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.
Note: As multiple conditions can be recorded during one day, the weather observed may total more than 6.
We are confident that the weather will be Cool.
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.
121 Sandia Crest Rd. (NM 536)
Sandia Park, NM 87008
It may take months for this odyssey of a place to completely sink in: quirky and utterly fascinating, Tinkertown Museum contains a world of miniature carved-wood characters. The museum's late founder, Ross Ward, spent more than 40 years carving and collecting the hundreds of figures that populate this cheerfully bizarre museum, including an animated miniature Western village, a Boot Hill cemetery, and a 1940s circus exhibit. Ragtime piano music, a 40-foot sailboat, and a life-size general store are other highlights. The walls surrounding this 22-room museum have been fashioned out of more than 50,000 glass bottles pressed into cement. This homage to folk art, found art, and eccentric kitsch tends to strike a chord with people of all ages. As you might expect, the gift shop offers plenty of fun oddities. www.tinkertown.com. Admission: $3. Hours: Apr.-Oct., daily 9-6.
, NM 87506
Nambé Pueblo has no visitor center, so the best time to visit is during the October 4 feast day of St. Francis celebration or the very popular July 4 celebration. If you want to explore the landscape surrounding the pueblo, take the drive past the pueblo until you come to Nambé Falls and Nambé Lake Recreation Area
(Tel. 505/455-2304). There's a shady picnic area and a large fishing lake that's open March-November (the cost is $10 for fishing, and $20 for boating—no gas motors are permitted). The waterfalls are about a 15-minute hike in from the parking and picnic area along a rocky, clearly marked path. The water pours over a rock precipice—a loud and dramatic sight given the river's modest size. Overnight RV ($35) and tent ($25) camping are also offered. www.newmexico.org/native_america/pueblos/nambe.php. Admission: $8 per car.
Heading south on U.S. 84 from Los Ojos, you can reach the small town of Tierra Amarilla, from which you can access two state parks. Both parks have developed campsites. Eleven miles west of town, Heron Lake State Park
(NM 95, 87551. Tel. 575/588-7470. www.emnrd.state.nm.us) is a designated "quiet lake" (powerboats may not exceed no-wake speed) ideal for sailing and trout fishing.
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