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Visitor Information
New Mexico Department of Tourism
491 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
1-800-545-2040 or 505-287-7400 fax 505-827-7402

State of New Mexico; 1-800-545-2040. Available 8:00-5:00 MTZ, M-F.

For additional information on the Navajo and Navajo Tourism you can contact Navajo Tourism, Dept. V, P.O. Box 663, Window Rock, AZ 86515, tel. 520.871.6436.

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If you arrive in New Mexico by air at Albuquerque's International Sunport Airport, you will find a variety of fast food outlets along with restaurants and cocktail lounges. Gift shops and carts are located throughout the airport. For additional information, click on Albuquerque's International Sunport Airport. For airport information on other international airports The International Airport Guide which provides information on over 100 major airports in the United States and cities throughout the world. Click on Sunport for additional information.
Shopping: There are gift shops and gift carts located throughout the airport. 
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There are shoeshine stands and a barbershop.

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State Parks and Recreation Areas
Carlsbad Caverns is one of my favorite under earth worlds. Be sure to check it out. Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Located in Bloomfield this park has exhibits at the Chaco Visitor Center that will help you understand the Chacoan. This is a very interesting side trip that includes Pueblo Bonito, Kin Klesto Ruin, Pueblo Alto, and Casa Rinconada. You will also want to spend some time just exploring the area. 505.786.7014.

Red Rock State Park makes a great destination for a day. Be sure to visit when you are in the area. Take Indian Route N-11 out of Gallup to south of Crownpoint, then south on State Road 566 and follow the signs. 505.722.3839.

Sumner Lake State Park
Fishing, water sports, campsites. 16 miles northwest of Ft. Sumner via US84 and NM203. 888.667.2757 or 505.355.2541

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Annual Events
The annual Inter-tribal Pow-Wow is normally held during the last weekend of the month. 1-800-233-4528 or 505-863-3896.

In Gallup the Navajo Song & Dance is held, 1-800-233-4528 or 505-863-3896.

The Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial 1-800-233-4528 or 505-863-3896.

See over 200 balloons at the annual Red Rock Balloon Rally in Gallup.  Contact the Red Rock Balloon Rally Association, P.O. Box 2621, Gallup, NM 87305 for additional information or call 1-800-242-4282 for travel planning and hotel information.

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Attractions and Things to See and Do
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Ancho Museum "My House of Old Things"
Historical artifacts, railroad memorabilia. Open May through October 15. Located about 24 miles north of Carrizozo on US54, then right on NM462. 505.648.2456

Carrizozo Hardware Building
This building that dates to 1917 is a working store with artists' studios. 400 12th Street. 505.648.2212.

Carrizozo Heritage Museum
Historical exhibits with an emphasis on the railroad heritage of the area and Lincoln County history. 1203 12th Street. 505.648.1105

Carrizozo Historic Walking Tours
For information, map and pamphlet, call 505.648.2732.

Gallery 408
This historic 2-story building was once owned by the Lane sisters who ran a seamstress shop. Local and national artists, outdoor sculpture garden and summer concerts from June through October. 408 12th Stree5. 505.648.2598

Historic White Oaks
The Cedarvale Cemetery is a state historic site. Here you will find the grave of the fist governor of New Mexico, W.C. McDonald. Located here is the Old White Oaks Schoolhouse Museum. There are artists studios. Located 3 miles north of US54 to the White Oaks turnoff, about 12 miles northeast of Carrizozo.

Miner's Home and Toolshed Museum
This restored 1800s family home is located in White Oaks (see). It dates from the gold-boom era and has photos, drawings, displays and a self-guided tour. Toolshed displays of antique mining tools. The museum and home are open daily from May through September, and by appointment at other times. The Miner's Day Celebration is held on the 1st Saturday in June. 505.648.2363

Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.
Microbrewery with tours Monday through Friday. 503 12th Street. 505.648.6606.

Black Water Draw Museum and Archeology Site
The "Clovis Type Site" is accepted as the oldest culture in North America. Fluted points, stone and bone weapons and tools are displayed at the Blackwater Draw museum. At the archaeological site, Mammoth bones can be viewed in the ground where excavation revealed them. For more information call (505) 562-2202 for the Museum or (505) 356-5235 for the site. Located 12 miles south of Clovis on Hwy 70.

Clovis Depot Model Train Museum
Built in 1907, this historic site features railroad memorabilia and historical displays of the development of the railroad in Australia, Great Britain, and the American Southwest. The museum also enables close-up viewing of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway along one of the busiest rail lines in the United States. The Clovis Depot Model Train Museum is located at 221 W. First St., off US Hwy 60/84. Their phone number is (505) 762-0066 or you can visit their website at

Hillcrest Park & Zoo
There are plenty of animal antics to enchant the entire family at Hillcrest Park & Zoo. A popular attraction is the playful otter, splashing and swimming, a giraffe, the reptile house and a newly acquired Siberian tiger. Enjoy feeding waterfowl and watch rare and endangered animals as you wander along winding, tree-shaded paths. Wild creatures move freely or in modest enclosures, complete with trees, streams, pools and other natural features. Our 22.5 acre zoo is the second largest in New Mexico, and the animals are second to none. The zoo is a great place for the entire family. The Hillcrest Park & Zoo with more that 140 acres of park land, boasts playground equipment, basketball courts, sunken gardens and plenty of picnic areas. The Hillcrest Park & Zoo is located at 10th Street & Sycamore. Their phone number is (505) 769-7873

Norman Petty Recording Studios
The "Clovis Sound" made popular by such greats as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, was created and recorded in Clovis at the Norman Petty 7th Street Studio. Although it is no longer an active recording studio, the original equipment still resides there, and a visit will take you back in time to the grand days of rock 'n roll. Petty's golden ears helped dozens of popular country, rock, and pop musicians who recorded at the Norman Petty Studios-Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Charlie Phillips, Jimmy Bowen, Johnny Duncan, Carolyn Hester, Chita Rivera, Brad Maule and many others. The studios are located at 1313 W. 7th St. Tours must be booked well in advance, please call the Chamber at (505) 763-3435 for details.

Miraculous Torilla Shrine

Located behind a home, the Rubio House in Lake Arthur on NM2, is a torilla that bears the image of Christ. It first appeared in 1977

Cardinal Motor Speedway
IMCA racing is held on Saturday nights at 8 April through September. 505.394.3203

Fort Sumner
Billy the Kid Museum
The museum is filled with historic relics and Billy the Kid memorabilia. Located at 1601 East Sumner Avenue. 505.355.2380

Fort Sumner State Monument
Site of Navajo and Apache confinement in the 1860s. Located about 3 miles east of town via US60. 505.355.2573

Old Fort Sumner Museum
Historical items from the 1800s. Billy the Kid memorabilia. The museum is located adjacent to Billy the Kid's grave. 6 miles southeast of Ft. Sumner via US60 and Billy the Kid Road. 505.355.2942

Sumner Lake State Park
Fishing, water sports, campsites. 16 miles northwest of Ft. Sumner via US84 and NM203. 888.667.2757 or 505.355.2541

Just north of Gallup on Highway 666 in Gamerco is the Navajo Shopping Center, an "authentic" trading post where you can find a large selection of items. 505.863.6897.

Commemorative Air Force Museum - For information and tours, call 505.392.6046.

Hobbs Motorsports Park
Quarter mile drag strip. Racing Friday and Saturday nights. Street Racing, Bracket Racing and special shows.
The track is located in Hobbs Industrial Air Park off Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, New Mexico. Address: Hobbs Motorsports Park, PO BOX 1887, Hobbs, New Mexico 88241. Hobbs Motorsports Park, 5333 North A Street, Hobbs New Mexico 88240. Contact details: Phone: 505-391-8283. Email:

Hobbs Pool Discovery Oil Well Location - West Stanolind Road across from Grimes on the south side.

Lea Country Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center
Honors ranching and rodeo. Exhibits of early man to pioneering times. 5317 Lovington Highway on NMJC campus off NM18. Just follow the signs on the campus. 505.392.5518.

Thelma A. Webber Southwest Heritage Room
Prehistoric Indians, early homestead, ranch and oilfield artifacts. Over 40,000 books. Great for research. College of the Southwest on NM18. 505.392.6561

Pine Hill
An interesting stop in Pine Hill is at the Ramah Navajo Weavers Association where you can see a lot of good examples of weaving and other Navajo traditions. 505.775.3253.

The Candy Kitchen Rescue Ranch will give you a chance to see how abandoned and abused wolves and wolf hybrids are rescued and taken care of. 505.775.3304.

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In Zuni you can visit Zuni Pueblo which offers an introduction to a culture and landscape you may have never experienced before. Pueblo of Zuni, P.O. Box 339, Zuni, NM 87327-0339, 505.782.4481.

For a great collection of Zuni and Hopi Jewelry, arts, and crafts visit Turquoise Village in the heart of the Zuni Pueblo on Highway 53. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 to 6:00. 505.782.5521 or 1.800.748.2405.

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Cross-Country Ski Vacations: A Guide to the Best Resorts, Lodges, and Groomed Trails in North America - Looking for a cozy B&B in which to hide out and make a few leisurely cross-country tours? In search of a fine resort with an extensive trail system and ski school for the kids? This guide to making the most of your cross-country skiing vacation includes all the specifics you'll need to make an informed decision when choosing destination resorts and lodges. Besides the basics--items such as street and e-mail addresses, and phone numbers--the book includes descriptions of accommodations and restaurants, rates, payment options (namely, whether credit cards are accepted), the nearest airport and hospital, entertainment choices, children's activities, and, of course, trail conditions.

Worldwide Riding Vacations : A Global Guide - Not just a guide to dude ranches, this handsome updated edition lists more strenuous and interesting equestrian trips by continent and then by country. Printed on heavy coated stock and illustrated with many color photographs, it includes over 100 entries. Each lists the company, address, phone number, E-mail, FAX, closest airports, price, and when available. There are descriptions of accommodations, meals, activities, and the horses and riding equipment, as well as a list of equestrian travel agencies and associations. British equestrian writer Ruler writes frequently on riding vacations and is an amateur horseman. Sacks, a former college professor, now owns a horse farm. Includes suggestions for riding vacations in New Mexico.


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Dining Suggestions

Hobbs, Las Cruces, Portales, Roswell and Ruidoso
Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood Restaurant

I have eaten at the restaurant in El Paso and can attest to the fact that the steaks are great. The restaurant in El Paso is is not the original restaurant, as the first one was in Portales, New Mexico. Jeff Wilson, President of Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. established the first Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood Restaurant in 1976 where it stands today in Portales, New Mexico. Over the years, Cattle Baron has expanded throughout New Mexico and West Texas. When in El Paso, be sure to stop in for a steak or their delicious prime rib. In fact, if I am every in any of the other cities of Texas or New Mexico, you can bet I will give them a try there also. Their other restaurants are located in Lubbock at 8201 Quaker and Midland at 418 W. Wadley in Texas; and in Hobbs (1930 N. Grimes), Las Cruces (790 S. Telshor), Portales (1600 S. Ave. D), Roswell (1113 N. Main) and Ruidoso (657 Sudderth) in New Mexico. Jim. Click on El Paso to visit their website in El Paso where I have eaten. Jim

Kranberry's Family Restaurant

A friendly, casual restaurant decorated with Southwestern art, Kranberry's offers American favorites, including eggs and pancakes for breakfast; and burgers, chicken, beef, and salads, as well as Mexican selections for lunch and dinner. For lunch you might want to try the soup of the day with cornbread. Baked goods are made on the premises daily. Try the pie. And, if you get there early enough, be sure to take home a couple of pecan or cinnamon rolls. Jim. 

Doc Martin's Restaurant offers fine dining with a nice menu. It is located in the historic Taos Inn, a registered historic landmark. The restaurant has won several awards and has become a Taos tradition popular with locals and visitors alike. Along with their fine menu, there wine selection of over 400 has earned Wine Spectator's Best Of Award of Excellence for seven consecutive years, in addition to the general Award of Excellence for several years prior to that.

Doc Martin's Restaurant is open daily, serving breakfast 7:30 - 11:00 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 p.m., and Sunday brunch 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Reservations are recommended for dinner and Sunday brunch (505) 758-1977). Doc Martin's is in the center of Taos' historic district 1/2 block north of the plaza in The Historic Taos Inn, Doc Martin's Restaurant, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Just look for the blue 50s-style neon thunderbird sign.



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