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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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Ski Santa Fe

Ski Santa Fe is a nice hometown ski area, not impressive if you're used to the Alps, but fun for locals and daytrips. Because we're so far south, it's often warm enough to shed your outer layers--I love the days I can snowboard in a t-shirt--but the sun is fierce, so make sure you wear sunscreen. There's enough variety to keep you entertained for a few days, plus the views are amazing. The picture was taken from the top of the mountain (which is 12,000 ft above sea level--one of the highest in the country) with my camera phone, so it's a bit fuzzy. You can see, along the horizon on the left, the Sandia Mountains, which are along the east edge of Albuquerque, about 50 miles away.

In the summer, there some nice hikes in the area, and in the fall I hear they run the chairlift so you can check out the changing leaves on the aspens.

Equipment You can rent from the shop here or several different shops in Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

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MountainLaurel
Apr 04, 2011

Skiing the Sandia Mountains

There is lots of skiing and snowboarding on the mountain during winter.

SKI SEASON:
Mid-December through mid-March.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
9am to 4pm.
December 19 - January 4: Open Daily
January 7 - March 14: Wednesdays thru Sundays & Holidays

Equipment Skis, Snowboards, Jacket

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JamesABQ
Apr 04, 2011

Sandia Peak Ski Area

Sandia Peak is also a small, hometown-style ski area, but if you look, you can still find fun and challenging stuff. Plus lift tickets are cheap. It's only open Wednesday through Saturday, and some seasons it doesn't open at all because of lack of snow. Try to get up here on a weekday and you'll have the place to yourself. Seriously.

You can drive here, which I prefer, or you can take the tram. The disadvantage to the tram, besides the added expense, is that you have to time your last run just right. If you think you have time for one more, and you don't--i.e. if the chairlifts close--you have no way of getting back to the top of the mountain. Well, you could hitchhike, but think of the odds of finding someone who's heading uphill at that time of day, who's willing to stop, and who's got room their car for your skis or board.

In the off-seasons they run the chairlift so you can check out the aspen leaves turning, etc.

The sun actually does set on the chairlift. The mountains run north-south, so the lifts run westward up the slope.

Equipment Again, you can rent in town or at the mountain, and sunscreen is very necessary.

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Oct 07, 2005
 
 
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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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