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Turquoise Guided Museum Tour
"The tour of the museum begins by entering a mock mine tunnel. The entrance to the museum will open 15 minutes before each tour begins. Guests are requested to show up within this 15 minute time frame. Guests who fail to arrive will forfeit their tickets and those tickets will be resold to a guest on the tour waiting list.The museum's displays include:Turquoise from over 80 locations around the worldMining history and modern techniquesTurquoise mineralogy/geology guests will be given the chance to enjoy the museum displays on their own.The Turquoise Museum is family owned and operated since 1992. Three of the five generations still work at the museum on a weekly basis. Tours are guided by one of these thr all of your questions will be answered and you will have a better understanding of “The World’s Most Colorful Gem”.""""The Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque New Mexico showcases the J.C. “Zack” Zachary turquoise collection. The collection includes turquoise from over 80 locations around the world
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Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Old Town Albuquerque and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic and cultural streets as you visit churches walk through sculpture gardens and see the local parks and museums.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best southwestern sights of the town. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Albuquerque into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city
From $15.00
Albuquerque Rio Grande Balloon Ride
"We fly most days at sunrise weather permitting. We begin by meeting you at our launch site which is right on the west side of the Rio Grande River. Once at the launch site we will inflate the balloon and fly for about an hour down the river valley here in Albuquerque. During the flight depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east Petroglyph national monument to the west
From $167.00

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The Sandia Mountains

Favorite thing The Sandia Mountains seem to embrace Albuquerque. They remind me of the Andes Mountains in Chile for they seem to follow wherever one travels!

Here are some interesting facts about the Sandias:

*While Albuquerque sits at the center of the Rio Grande Rift area, the Sandia Mountains are located on the east edge of this zone.

*Some say when the Sandias were formed by uplift, they rose vertically more than 5 miles.

*The west side of the mountains is very rocky, while the east side has a gentle slope.

*37, 232 acres have been designated a wilderness on the western slope

*The Sandias have been deemed a sacred place by the Pueblo People of the area, who were granted most of the west side by a Spanish land grand in 1748.

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Oct 18, 2007

Where the Buffalo Roam (Kind of)

Favorite thing The Sandia Pueblo is on the north boundary of Albuquerque. Although they are small in population, they own a large amount of land with spectacular geography. Their casino has been hugely successful for them (but maybe not for the people who lose money there). They have started to raise buffalo on their grasslands. The buffalo would not let me get very close. I hope you can see them in the picture. BTW, it is NOT "gaming;" it is GAMBLING.

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Aug 07, 2005

Unforgiving Bike Paths

Favorite thing - Albuquerque is loaded with trails, which is good. However, these are largely bike trails and really not good for walkers as they are long and the desert sun is very unforgiving.
If you do venture upon the trails take A LOT of drinking water, a compass, sun block, sunglasses, a watch, etc. A bike will not only get you places faster but keep you cooler too as breezes in late August seem to be obsolete. Desert creatures are abundant and I was pleasently surprised at the amount of roadrunners (Albuquerques state bird) and hummingbirds. A pocket camera might be a good idea to take along on the walk as well.

-Albuquerque airport is nice, older, and seemingly uncrowded. Not a lot of shops available there, but they do a great job at displaying some of their Native & Spanish cultures in murals, paintings, and glass displays.

-Beauty & photography in the strangest of places... Some shots I took because they were a little off the wall, no real focal point in the picture. But they turned out the best, simply because of the shadows the sun plays on odd curves, like this picture I took at the botanical garden maze. It's a picture of nothing, but I thought it looked kind of interesting!

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Feb 28, 2004

Things to Do Around Albuquerque

Favorite thing 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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Jun 04, 2014
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Hiking at Sandia Crest

Favorite thing There are lots of trails for hiking, and unfortunately, the visitor center does not provide any hand out maps. You can take a look at their map in the center, and decide from there which trail to take. The trail we took started behind the observatory deck, winding our ways through the mountain. The trail was unmarked and narrow, be careful.

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Sep 21, 2002

The aerial tramway to Sandía...

Favorite thing The aerial tramway to Sandía Peak is a beautiful and spectacular trip. Also, you can drive up the east side of the mountain to Sandía Crest. The tram ride is most enjoyable in daylight, but I think the view from the top is best at night when you can see the lights of Albuquerque, and sometimes Santa Fe and Los Alamos, spread out below.

Aug 24, 2002

Take a ride up the Sandia Peak...

Favorite thing Take a ride up the Sandia Peak Tramway! This site is located in the Cibola National Forest and escalates up through the Sandia Mountain Wilderness! Head north out of Albuquerque to find this great spot!
***This is the third longest clear span in the world!***

Fondest memory My daughter is attempting to look through the viewer in this photo! Ifyou can see...each tube reveals another spot to observe! There is a bar/cafe,gift shop, and skiing in the winter at the top!

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Aug 25, 2002

Pretty sky

Favorite thing I liked how pretty the sunsets were here. There were different shades of orange, yellows, purples. The clouds looked cool. Bring your camera if you go out around dusk.

Fondest memory The air felt clean and crisp compared to LA. It was funny to hear how the locals did complain about how the pollution would settle up against the Sandias. I guess L.A. air must be really bad.

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Sep 30, 2010

Top 5 Albuquerque Writers

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"Albuquerque - It's a great place!"
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Take the tram to the top of...

Favorite thing Take the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountain, or if you're adventurous, hike the La Luz trail to the top and enjoy the view of Albuquerque below.

Fondest memory Southwestern/Mexican food!!! There is a serious lack of good Southwestern/Mexican food in Boston/Cambridge. Tex/Mex is a poor imitation and is too Americanized. I wish I had more picture of Albuquerque to show, but I just got my digital camera last Nov. and I've only been home for a few days since.

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Aug 25, 2002

Climb to the top of a mountain...

Favorite thing Climb to the top of a mountain or high place and sit there for at least an hour and contemplate all you see

Fondest memory the orange light of a sunset reflected on a near by mountain

Aug 24, 2002

Sandia Crest

Favorite thing Sandia Crest is 16 miles east of Albuquerque (I-40, 6 miles north on SR-14, 14 miles NW on SR536). There is an observation deck and various hiking trails.

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Sep 21, 2002

Things to Do Near Albuquerque

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Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Located in Old Town, this museum is well worth paying the modest $3- entrance fee (children $1-, seniors $2-). Largely chronologically organized, the there are valuable ancient artifacts and old...
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Old Town

Probably the busiest tourist attraction in town is the Old Town, which is the remains of the original city center around a plaza, with adobe buildings turned into restaurants and shops. Mostly kitsch...
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is NOT in Old Town, nor in downtown Albuquerque, but it is easy and find as it can be seen from I-40 freeway. This is a wonderful place to visit for it's ceremonial...
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

New Mexico is where the world's first atomic bomb was developed, built, and detonated, so it is appropriate that the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is located here. It is the only...
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Sandia Peak

Sandia Mountain is a 10,000ft peak that defines the landscape of Albuquerque, towering over it. Cable car rides are available to the top and there is skiing in winter and hiking during the summer...
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