Wunderground® Travel Planner: Moriarty, NM
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|Rain||1 days (17%)|
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Of 6 days between 1996 and 2019, Snow 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.
Although the temperature is most often Cool, the temperatures are highly variable.
There's excellent fishing spring through fall in the Rio Grande and the mountain streams that feed into it, as well as a short drive away along the Pecos River. High Desert Angler
(453 Cerrillos Rd., 87501. Tel. 505/988-7688 or 888/988-7688. www.highdesertangler.com) is a superb fly-fishing outfitter and guide service. This is your one-stop shop for equipment rental, fly-fishing tackle, licenses, and advice.
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.
Of the pueblos in New Mexico when the Spanish first arrived, Isleta Pueblo is one of two Tiwa-speaking communities left in the middle of the Rio Grande Valley. It was also one of a handful of pueblos that didn't participate in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, during which Isleta was abandoned. Some of the residents fled New Mexico with the Spanish to El Paso, where their descendants live to this day on a reservation called Ysleta del Sur. Other members went to live with the Hopi of Arizona but eventually returned and rebuilt the pueblo.
Facing the quiet plaza is Isleta's church, St. Augustine,
built in 1629. One of the oldest churches in New Mexico, it has thick adobe walls, a viga-crossed ceiling, and an austere interior. Legend has it that the ground beneath the floor has the odd propensity to push church and community figures buried under the floor back up out of the ground; bodies have been reburied several times, only to emerge again.
Polychrome pottery with red and black designs on a white background is a specialty here. The pueblo celebrates its feast days on August 28 and September 4, both in honor of St. Augustine. The tribal government maintains picnicking and camping facilities, several fishing ponds, and a renowned 18-hole golf course. It also runs the Isleta Casino & Resort
(11000 Broadway SE [NM 47], 87105. Tel. 505/724-3800 or 877/747-5382. www.isletacasinoresort.com), which ranks among the state's most popular gaming facilities. It's a large and handsome space with plenty of slots and myriad gaming tables; the concert hall hosts a mix of oldies, pop stars, and country-and-western acts—past numbers have included Tom Jones, Vince Gill, and Tony Bennett. There's also boxing held throughout the year. A full-service, upscale, 201-room hotel and spa opened in 2008, making Isleta more competitive with other high-profile Native American resorts in the Rio Grande region, including Sandia, Santa Ana, and Pojoaque. Although Isleta is wonderfully picturesque—beehive ovens stand beside adobe homes bedecked with crimson chilies—camera use is restricted here. Only the church may be photographed. www.isletapueblo.com. Admission: Free.
16253 U.S. 84
Chama, NM 87520
If you're looking for an outdoor-oriented vacation that's also luxurious, this is the place for you. The lodge and working ranch, owned by the Jicarilla Apache tribe, is on 32,000 idyllic acres on the Colorado border, at an elevation between 9,000 and 11,000 feet, with 12 lakes. Trophy fishing and hunting, touring the ranch, and sitting by the huge stone fireplace ought to relax the most stressed-out executive. The luxe 27,000-square-foot lodge is lavishly furnished. Gourmet meals and drinks from the bar are included in your room rate, and packages are available that include all ranch activities. The lodge also offers day-packages for fly-fishing (which include a guide and lunch), and fly-fishing school. Pros::
Luxury accommodations in a rustic setting. Maximum privacy.Cons::
Pricey, remote. www.lodgeatchama.com. 19 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: no TV (some). In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: All-inclusive.
7413 NM 4
Jémez Springs, NM 87024
As you continue southwest along NM 4, the terrain changes from a wooded river valley with high mesas on either side to an open red-rock valley, the home of the Jémez Pueblo, which is set along the Jémez River. After the pueblo at Pecos was abandoned in 1838, Jémez was the state's only pueblo with residents who spoke Towa (different from Tiwa and Tewa). The Jémez Reservation encompasses 89,000 acres, with two lakes, Holy Ghost Springs and Dragonfly Lake (off NM 4), open for fishing by permit only, April to October on weekends and holidays. The only part of the pueblo open to the public is the Walatowa Visitor Center,
a fancy Pueblo Revival building that contains a small museum, an extensive pottery and crafts shop, and rotating art and photography exhibits; there's a short nature walk outside. The pueblo is sometimes open to the public for special events, demonstrations, and ceremonial dances—call for details. The pueblo is noted for its polychrome pottery. The Walatowa gas and convenience store, on NM 4 next to the visitor center, is one of the few such establishments between Los Alamos and Bernalillo. Photographing, sketching, and video recording are prohibited. www.jemezpueblo.org. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily 8-5.
, 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.
78 Cities of Gold Rd.
There's not much to see in the pueblo's plaza area, but the state visitor center and adjoining Poeh Cultural Center and Museum
on U.S. 285/84 are well worth a visit. The latter is an impressive complex of traditional adobe buildings, including the three-story Sun Tower; the facility comprises a museum, a cultural center, and artists' studios. The museum holds some 8,000 photographs, including many by esteemed early-20th-century photographer Edward S. Curtis, as well as hundreds of works of both traditional and contemporary pottery, jewelry, textiles, and sculpture. There are frequent demonstrations by artists, exhibitions, and, on Saturday from May through September, traditional ceremonial dances. By the early 20th century the pueblo was virtually uninhabited, but the survivors eventually began to restore it. Pojoaque's feast day is celebrated with dancing on December 12. The visitor center is one of the friendliest and best stocked in northern New Mexico, with free maps and literature on hiking, fishing, and the area's history. The crafts shop in the visitor center is one of the most extensive among the state's pueblos; it carries weaving, pottery, jewelry, and other crafts by both Pojoaque and other indigenous New Mexicans. www.poehmuseum.com. Admission: Donation.
Española, NM 87532
Santa Clara Pueblo, southwest of Española, is the home of a historic treasure—the awesome Puyé Cliff Dwellings,
believed to have been built in the 13th to 14th centuries. They can be seen by driving 9 mi up a gravel road through a canyon, south of the village off NM 502.
The pueblo also contains four ponds, miles of stream fishing, and picnicking and camping facilities. You can tour the cliff dwellings, topped by the ruins of a 740-room pueblo, on your own or with a guide. Permits for the use of trails, camping, and picnic areas, as well as for fishing in trout ponds, are available at the sites; recreation areas are open April-October, dawn-dusk.
The village's shops sell burnished red pottery, engraved blackware, paintings, and other arts and crafts. All pottery is made via the coil method, not with a pottery wheel. Santa Clara is known for its carved pieces, and Avanyu
, a water serpent that guards the waters, is the pueblo's symbol. Other typical works include engagement baskets, wedding vessels, and seed pots. The pueblo's feast day of St. Claire is celebrated on August 12. Admission: Pueblo free, cliff dwellings $5, still-camera permits $5. Hours: Daily 9-4:30.
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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