New Mexico Favorites

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  • Local Publications

    Albuquerque Favorites

    Duke City Fix is a local website with contributions by and for locals. There is the quirky, the artistic, the political, day trips, and fun all in one place. There is an arts calendar, blogs, photos and more! So instead of me writing more about it ... copy and paste the link and check it out for yourself. The arts calendar alone should help you...

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  • Views & Lifestyle

    Albuquerque Favorites

    Blogs are a great way to find out what's going on around town, get in touch with what area people are talking about and take part in their discussions. For fun see: www.dukecityfix.com - Everything Albuquerque is discussed on this blog - culture, art, music, you name it. albloggerque.blogspot.com - Johnny Mango's Albloggerque A photo filled blog...

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  • Near Albuquerque

    Albuquerque Favorites

    Arranged by: - In Albuquerque itself - Half days out of Albuquerque - Day trips out of Albuquerque - Overnight trips - Long trips Note! Original image was high resolution and very readable. I believe that it is still readable in the new VT picture format.

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  • Old Town

    Albuquerque Favorites

    When visiting Albuquerque a must see place is Old Town, even though many think it's a "tourist trap". But actually it isn't as bad as many may think. So bring a smile, inquistive mind, some good walking shoes to see all the jewelry, clothing, native art shops, museums, and historical sights maybe even feel a presence from people from years past....

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  • Balloon Fiesta

    Albuquerque Favorites

    At the balloon fest, spotting Zebras can be fun, but they're not what you might think. Actually 'Zebras' control the take off sequence for balloons. They're in communication with the entire field and can give permission for balloons to take off that are not designated as the next ones up. There were quite a number of these folks on the grounds;...

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  • Route 66

    Albuquerque Favorites

    Each summer during the month of July, the city puts on concerts in the main downtown park every Saturday. The concerts are free and well attended. In the evening, top name acts are featured. The first one I went to was classic rock and roll....featuring the Coasters and the Drifters doing their songs from the late 50's and 60's. The second concert...

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  • Festivals & Holidays

    Albuquerque Favorites

    Christmas in New Mexico is a blend of so many different cultures. Old town in Albuquerque, and Santa Fe have lumiaria tours. Luminarias are also known as Ferolitos in norther New Mexico. Luminarias are paper lunch sized bags with sand at the base and a candle placed inside. They are places about the tops of buildings, on curbs, and laid out to...

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  • 2012 Jujube Workshop & Road Trip...

    The basic itinerary isEspanola (21-22 Sep 2012):• Stop at Gabriel’s on the way (Exit 176 on US-285)• Workshop is at NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center on Friday the 21st from 2-4 PM -- Contact is Shengrui Yao (505-852-2668, yaos@nmsu.edu) -- Alcalde Science Center (505-852-4241, 371 County Road 40, Alcalde, NM 87511)• Stay at...

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  • Taos

    Taos is a pleasant mountain community situated among the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is known for the nearby Taos Pueblo, art galleries and studios, and skiing at the nearby Taos Ski Valley.The area was first settled by American Indians of the Taos tribe, who built the imposing Taos Pueblo between 1000 and 1450. (Taos means "place...

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  • Natural New Mexico

    While humans have made their mark on New Mexico over the centuries, and in a number of ways, it remains for the most part a state of wide open spaces and natural wonders. You can peer down into the depths of 800 foot deep Rio Grande Gorge, travel mountain passes well over 8,000 feet above sea level, wander among the remarkable rock formations of...

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  • Space Age New Mexico

    New Mexico’s wide open spaces didn’t just suit cowboys – they are also ideal for certain sorts of experiments, especially those involving space flight or missiles. The barren expanses at its heart, around White Sands, have seen first-hand the power of science, both for good and for bad. It is here, at the Trinity Site, that the world’s first atom...

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  • Wild West New Mexico

    If you have ever watched a western, you have seen New Mexico, or something very like it. Vast plains, huge skies, and more cattle than people – it is not difficult to imagine a cowboy galloping over the nearest ridge, and indeed many locals still dress the part. And wherever you go, the ghosts of outlaws past will follow you, most notably Billy the...

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  • Hispanic New Mexico

    Wherever you go in New Mexico, the Spanish influence is apparent. The most obvious legacy is the large number of beautiful adobe mission churches, of which the oldest is variously said to be San Miguel in Socorro (built between 1615 and 1626, but currently closed for restoration following major water damage) or another San Miguel in Santa Fe (built...

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  • Native New Mexico

    Long before Europeans came to settle this area, native tribes lived here for hundreds of years. For centuries, these ancestral Indians lived a nomadic life, hunting and gathering their food throughout the Southwest. About 1,500 years ago, some of these groups began practicing agriculture and established permanent settlements, known as pueblos,...

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  • Albuquerque

    The city of Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as a Spanish colonial outpost that was both a farming community and military garrison along the Camino Real. The settlement was originally called Ranchos de Alburquerque, and was named by its founder and provincial governor, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdez, in honor of the Viceroy of New Spain, Don...

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  • Santa Fe

    The area that would one day become Santa Fe was originally inhabited by Pueblo Indians who used the Santa Fe River as a water source. They occupied the area between about 1050 and 1150.In 1598, Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate led the first expedition into the area to colonize the new Spanish province of Nuevo México. He founded the first...

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  • dance of the sugar plum sphinx moths

    As it turned out, Oliver Lee was a gorgeous spot with a nice campground, perfect for watching the sunset on the surrounding mountains. We enjoyed the small desert flower garden close to the rest rooms and we thought we were in luck on hearing what we believed to be the buzz of hummingbirds. When we saw none, we then rushed to the conclusion it...

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  • time for just a little Albuquerque

    Well, it wasn't all that slow. D cut my hair and we made sure us and everything we owned was about as clean as we could get it. We were heading into the domain of uncertain showers and I'm not referring to New Mexico's lack of rainfall either. We checked out of what seemed the most luxurious Motel 6 in the world at around the noon, the latest...

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  • way over budget

    Sleeping in isn't normally my thing. I'm naturally an early riser. But there are times when you just have to and this was one of them. I might not have been sleeping in as much as lying in and enjoying the room that was planned to be our last for a long time. We'd begun a planned six month “camping” trip around the US ten days earlier with an...

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  • Jumping Around Rudioso, New Mexico!

    Rudioso, New MexicoThis wonderful village is at 7000 feet above sea level – blessed with cool pines, making it a vacation getaway for nearly 100 years! Here you will find out so much about Billy the Kid since this was one of his favorite haunts– and his name is everywhere, even on a casino! Lincoln County is where Billy had his notorious beginnings...

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  • Jumping Around Deming, New Mexico

    You will pass by this nice small city as you are driving from El Paso to Tucson (on the I-10) as we were….This is known “Ducktown, USA”, being the home to the richest Duck race in the world! Held every last weekend of August – unfortunately we were there April 2009…We did go exit here and drove about fifteen more miles from the freeway before we...

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  • Interesting Road Trip Out of Albuquerque

    Take I-40 out of Albuquerque, stop at Acoma's Sky City, then take NM-53 to see the El Malpais National Monument and El Morro. Skip the ice cave; it is somewhat interesting but a little pricy. Then take NM-602 to Gallup and spend the night in the historic El Rancho Hotel and Motel. Continue on I-40. Visit the Petrified Forest and take a look at the...

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  • One Alternative for a 5-Day Tour of...

    Fly into Albuquerque and spend the first night there. The Frontier or the Flying Star restaurants are good dinner options if you arrive late. If you stay near the airport, you could eat at the K&I Diner early the next morning, then drive to Acoma Pueblo (~ 1-1.5 hrs). Take the tour, have lunch at the casino, and then back to I-25 south via the NM-6...

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  • A Disappearing Icon

    I know this may seem strange, but driving through the tiny town of Des Moines on US-87, I found this phone booth. I have noticed that there are very few actual standing phone booths in existence and the numbers of cell phones continue to rise. Possibly, they will disappear alltogether. Who knows?

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  • Elk

    every day we were here we saw elk. These are much bigger than deer and it's amazing to watch groups of up to 40 grazing while one or two of them act as lookouts for any type of danger. People do hunt elk, and for the most part use the meat as opposed to pure sport hunting for the sake of hunting.One morning I woke and watch 7 Elk feed just 20 feet...

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  • New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

    For whatever rerason, New Mexico is nicknamed "Land of Enchantment." License plates and other things to promote tourism have this phrase on them. New Mexico is kind of enchanting in a way...very beautiful, and some areas around Albequerque will take your breath away!

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  • New Mexico State Flag

    The yellow flag and red symbol on it are the colors of Spain. The red symbol represents a red sun with rays streching out from it. This is an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia who believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of four. These gifts are:-The four directions - north, east, south and west....

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  • Historical Markers

    Scattered all along the US and other highways in New Mexico are historical markers like this one about Blazer's Mill. These markers tell you interesting historical tidbits about the area you are in.

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  • Early photographs

    The story of Lisle Updike and William Pennington, photographers in the early 1900's, is an amazing tale. For those of you who's passion is photography, you owe it to yourself to find a copy of the book about their work and review their early glass plates which documented the culture of the southwest and its people in such a sensistive and...

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  • Visit Santa Fe!

    Santa Fe is one of the most interesting places I've ever been to!The main plaza is beautiful and there are lots of little shops where you can buy cheap souvenirs (Indian stuff). I think near the citys there is an Indian village (you have to pay an entrance fee) but I'm not sure...And if you're in New Mexico visit Mesa Verde as well-the view is...

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  • Observe Non-City Life

    Non-city life in New Mexico is mostly (but hardly all) Native American, and often poor, but the "style" and "feel" of it is rather unique.

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  • Visit the Capitol in Santa Fe

    We don't often get the opportunity to travel to the way northern part of New Mexico, so it was a MUST DO when we mapped out our trip from the north-western tip of the USA while making our way south. I love looking at the southwestern style of landscaping ... Santa Fe is over flowing in this style! Though the capitol building didn't particularly...

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  • Beep beep!

    I'm definitely a "drive around" kinda tourist ... I love to drive around and see all the local sights. To overlook the quaint southwestern history is to miss the whole picture. The state bird for New Mexico is the roadrunner. Wherever you go in New Mexico (away from the city limits), be on the lookout for a roadrunner . . . they may not be as...

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  • Earthship - New Mexico

    West of Taos,NM on the way to Tierra Amarilla you can see this unusual village.All the houses here are energeticaly independent and self sufficient. All these houses collect their own power from the sun and wind,collect their own water from rain and snow melt and are constructed using largely the byproducts of modern society;like cans, bottles and...

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  • The difference and wonder of New Mexican...

    New Mexican food is different from other ethnic food that have 'Mexican' in their name.New Mexican food is a combination of Mexican, Spanish and Native American cuisine. Tortillas, pinto beans (frijoles), papas (potatoes), ground beef, sopapillas, and chile are found on all New Mexico restaurant menus.A variant of the usual tortilla out here is the...

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  • Would you like red or green??? Or...

    A variety of cultures has led to unique art forms and culinary treats. One such local treat is the use of chile .... hence our state question: Red or Green? that diners are asked almost everywhere ...... you'll be offered chile on your eggs, burgers, steak, chicken, and just about everything you are served. The two local styles of chile are unique...

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  • My favorite guidebook for New Mexico...

    "Touring New Mexico" is a wonderful guidebook w/ 18 tours included in it's chapters. Each tour offers a different view of this beautiful state. 2 of the included tour chapters are specific for Albuquerque and Santa Fe. the remaining 16 tours provide information on how to do a partial tour in a weekend, or a longer tour.The tours include local...

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  • More to New Mexico Than I Thought !

    I really enjoyed the changing scenery as I drove around New Mexico's upper regions. After winding my way up the Jemez River valley, the hot lowlands gave way to an amazing large open valley surrounded by Ponderosa Pines. I later found out that Valle Grande is a 1-million year old caldera that measures 14 miles from rim-to-rim. When it blew, it...

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  • BANDELIER 2

    Quiet trails and vertigo-inducing ladders lead you through honeycombed cliffs, eroded baked-brick walls and natural towers of rock. Though no longer inhabited, the cave-like dwellings carved into the cliffs brought to my mind those famous 'fairy chimney' houses in Cappadocia, Turkey.

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  • before you go...

    If you are going to the Four Corners area, get the AAA "Indian Country Guide Map." It has details of the national park and indian reservation landmarks that you won't find on the typical highway map. There is a lot of tape on the folds of our map - we found it invaluable.

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  • The Atom Bomb

    This is not so much a favorite as it is an obligation of sorts. Visit the Atomic Museum or anything that has to do with the bomb. I know this is not aesthetic like Taos, though the historic importance is such that one should stop at either Los Alamos or the museum in Albuequerque. Honestly, nothing in New Mexico really stands out. Driving around...

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  • go to Santa Fe. It is one of...

    go to Santa Fe. It is one of the oldest cities in the States, older than the cities in the East coast. But the official history of this country has always ignored this fact. Santa Fe is small but with many memories from the past and full of colonial heritage.

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  • New Mexico

    This is a wonderful description, that I found in the internet: http://www.newmexico.org/culture/customs.html:New Mexicans, especially in rural areas, enjoy a leisurely concept of time. This concept sometimes is so unsettling to visitors that it's been used to stereotype New Mexicans for more than a century. Transplanted Easterner Charles Lummis,...

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  • BANDERLIER 4

    Though less than an hour's drive from Santa Fe, this is an entirely different world from an entirely different epoch. If you only have a few hours to visit, you'll have time to stroll through the nearest ruins and to make the slightly longer hike to Ceremonial Cave, a cliff-top kiva (circular ritual chamber).The kiva is accessible only by climbing...

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  • BANDELIER 3

    About 75 per-cent of the monument's 50 square miles is a high-altitude wilderness open for long hikes along the trails. However, it's an easy walk to see the cave-like homes carved into the cliffs near the Visitors Centre. A wide, level trail goes further up the canyon if you fancy a stroll.The Visitors Centre has exhibits, informative video...

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