My fondest memory: I was sleeping in my rental car in a parking lot in Rio Rancho. The night was full of desert night sounds, i.e. coyotes calling! The stars were out, and the hot air balloons were overhead blinking in the night skies.... In the morning I awoke to a car starting....
A fire-man/EMT....who I wish I could meet again!
A hint to fitting in while here ...
1. A day bag that will hold your ever-present water bottle and your camera :) 2. Jeans - don't need to be pressed and starched, but can be if you choose ...
3. Boots - from rock star trendy to on the farm cowboy boots ... doesn't matter! Wear w/ your jeans, a dress/skirt or whatever ... okay just don't wear w/ your shorts!
4. Layered clothing. Our weather is mostly sunny, but being desert, our temperatures can very 30 degrees F in a 24 hours period. Plan for both hot and cool climates while here, so layering is 'a good thing'. 5. SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!!!! SPF15 at a minimum - regardless of the time of year. We are about a mile up, and even though you normally won't burn in the winter - your skin will be affected by the altitude :)
6. Moisturizer is imperative. Albuquerque is in the high desert and quite arid. Your body will shrivel like a raisin in the sun if you don't drink lots of water and use moisturizer! 7. Camera of your choice. The sky, architecture, and natural beauty is awe-inspiring. You don't want to go outside without your camera! 8. Walking shoes. You will wander the city, do day trips into the surrounding region and your feet will always appreciate good walking shoes. 9. Altitude sickness is a problem for many who travel here from sea level. It can be a simple as a headache, or more serious. Rest, WATER (an ounce per pound of body wieght please), and respecting your body's own messaging system are imperative :)
10. If you are prone to allergies, bring your usual stash of anti-allergy meds and remedies. Being in a dry environment can exacerbate your allergies.
11. Glasses. We have contact lens warnings on one of our local a.m. newscasts - those come up on our windy days. Also being dry, some find their contacts uncomfortable here - so bring your glasses to give your eyes a rest :) And of course, being the deset, don't forget your sunglasses!
Jemez Pueblo is a relatively large pueblo. You are not allowed into the center of the Pueblo except during festivals or by invitation. The visitors center is on the north end in the red rock area, where you can also find a convenience store and gas station. Just stay on State Highway 4 and you will pass through the red rock area. Sometimes they will be selling indian fry bread there.
Do you remember "the Fonz"???
This restaurant come straight from that years.
Very nice (and a little bit kitch) furnitures and accessories. Elvis is a major star here and his various films are played all the time. Everything from that era is proudly displayed. The cousine is very good and the dishes are really plentiful.
There is also a free museum of customized car in old 50s american style. Chicken fajitas
Excellent Breakfast in Bernalillo
This restaurant is actually in Bernalillo. Worth the drive to seek it out. The ambience is warm and inviting with cool southwestern style art mixed into the surroundings. A funky place with excellent food. The service is very good, the food is better.
Please note there are two more Range restaurants in Albuquerque, but locals prefer the one in Bernalillo. Please note there may be a wait to be seated. The whole menu is good. My friends had the breakfast burrito that was HUGE! I had a wonderful stuffed french toast that was also HUGE! You will NOT go away hungry.