Just a few of GuestLife New Mexico favorite recreation, site seeing, entertainment and other attractions arranged by area.
Seen at right: Take in the sights from the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway in Albuquerque.
Photo: Steve Larese
|Abiquiú »||Los Alamos »|
|Albuquerque »||Ruidoso Downs »|
|Angel Fire »||Santa Fe »|
|Artisia »||Socorro »|
|Gallup »||El Paso, TX »|
Sightseen / Tours
off U.S. Highway 84, between mile markers 224 and 225, Abiquiú, NM
Scenic splendor, history, and Georgia O’Keeffe mystique on 21,000 acres. With five hiking trails, three museums (including a dinosaur museum), the O’Keeffe Landscape Tour, trail rides, and a bodywork program in a red rock landscape. Overnight lodging is available.
Georgia O’Keeffe and the Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour;
Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology at Ghost Ranch,
off U.S. Highway 84, between mile markers 224 and 225, Abiquiú, NM
Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú is home to the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology. Extensive displays are designed to tell the amazing story of 12,000 years of successive habitation of the Gallina-Chama-Río Grande drainage by people of different ethnic makeup and cultures. The museum also displays contemporary work by Indian, Spanish, and Anglo artists and artisans who carry on the traditions of the people that have inhabited this area.
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm
U.S. 84 between mile markers 210 and 211 on private road 1622, Gate 31, Abiquiu, NM 87510
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm sits in the lovely and historic Chama River Valley of Abiquiú in the heart of O’Keeffe Country. Lavender was widely used by the local curanderos (healers) in many remedies for physical and emotional ailments. Join in the classes learn about its medicinal qualities, and how you can use it at home. Take a stroll through the tranquil lavender fields, relax under the ancient cottonwood trees, sip on lavender tea or soak in the spirit as you walk in the lavender labyrinth. Follow us on Facebook for ongoing lavender class dates and times. See you at the Farm.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
4401 Alameda NE, Albuquerque, NM
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s premier hot air balloon event. Beginning the first full weekend in October and concluding the following Sunday morning, Balloon Fiesta attracts over 500 balloons that participate in mass ascensions, balloon glows, special shape balloon events, fireworks and competitions in the high desert of Albuquerque. The crisp fall mornings and warm afternoons makes this a perfect location for hot air balloons and high-flying fun. Come experience this joyous event! Learn more on-line and plan a trip!
City of Albuquerque Cultural Services
1 Civic Plaza NW #605, 6th Floor, Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Cultural Services provides Albuquerque with unique cultural events and attractions. Discover what makes Albuquerque such a fun city for visitors and residents alike. Cultural Services presents concerts and dancing, museums and wildlife, fireworks and holiday lights, parades and much more.
Casa Rondeña Winery
733 Chavez Rd. NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
The Casa Rondeña Winery Tasting Room allows you the opportunity to sample the entire portfolio of our fi ne wines made on the winery premises. The Tasting Room staff is passionate and knowledgeable about wine, truly exemplifying New Mexico hospitality. In our Tasting Room, you can taste and purchase our award-winning wines and browse through our gift shop. You’re also welcome to stroll around the grounds and have a glass of wine on our patio. The Tasting Room is open to the public daily from 12–7 p.m.
Village of Angel Fire
575-377 6555, 866-668-7787
What do you call the marriage between miles of untrammeled wilderness and premier modern luxury? You call it family friendly Angel Fire and we welcome you to our community. With warm, blue skies and crisp high-altitude nights, Angel Fire is nestled among New Mexico’s highest mountains. Fill your lungs with clean mountain air. Hike one of our endless trails, soar on New Mexico’s only zipline or try snowboarding at night when the snow flies. Laid back Angel Fire offers an incomparable Southwest mountain experience.
Artesia Chamber of Commerce
107 N. First St., Artesia, NM
Artesia is located in the heart of the Pecos Valley, right at the crossroads of U.S. Hwy. 285 and U.S. Hwy. 82, making Artesia the ideal location to stay while exploring Southeastern New Mexico. Start with downtown Artesia’s historic walking tour with a history in bronze or a performance at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Artesia provides easy access to a variety of day-trip options: the International UFO Museum to the north in Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns National Park to the south, mountains and White Sands National Monument to the west.
Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce
106 West Hwy. 66, Gallup, NM
Gallup is the “Adventure Capital of New Mexico.” Whether it’s hot air ballooning, big rodeos, world-class hiking and biking, or a shopping adventure for the world’s finest Native American art, you’re sure to have a great time in Gallup. Enjoy free nightly Indian Dances from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Experience and participate in the cultures and our one of kind events throughout the year. Come to Gallup and do more than sight see, come sight do! Gallup is New Mexico True.
Los Alamos Visitor Center
109 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM
Los Alamos, New Mexico is a place of ancient village sites, spectacular scenery, uncommon high-altitude recreational opportunities, fascinating history, and world-changing science and technology development. You will find it was worth the climb. Our Meeting & Visitor Bureau hosts two visitor centers in Los Alamos and White Rock and stands ready to help guide to all the best of Los Alamos. From finding places to eat, museums to visit, or stores to shop, make us your first stop in Los Alamos.
Casino / Race Track
Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino
26225 U.S. Hwy. 70, Ruidoso, NM
Ruidoso Downs offers the $2.4 million All American Futurity on Labor Day and the $2.3 million All American Derby on the day before Labor Day. The action is year-round in the Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Race Book, and Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill adjacent to the racetrack. The Billy the Kid Casino offers the latest and most popular slot games, and there is always simulcast wagering action in Billy’s Race Book.
Santa Fe Top Gun Adventures
Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM
Strap yourself into the legendary U.S. Navy SNJ WWII advanced trainer that all fighter pilots flew. Saturate your senses with a spectacular New Mexico panorama combined with the nostalgia of the war years and the visceral thrill of flight. Do it only with our former Navy carrier fighter pilots and in one of the world’s most beautifully restored, meticulously maintained, high-performance, radial-engine aircraft. A mind-altering gift.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta
Always the last weekend of September, this annual 5-day weekend of events features the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication and wine of national wineries. By bringing 90 national wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants, a 5-day schedule of food and wine events is created featuring cooking demos, wine seminar, winery luncheons, and dinners. The weekend culminates with Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food & wine.
at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM
Towa is truly a golfer’s paradise, complete with a full-service clubhouse, dining, bar, and pro shop. The three courses are designed to be enjoyable and challenging to players of all skill levels. Towa’s views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains make it one of the most spectacular golf settings in the Southwest. Set in Georgia O’Keeff e country, the Towa Golf Club is characterized by turquoise skies, red-rock cliff s and snow-peaked mountains. Reservations 505-455-9000 or online.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
50 Mount Carmel Rd, Santa Fe, NM
505-983-1400 Ext. 111
For 25 years, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops has been an inspirational resource for all photographers, from beginners to professionals. Indulge your passion for photography in Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, or Cuba! Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offers over 150 educational programs a year. Learn from today’s most influential photography instructors, inspire your creativity, and expand your technical skills. Whether you’re yearning to engage your imagination in Santa Fe or to explore far off places, you’ll find our full list of offerings on line.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
On the Rio Grande, 16 miles south of Socorro, 57,000 acres provide a winter home for Canada and snow geese, sandhill cranes, and many species of duck. It’s a beautiful sanctuary, so grab a good bird book, binoculars, and a picnic lunch, and enjoy a day at the Bosque. The best bird-watching time is November to mid-February at dawn and dusk.
Socorro Heritage and Visitors Center
217 Fisher Ave., Socorro, NM
Socorro has art, music, golfing, biking, hiking, rock climbing, and gallery hopping. Celebrate history, technology, birds, desert sands, and enchanted skies in Socorro. The Socorro area is home to wildlife refuges, radio telescopes, a historical mission church, and performing arts. Socorro strikes an unparalleled balance between the arts and sciences and features a healthy dose of excellent food and great recreation.
Butterfield Trail Golf Club
1858 Cottonwoods, El Paso, TX
Butterfield Trail Golf Club is reminiscent of the old historic Overland Mail Route combined with the modern architectural design of Tom Fazio. As Golfweek Magazine’s third-best municipal course in the United States, Butterfield Trail is a “must-play” for those seeking a challenging yet amiable, unspoiled golf adventure. Journey down El Paso’s Butterfield Trail and discover the natural beauty that will inspire and unforgettable golf experience. Banquet facilities available for your next event.
El Paso International Airport
6701 Convair Road, El Paso, TX
El Paso International Airport is a unique part of our community, featuring a variety of shops and dining that includes local, regional, and national goods and cuisine. Galleria Zia Native Arts, Plaza News, El Paso Saddleblanket, Explore/El Paso, Barnett Harley Davidson, New York Times, CNBC News, Carlos & Mickey’s Mexican Restaurant, Burger King, 12th Fairway/Mesa Street Express, Red Mango, Pizza Hut, Quizno’s, and Starbucks. Come experience your one-stop connection to Southwestern shopping, dining, and free Wi-Fi access courtesy of Digital El Paso.