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Recommended attractions in New Mexico

Albuquerque Aquarium, 2601 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque's Aquarium explores the marine habitats of the Gulf of Mexico.
There's a 285,000-gallon shark tank, and seahorse and seadragon exhibits. The Aquarium is part of the Albuquerque BioPark complex, so you can buy a combination ticket that includes admission to the adjoining Rio Grande Botanic Garden and the Rio Grande Zoo.
Phone:  505.764.6200
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   7USD
Combination ticket:  12USD

American International Rattlesnake Museum, 202 San Felipe St. NW, 87104
This informative museum contains dozens of live specimens from North, Central, and South America, including rare and endangered species. Not for the edgy.
Phone:  505.242.6569
Hours:  10AM to 6PM Monday
through Saturday;
Noon to 5PM Sundays
Admission:   3.50USD

Club Rhythm & Blues, 3523 Central Ave. NE, 87106
Club Rhythm & Blues has live national and local bands six nights a week. You'll hear Latin, Blues, Jazz, and Funk, and Tuesdays is open mic night. There's also a large dance floor.
Phone:  505.256.0849
Hours:  Call for times

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 87104
Those interested in Native American history who plan to visit some of New Mexico's pueblos should include a visit here. Modeled after the 9th-century Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture Historic Park, the museum has exhibits dedicated to each of the state's 19 pueblos. There's an impressive collection of Native American arts and crafts and a good gift shop.
Phone:  800.766.4405 or 505.843.7270
Hours:  9AM to 4:30PM daily
Admission:   6USD

KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave. NW, 87102
You could see a modern dance performance, a brass band, a Flamenco show, or a New Age circus at this theater in a beautifully restored Art Deco movie palace.
Phone:  505.768.3544
Hours:  Call for performance times
Tickets from:   6USD

Martini Grille, 4200 Central Ave. SE
The lounge at this popular restaurant serves good cocktails and has live music nightly. Mostly smooth jazz and salsa.
Phone:  505.242.4333

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University Boulevard, UNM, 87131
This museum of the University of New Mexico campus has more than two-and-a-half million objects documenting four million years of history and 11,500 years of human history in the region. More than 250,000 photographs illustrate Native American history and first-rate Native American crafts are available in the gift shop.
Phone:  505.277.4405
Hours:  9AM to 4PM Tuesday through Friday; 10AM to 4PM Saturdays
Admission is free  

Midnight Rodeo, 4901 McLeod Rd. NE , 87109
There's no better spot in Albuquerque for boot-scootin' that this huge complex. Consistently voted "best place for country dancing," it's a good spot for observing local culture
Phone:  505.888.0100
Hours:  8PM to 2AM Monday through Saturday
Weekend cover:   6USD

Museum of Turquoise, 2107 Central Avenue NW, 87104
If you're planning to buy turquoise while you're in New Mexico, a stop here is worthwhile. In addition to the world's largest collection of the gemstone, you'll see a simulated mine, examples from four continents, and a specimen weighing in at 6,880 carats.
Phone:  505.247.8650
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM Monday through Friday; 9:30AM to 4PM Saturday
Admission:   4USD

Musical Theater Southwest, 2401 Ross SE, 87106
Musical Theater Southwest (formerly the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera) presents Broadway shows like Gypsy, the Wizard of Oz, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Music Man, and the King and I at Popejoy Hall. It's the largest musical-producing community theater in the country.
Phone:  505.262.9301
Hours:  Call for performance schedule

National Atomic Museum, 1905 Mountain Road NW, 87104
Unique to New Mexico, this museum traces the development of nuclear weapons from the Manhattan Project to the present. The museum has full-scale models of "Fat Man" and "Little Boy," Trident missiles, and historic planes and bombers. Have your photo ID ready.
Phone:  505.245.2137
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   5USD

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, 87104
A bronze Pentaceratops and Albertosaurus guard the entrance to this modern museum designed in part by Disney Imagineers. Exhibits document 12 billion years of natural history. There's an interesting Fossilworks paleontology lab. And the high-tech "Evolator" video ride whisks visitors through 35 million years in six minutes.
Phone:  505.841.2800
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; closed Mondays in January and September
Admission:   6USD
Combination ticket:  16USD

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, 4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque's resident symphony orchestra offers classics, pops, symphony under the stars, and special concerts in several venues around town including Popejoy Hall, the Rio Grande Zoo, and the Sandia Casino Outdoor Amphitheater. Schedules and tickets are available through their web site.
Phone:  505.881.9590
Fax:  87190
Hours:  Call for performance times
Tickets from:   10USD

Old Town Plaza, Romero Street
Laid out in 1706, Albuquerque's lovely old Spanish-style plaza is the city's spiritual heart. Radiating from the square are hundreds of galleries, shops, and cafes.

Old Town Plaza Visitor's Center, 303 Romero Street NW
You can pick up a map and information about area attractions here.
Phone:  505.243.3215
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily in summer; 9:30AM to 4:30PM off season

Rio Grande Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Ave. NW
The beautiful glass conservatory here has Desert and Mediterreanean pavilions. During warm-weather months, there's a Butterfly pavilion. And the Children's Fantasy Garden has lots of interactive exhibits for kids.
Phone:  505.764.6200
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   70USD
Combination ticket:  12USD

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW, 87107
The 270-acre nature preserve along the Rio Grande is great for bird-watching -- there are more than 250 species here -- nature walks, and biking. It's surrounded by the Bosque, the largest cottonwood forest in the country.
Phone:  505.344.7240
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   3USD per motor vehicle

Rio Grande Zoo, 903 Tenth Street SW
Rio Grande Zoo is the third attraction making up Albuquerque's "BioPark." The 60-acre park has more than 1,300 animals from all over the world, including white Bengal tigers and Komodo dragons. Highlights include the Tropical America exhibit, Koala Creek, the New Mexico Prairie, and seals and sea lions. Its natural barriers, realistic habitats, and cooling waterfalls and cottonwoods make this one of the best zoos in the country.
Phone:  505.764.6200
Fax:  505.764.6281
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   7USD
Combination ticket:  12USD

Rio Mountainsport, 1210 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Rio Mountainsport rents bikes, helmets, and other gear and provides information about area rides and trails.
Phone:  505.766.9970

San Filipe de Neri Church, 2005 Plaza NW
Serving worshippers for nearly 300 years, San Felipe de Neri was the first building in Albuquerque. The present church dates from 1793 and doubled as a fortress. There's a small museum inside with 19th-century Jesuit vestments and some santero wood carvings.
Phone:  505.243.4628
Hours:  Church is open from 7AM to 7PM daily; the museum is open from 10AM to 4PM Monday through Saturday
Admission is free  

Sandia Peak Chairlift, 10 Tramway Loop NE
The Sandia Peak Chairlift will take you to the summit of 10,378-ft. Sandia Peak where you can see 11,000 square miles of New Mexico. Hike the trails or rent a mountain bike and ride down one of several paths. It's cool up there, so take some warm clothes.
Phone:  505.856.7325
Hours:  Chairlift operates from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Chairlift from:   8
Bike rentals from:  40

Sandia Peak Tramway, 10 Tramway Loop NE
When the weather's fine, there's no better place at sunset than the 10,378-ft. Summit of Sandia Peak. It's reached via the world's longest tramway. At 2.7 miles, the trip takes 15 minutes. On clear days, you can see Santa Fe and Los Alamos from the outdoor observation deck.
Phone:  505.856.7325
Hours:  9AM to 9PM daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day; 9AM to 8PM Wednesday through Monday from Labor Day to Memorial Day;Tuesdays from 5PM to 8PM
Admission:   15USD

Sunshine Theater/Moonlight Lounge, 120 Central Ave SE, 87102
Housed in an old movie palace, the Sunshine Theater books national acts like Bo Didley and Brian Setzer as well as local bands. Upstairs, the Moonlight Lounge is a quieter spot for a drink. Voted "Best place in Albuquerque to hear live music."
Phone:  505.764.0249
Hours:  Call for times
Concerts from:   15USD

Tamarind Institute, 108-110 Cornell SE, 87106
Those interested in fine prints will want to visit the world-renowned lithography center. In addition to showing lithographs, the Institute provides educational exhibits about the process.
Phone:  505.277.3901
Hours:  8AM to 5PM Tuesday through Friday
Admission is free  

The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, 87104
In addition to first-rate traveling exhibits, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History has the country's most impressive collection of artifacts from Spanish Colonial times. There's a fine collection of arms, armor, old maps and documents, and two life-size bronze Conquistadors on horseback. Good interactive exhibits for kids too.
Phone:  800.659.8331 or 505.243.7255
Hours:  9AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   4USD

Tinkertown Museum, 121 Sandia Crest Road, 87047
There are thousands of wooden figures here hand-carved by owner Ross Ward over the last 35 years. There's a minature animated circus, a western town, a replica of Boot Hill, walls made of bottles, and other oddities.
Phone:  505.281.5233
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily from April through October
Admission:   3USD

University Art Museum, UNM Center for the Arts
One of the most impressive university galleries in the country, the University Art Museum of the University of New Mexico has more than 26,000 works of art. There's an outstanding collection of Spanish Colonial art, paintings by Old Masters, and 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings, including works by Georgia O'Keeffe and Picasso. There's also an excellent collection of photography.
Phone:  505.277.4001
Hours:  9AM to 4PM Tuesday through Friday; 5PM to 8PM Tuesday; Sundays 1PM to 4PM
Admission is free  

Angel Fire (Taos)
Angel Fire Resort, N. Angel Fire Rd. off NM 434
This family-oriented resort offers all sorts of sports in addition to skiing. There's snowboarding, snowbiking, snowshoeing, and tubing too. The resort was built in the 1960s and has 62 trails, many of which are for intermediates and beginners. It also has the only two high-speed quads in New Mexico. A great choice for snowboarders.
Phone:  505.377.6401 or 800.633.7463
Lift tickets from:   48USD

Angel Fire Resort Golf Course, Country Club Drive and Angel Fire
18 hole/Par 72. The front nine is a links-style course, while the back nine winds through groves of aspen and spruce. Located at 8,500 feet, the course has great views and the signature 15th hole features a 200-ft. vertical drop to the green. Lots of water hazards and sand bunkers, and the fairways are bordered by roughs.
Phone:  800.633.7463 or 505.377.3055
Hours:  Open May mid-October
Greens fees from:   54USD

Arroyo Seco (Taos)
Momentitos de la Vida Bar, 474 State Road 150
There's often jazz or bossa nova in this attractive lounge. With overstuffed chairs and cozy couches, it's more like a friend's living room than a bar. Great martinis too.
Phone:  505.776.3333
Hours:  From 5:30PM nightly
Admission is free  

Cerrillos (Turquoise Trail)
Casa Grande Trading Post, 17 Waldo
In addition to the trading post -- which sells all sorts of stuff -- this old adobe also houses the local Turquoise Museum.
Phone:  505.438.3008
Hours:  8AM to dusk daily
Museum admission:   1

What-Not Shop, 15B First Street
This store sells everything from antiques to flea market junk.
Phone:  505.471.2744

Ortega Weaving Shop, New Mexico 76 at County Road 98
The Ortega family has been weaving rugs, blankets and clothing for eight generations. You can learn more about weaving and see the weavers at work at their Chimayo atelier.
Phone:  877.351.4215 or 505.351.4215
Hours:  9AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday

Santuario de Chimayo
In 1810, a friar saw a beam of light which led him to a crucifix buried in the hillside. The cross was taken to Santa Cruz three times, but each time it mysteriously returned to the place where the friar had discovered it. So a chapel was built on the site, and today the ground on which the church is built is said to have healing properties. More than 300,000 people make a pilgrimage here each year -- many of them walk the twenty-seven miles from Santa Fe. The shrine is a National Historic Landmark.
Phone:  505.753.2831
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily in summer; 9AM to 4PM in winter
Admission is free  

El Prado (Taos)
Far Flung Adventure Tours, Inc., P. O. Box 707, 87529
Far Flung offers full- and half-day trips through the Rio Grande Gorge and on other Wild and Scenic Rivers. There are trips for every skill level from the hair-rasing Class IV Taos Box to a leisurely float.
Phone:  800.359.2627 or 505.758.2628
Fax:  505.776.1443
Hours:  Rafting season is between March and November; call for schedules
Half-day trips from:   49USD
Full-day trips from:  96USD

Santa Clara Pueblo, Off New Mexico 503
The Santa Clara Pueblo is the site of the Puye Cliff Dwellings, which are thought to date from the 13th century. You'll have to drive about ten miles on gravel road, then climb stone stairs and ladders, but the rewards are great. The original dwelling was carved from the cliffs. Later structures were built on top of the mesa below the cliffs. You can tour the ruins of the 740-room pueblo on top of the cliff dwelling. From the top of the 7,000-ft. mesa, you'll enjoy wonderful views.
Phone:  505.753.7326
Hours:  The ruins have been closed in recent years due to fire, so call ahead for hours
Admission:   5
Guided tour:  7

Madrid, NM (Turquoise Trail)
Old Coal Mine Museum, 2814 Highway 14, 87010
This three-acre complex has old tools, equipment, locomotive engines, and other artifacts relating to the town's history as a coal mining center.
Phone:  505.438.3780
Fax:  505.438.4418
Hours:  Open daily

Ranchos de Taos (Taos)
La Hacienda de los Martinez, Ranchitos Road
Built between 1804 and 1827, this adobe hacienda was the end of El Camino Real from Mexico City. Today, the rooms contain period furnishings and there's a working blacksmith shop, weaving, and wood-carving demonstrations.
Phone:  505.758.1000
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; opens at 10PM and closes at 4PM off season
Admission:   6USD

San Francisco de Asis Church, NM 68
Don't be surprised if this lovely church seems familiar -- you've probably seen it in a Georgia O'Keefe painting, an Ansel Adams photograph, or in countless other works of art. The church was begun in 1771 and restored in 1979.
Phone:  505.758.2754
Hours:  9AM to 4PM Monday through Saturday; Sundays during 7AM, 9AM, and 11:30AM mass
Admission:   3USD

Taos Country Club, 54 Golf Course Drive, Highway 570
18 holes/Par 72. This links-style course has been named one of the "Best Places to Play" by Golf Digest and was rated third best course in the state. It offers fabulous views in every direction and it's challenging for players of all skill levels. Reserve a tee time up to 30 days in advance.
Phone:  505.758.7300
Hours:  Open year around weather permitting
Greens fees from:   52USD

Red River (Taos)
Red Eagle Golf Club, NM State Hwy 38, 87558
18 Holes/Par 72. This new course (built in 1997) is one of the highest in the country. It offers wonderful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and features several dogleg fairways. The signature hole is #9, a 572-yard sloping par 5.
Phone:  505.377.3396 or 800.303.3396
Hours:  April through October
Greens fees from:   20USD

Red River Ski Area, Pioneer Rd. off NM 38, 87558
Those who like to walk out their hotel door onto the slopes will appreciate Red River, not far from Taos outside an old mining town. In fact, 90% of the accommodations here are walking distance to the slopes. Two of the chairlifts are right in town. The 57 trails appeal to intermediate skiers and the Old Western atmosphere of the town is laid back and casual. There's always snow here, although sometimes it's man made.
Phone:  505.754.2223 or 800.331.7669
Hours:  From Thanksgiving to Easter
Lift tickets from:   39USD

San Cristobal (Taos)
D. H. Lawrence Ranch, U.S. 64 East
Although the home where Lawrence wrote "The Plumed Serpent" and several short stories is not open to the public, fans of the author can visit a small shrine built by his wife. Mabel Dodge Luhan traded her the ranch in exchange for the original manuscript of "Sons and Lovers." The guest book is filled with the messages of readers from all over the world.
Phone:  505.776.2245
Hours:  Open from dawn to dusk daily
Admission is free  

Santa Fe
Club Alegria, 2797 Agua Fria
This is a great place for salsa on Friday nights. Music starts at 9AM and dance lessons are given at 8PM.
Phone:  505.471.2324
Hours:  9PM Friday nights
Cover charge:   8USD

Cristo Rey Church, 1120 Canyon Road
Built in 1940 by local residents using 200,000 adobe bricks made on the site, this church is one of the finest examples of the Pueblo style in the world. Don't miss the magnificent stone altar screen that was carved in Mexico in 1760.
Phone:  505.983.8528
Hours:  8AM to 7PM daily
Admission is free  

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson St., 87501
Opened in 1997, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has the largest collection of paintings in the world by the Southwestern master. The 13,000-square-foot gallery was once a Baptist church. More than 130 of her paintings and drawings -- many depicting the local landscape -- are displayed in the permanent collection and additional works are shown in traveling exhibits assembled by the museum.
Phone:  505.946.1000
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Thursday through Tuesday; open Fridays until 8PM
Email:  info@okeeffemuseum.or
Admission:   8USD

Gerald Peters Gallery, 1011 Paseo de Peralta, 87501
With work by Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Home, Charles M. Russell, John Singer Sargent, and Georgia O'Keeffe, this gallery often has a better collection on display than many museums. It specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American art.
Phone:  505.954.5700
Fax:  505.954.5754
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday

Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, 108 Cathedral Place, 87501
Located in the old Post Office building across Cathedral Place from St. Francis, this museum contains the National Collection of Contemporary American Indian Art -- more than 8,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and crafts by members of over 70 tribes.
Phone:  505.983.8900
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; Noon to 5PM Sunday
Admission:   4USD

Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, 87501
Modeled after Ste-Chapelle in Paris, the Chapel was built for the Sisters of Loretto who established a girls' school here in 1853. The stained glass windows were imported from Paris and the "Miraculous Staircase" was built under mysterious circumstances. It contains no nails and had no visable means of support. And the carpenter who built it with three basic tools, disappeared when the stairway was completed.
Phone:  505.982.0092
Hours:  9AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday and 10:30AM to 5PM Sundays; closes at 5PM off season
Admission:   2USD

María Benitez Teatro Flamenco, The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N St. Francis Drive, 87501
Maria Benitez performs some of the best flamenco this side of Seville in her purpose-built theater at The Lodge at Santa Fe (formerly the Radisson Hotel). She often combines flamenco, tango, and other Latin music and dance in her professional, artistic show.
Phone:  800.982.9198 or 505.982.1237
Hours:  Call for shows and times
From:   0

Museum of Fine Arts, 107 W. Palace Ave., 87501
Housed in a Pueblo Revival army barracks built in 1917, the Museum of Fine Arts has more than 20,000 works of art, primarily from the American Southwest. The collection of 20th-century photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, and Elliott Porter is particularly impressive. Part of the Museum of New Mexico, the Museum of Fine Arts offers reduced rate admission with a four-day pass.
Phone:   505.476.5072
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday; open Fridays until 8PM
Admission:   8USD
Combination ticket:  18USD

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, 87504
Interactive exhibits trace the history of Native Americans in the Southwest at this innovative museum. The museum owns more than 70,000 Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache arts and crafts, and you can often see artisans practicing their crafts.
Phone:  505.476.1250
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   7USD
Combination ticket:  15USD

Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, 87504
The 125,000+ plus objects here are divided into four collections: Spanish Colonial, 20th-century Southwestern Hispanic art, international textiles, and international folk objects from more than 100 different countries. In 1978, architect Alexander Girard donated his 100,000-object collection to the museum and in 1982, he oversaw construction of a wing designed to display part of his collection. The dolls, figures, and toys are displayed in colorful dioramas depicting village life around the world.
Phone:  505.476.1200
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   8USD
Combination ticket:  18USD

New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse), Paseo de Peralta at Old Santa Fe Trail
Based on the Zia Pueblo emblem symbolizing the Circle of Life, this is the only round state capitol in the country. It was built in 1966 and is surrounded by six-and-one-half acres of gardens. Inside, there's a fine collection of New Mexican art and there is some noteworthy sculpture in the gardens.
Phone:  505.986.4589
Hours:  8AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; tours at 10AM and 2PM
Admission is free  

Palace of the Governors, North Plaza
One of the four museums and five monuments that make up the Museum of New Mexico, the Palace of the Governors is now the state's history museum. Dating from 1610, the palace is the oldest continuously used public building in the country. Today, it serves as the state's history museum and contains 17,000 objects covering 400 years of history. You can tour the restored 18th-century governors' offices and see hide paintings from the 1720s, and Spanish Colonial armor, weapons, and tools.
Phone:  505.827.6483
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday; open until 8PM on Fridays
Admission:   8USD
Combination ticket:  18USD

Railyard District Market, Santa Fe Depot, Guadelupe Street
This colorful farmers market in the old depot parking lot has something for everyone -- fresh produce, gourmet products, wine, crafts, and music.
Hours:  Tuesday and Saturday mornings from April through October
Admission is free  

San Miguel Mission, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail
Built in the first decades of the 17th century, the San Miguel Mission is believed to be the oldest church in the country. It was largely destroyed in 1680, rebuilt in 1710, and adorned with a tower in 1887. Inside, there are 18th-century paintings from Mexico, Bible scenes on buffalo hides and deerskin, and the San Jose Bell, which may date from 1356.
Phone:  505.983.3974
Hours:  9AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; 10PM to 4PM Sundays; opening at 10AM off season
Admission:   1USD

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 239 Johnson St., Suite. B, 87504
One of the most acclaimed chamber music organizations in the country, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents more than 40 concerts -- from Vivaldi to modern jazz masters -- during their six-week summer season. You can find performance schedules and purchase tickets in advance through their web site.
Phone:  505.983.2075 or 888.221.9836
Hours:   Summer performances from mid-July though mid-August; call for performance times
Tickets from:   25USD

Santa Fe Opera, P.O. Box 2408, 87504
One of the top opera companies in the United States today, Santa Fe Opera presents about 40 performances of five operas during their summer season. The indoor/outdoor amphitheater, which was carved from a hillside north of town, features superb acoustics and sightlines. Many of the singers also perform with New York's Metropolitan Opera. Order tickets well in advance via their web site. Or try for standing-room-only tickets on the day of performance.
Phone:  800.280.4654 or 505.986.5900
Hours:  Summer season runs from late June through August; call for performance times
Tickets from:   51USD

Santa Fe Ski Area, Ski Basin Road
This place is packed with Santa Feans on weekends, so ski mid-week if you can. The resort has has seven lifts serving 39 runs. The base is at 10,350 feet and receives more than 200 inches of snow a year.
Phone:  505.982.4429
Lift tickets from:   34USD

Santa Fe Southern Railway, 410 S. Guadalupe Street, 87501
You can ride the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe of musical fame on a nostalgic and scenic trip from Santa Fe 36 miles roundtrip to Lamy. The restored rail cars are atmospheric and the views are wonderful. Day trips take about four hours. On Friday nights, there are two-hour sunset trips with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. And on Saturdays, there's an evening barbecue trip.
Phone:  888.989.8600 or 505.989.8600
Fax:  505.983.7620
Hours:  Call or check their web site for departure times
Train trips from;   32USD
Dinner trips from:  58USD

Santa Fe Stages, 100 N. Guadalupe St., 87501
Santa Fe Stages presents a terrific line up of theater, dance, music, and humor each summer. Past performers have included Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the Buena Vista Social Club. Performance schedules and tickets are available through their web site, or you can purchase day-of-performance tickets at their box office.
Phone:  505.982.6683
Hours:  Season from late May through early September; call for performance times
Tickets from:   20USD
Day of performance tickets:  8USD

Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, P.O. Box 9692, 87504
Santa Fe's professional symphony orchesta performs at the Lensic Theater. Performance schedules are available through their web site.
Phone:  800.480.1319 or 505.983.1414
Hours:  Vist their website or call for performance times
Tickets from:   15USD

Santuario de Guadalupe, 100 Guadalupe Street
The oldest shrine in America dedicated to Mexico's patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, this church was begun by Fransicans missionaries in 1776. It contains a beautiful altar screen of the Virgin painted in 1783 by Jose de Alzibar.
Phone:  505.988.2027
Hours:  9AM to 4PM Monday through Saturday; closed Saturdays off season
Admission by donation  

Shakespeare in Santa Fe, 355 E. Palace Ave., 87501
Shakespeare in Sante Fe performs about three plays a summer in repertory in the courtyard at St. John's College.
Phone:  505.982.2910
Hours:  Performances are given Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings during July and August; call for times.
Reserved seats from:   15USD
Lawn seating:  5USD

SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, 87501
More than a gallery, SITE is a contemporary arts center that offers exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and readings by cultural luminaries. The museum usually presents about four major shows a year and hosts a biennial every odd-numbered year.
Phone:  505.989.1199
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Wednesday through Saturday; noon to 5PM Sunday; open Fridays until 7PM
Admission:   8USD

St. Francis Cathedral, 231 Cathedral Place
In 1610, a small wooden church named Our Lady of the Assumption was built on this site. Only the adobe Our Lady of the Rosary chapel on the northeast side remains of that church. The present French-designed Romanesque church was begun in 1869. The front doors of the Cathedral feature 16 carved panels memorializing New Mexico's 38 Fransican martyrs. An 18th-century wooden statue of St. Francis of Assisi -- for whom the Cathedral is named -- is behind the altar and the stained glass windows were imported from France in 1884. "La Conquistadora," the oldest Madonna in the country, is in the chapel. There's a small museum just south of the Cathedral with the archives of the Archdiocese, objects relating to Cathedral founder Archbishop Lamy, and other liturgical objects.
Phone:  505.982.5619
Hours:  8AM to 5:45PM daily except at mass (7AM and 5:15PM Monday through Saturday and 8AM, 10AM, noon, and 7PM Sundays); museum is open from 9AM noon and 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday
Admission by donation  

The Oldest House, 215 E De Vargas Street
Nobody's too sure exactly how old this house is, but it's thought to be the oldest in the United States. Some of the tree rings in the vigas date from between 1740 and 1767. It was built of puddled adobe, and you can go inside and look around.
Admission by donation  

Vanessie of Santa Fe, 434 W. San Francisco St.
The best piano bar in town features Doug Montgomery or Charles Tichenor nightly.
Phone:  505.982.9966
Hours:  Music from 8PM nightly

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 704 Camino Lejo, 87505
Originally created to preserve Navajo ceremonial objects, the Wheelwright Museum displays artwork by all Native American tribes. There are usually four exhibits a year, showing everything from Southwestern baskets to contemporary Navajo rugs. On the lower level, there's a recreated turn-of-the-century trading post that sells top quality crafts.
Phone:  800.607.4636 or 505.982.4636
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday; 1PM to 5PM Sundays
Admission by donation  

Adobe Bar, The Historic Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 87571
This bar in the Historic Taos Inn presents jazz on Wednesdays, flamenco guitar on Sundays; and a variety of music on weekends.
Phone:  505.758.2233
Hours:  Bar opens at noon daily
Admission is free  

Fenix Gallery, 208-A Ranchitos Road
This gallery represents almost two dozen of Taos's most respected contemporary artists.
Phone:  505.758.9120

Firehouse Collection, 323 Camino de la Placita
This "museum" not only exhibits paintings by Taos artists including Sharp and Blumenschein, it also has fire engines on display.
Phone:  505.758.3386
Hours:  9AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday
Admission is free  

Governor Bent House Museum, 117 Bent Street
The home of the New Mexico Territory's first governor contains a small collection of Western and Native American artifacts. The governor was scalped here in 1847.
Phone:  505.758.2376
Hours:  9:30AM to 5PM daily; opens at 10AM and closes at 4PM off season
Admission:   2USD

Harwood Museum of the University of New Mexico, 238 Ledoux Street, 87571
This museum in the former home of Burt and Elizabeth Case Harwood is the second oldest art museum in the state. The house was built in 1860 as the home of Captain Smith Simpson and today it houses seven galleries with paintings by most of Taos's significant artists, 17,000 historic photographs, and Mabel Dodge Luhan's collection of Santos. One of the galleries also hosts traveling exhibitions.
Phone:  505.758.9826
Fax:  505.758.1475
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5PM Sundays
Admission:   7USD

Kit Carson Home and Museum, Kit Carson Road, 87571
The legendary frontiersman and his family lived in this 1825 12-room adobe from 1843 until 1868. Several of the rooms are furnished in the style of the period. Others display artifacts, tools, guns, and Western memorabilia. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Phone:  505.758.4741 or 800.816.1516
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   5USD

Kit Carson Memorial Park, Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Many of Taos's most famous citizens -- including the park's namesake -- are buried in the cemetery here.
Phone:  505.758.8234
Hours:  8AM to 8PM daily; closes at 5PM off season
Admission is free  

Los Rios River Runners, PO Box 2734, 87571
Los Rios offers half- and full-day rafting trips on the Rio Grande, Rio Chama, and Rio Dolores Wild and Scenic Rivers. They offer trips for every level of skill and bravery.
Phone:  800.544.1181 or 505.776.8854
Hours:  Rafting season is between March and November; call for schedules
Half-day trips from:   48USD
Full-day trips from:  89USD

Millicent Rogers Museum of Northern New Mexico, Millicent Rogers Road
Though she only lived in Taos for six years, Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers amassed a world-class collection of Southwestern arts and crafts, including Najavo textiles, Navajo and Pueblo pottery and jewelry, Hopi and Zuni kachina dolls, and ceramics by Maria Martinez. To reach the gallery, take Paseo del Pueblo Norte to County Road BA030 then take Millicent Rogers road (also known as Museum Road).
Phone:  505.758.2462
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; closed Mondays off season
Admission:   8USD

Native Sons Adventures, 1033-A Paseo del Pueblo Sur #A, 87571
Native Sons offers something for everyone: half- and full-day rafting trips; mountain bike tours, bike rentals, and guided hikes.
Phone:  505.758.9342 or 800.753.7559
Fax:  505.751.4610
Rafting trip from:   50USD
Bike rentals from:  15USD

Paradise Hot Air Balloon Adventures, P.O. Box 308
This company offers hot air balloon flights above the Rio Grande Gorge.
Phone:  505.751.6098

Patrick Dunbar Antiques, 222 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 87571
This antique dealer has old Oriental rugs, Colonial doors and gates, architectural salvage items.
Phone:  505.758.2511
Fax:  505.758.0278

Pueblo Balloon Company, P.O. Box 361
Pueblo Balloon Company takes just four passengers per balloon on their sunrise flights along the Rio Grande Gorge. It's a spectacular way to see this magnificent landscape. They'll pick you up and drop you back at your hotel. And the fare includes a Champagne breakfast following the 90-minute flight. Plan on a total of about 3-1/2 hours.
Phone:  505.751.9877
Hours:  Sunrise departures from June through October
Hot air balloon flights from:   225USD

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, U.S. 64
Soaring 650 feet above the Rio Grande River, the Gorge Bridge is one of the tallest in the country. There's no more beautiful place to experience a sunrise or sunset as the canyon walls turn vivid shades of pink. There's an observation platform where you can take in the view and get some memorable snaps. The bridge is about ten miles west of Taos.

Sagebrush Inn, Paseo del Pueblo Sur, 87571
There's two-step dancing and country music here nightly.
Phone:  505.758.2254
Hours:  Music starts at 9PM
Admission is free  

Taos Art Museum, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 87571
Russian artists Nicolai Fechin remodeled this adobe home in the 1920s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house showcases Fechin's handcarved staircases, mouldings, furniture, and artwork. The Tao Art Museum contains the work of members of the Taos Society of Artists, which was formed in 1915. Around 300 paintings by more than 50 artists are exhibited.
Phone:  505.758.1710
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday
Admission:   8USD

Taos Pueblo, Paseo del Pueblo Norte
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pubelo has been the home of Tiwa-speaking Indians for more than 900 years. In fact, it's changed little since Coronado's search party discovered it in 1540. Five stories high in places, it's the largest multi-story Pueblo in the country. About 200 members of the tribe still live in the pueblo and you'll see them baking bread in outdoor ovens and making crafts. If you want to photograph them, purchase a permit and ask permission.
Phone:  505.758.1028
Hours:  8AM to 4:30PM daily; closed for two approximately months in winter
Admission:   10USD
Camera permit:  5USD

Taos Ski Valley, Taos Ski Valley Rd./County Rd. 150
With 72 runs, one of the best ski schools in the country, an Alpine village ambience, and more than 300 inches of snow a year, this is the top resort in new Mexico, and the Southwest. Founded in 1955, the resort is popular with Europeans who appreciate the steep, high Alpine slopes and spectacular views. There's plenty to offer novice, intermediate, and expert skiers. And there's a wide variety of accommodations in the village. For accommodations, call the Resort Association at 800.776.1111. No snowboarding.
Phone:  505.776.2916 or 800.238.2829
Hours:  Late November through the first week of April
Lift tickets from:   25USD

Taylor Streit Flyfishing Service, 405 Camino de la Placita, 87571
Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Taylor Streit and his nephew Nick offer full-day fly-fishing excursions for trout along the Rio Grande.
Phone:  505.751.1312
Hours:  Spring through fall; call for schedule
Fly-fishing trips from:   275USD

The Ernest L. Blumenschein Home & Museum, 222 Ledoux Street, 87571
Purchased by artist Ernest L. Blumenschein in 1919, this National Register property dates from 1797. Blumenschein was one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists, and work by him, his daughter Helen, and other members of the Society are exhibited. The home is beautifully furnished with European antiques.
Phone:  505.758.0505
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily; open 11AM to 4PM off season
Admission:   6USD