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NM — ATTRACTIONS GUIDE

New Mexico - Annual 2013


New Mexico Attractions

Just a few of GuestLife New Mexico and Southern Colorado's favorite recreation, site seeing, entertainment and other attractions arranged by area.

Seen at right: Ghost Ranch Abiquiu.
Photo: Steve Larese


Abiquiú » Ruidoso Downs »
Albuquerque » Santa Fe »
Gallup » Socorro »
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ABIQUIÚ

SIGHTSEEING

Georgia O'Keeffe and The Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour
Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology — Ghost Ranch
HC 77, Box 11, Abiquiú, NM 87510
505-685-4333
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.

ALBUQUERQUE

FESTIVALS

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Oct. 5-13, 2013
4401 Alameda Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-821-1000
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s premier hot air balloon event attracting over 500 balloons annually. Each year Balloon Fiesta begins the first full weekend in October and concludes the following Sunday morning. Mass ascensions, balloon glows, special shape balloons, fireworks and competition are all part of this incredible, week-long event that takes place in the high desert of Albuquerque where the crisp fall mornings and warm afternoons make this a perfect location for hot air balloons. Come and join us! Learn more at our web site.

VISITOR SERVICES / TOURS

Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
20 First Plaza, N.W., Suite 601, Albuquerque, NM 87102
800-284-2282
Authenticity awaits you in Albuquerque. Diverse cultures, authentic art, and vibrant traditions have shaped the centuries-old story of Albuquerque. Come experience the history that continues to unfold with premier cultural events, distinctive attractions, museums, and shopping. With 310 days of sunshine each year, a mile-high altitude, and breathtaking scenery, the city is perfect for golf and outdoor recreation. Whatever you choose to do here, a world of adventure, culture, and authentic experience awaits you at a fantastic value.

GALLUP

FESTIVALS

Gallup Red Rock Balloon Rally
Dec. 6-8, 2013
505-722-2228
This event has grown from just a few balloons in 1981 to become the second-largest hot air balloon event in the world. Enjoy balloons with the beauty of Red Rock State Park as your background.

VISITOR SERVICES / TOURS

Adventure Gallup
106 W. Historic Hwy. Rt 66, Gallup, NM 87301
505-722-2228
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 one of kind events throughout the year. Come to Gallup and do more than sight see, come sight do! Gallup is New Mexico True.

MESCALERO

GAMING / GOLF

Inn Of The Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
Championship Golf Course

287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, NM 88340
800-545-9011
Designed by Ted Robinson, the course is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also quite challenging to play with its island fairway and fastbreaking greens. Located in Mescalero, New Mexico, near Ruidoso.

RUIDOSO DOWNS

GAMING

Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino
26225 U.S. Highway 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
800-572-1142
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 from tracks coast to coast.

SANTA FE

ADVENTURE FLIGHTS

Santa Fe Top Gun Adventures
Santa Fe Municipal Airport Santa Fe, NM 87507
505-422-2300, 866-484-2300
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.

GOLF

Towa Golf Course
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe NM 87506
505-455-5555
Part of the Hilton Santa Fe at Buffalo Thunder, Towa was designed jointly by twenty-time PGA Tour Champion Hale Irwin and noted golf course designer and landscape architect William Phillips. Towa takes advantage of the natural topography, unique rock formations and natural vegetation indigenous to the region providing excellent separation of the individual holes. The course’s fairways are a mix of Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, fescue roughs, and native grasses. Tees and greens are sodded with bentgrass. Elevation changes on all of the courses keep every golfer on his or her toes.

FESTIVALS

Santa Fe Wine & Chili Fiesta
Sept. 25-29, 2013
A celebration of 75 of Santa Fe’s top restaurants and 90 of the world’s best wineries, the annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta takes place over five days on the last weekend of every September. This glorious event features wine seminars, guest-chef lunches, cooking demonstrations, winemaker dinners, a reserve tasting, a live auction luncheon and the Grand Tasting – always on the last Saturday of September on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera featuring 70 great Santa Fe restaurants serving fabulous tastes alongside 90 world-class wineries to under the bluest skies imaginable.

SOCORRO

SIGHTSEEING

Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1246, Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1828
On the Río 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.


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