Wunderground® Travel Planner: Moriarty, NM
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Of 6 days between 1996 and 2018, Sunny was the most frequent condition. Additionally, 3 days were recorded with precipitation.
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The Rio Grande Valley, one of the continent's major flyways, attracts many migratory bird species. Good bird-viewing locales include the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
(2901 Candelaria Rd. NW, North Valley, 87107. Tel. 505/344-7240. www.nmparks.com).
At the end of Upper Canyon Road, at the mouth of the canyon as it wends into the foothills, the 135-acre Randall Davey Audubon Center
harbors diverse birds and other wildlife. Guided nature walks are given many weekends; there are also two major hiking trails that you can tackle on your own. The home and studio of Randall Davey, a prolific early Santa Fe artist, can be toured on Monday afternoons in summer. There's also a nature bookstore. 1800 Upper Canyon Rd., 87501. Tel. 505/983-4609. www.audubon.org/chapter/nm/nm/rdac. Admission: $2, house tour $5. Hours: Weekdays 9-5, weekends 10-4; grounds daily dawn-dusk; house tours Mon. at 2.
For a knowledgeable insider's perspective, take a tour with WingsWest Birding Tours
(Tel. 800/583-6928. home.earthlink.net/~wingswestnm/). Gregarious and knowledgeable guide Bill West leads four- to eight-hour early-morning or sunset tours that venture into some of the region's best bird-watching areas, including Santa Fe Ski Basin, Cochiti Lake, the Jémez Mountains, the Upper Pecos Valley, and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
903 10th St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
The city's foremost outdoor attraction and nature center, the park comprises the recently restored Tingley Beach as well as three distinct attractions, Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, and Rio Grande Zoo. The garden and aquarium are located together (admission gets you into both facilities); the zoo is a short drive southeast. You can also ride the scenic Rio Line
vintage narrow-gauge railroad between the zoo and gardens and aquarium complex; rides are free if you purchase a combination tickets to all of the park's facilities.
Two main components of the Albuquerque Bio Park, Albuquerque Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden
(2601 Central Ave. NW, west of Old Town, north of Central Ave. and just east of the Central Ave. bridge, 87104) are a huge draw with kids but also intrigue adult visitors. At the aquarium, a spectacular shark tank with floor-to-ceiling viewing is among the most popular of the marine exhibits. The Spanish-Moorish garden is one of three walled gardens near the entrance of the 36-acre botanic garden. The exquisite Sasebo Japanese Garden joins other specialty landscapes including the Curandera Garden, exhibiting herbs used by traditional Spanish folk-medicine practitioners, and the Children's Fantasy Garden, complete with walk-through pumpkin, a 14-foot dragon, and giant bees. The seasonal PNM Butterfly Pavilion is open late May through late September, and, year-round, the glass conservatory holds desert and Mediterranean plantings. In summer there are concerts given on Thursday at the botanic garden. From late November through late December, the botanic garden comes alive each evening from 6 to 9 pm for the River of Lights festival, a walk-through display of holiday lights and decorations.
The 64-acre Rio Grande Zoo
(903 10th St. SW, 87102) is an oasis of waterfalls, cottonwood trees, and naturalized animal habitats. More than 250 species of wildlife from around the world live here, including giraffes, camels, polar bears, elephants, zebras, and koalas. The Tropical America exhibit offers a bit of contrast for dry Albuquerque, replicating a jungle rain forest and containing toucans, spider monkeys, and brilliant orchids and bromeliads. The zoo has established captive-breeding programs for more than a dozen endangered species. Concerts are performed on the grounds on summer Friday evenings. There's a café on the premises. TheThunderbird Express
is a ¾-scale train that runs in a nonstop loop within the zoo, and during the 20-minute ride, conductors talk in depth about the creatures and their habitats. Running Tuesday-Sunday, it's free with combo tickets, or $2 otherwise (buy tickets onboard or at the Africa exhibit).Tingley Beach
(1800 Tingley Dr. SW, south of Central Ave. and just east of Central Ave. bridge, 87102) is a recreational arm of the biological park that consists of three ponds, created in the 1930s by diverting water from the Rio Grande. You can rent paddleboats (or bicycles; both seasonally), fish the trout-stocked ponds (gear and fishing licenses can be purchased at the fishing-tackle shop on-site), or sail your model electric or wind-powered boats. To the west of the ponds, the cottonwood Bosque (wetlands forest) fringes the river. Ecological tours of the Bosque are given in summer. It's part of the popular 16-mi Paseo del Bosque bike path that is open year-round. There's also a snack bar and aRio Line
station; the ¾-scale passenger trains make a stop here en route between the aquarium and garden complex and the zoo. www.cabq.gov/biopark. Admission: Free Tingley Beach and grounds, $7 Albuquerque Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden (combined ticket), $7 Rio Grande Zoo, $12 combination ticket for all attractions is available for entries Tues.-Sun. 9-noon, and includes unlimited rides on the Rio Line and Thunderbird Express trains. Hours: Daily 9-5, until 6 on weekends from June-Aug. No trains Mon.
2901 Candelaria Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Along the banks of the Rio Grande, this year-round 170-acre refuge in a portion of the Bosque (about midway up on the Paseo del Bosque trail) is the nation's largest cottonwood forest. If bird-watching is your thing, you've come to the right place: this is home to all manner of birds and migratory waterfowl. Constructed half aboveground and half below the edge of a pond, the park's glass-walled interpretive center (an interesting small-scale building by noted New Mexico architect Antoine Predock) has viewing windows that provide a look at what's going on at both levels, and speakers that broadcast the sounds of the birds you're watching into the room. You may see birds, frogs, ducks, and turtles. The park has active programs for adults and children and trails for biking, walking, and jogging. Keep your eye out for what appears to be a game of jacks abandoned by giants: these jetty jacks were built in the 1950s to protect the Rio Grande levees from flood debris. www.rgnc.org or www.nmparks.com. Admission: $3 per vehicle; grounds free. Hours: Nature center daily 10-5, park daily 8-5.
10 Tramway Loop NE
Tramway cars climb 2.7 mi up the steep western face of the Sandias, giving you a close-up view of red rocks and tall trees—it's the world's longest aerial tramway. From the observation deck at the 10,378-foot summit you can see Santa Fe to the northeast and Los Alamos to the northwest—about 11,000 square mi of spectacular scenery. Tram cars leave from the base at regular intervals for the 15-minute ride to the top. You may see birds of prey soaring above or mountain lions roaming the cliff sides. An exhibit room at the top surveys the wildlife and landscape of the mountain. Narrators point out what you're seeing below, including the barely visible remnants of a 1953 plane crash that killed all 16 passengers onboard. If you want to add a meal to the excursion, there's the upscale High Finance Restaurant
(Tel. 505/243-9742. www.highfinancerestaurant.com) on top of the mountain (serving steaks, lobster tail, and good burgers at lunch), and a more casual spot,Sandiago's
(Tel. 505/856-6692. www.sandiagos.com), at the tram's base. High Finance affords clear views from every table, making it a favorite destination for a romantic dinner—the food isn't bad, but it's more about the scenic experience here. It's much colder and windier at the summit than at the tram's base, so pack a jacket. You can also use the tram as a way to reach the Sandia Peak ski and mountain-biking area. www.sandiapeak.com. Admission: $15. Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9-9; Sept.-May, daily 9-8.
Chimayó, NM 87522
Intimate and peaceful, this adobe inn has sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo range. The setting makes it a great base for mountain bikers. The scent of fresh-baked strudel wafts through the rooms, which are decorated with antiques and Native American and other regional arts and crafts. Ask for the Sun Room, in the main house, which has a private patio, viga ceilings, and a brick floor. The separate one-bedroom Casita Escondida has a kiva-style fireplace, tile floors, kitchenette, and a sitting area. A large hot tub is hidden in a grove behind wild berry bushes, there are several covered porches, and a massive bird-feeding station that draws dozens and dozens of birds. In-room massage is available by appointment, and special packages—romance or birthday, for example—are also available. Pros:
This B&B is a very good value, with gracious hosts and in beautiful surroundings; there's not a TV on the entire property.Cons:
Remote setting means you must drive to sights. www.casaescondida.com. 7 rooms, 1 suite. In-room: kitchen (some), no TV, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
Los Ojos, NM 87575
Seventeen miles southwest of Tierra Amarilla is El Vado Lake State Park, where you can water-ski, fish, and watch for bald eagles, osprey, and other birds in winter. www.emnrd.state.nm.us.
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