December 2016 The Land of Enchantment is full of interesting holiday activities that emphasize light, family and the unique scenery of our state. Two fine examples are the Elephant Butte Holiday Luminaria Beachwalk and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad's Christmas Train rides.
If you drive through Artesia during the months of October through December, roll down your window and you just may get a whiff of the aroma of red chile lingering in the air. That’s because the season of dehydrating red chile is in full swing at the Riggs & Sons Chile Dehydrator facility.
October 2016 Pick-your-own pumpkin patches and corn mazes are ubiquitous this time of year. In New Mexico alone, there are a dozen combinations of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and fall festival sites. But while all are worth visiting, one has received national recognition and indeed, is the largest fall festival site in the Land of Enchantment.
September 2016 Sierra Blanca Brewing Company got its start in Carrizozo in 1998, in a historical building just off the intersection of U.S. Highways 54 and 380 in the shadow of the mountain peak. But owners Rich and Sue Weber soon outgrew the tiny village and found a place where they could draw traffic as well as maintain a rural lifestyle—Moriarty.
August 2016 The next time you travel through the Land of Enchantment and ask for directions, you just may be told to turn right after the "Cute Carved Bear," or drive past the "Boot Fence." Wherever you go, keep an eye out for these Hidden Landmarks. Congratulations to this year's winners!
If ever you need a reminder the Earth is held together by stone, just look around you. From the Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns in southeast New Mexico to the stalwart butte of Shiprock on the lands of the Navajo Nation, the evidence abounds.
The Spanish heritage and tradition in New Mexico is more than 400-years-old. Even so, flamenco is fairly new to our state, taking root during the second-half of the 20th century. The origins of flamenco can be seen in fiestas throughout the state. Celebrating Hispano, Native American and Anglo heritage, these events often include traditional folk and social dancing from Spain as well as classical Spanish dance.
May 2016 As rural America continues to connect to the high-speed Digital Age at a rapid pace, much of New Mexico remains unplugged. Why has reliable, fast and affordable Internet and its telecommunication services become so important to us?
April 2016 In 1866, following the loss of their two young children, Theresa and Manley, Chase traveled by wagon from Colorado to New Mexico to make a new life. They started out living on the Vermejo River, but they approached Cimarron land baron Lucien B. Maxwell, at the time the largest landholder in the hemisphere, with over 1,700,000 acres across New Mexico and Colorado to his name, with an interesting proposition.
March 2016 Some people believe it may be pleasant year-round weather, turquoise skies, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets over dormant volcanoes. Others say the enjoyment comes from hiking the high-desert terrain and expanse of rugged mountains, looking for exposed rocks and minerals lying on the surface. Sill others insist it's the influence of the rock collector culture that's evolved in that locale over a half-century. All agree that Luna County is a rockhoud's paradise.
February 2016 Patricia Michaels, of Taos Pueblo heritage, is a unique high fashion and textile designer who specializes in contemporary Native American designs of her own creation. In 2012, she was one of 16 fashion designers chosen to compete in Season II of the popular Lifetime reality TV show, "Project Runway," where she claimed the title of Runner-up.
New Mexico is home to the oldest state capitol in the United States, as well as one of the newest. In 1609, the Palace of the Governors was built on the north side of the Plaza and seated the Spanish, Mexican and American Governments in succession. Dedicated in 1966, the current state capitol is built in New Mexico Territorial style, blending Greek revival and Pueblo adobe architecture.