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A Tour Through Central New Mexico

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Photo: Buff Strickland

Many visitors to New Mexico rarely venture far from the northern part of the state, missing out entirely on its midsection—sprawling, craggy desert with no shortage of superlatives. Where else in the span of 500 miles can you find the country’s oldest continually inhabited Indian pueblo, an internationally acclaimed art installation, the largest collection of radio telescopes in the world, and a town dedicated entirely to pies?

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Inspired by: 3 Southwestern Weekend Getaways — by Katie Arnold, Published Jun. 2009

Hotels (4)

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    Fite Ranch Bed & Breakfast

    Kick back on the porch swing at this 1930’s working cattle ranch in a dusty hamlet near the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Lightning Field

    You need to book well ahead for a chance to visit the mysterious Lightning Field, a gridlike sculpture by Walter De Maria comprising some 400 stain

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    Los Poblanos Inn

    Two historic buildings, designed by renowned New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem, sit under cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande.

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    Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

    This Pueblo-style resort halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque offers authentic Native American activities (tribal folk-dance shows, huruna-brea

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Restaurants (5)

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    Owl Bar & Café

    The parking lot of this low-slung, ramshackle spot is almost always full, a testament to its mastery of New Mexico’s culinary sensation: green-chil

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    Range Café

    Southwestern comfort foods (chiles rellenos; chimichangas) are the specialties at this cheerful, bustling adobe on Bernalillo’s main drag.

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    Yaak'a Cafe

    Inside Acoma’s light-filled cultural center, Yaak’a Cafe serves hearty regional fare like elk burgers and traditional Acoma lamb stew.

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    Pie-O-Neer Café

    This Pie Town establishment sells butterscotch, dutch apple crumb, New Mexico apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, (and on weekends:) banana cream, coc

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    Pie Town Cafe

    The diminutive pie shop is one of the prizes of Pie Town.

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Activities (5)

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    El Malpais National Monument

    Evoking the South Dakota Badlands, this New Mexico preserve has a stark, austere beauty. This park’s rugged volcanic terrain means there are few ac

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    Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

    The tram ascends a 10,350-foot Sandia Mountain peak for breathtaking views over the city.

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    Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum

    Visit the museum for its Acoma tribal art and history exhibits. Then take a guided tour to the mesa-top pueblo, which has been inhabited continuous

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    Very Large Array

    Take a self-guided walking tour of the magnificent Very Large Array, a massive collection of 27 neatly arranged 80-foot-tall radio-telescope antenn

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    Bosque Del Apache

    Eight miles off Interstate 25, Bosque del Apache is an oasis of dirt roads, meadows, and marshes.

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