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    Albuquerque Comic Expo

    by HispanicYob Written Jul 26, 2013

    For all those comic book lovers, cosplayers and artmongers everywhere. Albuquerque Comic Expo is held once a year, usually towards the end of June. If you're in town it's definitely worth checking out!

    Once a year, our town has it's own comic expo. It is not nearly as colossal as the one held in San Diego though, so don't expect celebrities at every turn. But our expo is special and it attracts it's own celebs as well. If you've never been to any kind of comic expo, you're in for a treat. From video game stands, laser tag and comics galore to the TMNT van and an artists alley, there's lots to see. Even if you're not a comic buff, you can still be entertained by the many cosplayers (people who dress up as their favorite characters) and exhibits.

    As said, this is only once a year, in June. The dates might vary, so make sure to check the website I have provided below for dates, times, prices and locations. It's been held for the last couple of years at the Albuquerque Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Albuquerque.

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    Gillman Tunnels

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This is a fabulous drive about 5 miles down Hwy 485 which splits off Hwy 4 near the Jemez visitor center. The views are some of the best, the the terrain rugged while running along the fast flowing Rio Guadalupe river. The tunnels were constructed in the 1920's for logging of trees to transport down to Albuquerque. The road becomes gravel and rough just past the tunnels for the next 15 miles; so beware.

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    Wolatawa Indian Center and Red Rocks

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    The center is nice and has a lot of gifts and information. It is near the south end of Hwy 4 and on the pueblo of Jemez reservation. AT that point is also the Red Rocks hills, but you cannot hike into them without a guided Indian tour for $8-10 for 3/4 hour. NOT

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    White Mesa Bike Trail

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    The Ojito Wilderness has about 30 miles of bike trails that run on the top of the mesas for the most part. if you fall, it is a long drop-but the trails seem to be challenging and cross over many other trails for adventures.

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    Spence Hot Springs

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    Even though the temperature is not over 100 degrees F, it is enjoyable to the locals to come here to soak and relax. It is a tradition and in summer the two pools are completely full. The pools, by the way has a warning, and for real reason; the algae and worms in the water can do great harm to the body. It appears most ignore that but from prior knowledge, I would not be one to get into the pool, no matter how "neat" it seems.
    The hike to get to the springs is about 1 mile, and a bit steep, but manageable. It is right off the road, but look close to see the location' near intersection of Hwy 128 split off from hwy 4 at La Cuvea.

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    McCAuley Springs Hike

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This hike is one of the more rugged and long. It starts at Hwy 4, past La Cuvera turn off of 128 and in the same place as Jemez Falls. The hike is about 2 1/2 mmiles down to the river and falls. I got 3/4 of the way and turned back after a long day of hiking, exhaustion set in, especially due to the 900 descent to the river on rough rock and steep trail. it is not an easy hike.

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    Jemez FAlls

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This is an easy 1/2 mile walk to the overlook onto the falls that would be about 300 feet distant. The approach to the falls is from Hwy 4 on the north end and past La Cueva. It is a lot easier to find than trying to get to the trailhead from BAttleship Rock and trek in 4-5 miles before the hike begins-it is rugged that way.
    The falls drop is maybe 100+ feet

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    Jemez-Soda Dam hot Springs

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    Finding the source of the spring is not easy, and I did not because it requires crossing a rather deep and fast flowing river point; not my desire. The spewing of the springs flow over the years certainly did create a "Mars like" formation of mounds of salty sediment. It is a nice site.

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    Battleship Rock Hike

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2013

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    This hike was along the Jemez River. it was rigorous and treacherous in some spots. The intent was to try and find access to Jemez Falls, but that ended up being too far after hiking along the river for 3 miles, then needed to return 3 miles. I ended up at a wonderful waterfall, though, and the hike was a good challenge; slippery walking along the slope and ridge and climbing over rocks and downed trees.
    Battleship Rock can be seen right off the road and a sign posted for the area is identifiable. It is about 20 miles on Hwy 4 from Hwy 550

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    Jemez Jose de Guisewa-Adobe Ruins

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This is called Jemez Monument, and has a visitor center with some history plus the remaining ruins of a mission and pueblo that housed Jemez Navajo families numbering around 300. The mission church was built in 1620, and remained intact until 1630, and later due to the Indian uprising of 1680, it was partially destroyed. After Spain retook the area back from the Indians, the adobe area went into decline with Indians moving further south onto Walatowa section for farming and rebuilding. Guisewa means place of boiling water in Navajo.
    In 1891 Adolph Bandelier searched the mission ruins and it later became a state monument, which claims 1 million visitors coming to the area annually. The monument is open 10-5 daily and admission is $3.

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    Jemez Springs

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This is a small community with 3-4 art galleries and restaurants and a bar. It is small, being maybe two blocks long. The good old days have past, but they hang on hoping tourism sustains the local commerce. The village was thriving in the early 1900's due to a spa/bath house, which was built in 1880. A flood of 1941 caused severe damage, and it could not be rebuilt. The bathhouse remains as it looked after the flood; with doors closed, though. The town decline resulted. Nearby is the adobe ruins

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    Ojito Wilderness Hike

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This is a remote section of land that is 11 miles off Hwy 550 to the northwest of Albuquerque. Is contains 11,183 acres, or about 5 square miles. There are 3 primary hikes in the section, and a lot of miles of bike trails. The name Ojito means land to the west in Navajo.
    This hike is called Hoo Doo Pines and supposedly you are able to see odd shaped rocks with pointed peaks form erosion. I did not really see those, but did note the treacherous split rock for 50-75 feet before you get to the cliff edge-and then there was the rattlesnake that was only 10 feet from me, when I was unsure which way to jump, but the cliff was too close and that would be the wrong direction. I eased back out and away. WEW.
    The hike is relatively mundane, and for the first mile or so you walk through a field and up and down ravines. At the flat mesa there are pine trees, that do in fact hide animals, not all friendly, and major cracks/splits in the rock that could be dangerous if you slipped or fell into one. The hike is 3 miles RT, but could extend to much more if you want to wander. There are no trails to follow. The valley below is about 300 feet; straight down.

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    Ojito Wilderness Hikes

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This is a remote section of land that is 11 miles off Hwy 550 to the northwest of Albuquerque. Is contains 11,183 acres, or about 5 square miles. There are 3 primary hikes in the section, and a lot of miles of bike trails. The name Ojito means land to the west in Navajo.
    This hike of 2 1/2 miles takes you into a ravine with varied rock formations and colors. You could continue going in to quite a way; like 4 more miles if desired. The hike was fairly easy and flat. It is called Puni Hike

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    Ojito Wilderness-Hikes

    by BruceDunning Written May 25, 2013

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    This is a remote section of land that is 11 miles off Hwy 550 to the northwest of Albuquerque. Is contains 11,183 acres, or about 5 square miles. There are 3 primary hikes in the section, and a lot of miles of bike trails.
    This first hike is called colored bluffs, and it surely lived up to its name. The hike is 2 1/2 miles, but the last part to get to the top of the mesa is difficult due to steep and slippery path for 200 yards, or so. Either way, the view from the top is great, so try to make it carefully.

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    Tent Rocks-Kasha-Katuwe

    by BruceDunning Updated May 24, 2013

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    This is by fr one of the best sites to see and hike. It has two hikes. One is a loop the goes for 1 1/2 miles around the center of the cliffs and shows many tent rocks close up. The other is called Slot CAnyon and it is a 3 mile RT and in places it is moderately difficult, especially with the 500 feet climb at the end over rocks and rough path. However, at the end the views are great on a mesa spreading over three areas and overlooking the tent rocks. The geology and rock formations are beyond earthly comprehension.
    The park is operated by Park Service and fee is $5.

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