END OF TRAIL at FOUNDERS RANCH
47 Barton Road
Founders Ranch, a beautiful 480-acre property, is home to End of Trail, the World Championships of Cowboy Action Shooting. Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) members from around the world converge each June to compete in challenging scenarios and ultimately crown the world champions. Members and enthusiasts relive an era in Western heritage where gunslingers and law-keepers alike became famous for their shooting skills and larger-than-life adventures. SASS competitors dress in period costume and use replica firearms of the 1860-1899 era for Cowboy Action Shooting and early 1900s era for Wild Bunch Action Shooting.
End of Trail events are open to the public June 23-24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for $5 admission, you can experience an exciting, world class event. It’s something not to be missed, featuring an entire Western town, vendors, music, food and lots of activities to keep the fun rolling, rolling, rolling. For more info, visit sassnet.com.
WILDLIFE WEST NATURE PARK
87 W. Frontage Road
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Wildlife West Nature Park gives visitors a personal experience unlike typical zoos. The park serves rescued, native New Mexico wildlife who have been injured or domesticated and can no longer live in the wild. It also serves as a life-sized classroom for teens and young adults to learn carpentry, masonry, and habitat management building much of the park.
Chuckwagon Supper Shows – every Saturday night all summer long, guests enjoy hayrides, falcon shows, live stage entertainment, and a Western-style BBQ supper. Advance reservations required by 2 p.m. on the day of show ($12 ages 5-11 to $25 Adults). For more info see wildlifewest.org.
Kid Goat Yoga – a fully interactive yoga experience unlike any other. Sessions available June 27 – July 2. Additional information and tickets are available on Eventbrite.
FATHER’S DAY CAR SHOW – June 18
66 NM Highway 344
Love horsepower from the modern era? One of New Mexico’s premiere car shows takes place each Father’s Day (June 18) in Edgewood. Organized annually by Tony Jaramillo, Jr., the show features more than 300 entries, car clubs, food, games, and lots of fun. For 2017, all proceeds benefit New Mexico Special Olympics. Admission is FREE for spectators.
TRINKETS & TREASURES TRAIL
7 stops and 40 shops to explore
Discover the fun of searching for treasure in the Edgewood’s many quirky and distinct shops. The trail encompasses more than 30 shops, ranging from tiny, funky country vibes to large-scale thrift stores and gift shops where you’ll find antiques, hand-crafted finds, and local one-of-a-kind artistry, making Edgewood a regular destination for professional antique hunters and region-wide treasure trackers. Search for trinkets and treasures at edgewoodchambernm.com.
HIKE-BIKE-RIDE the GREENSIDE
The Town of Edgewood invites you to Hike-Bike-Ride the Greenside. Numerous public open spaces and a growing trail system beckon those who appreciate the outdoors. All-weather, hard surface trails line the town’s two main thoroughfares (Historic Route 66 and N.M. 344). Natural surface trails for hiking, biking and riding (horse or mountain bike) traverse the hills of Sections 34 and 16, providing comfortable to moderate terrain for encounters with nature and spectacular views. For travelers, an Equestrian Arena is also available to exercise and water your horses (North Frontage Road, about 1 mile west of NM 344).
SOUTHWEST SOARING MUSEUM
918 Historic Route 66
An impressive collection of more than 40 gliders dating from the 1920s to 1990s fill the museum space, each one telling a piece of the history and accomplishments of soaring and glide planes, and the people who made these achievements possible. A 24-foot mural, by well-known New Mexico artist Scott Kuykendall, portrays the history of man’s desire to fly. Highlights of the history of soaring are depicted in the museum’s photograph collection. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit swsoaringmuseum.org to learn more.
LEWIS ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM
905 Historic Route 66
An unusually large and unique collection of vintage cars and trucks from Model Ts through the 1960s, all personally collected the museum’s curator and car enthusiast, the famed Archie Lewis. Visitors say his stories of movie stars and the cars on display make it for a great experience. The cars located outside and decaying tell their own story and often bring back memories of parts hunting in the past. Located right on the Mother Road, it’s a trip back in time to when the highway was an experience. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
SANDIA MX MOTOCROSS – June 17 & 18
38 Martin Road
Cowboy spirit on two wheels and high speeds, offering a different kind of thrill. A popular regional motocross track, Sandia MX hosts local and AMA Southwest Qualifier races. Moriarty Race Series, Round 3, takes place on June 17-18. The track was recently re-designed by two New Mexico pro riders, providing new interest and challenges for riders of varying skill levels. The track is open for practice sessions and races, but dates vary. Visit sandiamx.com to learn more.
AUTHENTIC ROUTE 66
Moriarty has a large number of original Route 66 buildings, motels, and neon signs in varying degree of condition. But that’s exactly why they tell the story of America’s Highway. See an original, restored rotosphere at El Comedor, and an original Whiting Bros. gas station with restored neon signs. See motor courts and motels, some in operation, like the Sunset Motel, are still run by the original family. Take time to cruise 66 and let your imagination see the history of a by-gone era and how the road still plays a vital part in communities across the country. For fans, cruise 30 miles of uninterrupted Route 66 from Albuquerque to Moriarty and see the East Mountain region they way generations have, up close and spectacular.
TIJERAS & TURQOUISE TRAIL
Eastbound Old Route 66 between Carnuel and Tijeras
Created by Nat-Geo cable channel, a series of rumble strips strategically cut into the edge of Old Route 66, play the tune “American the Beautiful” when you drive on them at 45 mph. It’s a fun, albeit quick experience, that is unique to this region. See thesingingroad.com for more on the story.
TIJERAS PUEBLO ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE
11776 N.M. 337
Located at the U.S. Forest Ranger Station, the Tijeras Pueblo site has a museum and learning stations that provide share information about the Ancestral Pueblo people who long-ago lived at the Tijeras Pueblo site. Visitors will discover information about how the ancients lived, their food, clothing, shelter, and tools. Video and a life-sized replica of an excavated room on site help visitors to better understand the lives of Pueblo inhabitants. The museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info see friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.
121 Crest Road
The creation of Ross Ward, and 40 years in the making, Tinkertown has been featured on television and in print media for its creativity. The 22-room museum features wall made of 50,000 glass bottles, carvings, miniatures, and an eccentric collection of Americana. It’s a unique museum, packed with something in every inch, so plan to take time to discover all that is here.
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. To learn more, see tinkertown.com.
From Tijeras to Santa Fe
Looking for a beautiful drive? The Turquoise Trail, the ‘back way’ to Santa Fe, winds along the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains. It’s a gently twisting route that meanders through a few tiny towns. Shops and art studios dot the trail, including in the villages of Madrid and Cerrillos, which have both been featured in movies. Watch for wildlife, especially from dusk to dawn.
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