continue south to the 57,000-acre wildlife refuge, the ruins of Fort Craig and El Camino Real International Heritage Center. Northeast of Socorro are the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, impressive remnants of Spanish colonization efforts.

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Old Kelly Mine. Mine ruins and many wonderful specimens for rockhounds. 3 miles south of Magdalena. 866-854-3217 Trinity Site. Site of world’s first atomic bomb explosion. Open twice a year; the first Saturday in April and Oct.. 575-479-6124 The Box Car Museum. Local history, artifacts of Wild West, mining, cattle drives, circa 1885-1930. Located next to AT&SF Railroad Depot. 108 N. Main St. Magdalena 575-854-2261 Very Large Array National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Visitor center, self-guided tours, world’s largest radio-telescope array on the Plains of San Agustin. 575-835-7000. www.nrao.ed

tourist who had complained of lowflying aircraft that same afternoon told a local newspaper, the El Defensor Chieftain, that it was a “funny-looking helicopter, if that’s what it was.” Experts who visited Socorro hoping to discredit the reports were forced to admit that the evidence at the site substantiated them. Eventually, a book was written about the incident, which has also been featured on television’s “Unsolved Mysteries.” Two days later, a similar incident was reported in a different county. Police and investigators at that scene found evidence identical to what had been found near Socorro. opposite, inset: San Miguel Parish in Socorro has served the area since its Spanish origins in 1615.

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Old West Country is indeed the authentic Old West, the real thing. Visitors discover that historic sites in Southwest New Mexico are places where the past can be seen, explored, touched, and with a little imagination, relived. The walls of old forts stand as sentinels to the process of change in the Southwest. Headframes from the era of underground mining still dot the foothills from Truth below: The Knights or Consequences to Silver City. of Pythias Hall is Buildings still stand that were inhabitone of the few surviving two-story ed by Old West bad boys like Billy the commercial build- Kid and the Clantons. Mining and ings of the boom years in Socorro. railroad ghost towns throughout the Note the cast-iron elements of the area offer the unique and almost eerie facade. As you drive feeling of meeting up with the spirit of down California Street, you will a wronged gunfighter or dance hall quickly recognize the Owl Cigar girl. Even the dwellings of cultures advertisement. that predated the arrival of the Spanish colonizers by centuries have been preserved. The wide swaths of trails used for the movement of Spanish and Mexican supplies between Mexico City and Santa Fe as well as the westward movement of American wagon trains can still be seen across desert landscapes. The publishers of Old West Trails encourage visitors to research specific sites and then enjoy an authentic adventure back across time. Obtaining directions, road conditions and other information locally is advised. Verify the property status of the area you wish to visit and always respect the rights of private property owners.


DOÑA ANA COUNTY Fort Selden. A State Monument.

GRANT COUNTY Fort Bayard. On the National Register of Historic Places. Santa Rita del Cobre Fort. A replica of Fort Webster.

LUNA COUNTY Fort Cummings Ruins. Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

SOCORRO COUNTY Fort Craig. A BLM Special Management area on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ghost Towns CATRON COUNTY Clairmont. Mogollon. Lightly populated.

DOÑA ANA COUNTY Dripping Springs.

GRANT COUNTY Georgetown.

HIDALGO COUNTY Shakespeare. 575-542-9034

SIERRA COUNTY Chloride. Population 10. Cuchillo. Hillsboro. Lightly populated. Kingston. Lightly populated. Lake Valley. Operated by BLM. Winston. Lightly populated.

SOCORRO COUNTY Kelly. Obtain visitor’s pass at the rock shop. San Antonio. The Hilton section is south of the present town.

Historic Buildings DOÑA ANA COUNTY San Albino Church.

GRANT COUNTY Silver City Museum. Donald E. Brown, Broker / Owner One of Socorro’s Most Experienced Professional Realtors. 23+ years of experience Residential • Commercial • Land 116 Plaza in Historic Downtown Socorro PO Box 1903 • Socorro, NM 87801 505-507-2915 Cell 575-835-2498 Office 575-838-0095 Fax

LUNA COUNTY Custom House. Luna County Courthouse. On the National Register of Historic Places.

SIERRA COUNTY The Pioneer Store. On the State List of Historic Buildings.

SOCORRO COUNTY Old San Miguel Mission. The Capitol Bar.



Truth or Consequences SIERRA COUNTY

Oasis in the High Desert The Historic Hot Springs District in Truth or Consequences— “World’s Most Affordable Spa Town”—is just one of the ways to enjoy the many waters of Sierra County.


photo courtesy Sierra County Chamber of Commerce

hatever time of year you visit Sierra County, NM, you can be sure there will be plenty of water to surround you. The ten hot springs establishments in Truth or Consequences offer a variety of public and private soaking options, such as in-room, rooftop, or beside the Rio Grande River. Many folks believe these this page: Natural mineral waters odorless hot mineral waters to have ben- hot fill these pools eficial natural healing properties. The overlooking the Rio Grande and numerarea is also known for its abundance ous spring-fed bath houses in the city. of healing arts practitioners. Just minutes away are Caballo Lake and Elephant Butte Lake—the state’s largest recreational reservoir—offering swimming, fishing, boating, and watercraft rentals as well as


Apr May Jun


Sierra County Longhorn Show Gathering of Quilts, Fairgrounds. Fiesta Golf Tournament Truth or Consequences Fiesta 575-894-6600 Fly Freedom’s Flag Parade Winston-Chloride-DustyChiz 9th Annual Fiesta, Winston

Aug Sep

Oct Nov Nov

61st T or C Open Golf Tournament Hot Springs Festival, downtown T or C Elephant Man Triathlon Sierra County Fair Old-Time Fiddlers State Competition Veterans Day Car Show Run for the Wall


Christmas in the Foothills, Hillsboro Old Fashioned Christmas, T or C Year-Round 2nd Saturday Art Hop, T or C. For more information, call 800-831-9487 or visit, and

Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa Lose yourself... in our legendary healing hot springs, with our rejuvenating massage and signature spa treatments, in our elegant rooms infused with rustic charm.


ocated in the heart of historic downtown Truth or Consequences, Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa is ideal for intimate getaways, offering a serene escape in an atmosphere designed for complete relaxation. Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa rests on an ancient underground lake of mineral rich natural hot springs. With its unique geothermal hot springs, this region was an important place of healing and gathering for the Native Tribes of the area - historically, the waters were used as a neutral ground after battles. The healing waters that rise at temperthis page: All hot springs are private atures up to 107oF provide pure untreated geothermal water, to the Spa’s and prepared fresh for each use. Hot multiple private pools. Spring soaks are The Lodge is in walking distance of shops, restaurants, galleries and included with all overnight stays and the Rio Grande - minutes from Elephant Butte Lake State Park (NM’s spa treatments. largest lake), ghost towns and award winning Golf Courses. Centrally located between Albuquerque Airport & El Paso International Airport. This area has a rich history, from the Native cultures and traditions, to the gold and silver mining of the late 1800’s, to the development of the Hot Spring Spas, and now the launch point for the New Mexico Spaceport just 23 miles away.



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hiking and camping. Several scenic and historic auto routes traverse Sierra County, including Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, Jornado del Muerto, and the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail—the state’s only official Arts Trail. You can explore five museums, farms, ghost towns, distinctive locally owned restaurants and unique shops specializing in regional art & craft unavailable anywhere else in the world in the towns of T or C, Hillsboro, Winston, Chloride, Cuchillo, Monticello, and Kingston. Birding, hiking and hunting are all popular pastimes in this neck of the woods, too.

ATTRACTIONS Black Range Museum. Hillsboro. 575-895-5233. Black Range Ranger District. Camping, hiking, and picnicking. 575-894-6677 Caballo Lake State Park. Boat launch sites, campsites, picnicking, visitor center. 575-743-3942 Celestial Creations Enchanted Gifts of New Mexico. New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail site, Truth or Consequences. 575-894-7591 Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Campsites, trails, water sports, Visitors Center. 575-744-5421 Ghost Towns. Geronimo Springs Museum & Visitors Center. New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail site. Area history, pottery, collections, minerals. 575-894-6600 Grasshopper Silk. New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail site, Elephant Butte. 575-740-4958. Historic Hot Springs District. Ten locations featuring indoor and outdoor, private and public soaking in the natural hot mineral waters. Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery. New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail site, Chloride. 575-743-0493 Percha Bank Museum. Kingston. 575-895-5032 Percha Creek Traders Co-op. New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail site, Hillsboro. 575-895-5116 Pioneer Store Museum. Chloride. 575-743-2736 Veteran's Memorial Park and Viet Nam Memorial Wall. 996 South Broadway, T or C. 575-470-7111 Truth or Consequences Hot Springs. Indoor tubs, bath houses and saunas. 575-894-6600


Truth or Consequences sits between I-25 and the Rio Grande, atop hot springs generously feeding local bathhouses and spas.


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below: Old courthouse in Hillsboro. above, from left: Assay office in Kingston, underground mining operation near Hanover, Kelly Mine works near Magdalena, old ore car at Chloride, Fort Cobre in Pinos Altos, school house museum at Lake Valley and general store in Mogollon.

Mining TOWNS

A number of the towns that the mining industry built in its heyday remain today in Old West Country, but the ringing of double-jack hammers and the roar of black powder are sounds that have faded from the foothills. Several of the towns are still lightly inhabited, have become repopulated or are presently managed by government agencies. All of them played a role in creating the wealth of Old West Country and the nation. The towns of Winston, Chloride, Lake Valley, Hillsboro and Kingston are historic mining towns forming an informative day trip from the Truth or Consequences area. The mining villages of Pinos Altos and Fierro are accessed from Silver City. The scenic mining community of Mogollon is accessible from Glenwood and Kelly is near Magdalena.

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CHLORIDE Mineral: Silver. The Pioneer Store has been turned into a world-class museum, and the Monte Cristo Saloon is now an upscale gallery. FIERRO Mineral: Copper, Iron and Zinc. The first copper mine was established by a German immigrant in 1841. A small population remains today. HILLSBORO Mineral: Gold. Post office opened in 1879 and has never closed. Served as county seat for 54 years. Over 200 residents remain in the village.


State Park

he City of Elephant Butte, spread across a hillside overlooking New Mexico’s largest lake, is a growing resort and retirement community. It offers RV facilities, restaurants, hotels and motels, guide services, marinas and watercraft rentals. Elephant Butte Lake is around forty miles long with nearly 200 miles of shoreline, It is the state’s premier water sports destination, attracting almost a million visitors annually. The clean, sandy beaches are ideal for swimming and camping and the lake offers all manner of boating, water skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing and even parasailing. For anglers, the waters are stocked with many species of game fish, including walleye, white, black and largemouth bass; crappie and record-setting stripers. Land-based recreational activities include hiking, birding and special events throughout the year. Each September, the city sponsors the Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta which features hot air balloons, skydivers and drag boats from across the country. An exciting nighttime special event is the Beach Walk Luminaria Festival and Lighted Boat Parade held annually at Christmas. The occasion dazzles the eye with thousands of luminaries lining a specially designed path on the beach. Along the way, campfires, live music and food provided by local vendors warm both body and soul. The celebration also includes a parade of illuminated boats, ending with prizes awarded for the most amusingly or elaborately decorated watercraft or RV. The Elephant Butte Lake State Park Visitor Center will interest rockhounds with its fossil and geologic exhibits. Fans of engineering and history will enjoy the story of the early 20th century construction of the dam that created the lake, which is named for an extinct volcano that is now an island landmark in the reservoir.

KINGSTON Mineral: Silver. Founded in 1882, the population peaked at 7000. Remaining buildings include assay office, Percha Bank and Victorio Hotel. LAKE VALLEY Mineral: Silver. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Bridal Chamber, a legendary large deposit of almost pure silver, was discovered here. KELLY Mineral: Lead, Copper, Zinc and Silver. A small church, several ruins and foundations and remnants of the mine works remain as testimony to the once-bustling town located just south of Magdalena. MOGOLLON Mineral: Gold and Silver. Located on the northern edge of the Gila Wilderness near Glenwood, its precious metal bullion was once hauled to Silver City by mule teams.

Background photo courtesy Susan LaFont

PINOS ALTOS Mineral: Gold. Named for the tall trees in the area. Village merchants accepted gold dust in trade well into the 20th century. WINSTON Mineral: Silver. Originally called Fairview, it was home to about 200 people who preferred the quieter town over nearby rambunctious Chloride.


this page: Jet skiing on Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico’s largest water sports facility. OLD WEST COUNTRY ELEPHANT BUTTE





H.B. Ailman: A Silver City Success Story “I passed Ailman’s shaft today. It looked like he was hunting coal. I’m sorry to see him fooling away his time on such a showing. He will never find anything there.” --John Magruder, prominent Georgetown silver miner


ork was a lifelong habit with Henry (“Harry”) Boyer Ailman. During his ninety-four years he was by turns a farmer, railroad brakeman, baggage handler, teacher, flagman, conductor, brick maker, traveling salesman, gold prospector, silver miner, merchant, banker, oil well driller and copper mine owner. He began life as a farmer’s son in Pennsylvania, and eventually ended up living in Long Beach, California. Along the way he spent 21 years in Grant County, New Mexico. Here he became prosperous after striking well-paying silver ore in a shaft that other miners thought was worthless. The discovery was made possible by a little knowledge and a great deal of persistence. The shaft ran through a layer of limestone, then penetrated a thick layer of slate, which prompted another miner to comment that Harry and his partner, Henry Meredith, must be looking for coal. Underneath the fifty foot thick layer of slate was another layer of limestone. At this point many miners would have quit, but not H.B. Ailman. As Henry Meredith worked on another shaft nearby, Harry and a Dutch helper named George continued to dig until they located a vein of ore that assayed at seven thousand ounces of silver per ton. The strike report was dated November 9, 1874. this page: The 1881 home of successful silver miner, H.B. Ailman, is now part of the Silver City Museum facility. 1-800-548-9378 201 North Hudson Street Silver City, New Mexico 88061



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Events like the Silver City Blues Festival attract hundreds of visitors to the area’s fresh mountain air.

Soon the partners had hired a crew, and work hummed along at the newly christened Naiad Queen mine. By 1880 the two partners, now both happily married men, had decided to relocate their homes from Georgetown to Silver City and enter the mercantile business. They bought an existing building and stock from an elderly merchant who wished to retire, and soon they were operating a fine store with five clerks and nearly $100,000 in inventory. The store had a profitable sideline wholesaling goods to other merchants for resale in Sonora and Chihuahua, and it was not uncommon to see thirty to forty pack burros assembled in front of the store on Bullard Street at Broadway, laden with goods bound for Mexico. During this time the partners also financed other mining ventures, and the frequent exchanges of gold, silver and currency ultimately led to the establishment of the ABOUT THE AREA

Silver City numbers talk. There are three million acres of forest and wilderness covering the city’s back yard, crisscrossed by 1500 miles of trails. Three hundred ten species of birds have been identified in the region. Thirty art galleries are bursting with a friendly, small town atmosphere and you won’t find better year-round weather figures…anywhere.

The Mogollon culture was enjoying this climate some 800 years ago and the Mimbres people were painting creative images on pottery. Today, you can drive to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument or simply visit area museums to learn about this ancient artistic culture. Centuries later, the Apache leader Geronimo was born near the headwaters of the Gila River and is recognized by a monument erected at the cliff dwellings visitor center.

Silver City consists of an intriguing collection of Victorian homes and a historic business district that includes restaurants and coffee shops, galleries, day spas, specialty shops and two highly informative museums. Silver City is a haven for both mountain bikers and serious road bikers. Photographers can enjoy hiking a trail system within the city limits and driving the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway that begins in Silver City.

A conveniently located home base for enjoying Silver City’s signature events, exploring area attractions and the Gila National Forest.

Victoria Chick Cow Trail Art Studio 760.533.1897

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1103 Superior Street Silver City, NM 88061 Seedboat Center for the Arts 575.534.1136

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Mimbres Region Arts Council Annual Signature Events • Chocolate Fantasia Sample delicious, gourmet chocolate confections. February

• Silver City Blues Festival

Ginny Wolf Studio & Gallery 575.313.5709

Our FREE music festival features the hottest rising Blues stars as well as veteran performers. Memorial Day Weekend

• Weekend at the Galleries Artwalk and more in Historic Downtown Silver City. Columbus Day Weekend

Folk Series at the Opera House The New Mexico Music Series in partnership with the Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House The Performance Series at WNMU Fine Arts Theatre Visit our website for ticket and membership information

Leyba & Ingalls ARTS 575.388.5725

575.538.2505 Silver City Museum Store Excellent Southwest Books & Regional Gifts Tuesday-Friday 9:00 to 4:30 Saturday-Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 Closed Monday.

Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge 575.534.8671

312 W. Broadway • Silver City, NM 575.538.5921

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The Palace Hotel Celebrating 111 Years Located in the downtown historic district. Reminiscent of a small hotel in the European Tradition. • Affordable Rates • 18 Rooms & Suites • Continental Breakfast • New Special Meeting & Event Room

106 W. Broadway, Silver City, NM 88061


Bear Creek Motel & Cabins Fabulous getaway nestled in the tall pines of Pinos Altos. • • • • • • • •

Crackling Fireplaces Secluded Balconies Relaxing Porches Telephone & WiFi Satellite TV • Barbeque Grill Hot Tub in Cabana Meeting Room Cabins with kitchens are available.

Conveniently located just 7 miles north of Silver City on NM Highway 15.

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Meredith & Ailman Bank. The bank prospered until 1887 when several years of drought, combined with the decline of silver and false rumors spread by hostile business competitors caused it to fail. When affairs were settled, no one associated with the bank had lost any money except for its two founders. The reversal was hard on Harry Ailman, but did not break his spirit. He moved his family to California, where he and his young son participated in the drilling of the first oil well in Los Angeles. Harry acquired an interest in an Arizona copper mine, which he held until his retirement at age 84. Today, the H.B. Ailman residence in Silver City is the home of the Silver City Museum.

ATTRACTIONS Big Ditch Park. Formed when flood lowered Main St. 55 feet. 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. 575-388-8201. Kneeling Nun. Natural monolith resembling a praying nun. 15 mi. E. of Silver City at Santa Rita mine. Mimbres Region Arts Council. Scheduled events held throughout the year. 575-758-7289. Royal Scepter Mineral Museum. Rock shop, jewelry and gifts. 1805 Little Walnut. 575-538-9001. San Vicente Art Walks. Self-guided gallery and studio tour within walking distance in downtown Silver City. Call for map. 1-800-548-9378 Silver City Museum. Area history, Indian artifacts, mining exhibits and Victorian furnishings. 312 W. Broadway. 575-388-5721. 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. 575-538-6386. museum.html Bill Evans Lake. Fishing & primitive camping, 12 mi. south of Cliff. Aldo Leopold Vista. Picnic and wilderness interpretive site, 6 miles north of Buckhorn. Turkey Creek. Primitive trout stream northeast of Gila, NM. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Cliff dwelling ruins from the 13th century. 44 miles north of Silver City. 575-536-9461 Lake Roberts. Camping, trout fishing, hummingbird banding, birding and stargazing. 28 miles north of Silver City. 575-536-3206 Lightfeather Hot Spring. Near Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center. 30 minute walk includes 2 river crossings. 575-536-9461 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 Pinos Altos, 6 miles north of Silver City. Pinos Altos Melodrama Theater. Adjacent to the Buckhorn Saloon in the Pinos Altos Opera House. Great fun! Original melodramas. Call for schedule. 575-388-3848

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Jan Red Paint PowWow & Indian Market 575-534-1379 Feb Chocolate Fantasia 575-538-2505 Apr Annual Tour of the Gila 575-538-3785 Celebration of Spring Festival. 575-534-1700 May Silver City Blues Festival 575-538-2505 Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo. 575-538-3785 Jun Annual Pinos Altos Art Fair. 575-388-5202 Jul 4th of July Celebrations. 575-538-3785 Sep San Vicente Artists Art Fair. 575-534-4269 Cliff, Gila and Grant County Fair. 575-538-3785 Taste Of Downtown. 575-534-1700 Oct Pinos Altos October Fiesta. 575-538-5560 Weekend at the Galleries. 575-538-2505 Nov Annual Lighted Christmas Parade. 575-534-1700

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Silver City is located at the junction of US180 and NM90, on the Continental Divide and the southern edge of the Gila National Forest.


Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce (575) 538-3785 1(800) 548-9378 Mimbres Region Arts Council (575) 538-2505 1(888) 758-7289

The Mining District

welcomes you to our mining district cities of Hurley, Bayard & Santa Clara.


John Sully and the Chino Payroll Robbery

The Town of Hurley, founded in 1910, celebrated 100 years May 8, 2010. Enjoy the Kneeling Nun scenic vista (pictured above) surrounded by rock-faced mountains.

575.538.3785 201 N. Hudson St. Silver City, NM 88061

“In June of 1909 the old Santa Rita Del Cobre Grant… passed to the powerful and intelligent mining interests who now control Chino Copper Company.” --John M. Sully, mining engineer and general manager at Chino Mine, 1915


ore than any other individual, credit for the success of the Chino Mine - the world’s third largest open pit copper mine - belonged to John M. Sully. Following exhaustive field research, he proved his discoveries repeatedly over a period of years. The result was the formation of the Chino Copper Co., which began operations in 1909 and opened the Chino Mine shortly afterward. Under John Sully’s management, production began slowly. It increased to $4 million by 1912, and hit $11 million per year by 1915. Investors and all of Southwest New Mexico profited from the boom. Undoubtedly, so did John Sully, who was not only the general manager but the payroll courier for the mine. “My men,” as he liked to call the miners, were paid with silver dollars in sealed envelopes. On the 10th and 25th of each month, the payroll was carried to Hurley, NM by Sully, who had the only automobile available at the time. On the day of the robbery, August 10, 1911, Sully was accompanied by police chief Jim Blair and Dr. F.N. Carrier. Their vehicle was waylaid north of Hurley by two men who had studied the payroll routine. For whatever reason, however, the payroll was not on board that day. The robbers relieved the others of their cash, watches and rings, then fled toward the Mimbres where they soon were soon overtaken by a horse-mounted posse.

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575.537.0300 - 99 Cortez Avenue, Hurley NM Hours: Wed./Fri. 9-5 Sat./Sun. 10-6 PREVIEW ARTISTS: this page: Head frames of previous large-scale underground mining operations dot the region surrounding the Chino open pit mine.

ABOUT THE AREA The Town of Bayard has historically served the work forces of large underground and open pit copper, lead and zinc mining operations. Underground mining has ceased, but the old head frames can be seen as one travels north on NM356 from Bayard. Turning east on NM152, visitors can overlook the massive open pit mining operation at Santa Rita, where copper has been mined since the 1800s. Hurley served as the management center for the largest of the area mines, as well as the location for copper smelting activities. The smelter is gone, but community activities have surged. The just-established railroad museum, the old company store, now a distinguished art gallery, and Infant Jesus Catholic Church are among the prominent sights of Hurley. Another historic jewel of the area is Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, National Cemetery and state game reserve. Well-preserved officer’s quarters and a statue of a Buffalo Soldier on the parade grounds are the backdrops for annual reenactments of the 1800s cavalry era.



Old Hurley Company Store. One of the first buildings in Hurley - supplied miners and their families, housed the Chino Mine payroll office and later served as a department store.

Apr Historic Ft. Bayard Walking Tour. 575-956-3294 May Ft. Bayard Wilderness Run. Aug Ft. Bayard’s Birthday. 575-388-4477 Sep Fort Bayard Days. 575-388-4477 Nov Hurley Christmas Bazaar. 575-537-2124

Fort Bayard. U.S. Infantry post built in 1863. Housed Buffalo Soldiers. 10 miles east of Silver City.

Kneeling Nun. Natural monolith resembling a praying nun. 15 mi. E. of Silver City at Santa Rita mine.

Bayard and Hurley are located on US180 in the heart of New Mexico’s largest and most historic mining district.


Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce (575) 538-3785 1(800)548-9378 City of Bayard (575)537-3327




Reserve & Glenwood

The Cooney Brothers “Boys, you see the fix this leaves me in. Now, we have this mill. Will you stand by me for two weeks and let me see what we can do about concentrating that ore?” --Michael Cooney, mine owner and former faro dealer


Coordinated Care LLC. & Angelwings Home Care Serving Catron and Grant Counties. Homemaker Services.

Glenwood Office: 575.539.2227 Silver City Office: 575.534.0311

Alma Store & Grill Family Owned and Operated. • Restaurant • Fuel • Groceries • Ice • Video Rentals Open 7 Days a Week. Restaurant Open Daily 6am to 3pm Breakfast Served All Day! Mexican and American dishes. See our collection of antique photos and western memorabilia.

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ear the small historic town of Alma, a large boulder stands next to Mineral Creek in the Gila National Forest. Inside of that boulder lie the remains of James Cooney, who had a positive impact on more lives in present-day Catron County, New Mexico, than he ever knew about. this page: The Sergeant James Cooney, originally from New Orleans, had been through foothills of the Mogollon the area several times while serving in the US Army at Ft. Bayard. On one rugged Mountains hold tales success and occasion, he had come across a rock outcropping that appeared to contain of failure… and the body silver. Impressed, he noted the location and kept his mouth shut about it James of prospector Cooney. all. As soon as he returned to civilian life, he returned to the mountains of opposite: Cooney’s tomb was blasted Mogollon. There he not only staked a claim, but founded a town that he out of solid rock. modestly called, “Cooney.” Less than five years afterward, James was killed in a clash with hostile natives. His friends blasted, chipped and carved his final resting place into solid rock. A year or so later, James Cooney’s brother Michael arrived in the area. He was reputed to have been a faro dealer in the East, but whatever his previous occupation, he turned out to be an astute mine manager. He persuaded eastern capitalists to invest some $60,000 to get things running again. When the investors visited the mine, however, they became convinced it was a folly, and withdrew further support. There was no leftover money to pay the workers. Michael took all the milled ore that had been collected, a mere

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EVENTS Feb Glenwood Park Barrel Race & Pot Blessing. 575-539-2321 Mar Dutch Oven Cook Off in Glenwood Park. 575-539-2321 Jul July 4th Celebration in Glenwood. 575-539-2711 July 4th Celebration in Quemado and Reserve. 575-533-6968

Jul Frisco CowBelles’ Ann. Western Art Auction. Dance and Barbeque in Glenwood. 575539-2711 Luna Pioneer Days and Rodeo. 575-533-6968 Aug Catron County Fair and Rodeo in Reserve. 575-533-6968 Sep Pie Town Pie Festival. 575-772-2525


Reserve is located at the junction of NM 12 and the San Francisco River.

MORE INFORMATION Catron County Chamber (575) 533-6968

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Outdoors THE GREAT

The diverse opportunities for creating awesome outdoor adventures in Old West Country will wrangle your imagination. Battling a trophy striped bass on New Mexico’s largest warmwater lake or a feisty rainbow trout in a cold mountain stream will certainly enhance your vision of the Desert Southwest. Herds of grazing elk and clouds of migrating waterfowl can alter the horizon and power up your production of adrenaline. Hiking trails and biking trails traverse the entire region. Rock climbers and mountain cyclists are drawn by rugged terrain, sparse populations and a near-perfect climate. Guides are ready to provide wilderness horseback trips for riders of all experience levels. Those who prefer touring by car can enjoy the old mining towns and mountain vistas of the area’s scenic byways. Old West Country offers abundant opportunities for birding and rockhounding. Hikers enjoy the solitude of three national forests and two major wilderness areas. State Park and Bureau of Land Management trails showcase the beauty and challenges of the region’s desert landscapes. Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes on the Rio Grande provide excellent conditions for numerous species of sporting fish. Elephant Butte is host to a full range of water sports including water skiing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing and parasailing. Southwest New Mexico’s cold, clear streams and mountain lakes provide the challenges that keep the true sportsman returning for more. Hand or electric-powered boats, only, are permitted at these smaller, ‘no wake’ lakes.

six-ton wagonload, to the firm of Meredith & Ailman in Silver City, and asked what they would be willing to loan on it. The load assayed at $900, so the firm advanced Michael $800 to continue operations. The next load he brought in was sold for $1800. As the loads kept coming and the ore began to contain gold, the price of a wagonload went up to nearly $14,000. The Cooney mine was a bonanza. Today, not much is left of the town of Cooney. Cooney’s tomb, however, remains intact within Cooney’s Canyon, reminding us of what two brothers went through in order to make us all richer, both in substance and heritage.


Three national forests share borders within this sparsely populated land of mountain lakes, hiking trails and campsites. Snow Lake on the north edge of the Gila Wilderness and Quemado Lake just south of US60 are excellent trout waters where only electric boat motors are allowed. In Reserve, a bronze statue commemorates lawman Elfego Baca, who endured a 33-hour shootout in 1884 against incredible odds. Glenwood on US 180 is the hub for Catwalk National Recreation Trail, with metal walkways clinging to narrow canyon walls, and the ghost town of Mogollon, a picturesque turn-of-the-last-century gold mining camp.

Catron County Chamber (575) 533-6968

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. 575-388-8201

BIKING 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.

ROCKHOUNDING 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. 575-388-8201.

BOATING & WATER SPORTS Photo by Judy Wuthrich



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 and Quemado Lake. or 575-476-8000.

Alma. Historic community 7 miles north of Glenwood. The Catwalk. Trail over suspended bridges in White-water Canyon 5 miles east of Glenwood. 575-539-2711. Clairmont. Ghost town 19 miles northeast of Glenwood. 575-533-6922 Cooney’s Tomb. Alma, 7 miles north of Glenwood. Burial of soldiers killed in a conflict with Apaches. Mogollon. Ghost town 13 miles northeast of Glenwood. Snow Lake. In the Gila National Forest. Camping and fishing. 47 miles northeast of Glenwood. Quemado Lake. Camping, fishing 11 miles so. of Quemado. Whitewater Canyon. 5 miles east of Glenwood. 575-539-2711 WS Cemetery. WS Ranch B & B, Alma, 7 miles north of Glenwood. 575-539-2513

Reserve is located at the junction of NM 12 and the San Francisco River.

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. 575-388-8201





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.




The Strange Hanging Hampton Inn Lordsburg

of Arkansas Black

We love having you at Lordsburg’s newest hotel. Offering our Guests: • Clean and Fresh Hampton bed • Indoor Heated Pool & Whirlpool • Fitness Center • 100% Non-smoking Hotel • Interior Corridors • Business Center • Meeting Room • Guest Laundry Enjoy a variety of complimentary amenities • Wireless internet in the lobby and meeting room • Wired/Wireless High-speed internet in every room • 24-hour coffee & tea in the lobby • On the House® hot breakfast • Local calls & newspapers • TV - 32 Inch LCD HD

575-542-8900 • 1-800-HAMPTON Exit 22 off I-10 • 412 Wabash Ave. • Lordsburg, NM 88045

ABOUT THE AREA For a genuine glimpse of the Old West, Lordsburg and Hidalgo County put time in reverse. Artifacts displayed at the Lordsburg Hidalgo Museum breathe life back into the area’s ghost towns and highlight its mining, railroad, ranching and farming heritage. A couple of miles away, but over a hundred years up the road, the ghost town of Shakespeare boldly hangs onto its rip-roaring past. A mining camp and stage stop on the Butterfield Trail, some of the fiercest outlaws in the Old West once passed the time. Southwest of Lordsburg, the arts village of Rodeo showcases the work of local artisans. Visit Roger McKasson’s Studio/Gallery in Rodeo, the Chiricahua Guild and Art Gallery in the old mission church and the Chiricahua Desert Museum. Declared an “outstanding natural area for birding habitat,” Guadalupe Canyon in the Southwest corner of Hidalgo County and Cave Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains host species found no where else in the United States. Hiking, camping and stable night skies for stargazing are abundant. North of Lordsburg, the Lower Gila Box Wilderness Study Area provides access to petroglyphs and some 170 species of birds.


Y “You can give me back my gun and I’ll shoot it out with you - all of you at once.” -- Robert “Arkansas” Black

In the Old West, men were often hanged for murder, cattle rustling, and horse theft. One man, however, was actually hanged three times for the crime of romance, and it all happened in Shakespeare, New Mexico, just two miles south of Lordsburg. this page: An Hidalgo Robert “Arkansas” Black was a saloon owner, well liked by County sunset in the Mountains. everyone in town - particularly the womenfolk. That was all Peloncillo inset: Shakespeare well and good until Arkansas took up with a married woman. Ghost Town is the site of a strange hanging. Such goings-on are hard to conceal in a small town, and soon inset: Shakespeare Town is the site other married women were demanding that their husbands do Ghost of a strange hanging. something about the situation. So one night a group of the town’s leading married men met with Arkansas and told him he had to leave town. Affronted, Arkansas grabbed for his pistol, but was


Jan Annual Quilt Show. 575-542-9646 Feb Cowboy Poetry Fiesta. 575-542-9864 May St. Joseph’s Food Fiesta. 575-542-3268 Jul Lordsburg July 4th Activities. 5K/2mi. Run/Walk 575-542-8844 Parade, BBQ & Dance in Rodeo, NM Aug Nov Dec

Hidalgo County Fair & Rodeo. 575-542-9864 Cowboy Hall of Fame. 575-542-8158 Mixed Nuts Arts & Crafts Show. Rodeo, NM Annual Light Parade, Moonlight Madness 575-542-9864

Contact the Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce to check on events and dates, as changes may occur throughout the year. 575-542-9864 Fx: 575-542-9059. email:




Lordsburg Hidalgo Museum. This Old West museum documents the early history in which the nearby ghost towns took root. 710 E 2nd St. Open MF 1-5 PM. 575-542-9086. Gila National Forest. Almost one fourth of the 3.3 million acre forest is in wilderness. Largest of these is the 438,360 acre Gila Wilderness, set aside in 1924 as the first such area in the United States. Rodeo. On the NM-AZ border in

southern Hidalgo Co., Rodeo is a small art center with the Chiricahua Guild & Gallery located in an old Mission Church, the Studio-Gallery of internationally renowned artist and sculptor Roger McKasson, and the Chiricahua Desert Museum with live reptile displays, a gift shop and gallery. The area offers facilities for travelers. Portal and Cave Creek. This famous birding area is the only place in North America that you can see Olive Warblers, Red-faced Warblers, and Mexican Chickadees. Portal also has a

wide variety of hummingbird species. Portal offers lodging and food. Redrock Wildlife Area. Located on the Gila River and is operated by the NM Game & Fish Dept. All animals are protected within the refuge even during hunting seasons. The main project at the reserve is the breeding and growth of the Desert Big-Horn Sheep. Shakespeare Ghost Town. 2.5 miles southwest of Lordsburg. Open monthly for guided tours. Call for schedule. w w w. s h a k e s p e a r e g h o s t o w n . c o m 575-542-9034

subdued by the others. The vigilantes bound the saloon keeper, forced him to the center of town, and hanged him from the cross-beam of a corral gate. After stretching his neck but not killing him, the group lowered Arkansas down and again told him to leave town. Profanely, he refused again, so they hoisted him up again. The third time he was hanged, Arkansas passed out and nearly died. Lowered to the ground and revived by means of a bucket of water, he was again made an offer that the vigilantes thought he couldn’t refuse. Arkansas, in turn, offered to kill them all in a fair and gentlemanly fashion, if they would show enough good grace to return his sidearm to him. Reluctantly, the vigilantes were about to hang Arkansas Black for the last time, when another saloon owner named Roxy Jay walked over and suggested that since Arkansas was so locally popular, they should run the woman out of town instead. After a subsequent visit by the vigilantes, the woman and her husband left town the next morning, and things returned to normal - at least, that is, by Shakespeare standards.

We have it all...

• Gorgeous Weather

• Beautiful Landscapes

• Historic Ghost Towns

• Artisans & Art Galleries • Year-Round Activities • Photo Opportunities Peloncillo Mountains Wilderness. Ragged and rugged, the historic Butterfield Stage Route forms the southern boundary.

LOCATION Lordsburg is located at the junction of I-10, US70 and NM90 near the Butterfield Trail stage stop of Shakespeare.

• Birding Habitats

For more information, contact: Lordsburg - Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce 575-542-9864 • 206 Main Street • Lordsburg, NM 88045

MORE INFORMATION Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce (575) 542-9864 email:




Fort Cummings:

Guardian of the lower Mimbres “History may be searched in vain for an equal march of infantry.” --General Philip Cooke


raveling the highways in the present-day Deming area affords multiple opportunities to view the unmistakable profile of Cooke’s Peak from several different angles. However one looks at it, though, it always seems the same. Its summit towers boldly above many old west trails of southwestern New Mexico. Seated in our comfortable automobiles today, we see Cooke’s Peak simply as a landmark that tells us how close we are to home. It is hard to imagine the importance it held for travelers of 150 years ago, or the challenges it represented. At the foot of the mountain is Cooke’s Spring, which was the only dependable natural water source within fifty miles during its day. Nearby is Cooke’s Canyon, the only pass through the southern Mimbres Mountains. During times when wagons were often drawn by oxen, the region’s combined conveniences made it a natural gathering place for travelers of all descriptions. That meant it was also a very dangerous place to encounter others.

this page: Cooke’s Peak north of Deming was an important landmark for westward travelers and overshadowed Fort Cummings on the Butterfield Trail. opposite, inset: Visitor Center at Rockhound State Park.




Deming and Luna County have bragging rights to mild weather and lots of sunshine. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy a list of activities that includes golf, hiking, rockhounding, birding and the Great American Duck Race. Savvy gem and mineral collectors already know about Rockhound State Park, where visitors are encouraged to gather up to 15 pounds of mineral specimens for their own collections. The park offers a visitor center and a wide range of amenities for campers, hikers and birders as well as a botanical and native pollinator garden and a labyrinth. Spring Canyon, a secluded day use area where the birding is said to be especially good, is practically adjacent to Rockhound. Two other popular state parks include historic Pancho Villa State Park near the Mexican border and City of Rocks, a short drive north. Tour New Mexico’s largest vineyards and premier wineries in Deming, and enjoy low-impact aerobic activity on the trails at Voiers Park or on a walking tour of the historic downtown district filled with galleries, antique shops, coffee shops, an impressive museum and friendly people. Pancho Villa State Park includes an RV campground, a visitor center and museum and there is a railroad museum in Columbus.

LUNA COUNTY EVENTS Mar Camp Furlong Day at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus. 575-531-2711 Rockhound Roundup. 575-544-1013 May Bluegrass Festival at Rockhound State Park. 575-546-6182 Aug Great American Duck Race. 888-345-1125 Oct St. Clair Wine Festival. 575-546-1179 Dec Christmas Light Parade in downtown Deming. 575-546-2674 Holiday Lights at Rockhound State Park. 575-546-6182


Deming is located at the junction of Interstate 10, US180 and NM11, next to Rockhound State Park and 34 miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico.


Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce (575) 546-2674 or (800) 848-4955



Hampton Inn Deming We love having you at Deming’s newest hotel. Offering our Guests: • Clean and Fresh Hampton bed • Indoor Heated Pool & Whirlpool • Fitness Center • 100% Non-smoking Hotel • Interior Corridors • Business Center • Meeting Room • Guest Laundry Enjoy a variety of complimentary amenities • Wireless internet in the lobby and meeting room • Wired/Wireless High-speed internet in every room • 24-hour coffee & tea in the lobby • On the House® hot breakfast • Local calls & newspapers • TV - 32 Inch LCD HD

575-546-2022 • 1-800-HAMPTON Exit 85 off I-10 • 3751 E. Cedar St. • Deming, NM 88030

Holiday Inn - Deming Stretch-out and relax in the largest and nicest courtyard in town. • Cool off in our outdoor swimming pool • Suites with large jacuzzi tubs • High-speed Internet access • Exterior room entrances • Pets stay free • Completely renovated with all new Serta Perfect Beds • Kids 12 and under stay and eat free

Lazy Lizard Bar & Grill Serving a tasteful selection of great food in our comfortable dining room. Relax and watch the game on three TVs while enjoying your favorite cocktail in the bar.

Located off I-10 @ Exit 85 4600 E. Pine St. • Deming, NM 88030 575.546.2661 •

Great American Duck Race August 25-28, 2011 1-888-345-1125 202 S. Diamond St. • Deming, NM 88030 • OW26


For centuries previously, the place had been known to nomadic native tribes. By 1852, General Philip St. George Cooke and the 2nd US Dragoons had discovered the area and used it as a base camp. In 1863, the US Army sent a company of California Volunteers to establish a fort seven miles southeast of Cooke’s Peak. Completed two years later and designated Ft. Cummings, it guarded the Butterfield Stage line, the Pony Express, and private wagon trains moving through the Mimbres range. Life at Ft. Cummings wasn’t comfortable. The fort was surrounded by adobe walls ten feet high, and the buildings were made of adobe and wood. Accounts exist of soldiers attaching army blankets to the dirt floors by means of wooden pegs, and one eyewitness report tells of bunks standing with their legs in tins of water, to keep the red ants from invading the bedding. Often, footprints on the ground at early light told of the ATTRACTIONS City of Rocks State Park. Rock formations formed presence of intruders in the darkness, over 34 million years ago during a volcanic eruption. Overnight campsites; visitor center; botanical garden; unseen by the guards in the tower. Even wildlife; hiking; and more. Located 30 miles NW of tasks as simple as gathering water at the Deming on US 180 and NM 61. 575-536-2800 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum. Minerals, gems, spring required groups of heavily armed frontier military history and Mimbres exhibits. 301 S. Silver. 575-546-2382. men to accomplish. www. Luna Rossa Winery. Through it all, Ft. Cummings and its 575-544-1160. mud walls served the area now encomRockhound State Park. Collect up to 15 lbs of rocks. The 250-acre park haspicnic facilities; overpassed by Luna County off and on for night camping; hiking trails; wildlife; and exhibits on local history of Buffalo Soldiers, Apache Indians and twenty-three years before being permamore. 14 miles southeast of Deming. 575-546-6182 nently decommissioned in 1886. Now Spring Canyon State Park. Realize a serene beauty and complete sense of isolation. Picnicking all that remains are the foundations of facilities. Ibex, wild goats from Iran, may be encountered. 575-546-6182 the adobe walls. It seems a lonely place, St. Clair Winery & Visitor Center. 575.546.1179 but possibly no lonelier than it seemed Pancho Villa State Park. Located on the site of during the years of westward migration, old Camp Furlong where Villa raided the U.S. This 61acre park offers a massive desert botanical garden, when soldiers lived and died there. camping and museum/visitor center. 575-531-2711 U.S. and Mexico Port of Entry. 24-hour crossing Columbus / Palomas. 3 miles south of Columbus. 575-531-2686

above: Deming continues to maintain many of its early 20th century downtown buildings that contribute to the community’s old west spirit. inset: Voires “Pit” Park includes amphitheater, covered pavilion and exercise trail.

Publisher’s Note: Documents are required for returning to the United States. Check with U.S. Customs before leaving the U.S. All items purchased in Mexico must be declared when returning to the U.S. and Mexican law strictly forbids carrying guns or ammunition into Mexico.

Founded in 1962, First New Mexico Bank is a hometown bank serving a diverse and growing region. At our locations in Deming, Columbus, Hatch, Las Cruces, Anthony and Silver City, our friendly staff is dedicated to treating each customer as family. We’re committed to excellent service, delivering quality products, continued community involvement and nothing but the best for our customers. As we grow and the region grows, one thing will remain the same: we’ll always strive to meet the needs of each unique community where we are located.

“We’ve got the Hometown Spirit!”

Full Service Lender FHA, VA, USDA Guaranteed, Conventional, Construction, Purchases and Refinance.

We can help with your financial needs. LOCATIONS Main Branch - 300 S. Gold Ave., 575-546-2691 Branch - 812 E. Florida St. (At Peppers Supermarket), 575-546-2691 Columbus Branch - Columbus, NM, 575-531-2643 Hatch Branch - 509 Franklin St., Hatch, NM, 575-267-8832 Rosa



Fourteen Days from St. Louis: Mesilla and the Butterfield Stage “Remember boys, nothing on God’s earth must stop the United States mail!” -- John Butterfield


n September 16, 1858, a stagecoach left St. Louis, Missouri on the first leg of a journey almost three thousand miles long, bound for San Francisco, California. On board was a New Yorker named John Butterfield, the man who had instigated this entire arduous undertaking. Emerging from Texas, the relayed stagecoach reached Mesilla, New Mexico - adjacent to present-day Las Cruces exactly two weeks later before continuing on toward Arizona. Mesilla Station was the largest station in the state, since the village of Mesilla at that time was one of the more important commercial centers in Southwest New Mexico. This inaugural adventure became just one of many exploits of the Butterfield Overland Stage Company, and helped make the Butterfield Trail famous throughout the West. John Butterfield, who had previously co-founded the American Express Company with two gentlemen named Wells and Fargo, was at the zenith of his career. In 1857 he had competed with eight other business entities and won a $600,000 government contract to deliver mail from St. Louis to San Francisco in 25 days or less. It was the largest such contract that had ever been awarded at the time. To facilitate the transportation process, the company blazed 2,812 miles of trail through this page: Flamenco dancers perform to deserts and mountain ranges, and built 140 relay stations using Spanish guitar music the historic Mesilla whatever building materials were at hand. It was at these sta- in Plaza. tions, such as Mesilla, that horses and coaches were switched, mail was exchanged by drivers, and passengers could get a rough meal before continuing their journeys. Coaches held nine passengers, rather than the six usually depicted in the movies, and the fare was $200 - about $3,000 today. Passengers were obliged to get out ABOUT THE AREA Las Cruces is one of the nation’s top communiand walk along particularly difficult sections of the trail. The ties for business and retirement. Visitor opportunities include museums, galleries, a restored downcoaches typically were fitted with canvas sides, doors and roofs. town main street area, a river walk ending at Mesilla The mail was carried tucked away under the driver’s seat. Passengers Valley Bosque State Park and scenic hiking trails on both sides of the rugged Organ Mountains. were encouraged to carry weapons for use in the eventuality of Old Mesilla offers an escape from daily stress with a traditional plaza surrounded by Spanish terriunfortunate encounters with hostile natives. Despite these limitatorial architecture and the towers of San Albino Basilica. The village provides excellent dining and tions, the venture was an overwhelming one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. It was the success, and made two runs per week. regional headquarters for the Butterfield Stage and the site where Billy the Kid was sentenced to hang. In 2011, traveling by air-conditioned automobile from El Paso to Las DONA ANA COUNTY EVENTS Apr Annual Border Book Festival. Cruces, Deming or Lordsburg, it is 575-523-3988 difficult to imagine what those May Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Mesilla. 575-524-3262 journeys were like. Just the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival. 575-522-1232 same, the spirit of Mesilla Sep Hatch Chile Festival. 575-267-5050 Station and the Butterfield Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta in Trail remain a part of Old Mesilla. 575-524-3262 The Whole Enchilada Fiesta. West Country today. 575-526-1938 Sep/ So. New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo LOCATION Fort Selden. An 1800s cavalry New Mexico Farm & Ranch ATTRACTIONS Branigan Cultural Center & Art Museum. History exhibits, art & culture. 500 N. Water St. 575-541-2155. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Geological formations, desert flora, hiking trail and archaeology. 575-524-3334.

fort that was utilized by the Buffalo Soldiers. Visitor center and living history demonstrations. 575-526-8911 Leasburg Dam State Park. Fishing, campsites and swimming. 19 miles northwest of Las Cruces. 575-524-4068 Mesilla Mercado. Local produce & crafts. Every Thurs. & Sun. on Mesilla Plaza. 524-3262


Heritage Museum. 3000 years of New Mexico agricultural history. 4100 Dripping Springs Rd.575-522-4100 San Albino Church. Mission church built 1907. Old Mesilla Plaza. 575-526-9349 St. Clair Winery. A variety of local wine. 1800 Avenida de Mesilla. 575-524-0390.

Las Cruces and Old Mesilla straddle the Rio Grande at the junction of I-10 and I-25, 46 miles north of El Paso.


Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau • 800-343-7827 or 575-541-2444 575-524-8602 Dia de los Muertos at the Plaza 575-647-2369 Annual Renaissance Arts Faire. 575-523-6403 Int’l Mariachi Conference & Con-cert. 575-525-1735 Dec Christmas Carols & Luminarias on the Plaza in Mesilla. 575-524-3262 Oct Oct/ Nov Nov


A CITY WITHIN A CITY – As you enter our lobby for the first time, you realize that you have entered a city unto itself. Southwestern ambience is all around you as you discover the lush interior courtyard with its indoor heated pool, the wonderful Sabor Restaurant and Bar, and the variety of shops on our promenade. You realize that an entire village has opened up before your eyes. Our promenade includes Sebastian's Hair Salon - a full service salon for nails and hair with a masseuse and esthetician also available. Near Sebastian's is the wonderfully exotic Regalos y Art Gift Shop, featuring Maria Cristina's charming art collection. Lucas Pipe and Tobacco newsstand has one of the areas most complete and finest humidors. Unquestionably Lucas's is the most well informed and the best stocked cigar shop in the southwest. The Sabor Restaurant and Bar features International, Latino and Asian Fusion cuisine complemented by specialty marRA MA D A PA LMS garitas, imported beers and specialty wines. We also offer Hertz Rental Car services. DE LA S C RUCE S Our rooms are designed for your comfort and convenience. You have the following room 201 E . UNIV ERSITY AV E. options: VIP suite, balcony room, poolside room, or deluxe room. Our motto is "mi casa es I-10 E XIT 142 su casa." We want you to experience our southwestern hospitality. Across the street from the Convention Center Your room amenities include a coffee maker, cable TV, free wireless high-speed internet LA S CR UCE S , NM 88005 access, a Ramada signature curved shower with the Moen Revolution shower head, Ramada citrus ginger spa amenities, a hair dryer, and an iron and board. Many rooms also 575.526.4411 RA MA D A LAS C RUCE S.C OM have a microwave and refrigerator. Our VIP suites are two room suites with sofa bed, sitting area, a full dining area for entertaining, and a separate bedroom. The hotel meeting facilities are the finest in Las Cruces. You will be delighted with our beautifully equipped and decorated board rooms, fine banqueting facilities, and excellent meeting rooms. In addition, you can reserve The Bar for private parties, receptions or private events. OLD WEST COUNTRY LAS CRUCES






Crystalline sand dunes and alien visitors are the rock stars of Southeast New Mexico, but the real trophies are the area’s history, art and recreational opportunities. Massive cattle drives, turf wars and Indian skirmishes highlight the historic aspects of Roswell and Artesia, but even before that, prehistoric cultures were scratching their thoughts on rocks north of Alamogordo. All three communities provide access to the incredible recreational opportunities of the Sacramento Mountains, including skiing, horse racing and casino gaming. Alamogordo’s area attractions include the history of international space flight, the history of missile development, and a cluster of solar observatories, a valley covered by white sand dunes and black solidified lava flows, an old west homestead, thousands of prehistoric petroglyphs and wilderness access to a 12,000-foot mountain. The eastern side of the Sacramento Mountains includes Roswell’s wildlife refuge and bottomless lakes on the Pecos River and Artesia’s Brantley Lake. Unique artistic endeavors have bolstered both Roswell and Artesia as unfaltering claims of alien intruders remain the headlines for Roswell’s sci-fi district.

this page: The sun sets on mounds of yuccas at White Sands National Monument. Southeast New Mexico and West Texas share a unique playground that includes horse racing, skiing, shopping, museums, the arts and a variety of exciting festivals.



Alamogordo OTERO


Gypsum Sand & Space Age Technology

create unbelievable attractions

erving as the access hub for a host of intriguing geologic formations, outdoor recreation, prehistoric artistry and advanced technology, Alamogordo also offers its own enticements for visitors to pull off the freeways. There is nothing more exciting to youngsters and grownup alike than the New Mexico Museum of Space History, with its OMNIMAX screen and planetarium, hands-on space displays and rockets. The community is also home to the Southwest’s oldest zoo and a toy train depot with rides through the park. Coupled with its downtown historic district, complete with galleries and coffee shops, Alamogordo should be on your local day-trip itinerary as a destination from El Paso and Las Cruces. From your Alamogordo base, visit the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park south of town with its desert mountain hiking trails, White Sands National Monument to the west and the high mountain village of Cloudcroft to the east. North of town lie the Valley of Fires National Recreation Area, a craggy old lava flow area, and the Three Rivers Petroglyph National Recreation Site with thousands of the ancient rock carvings and access to hiking trails into the White Mountain Wilderness below 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca. Las Vegas style gambling and scheduled entertainment are just up the hill on the Mescalero Indian Reservation.



Alamogordo is located at the junction of US70 and US84, between Las Cruces and Ruidoso.





Dog Canyon Experience. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. 575-437-8284 Trinity Site Tour. 575-678-1134 White Sands International Film Festival Premiere Showing. National Astronomy Day NM Museum of Space History 877-333-6589 Heritage Preservation Day. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. 575-437-8284 Shuttle Camp begins. 877-333-6589


Aug Sep

Oct Dec

Spotlight on Tailgate begins Live Music. 575-437-2840 Otero County Fair. 575-437-6120 19th Annual Cottonwood Festival 800-826-0294 Oasis Star Party. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. 575-356-5331 White Sands Balloon Invitational. 575-437-6120 Trinity Site Tour. 575-678-1134 Deck the Hall Holiday Music Fest. 877-333-6589


Alamogordo Visitors Center (575) 4376120 or (800) 826-0294 City of Alamogordo

Technology pervades the region with the Sunspot solar observatories perched on the 9000-foot ridge overlooking Alamogordo, the world’s most advanced fighter jets stationed next door at Holloman Air Force Base and the nation’s largest military base at White Sands Missile Range. The White Sands base also features a museum and rocket display. opposite: White Sands National Monument is a great place to play and to learn the geology that created miles of gypsum dunes. Special programs are offered throughout the year. inset, left: Three Rivers Petroglyph National Historic Site offers access to some of the 20,000 rock images carved by people of the ancient Jornada Mogollon Culture. above: Forty-five miles of lava fields cover Valley of Fires Recreaton Area.

ATTRACTIONS Alameda Park and Zoo. Oldest zoo in the southwest with exotic and indigenous animals. 100-year old Toy Train Depot. 1321 N. White Sands Blvd. 575-439-4290 Founders Park. Honoring the people and cultures involved in establishing the City of Alamogordo. 10th St. and White Sands Blvd. New Mexico Museum of Space History. Model 2001 space station, Clyde W. Tombaugh Space Theater with a 40-foot wrap-around OMNIMAX screen and audio system and the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park collection of historic space items. Hwy 2001 off of Scenic Drive. 877-333-6589 Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Rebuilt and authentically furnished 19th-century ranch house, recreational trail, developed picnic/campsites with panoramic view of the Tularosa Basin. 409 Dog Canyon Rd. 575-4378284 Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and Recreation Area. One of the largest, over 21,000 petroglyphs, and most interesting sites in the desert southwest scattered over 50 acres. 575-585-3458. White Sands National Monument. Nearly 300-square miles of glistening white gypsum sand dunes. US70 between the Las Cruces and Alamogordo. 575-679-2599 or 575-479-6124.







above: Photographs taken from Ghosts of the Guadalupes by Jerry Cox ( Original photographs stored at The Southeastern New Mexico Historical Society, 611 N 4th Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220. below and right: The Rustler and The Trail Boss bronze sculptures from the Cattle Drive Series.

Photo courtesy Artesia Chamber of Commerce

t the end of the Civil War in 1865, a glut of cattle in Texas and strong markets in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico gave rise to The Cattle Drive and vast cattle empires spearheaded by the likes of John Chisum. Cattle dealers hired a trail boss, cook, horse wranglers, cowboys and a guide to make the push to market. The cowboys, or vaqueros, worked long, hard hours, exchanging tired horses for fresh ones to keep up the pace, always on the guard for predators and rustlers. The men who drove cattle from Texas up along the Pecos River during the mid 1860s until the barbed wire era of the early 1900s were tough, independent and courageous. Those who chose to settle down and ranch in the surrounding plains and the rugged Guadalupe Mountains and those attracted to the Artesian water system near the Pecos River, retained that independent spirit necessary to face the rugged terrain, harsh climate and lawless conditions of the time. With the arrival of the railroad in 1894, Artesia became first, a cattle shipping point and economic base for area ranchers and cattlemen; and second, a home for determined farmers irrigating with the artesian water. The strong wills of these farmers and ranchers were matched by the risk-taking oil wildcatters who burst onto the scene when oil was discovered in the area in 1924. The Cattle Drive bronze monument series in downtown Artesia is designed to represent and honor the early cattle industry in southeastern New Mexico. The Trail Boss, The Vaquero, and The Rustler are three larger-than-life bronze sculptures representing personalities common in the Pecos Valley during the Cattle Drive era. The rustler’s face may remind one of Billy the Kid, one of the most notorious names in southeastern New Mexico. Other monuments represent pioneers of the oil industry and Sallie Chisum, an entrepreneur and developer during Artesia’s development era. Her efforts led her to be known as the First Lady of Artesia. Be sure to start your visit at the Historic Train Depot/Artesia Visitors Center and take a walking tour through an intriguing collection of public art, shops, restaurants and entertainment in historic downtown Artesia.


Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center. This home was built for Charles and Anna Moore in 1904 with cobblestones from the Penasco River. The Moores sold the house to the S. S. Ward family in 1906. When Mrs. Ward passed away in 1967, her heirs gave the house to the City for a museum, which opened in 1970. The house was listed on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties in 1976 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Eddy County Shooting Range. Weekly scheduled shoots, open & registered. 131 Firehouse Rd.


Travel through the past and experience Artesia through the eyes of the pioneers and settlers of the Southwest as you take our Walking Tour at your leisure. It begins at the Train Depot & Artesia's Visitors Center. It proceeds through town, stopping at each of our History in Bronze monuments. Historic Train Depot / Artesia Visitors Center. 107 North First Street The Trail Boss. Corner of Main and First Streets. Unveiled in 2007 as the first in a series of three sculptures called The Cattle Drive. The Vaquero. Corner of Second and Main Streets. The second in the series. The Rustler. In the roundabout at Second and Texas Ave. The third in the series, unveiled in 2009. First Lady of Artesia Monument. South Third and West Main Streets. The niece of famed cattleman John Chisum, Sallie Chisum became a strong businesswoman and an important developer during the settlement of Artesia. Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. 310 West Main Street. Offering a variety of entertainment ranging from community theater to nationally acclaimed musicians, concert artists, theater productions, education and culture. Heritage Plaza & Walkway. 320 West Main Street Land of the Sun Theater. 418 West Main Street Derrick Floor & Oilfield Pioneer Monuments. Sixth and Main Streets. A bronze artistic representation of a four-man crew on a drilling rig.

EVENTS Mar Jun Jul Sep Oct Nov Dec

Main Event Car Show & Cruise. 575.746.9477 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. 575.746.2744 Fourth of July Celebration. 575.746.2744 Eddy County Fair & Rodeo. 575.746.2744 Gathering of Wheels Car Show. 575.746.6497 Clays Crusher Fun Shoot. 575.746.2744 Art in the Park. 575.746.4212 Balloons & Bluegrass. 575.746.2744 “Take Me Home” John Denver Tribute Show. 575.746.2744 Light Up Artesia. 575.746.2744


Artesia is located in southeastern New Mexico, nestled between the two larger cities of Roswell to the north and Carlsbad to the south. The Texas border is less than 100 miles away to the east and the beautiful mountains, including the towns of Cloudcroft and Ruidoso are to the west. Artesia is a perfect center point for southeastern New Mexico.


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Heroes, Villians Outlaws


illustration courtesy Luis Perez.

above, l to r: Geronimo traversed the Black Range in what is now Sierra County, home of the Geronimo Springs Museum in Truth or Consequences. Luna County became internationally famous in 1916 after forces under Mexican revolutionary general Pancho Villa attacked Columbus and Camp Furlong, a nearby military base. Today, Pancho Villa State Park commemorates the event. right, l to r: Mangas Coloradas was chief of the Mimbreno Chiricahuas when an influx of miners arrived in the Pinos Altos area of present day Grant County in the 1850s. Son-in-law of Mangas Coloradas, Cochise was a chief of the Chokoken Chiricahuas, who ranged through the rugged mountains and canyons of eastern Arizona and presentday Hidalgo County. right: Present-day Catron County was a refuge to Butch Cassidy (upper inset) who occasionally worked as a ranch hand near Glenwood under an assumed name. Self-appointed lawman Elfego Baca (lower inset) survived a 33-hour gun battle with 80 opponents in Reserve. below: The Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Craig in today’s Socorro County were never able to capture Victorio and his band of Warm Springs Apaches.

The late 1800s and early 1900s comprised an era of armed confrontation among westward moving settlers and nomadic groups of Native Americans, gunslingers who were either good guys or bad guys depending on who they shot, cattlemen and local Mexican settlers and, even Mexican revolutionaries and U.S troops. It was truly the Wild West at its most colorful (and deadly) stage. Among the household names were Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and Elfego Baca. Billy was born in Silver City and first jailed in Mesilla. Butch Cassidy sometimes worked as a ranch hand near Glenwood and Elfego Baca shot it out with 80 Texas cowboys in what is now Reserve. Famous Native Americans of that era included Geronimo, Victorio, Mangas Coloradas and Cochise, all acknowledged for their military prowess. Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa invaded the United States at Columbus in 1916 and was chased by General “Blackjack” Pershing. Centuries before European explorers first reached the area, prehistoric Native American cultures farmed and hunted along mountain streams, leaving behind their cliff dwellings and a wealth of fascinating pottery. Once Spanish colonizers began traveling El Camino Real toward Santa Fe, small villages supporting supply trains and the spread of Catholicism began to develop along the Rio Grande, including Socorro with its centuries old mission church. Later, when Mexico gained autonomy, Mexican mining interests initiated operations in Santa Rita to supply copper to the Mexican mint. In the meantime, trappers, prospectors and other explorers began appearing from the east coast. These forerunners of the westward expansion of the United States gave rise to Mesilla and Shakespeare and eventually to present day communities. Today the descendents of these hearty and often rambunctious groups meld with the contop: Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to tinuing influx of people from around the hang in Mesilla, today’s home of the William world. A welcome hand is still extended to its Bonney Gallery, but escaped. visitors and prospective “settlers.” OLD WEST COUNTRY



Originally named by Spanish colonizer Don Juan de Onate in 1598, El Paso became an important stop on the trade route from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Following New Mexico's Pueblo revolt in 1680, displaced Indians settled the Tigua Reservation near El Paso and were responsible for building the picturesque missions of Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario. Today as both the gateway to the Old West and the "avenida" to Mexico, El Paso is a city of romance and adventure for explorers past, present and future. Pistol shooting Old West re-enactments, nightly summer performances of Viva El Paso! and weekend ceremonial dancing by Tigua Indians keep the pioneer spirit alive. An impressive cluster of museums and performing arts venues have partnered with downtown revitalization to offer an incredible array of international culture and entertainment. Horseracing and casino gaming at Sunland Park Race Track, Sunbowl football and a packed schedule of fiestas and concerts keep this international city hopping year-round. Area specialty shops offer regional arts and crafts. As a finishing touch, the cuisine of many lands and music of the Southwest fire the hearts and souls of young and old as part of the passionate, vivid experience that is El Paso, Texas. Annual El Paso Chamber Music Festival. 915833-9400 Annual Siglo de Oro Drama Festival 915-532-7273 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park 575-874-5200 El Paso Marathon. Franklin Mountain Poppies Celebration. 915-755-4332 May KLAQ International Balloonfest. 915-880-4955 Jun El Paso Summer Music Festival. 915-449-0619 Jul Downtown Street Festival. 915-544-9550 Plaza Classic Film Festival. 915-533-4020 Aug Sep Fiesta de las Flores 915-533-3730 Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta. 915-521-1881 Oct Amigo Airsho. 915-562-6446 Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair. 915-857-1135 Nov Dia de los Muertos Celebration 915-373-1513 Dec Holiday Lights at the Zoo. 915-544-1928 Season of Lights at the University of Texas 915-747-8600 Annual Sun Bowl. 800-915-BOWL May-Aug Alfresco! Fridays. 915-541-4481 Jun-Aug Music Under the Stars. Sundays 915-541-4481


The Railroads come to El Paso “…El Paso is the best place in the United States to make a fortune in a single lifetime.” --Judge Allen Blacker



ATTRACTIONS The Border Jumper. One Civic Center Plaza. El Paso-Juarez Trolley Company shuttles back and forth between these twin cities. 915-544-0062. El Paso Zoo. 5-acre zoo with more than 700 animals in nat-ural settings. 915-544-1928. Fort Bliss Museum. A reproduction of the 1854 fort houses the museum.Living history displays & Civil War artifacts. 915-568-4518. EI Paso Museum of Art. One Arts Festival Plaza. Galleries, educational exhibits, museum store. 915-532-1707. Wyler Aerial Tramway. Alabama to McKinley Ave. View two countries and three states from the southern end of the Franklin Mountains. 915-566-6622.


El Paso is located on I-10 at the international gateway to the Old West.


El Paso Convention & Visitors Bureau (800) 351-6024 El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (915) 566-4066 The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce (915) 534-0500 OLD WEST TRAILS


l Paso, Texas can be justifiably proud of its long history; the “Pass of the North” has existed for over four hundred years and was a nineteenth century destination along the famous Butterfield Trail. Probably no single day in its history, however, had a bigger or more lasting impact on the city than May 19, 1881. That this page: was the day that the Southern Pacific Railroad rolled into town. The downtown skyline of El The Southern Pacific was the first railroad to arrive, but it was by no means Paso includes a backdrop of its the last. Even as the celebration was taking place, the Texas & Pacific and the i n te r n a t i o n a l Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio were laying track toward El Paso at a rate n e i g h b o r , Juárez, México. of almost one mile per day. Though El Paso had long touted itself as the inset: The star Franklin “Gateway to Mexico,” its role as a port of entry became even more pronounced on Mountain. after the Mexican Central built a line from Ciudad Juarez to Mexico City, and a spur across the river to the “Pass of the North.” Today that stretch of track is still the longest in Mexico, and the only direct line connecting Mexico City with the US border. The effect that all this activity had on the town’s growth was phenomenal. A year before the arrival of the Southern Pacific, El Paso had a population of about seven hundred. Within ten years, the population had swelled to over ten thousand. When the railroad tracks were first laid, they were located so far north of town that most people doubted that the town could ever expand that far. It jumped the tracks within two years. El Paso’s central location between even larger cities also made it a regional center for performing arts and boxing exhibitions. Among the many celebrities of the day who performed there were Sarah Bernhardt, John Barrymore and Harry Houdini.



1. Hatch to Deming: NM 26 Raptor Route (Private Property. Bird from road only) F4 2. Mount View Cemetery. F4 3. Deming Water Treatment Area. F4 4. Spring Canyon Unit of Rockhound State Park. F4 5. Pancho Villa State Park. G4 6. NM 9 between Hachita & Animas. G2 7. NM 338 South of Animas (Private Property. Bird from road only.) G1 8. Clanton Canyon. G1 9. State Line Road near Rodeo (Private Property. Bird from road only.) G1 10. Granite Gap. F1 11. Lordsburg Playa (Private Property. Bird from road only.) F1 12. Virden Bridge (Private Property. Bird from road only.) E1 13. Lower Gila Box. E1 14. Glenwood Fish Hatchery. C1 15. National Catwalk Recreation Area. C2 16. Mogollon (Private Property. Bird from road only.) C2 17. Willow Creek Campground. C2 18. Redrock Road (Private Property. Bird from road only.) E2 19. Burro Mountains: Forest Rd. 851. E2 20. Gila River Bird Habitat Area. E2 21. Gila River/Mogollon Creek Confluence. D2 22. Big Ditch Park. E3 23. Cherry Creek/McMillan Campgrounds. E3 24. Signal Peak Road. E3 25. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. D3 26. Lake Roberts Area. D3 27. TNC Mimbres Preserve. D3 28. Fort Bayard Historical District. E3 29. City of Rocks State Park. E3 30. Iron Creek Campground to Lower Gallinas Campground. E4 31. Emory Pass. E4 32. Kingston-Hillsboro Area (Private Property - Bird from road only). E4 33. Las Animas Creek (Private Property. Bird from road only.) D5 34. Percha Dam State Park. E5 35. Caballo Lake State Park & Caballo Dam.D5 36. Las Palomas Marsh. D5 37. Elephant Butte Lake State Park. D5 38. Springtime Campground. C5 39. Leasburg Dam State Park. E5 40. Dripping Springs Recreation Area. F6 41. Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area. F6 42. The Bosque del Apache. B6 43. Water Canyon. B5 44. Socorro Birding Site. B6


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ld West Country encompasses a number of climate zones and therefore attracts a wide variety of bird species. The Rio Grande valley and associated marshlands provide for huge numbers of migratory waterfowl and late fall spectacles, while the mountain regions witness smaller, more specific seasonal movements. Desert locales are more active for a variety of raptors and even burrowing species. Whatever your level of experience or the lengths of your lists, birding has become increasingly popular, and Old West Country is an outstanding area in which to enjoy it. Some Old West Country residents are able to observe more than a this page: Snow geese by the hundred species of birds without leaving home. Visitors, of course, thousands spend increase their success rate when the local population nights at Bosque del Apache points out the most likely locations. For those just beginNational Wildlife ning the quest for identifying birds, as with any new Refuge during fall migrations. Year activity, success is important to maintaining interest. round birding Old West Trails has compiled a list of popular birding 16 excels in Old locations and the species known to drop in from time 15 West Country. 14 to time. Some of the locations are also known for their 21 scenic beauty; others may seem unlikely but are nonetheless areas pre20 ferred by a number of our feathered friends. Old West Country bird12 18 19 13 ing experts have verified all locations. By combining information contained in this feature with other 11 resources found on these pages, you can plan a birding adventure that 10 also includes hiking, camping, horseback riding and a wealth of other 9 6 activities that await you in Old West Country. 8 7



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Painted Desert

A place WHERE FORTUNES were made, HEARTS were broken and DREAMS were FULFILLED!


Where it ALL BEGAN...




Our Lady of Health Church


Golf Course

Duck Races

OLDry t n u Co WEST

Silver City Museum

Elephant Butte



The Catwalk/Glenwood


Mineral Hot Springs



Oregon Mountains

Farm & Heritage Museum


Cliff Dwellings


Willow Creek

Bosque del Apache



Elephant Butte






San Miguel Mission





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