Step Outside - New Mexico WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - New Mexico 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Fri, 26 Apr 2019 01:24:22 -0500 9 Best Ski Destinations for Families in New Mexico The mountains of New Mexico become a winter paradise for those who like to play in the snow. Whatever activity gets you out on the slopes—downhill skiing, snowboarding, or cross-country—the ski resorts scattered across the state are full of exhilarating opportunities that will bowl you over. Here are our favorites. 

There’s a lot happening on this mountain. Skiing and snowboarding, night skiing, tubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, terrain park, and a kid’s ski area makes this an outstanding family vacation spot. Beginner through advanced skiers can schuss across 90 different trails accessed by seven different lifts. Terrain parks include jumps, rails, and fun boxes. It’s a winter wonderland for the whole family.

In the hands of the Mescalero Apache Tribe for more than 50 years, this resort has some unique characteristics: the only passenger gondola in the state and a wood-spired lodge designed in 1958 by renowned architect Victory Lundy. There are also more than 50 runs and trails, 11 lifts, and more than 750 skiable acres. With an annual snowfall of 15 feet, skiers can hit the slopes for months.

This family-run resort has the longest ski season in the state, as well as good mixture on its more than 40 trails and three terrain parks for all ability levels. This resort is focused on families. It is small enough to ensure that children and parents stay connected throughout the day. There are six lifts, one quad and one triple chair lift, two platter lifts and a magic carpet just right for kids. A full-service ski shop and dining options make this a well-rounded resort.

If your winter months are dominated by skiing, the best way to enjoy this resort is by purchasing a season pass. There are seven different options for all ages. With a pass in hand, you can ski across this 600-acre snow park on any one of the 83 trails, any day. If you need a refresher, take a lesson at the Snow Sports School and you’ll be racing down the mountain in no time. There’s a full-service rental shop with state-of-the-art equipment—try something different like snowboarding or step into a pair or high performance skis for an exciting new experience.

Uncrowded slopes and groomed trails make this a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard for the entire family. There are four chair lifts that cover the close to 40 runs at this lovely resort nestled in the Cibola National Forest. One terrain park provides a fun and challenging spot to practice some trick skiing and snowboarding. A snow sports school, rental shop, skiers’ cafe and sports shop add to the convenience of spending the day here.

Right on the edge of the Jemez Mountains, close to the center of the state is this 750-acre winter playground developed by the Los Alamos Ski Club in the 1950s. About half the acreage is skiable terrain accessed by one quad, one triple, and three double chair lifts. There’s even a rope tow on the lower slopes. You won’t get bored on the more than 40 trails, some with great bump skiing, or at the terrain park. Most of the trails are intermediate, with a few beginner and expert-level trails available. No lodging at the mountain.

Rather than racing down the mountain at breakneck speed, you’ll get your thrills a little differently at this cross-country ski resort. It’s more about meandering trails through pristine meadows and backcountry skiing that takes you to stunning mountain vistas. You can pull your gear, or a child, along in a pulk (snow sled), spend the night along the way in a yurt, and even take your dog on trails specifically designed for a workout with your four-legged best friend. Non-yurt lodging is available in town.

The southern part of the state is home to this small and compact resort at an elevation that provides crisp, beautiful snow from Mother Nature. It’s open to both downhill skiing and snowboarding. Two dozen trails and three lifts keep visitors moving around the mountain. There’s also a tubing area, which requires a separate ticket, that has three lanes and a vertical drop of 70 feet for sliding fun. Whether you own your ski equipment or need to rent from the full-service rental shop, there’s something for everyone here. Lodging is in nearby Cloudcroft. 

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Covering more than 1,200 skiable acres, with 100 runs, 15 lifts, and one terrain park, this resort is huge. The majority of the trails are for beginner and intermediate skiers, but there are just enough difficult ones to challenge expert skiers. It’s a rugged mountain and Kachina Peak at 12,000 feet, stands sentry to amazing power, steep chutes, good bumps, edgy cornices, and unspoiled glades. Programs for adults, children, adaptive learning, camps and clinics are tailored to individual abilities. Check-in at the welcome center for tips on how to make the experience memorable. Lodging on-site available.

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9 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in New Mexico Turn off the noise and listen to the quiet in your own cabin in the woods. It’s winter in New Mexico. From the desert to the mountains the temperature drops, opening the door to a winter wonderland of fun. Whether you ski or hike, just want to bundle up and get outside, or are searching for some solitude, you’ll need a snug, comfy, quiet place as home base. You’ll find just what you’re looking for at any one of these awesome cabins in the state. 

When you stay at one of the historic cabins here, you’re truly experiencing a slice of Red River history. The original 10 cabins were built in the early part of the 20th century. They’ve been refurbished and remodeled throughout the years, plus another 10 have been added to the mix. The cabins are rustic and homey. Some face the river, some the fish pond, and some the picnic area. All have front porches just right for sittin’ a spell. This locations is also pet friendly. 

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This is the ultimate family campground. What’s better than escaping to a desert wonderland in the winter? Open all year, Carlsbad KOA has plenty of high-quality and cozy options for cabin camping. The deluxe cabin can sleep six people, has a full kitchen, full bath, TV and Wi-Fi, and even a lovely porch swing. For a true rustic but comfortable experience, book your stay at Carlsbad KOA! 

Located on the east bank of the Pecos River in the beautiful Santa Fe National Forest, this spot is for those looking to spend a little time in the great outdoors and, at the end of the day, relax in a warm and cozy cabin. Even in winter, you can still fish, bird watch, hike, and sit outside and watch the stars at night. The modern cabins are fully equipped—spacious kitchen, gas log stove, private deck, and plenty of room for multiple guests. Since the wilderness is all around, for safety reasons there’s a no pet policy.

If you’re looking to chill out this winter, literally, get your cold weather gear and head here. It’s brisk. It’s chilly. It may even be a little frosty. Braving the cold is worth it though because you’re right smack dab in the middle of the Lincoln National Forest, on the cusp of the White Mountain Wilderness and minutes away from some great skiing. The cabins provide plenty of privacy, with generous landscape between each. Plenty of amenities in each cabin take the edge off the rustic ambience. 

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Situated right at the base of the Sandia Mountains, you’ve never seen something quite like Albuquerque KOA. Their cabin accommodations include a deluxe cabin, two-room camping cabin, and one-room camping cabin. The kids will love staying the night in any of these locations because of the bunk beds! With modern conveniences but still a countryside charm, everyone in the family will love this camping experience. 

Every cabin here is named for someone who helped put the tiny town of Georgetown on the map. They’re all gone now, but their stories live on at this rustic resort on the southern edge of the Gila National Wilderness. There are six cabins to choose from, spaciously spread out to ensure quiet privacy. With plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy, coming back to a home-away-from-home is the perfect end to the day. After dinner, sit outside and contemplate the universe of stars.

The story goes that the name of this town came from a Native American tale that speaks of a strange glow on the alpine peaks, a fire of the gods. It’s a natural effect that showcases the icy peaks in the afternoon light, igniting the sky and one you can see, if you’re lucky, from this resort. With 12 private acres, you could never leave this property and find plenty to do. However, the resort is surrounded by the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where there’s hiking, river rafting and skiing to keep you busy. Cabins are fully furnished and open year-round. The only goal here should be relaxation and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature all around. 

You’ll find these cabins to be close enough to Taos to enjoy the town and far enough away to unwind in the magnificence of the Carson National Forest. The cabins are outfitted with all the trappings of a comfortable home and all the charm of a wilderness hideaway. Comfy beds, a kitchen with everything you need, hot showers, radiant heated floors, and a deck with some of the best views in the state create an amazing place for relaxation. When you’ve had enough of that, there’s great hiking, fishing, skiing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.

This small village sits at 9,000 feet above sea level. The air is clean and fresh and taking a deep breath is all about the intoxicating aroma of the nearby Lincoln National Forest. These cabins are located in a wooded area of the village, within walking distance of the quaint, old downtown area, and also provide convenient access to a great selection of outdoor activities year-round. Occupancy ranges from one to groups as large as 10, depending on the cabin. Pets are welcome summer and fall.

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10 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in New Mexico Whether you want to strap on a pair of traditional skis or step onto a snowboard, having the right gear is critical to having a successful experience down the slopes. These 10 awesome stores in New Mexico can walk you through that process! 

Whether you’re a freestyling snowboarder or downhill racer, you’ll find what you need at this one-stop shop for gear rentals or purchases. Lots of packages to fit every experience and budget. Skilled technicians for tuning and service of equipment on-site. Reserve equipment online and get a 10 percent discount. Also on-hand are accessories from hats to goggles to gloves to face masks—everything you need to have a great day on the mountain.

For more than 30 years, this family-owned store has been meeting the needs of skiers, and nowadays, snowboarders too, with top-quality equipment, good-natured hospitality and excellent service. It’s the exclusive Burton snowboard dealer in town and has on-hand one of the state’s only snowboard stone grinder tuning machine. Package deal options for adults and children. Book online for a 20 percent discount.

This well-known bicycle shops transforms into a first-rate ski and snowboard store in the winter. Top brands in skis include Head, Salomon, and Rossignol. Snowboarders will find Oakley, Dakine, and K2 Sports, and many others. Rentals, for a day or multiple days, of both skis and snowboards come in economy, recreation, demo, junior and Burton packages and include skis/snowboard, boots, bindings and poles. Bring in your personal skis/snowboard for service and tune-up. The service department is fast and efficient.

This full-service rental shop has top-of-the-line equipment for those hitting the slopes on skis or snowboards. With two convenient locations, they’re perfectly positioned for skiers headed to Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire and Red River Ski Resort, as well as Sipapu Ski Valley. Packages for both skis and snowboards cover a range of options for juniors through adults, for all budgets. Reserve in advance, online for a 10 percent discount. Equipment tune-ups, binding adjustments, and repairs available on-site.

Known for exceptional service for more than 40 years, this family-owned shop knows the ski business and will help your winter experience on the mountain be a memorable one. Four locations in the Taos/Santa Fe area helps makes the rental process convenient. A wide selection of retail goods and equipment ensures that you have everything you need for a successful ski adventure. Take 10 percent off when you reserve online. You’ll get free overnight storage and a complimentary equipment exchange at any of the locations.

You don’t even have to go into this shop to rent skis or a snowboard, this shop has a Ski Butler Service that will bring your gear right to your door at surrounding hotels and motels, as well as any residence in Santa Fe. No need to wait in lines, just make an appointment 48 hours in advance. Skis, snowboards, helmets, poles, boots, bibs, and pants are all available for rent in different package deals. Certified by all major ski binding manufacturers for service.

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Just one block from the nearest lift, makes this a fast and easy in and out experience. With dozens of years of mountain experience, you’ll find a complete line of quality skis, snowboards, boots and poles to match all levels of ability. Rental rates are reasonable and cover varying degrees of skill from beginner to expert. Reserve skis or snowboards online and take 10 percent off the price. Have a big family? Ask for a group discount. The store also stocks eyewear, gloves, head and foot gear, thermal under-garments, skin protection and clothing, souvenirs, and miscellaneous equipment.

Step inside this locally-owned shop for a memorable experience, both in the rental process and once you get on the mountain with the great gear from here. Rentals cover high performance skis, snowboards, kids and junior equipment, snowblades and helmets, bibs and jackets. Check out the progressive rental package that discounts the fee for multi-day rentals. Online reservation discount is 10 percent.

The folks at this store know that it’s about which foot you have in front on your board. They know things like that here, which makes it a good first place to stop for gear. Rentals include snowboards, shaped skis, snowblades, all for the day or multiple days. Seniors and active military get a 20 percent discount. Reservations made online get a 10 percent discount. The shop opens at 7 a.m. to get you out on the mountain as the first lift starts up.

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If you need to buy skis or a snowboard, this is the place. If you need to rent the same, this is the place. It’s full-service, and just because you might have to rent you won’t sacrifice fit or performance because of the expert service here. If you’re on the fence about buying or renting, you can demo some skis before the big purchase. This full-service store has accessories, clothing, boots, bindings and goggles. Get 10 percent off when you reserve online.

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6 Best Ice Skating Rinks in New Mexico It doesn’t matter if you’re honing your skills to become the next great Olympic figure skater or if you’re part of a recreational adult hockey league, there’s a rink for you in New Mexico. Enjoy big outdoor sheets of ice and NHL-size indoor arenas with the best ice skating rinks in the state. 

This indoor rink is home to the CooLLoop, one-fifth of a mile of indoor skating that connects two NHL-size arenas, making the ice accessible for curling, hockey, lessons, and open skating. The arenas can also be sectioned off, providing space for birthday parties, hockey games, classes and private rentals to happen simultaneously. Learn to skate, as well as figure skating classes take place regularly. Daily public sessions.

The only indoor rink in town is home to the Santa Fe Skating Club, a membership group that promotes instruction in skating for all ages and levels of expertise and that conducts classes. There’s a varied calendar of all public time, plus family fun sessions, learn to skate classes, curling and freestyle skate periods and time set aside for private activities like birthday parties and group skates. There’s a full-service skate shop on the premises for those who need to rent equipment.

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Since this rink is outdoors, it’s only open from November through February, but throughout that time it’s well-used by the local community. It’s a charming spot, surrounded by a forest of trees, reminiscent of a frozen lake without the worry of breaking ice. The Los Alamos Hockey Association practices and plays here, but there’s plenty of time for recreational skating. The rink, built in 1936, is the only outdoor ice rink in the state. Classes, groups, birthday parties are all options. Watch the weather, though. If it snows, skating is off.

A village ice skating rink is somewhat of an anomaly nowadays. This town delights in having one, even if it is only open a few months out of the year. It brings people of all ages and experience together in an exhilarating outdoor activity. The rink, the only natural one in all of the Southwest, is located right in the middle of town. There’s a fire warming the waiting area, plus snacks and hot chocolate. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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Maybe you can’t do a triple salchow jump, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a heck of a lot of fun practicing your skating techniques at this rink, open from November to March. It’s home to the Taos Youth Hockey Ice Tigers and Coyotes, a league that teaches kids how to play hockey, and the Skating Club of Taos  which offers figure skating lessons. Public skating available seven-days-a-week at regulated times but closed during hockey tournaments Groups and parties can schedule time on the ice by appointment.

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You can train year-round at this NHL-sized indoor facility that’s equipped with an on-ice jump harness for competition or just skate for fun during the public sessions. Join as a member and receive unlimited access to all public sessions, freestyle sessions and stick-and-puck sessions. There’s a Learn to Skate program for skaters of all levels and a Snowplow Series for youngsters ages three to six just starting out. Specialty classes, private and semi-private lessons can also be arranged.

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The Best Cross-Country Skiing Adventure in New Mexico The northern part of New Mexico is home to one of the most incredible geological features in the state, the Valles Caldera. A fun place to hike most of the year, except wintertime when snow blankets this enormous crater, making it an enjoyable spot for Nordic skiing. Spend some time traversing this big bowl before venturing on to a host of things to do in the area.

The result of a collapsed volcano, this 13-mile wide crater has miles of pristine snow just made for cross-country skiing. All unplowed roads and trails are also open for skiing. Be on the lookout for elk, coyote, and bald eagles. Entry fee and permit required.

Before heading out to the Caldera, grab a hot drink at this charming coffee shop that also serves a delicious breakfast burrito, plus fresh pastries, panini sandwiches, pizzas, quiche, homemade breads and sweet treats. Open every day through lunchtime. 

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While you’re on Highway 4, stop by this spectacular prehistoric site. Wander through the 500-year-old ruins of a Native American village. Step inside San Jose de Los Jemez church, built in the 1600s, for a moment of reflection. The Heritage Center on the premises is chockfull of information about this site from the perspective of the Jemez people. Meander along the interpretive trail and through the ruins for a step back in time.

If you like tromping through the snow, then put on a pair of snowshoes and head on out into the Santa Fe National Forest. You’re right there at the Caldera. General forest areas, as well as wilderness areas, are open to snowshoeing. The forest is quiet and beautiful as you wind your way through the variety of confers. Be on the lookout for changes in weather. Don’t get stuck outside.

Not far from the Caldera is this monument, home to the Ancestral Pueblo people from about 1150 to 1550 CE, who lived in these ruins carved into the volcanic tuff. They planted beans, corn, and squash in mesa top fields to sustain their community. You can wander through the ruins and hike trails that take you into Frijoles Canyon. Open year-round from dawn to dusk, except in inclement weather.

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This small-batch distillery creates handcrafted spirits, wines, ports, extracts and chocolates. They use, when possible, natural New Mexican ingredients like organic blue corn in their bourbon and vodka, and native herbs in their gin, and local grapes and fruits in the brandies, wine and ports. The tasting room is open Tuesday through Sunday. 

After a day of fun in the snow and sightseeing, a restful night’s sleep is in order. This is the place. The rooms are charming, some thematically named to showcase features of the surrounding area. There’s a guest house and a studio constructed of adobe bricks from Abiquiu in a traditional round style. Breakfast in the morning features a delicious assortment of sweets, breads, cereals, fruits, teas and coffee.

Going to a local co-op market is a great way to see what a community is all about. A strength at this one is its selection of local products—anything grown or produced within a 300-mile radius. You’ll find yogurt from Clovis, organic jam from Corrales, specialty mustards from Albuquerque, milk and dairy products from Santa Cruz and pure natural honey from around the state. With 7,000 square-feet of wholesome foods and other goods, this is a community hotspot worth stopping at.

A trip through Los Alamos is not complete without a glimpse at what put the town on the map—the secret Manhattan Project. This tour takes you on a ride through the community, with a glimpse of today’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. You’ll see where World War II scientists lived as they worked on one of our country’s most classified undertakings, the research and production of nuclear weapons.

Before leaving town for the day, check out this sweet shop. See how these handcrafted chocolates are made in their open kitchen. Truffles are a specialty and are made with traditional flavors. Don’t miss their “out-of-this-world” hot chocolate topped with fresh whipped cream. Cakes and pastries also worth a taste. Everything made with all natural ingredients. Grab a snack for the road home.

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Best Winter Weekend Getaway at Carlsbad Caverns National Park The town of Carlsbad is considered the gateway to this fantastic network of caves that became a national park in 1930. Going below the earth’s surface is certainly an otherworldly experience worthy of exploration, but there’s plenty to do topside, too, throughout the region. Here’s how to make the most of your winter weekend getaway at Carlsbad Caverns in beautiful New Mexico. 

The southeast portion of the state is anchored by this spectacular natural phenomenon that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Big Room, one of the largest underground chambers in North America. There are two self-guided trails that descend 750 feet, a little over a mile (there’s an elevator that makes the trip a little faster), plus a number of ranger-guided tours into areas with limited access. Take a jacket, it gets cold in this subterranean world where stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites rise up from the floor.

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Camping at the national park is only allowed in backcountry areas. The sites are primitive. Pick up a free permit at the Visitor Center before heading out. The closest full-service options are in the Park’s namesake town of Carlsbad. This one features RV and tent sites, plus rustic cabins. It’s conveniently located just outside the park and other local attractions. If the weather calls for it, pack a bathing suit for a dip in the pool.

If walking either of the two trails that descend into the Caverns isn’t enough, there’s plenty of hiking in the surrounding Lincoln National Forest. This long 100-mile trail connects with other trails and loops between the northern edge and the western side of the Park. Take along plenty of water, you won’t find any along the trail.

While there are fish in various springs around the Caverns, fishing is not allowed. If you’re angling to catch something, however, this recreation area, “the Pearl of the Pecos,” is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill. Everyone over the age of 12 needs a license. The cost varies depending on whether you’re a resident or visitor.

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From about mid-October through the end of January, the season opens for duck and goose hunting. This area, just north of Carlsbad, is part of the Central Flyway zone for migratory birds that brings waterfowl to the Lower Pecos Valley area. The area is under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Reclamation, so all federal and state regulations apply relevant to permits, shooting hours and bag limits. Additionally, approved nontoxic shot is required when hunting in this refuge.

This 55,000-acre OHV recreation area, located just northeast of Carlsbad, is open to motorcycles, sand dune buggies and other OHVs. Trails take riders up-and-over low hills, through small draws, along the bottom of deep arroyos, up steep climbs and across rolling sand dunes. No fee required to ride this area. Just note, this is a primitive area—no restrooms or drinking water, so make sure you are prepared.

If you grew up eating at drive-ins, then this bit of nostalgic charm is a welcome treat. If you’ve never had a burger and fries delivered by a car hop, then you must stop here. The large menu at this small-town restaurant is traditional drive-in fare. Burgers, fries, shakes, homemade onion rings, hand-dipped corn dogs are favorites, but the grilled cheese, BLT, chicken or steak sandwiches run a close second. Note, this is a cash only restaurant, so come prepared.

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Take a break from the great outdoors and spend a little time at this, the oldest municipal museum in the state. Established in 1931, it’s home to both permanent and temporary exhibits that showcase local and regional history, Native American art and artifacts, southwestern artists and crafts people, as well as modern and contemporary art. The museum’s most impressive display is the McAdoo Collection of Taos Ten paintings, works by painters of the Taos Society of Artists. Admission is free.

Ever wonder what a javelina looks like up close? Or a gila monster? After a stop here, you will wonder no more. This native wildlife zoo houses more than 40 animal species, plus hundreds of native Chihuahuan Desert plants. There are year-round interpretive programs for families, hiking trails, picnic areas and a visitor’s center overflowing with information, things to see, do and touch and a well-stocked gift store. No camping areas and no pets allowed.

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Something that ought to get you in the holiday spirit is the Christmas on the Pecos holiday boat tour. You’re sure to be dazzled by the magical display of Christmas lights glowing on the dark lake. Although Carlsbad’s southwestern landscape is beautiful to view, it’ll certainly be nice to take in the reflections of lights for something different. This mystical boat tour is a local tradition for many. Once you enter the “fairyland of twinkling lights” you’ll see why it draws such a crowd.

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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Bottomless Lakes State Park The stunning and dramatic Bottomless Lakes State Park is a marvelous spot to start off a journey exploring Roswell, New Mexico. The state park is remote and situated along the Pecos River, but you don’t have to travel very far to find great local attractions and restaurants. So, next time you head out to Roswell for a visit to Bottomless Lake, check out these great things to do in and around the park. 

The state’s first and oldest state park is a cluster of eight unique lakes or sinkholes that range from 17 to 90 feet deep. They are not bottomless! That’s just an illusion created by the aquatic plants that give the water a greenish-blue hue that masks the depth. The park is full of recreational opportunities. Fishing is allowed in two of the lakes, Cottonwood and Devil’s Ink and you can swim, kayak or canoe in Lea Lake. Avid scuba divers come to explore the deep blue water. Camping, hiking, birding, picnicking and birding round out the activities here.

The town may be famous for alien beings, but there’s an out-of-this-world zoo here, too. The five main zoo areas cover 34 acres of parkland. You’ll wander by native animals, child-friendly animals at the children’s area, a world safari exotics section, a ranching heritage exhibit, plus there’s a miniature train and antique wooden horse carousel to ride. Free admission.

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This museum, located at the Roswell International Air Center Terminal, celebrates the rich history of the squadrons based at the Roswell Army Air Field and Walker Air Force Base from the mid-1900s to its closing in 1967. Displays include historical memorabilia from the Strategic Air Command units that were stationed here. This is a fascinating museum for fans of military history.

The curtain goes up at this modest community theatre eight months of the year. The actors, all from the surrounding communities, audition for and participate in popular musical and dramatic productions. The shows are amusing evenings of entertainment that transport audience members to different periods of our cultural history and showcase well-known and well-liked literary works.

Just down the road from the park is this casual spot that serves local wines, craft beer on tap, and hard cider. The sangria on tap is a local favorite. There’s no kitchen, but on weekends you’ll find various local food trucks providing an eclectic selection of foodie fare. This oasis in the desert is the perfect place to unwind.

Rolling a bowling ball down the alley and getting a strike is a jump-for-joy feeling. Even if you don’t roll a strike, bowling here is all about making the experience fun for the whole family. Plenty of bowling balls to choose from in all weights and sizes. A great grill with hamburgers, fries and pizza that is an unexpected delicious surprise. A lounge for adults and an arcade for kids. Can’t ask for more than that.

After a long day of sightseeing, dinner at a classic steak house with an everything imaginable salad bar is an ideal end to the day. For more than 40 years, this restaurant has been serving the best steak salad, seafood, and prime rib on both sides of the Pecos River. Kick off the meal with green chile wontons and finish with fried ice cream and the day is complete. Great ambience and friendly service.

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Check this eclectic consignment store out…you just never know when you might stumble onto the find of the century. It’s chockfull of antiques, collectibles, and pieces of art from around the world. You might come across an Art Deco lamp or Depression-era glass or tchotchkes from the 1950s. You just never know, until you look, what treasure you’ll find that you can’t live without!

What a charming revitalized downtown full of a mixed bag of retail, business, restaurants, art groups, and assorted other shops. A member of the Main Street America accredited program, this historic downtown area is the heartbeat of the city, providing a destination for residents and visitors, alike. It’s a delightful place to wander and check in with the local community.

A visit to Roswell just wouldn’t be complete without an alien interaction…something the area is infamous for. This museum boasts a comprehensive collection of information on the incident that happened in 1947, plus all aspects of UFO phenomenon. Open every day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The gift shop is overflowing with distinctive memorabilia showcasing the extraterrestrial nature to the region.

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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in New Mexico Riding through the mountains and deserts can take you along a trail a whole lot faster than your feet, and open up vistas you might not otherwise see. Since not every trail is open to all-terrain vehicles (ATV) you have to know where to go. Here are five areas throughout New Mexico that are ATV accessible and awesome! 

Put your paddle tires on your ATV because these 20 miles of trails across 800 acres of Bureau of Land Management land are full of sand, sand, and more sand. It’s a typical desert environment where you traverse sandy arroyo bottoms, climb sand dunes, and scoot between towering sandstone walls. The area is open year-round, weather permitting. Primitive camping available, but there are no services and no water. A permit is required, as are helmets for those under 18 years-old.

If you’re looking for a little night riding adventure, this is the place. It’s 6,000 acres with trails that run through predominately sandy washes and dry, barren desert. At 5,000 feet, there are trails along sandstone and limestone bluffs and into deep canyons. Views of the Rio Grande Valley are impressive during daylight hours. Permit required. Open year-round. Camping is primitive but allowable and free.

The lightly-maintained desert trails in the hills and mountains northwest of town are rocky, steep in spots, with little or no shade on mostly hard-pack terrain. There are, however, lots of diversions into rugged canyons, through desert chaparral and across craggy ridges. Great views of Las Cruces in the distance. It’s free and open year-round. Permit is required. Come prepared. Youth, under 18, must wear a helmet.

Did a lot of off roading this weekend had a lot of fun #baja #rockcrawling #goodshit

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Covering 8,700 acres of Chihuahuan Desert, Aden Hills is a great spot for an off-roading adventure. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the area is “characterized by low mesquite or creosote-stabilized coppice dunes, and a variety of dropseed grasses, yucca, and cacti.” Aden Hills has been a designated off-roading area since 1993.

With a 1.2-mile track and 10 miles of ATV trails, this is an off-roader’s dream! The park covers 300 acres of land and is maintained by the Red Rock Motorsports Club. Events are regularly held in the area, bringing the off-roading community together. 

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in New Mexico When you feel a change in the weather and the temperature starts to drop, summer is on the way out and fall is in the air. That means the forest scenery is changing from green to shades of gold. Here are five hikes that take you right into the thick of fall colors.

The days are just starting to cool down in fall as the first aspen trees begin the seasonal change here, a gradual metamorphosis from green leaves to every shade of yellow and gold imaginable. This is a long day hike at 16 miles along the Chama River and up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At 7,000 feet above sea level, the crisp, cool air is a portend that winter is not too far off.

A fall mosaic of colors dot the Mogollon Mountain hillsides as the aspen, cottonwood and syca-mores leaves change from green to various golden hues. It’s a 24-mile out-and-back moderate level hike—traversing all of it takes about three to four days, but day-hike options are also possi-ble. The trailhead begins at 9,000 feet. Catch magnificent views of Whitewater, Center, and Mogollon peaks, the three highest in the Gila Wilderness.

This system is a network of 24 miles of trails just outside of town in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The magic of fall is all around as the aspen trees start the process of getting ready for winter with a leaf-color changing show that’s breathtaking. With so many miles of trails in this system, there is a path for every level of hiker to enjoy this show.

A picture-perfect setting awaits along this trail … the golden reflection of trees turning colors in the pristine waters found along this trail. All along the way, trails take you past and under the golden glory of changing foliage. The hike is a six-mile-long out-and-back day hike. The well-maintained trail ends at Trampas Lake and with a spectacular view of Truchas Peaks, the second highest point in the state.

Named one of the “Top 10 State Parks” by Camping Life magazine, this area explodes with color in autumn. There are a number of trails, from short to long and moderate to strenuous. Trails ascend through a variety of forested areas, take you to the shores of high mountain lakes, and bring you to mountain ridges that offer spectacular views of golden rivers of trees in the canyons below. 

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ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Red Sands OHV Area For a successful off-roading day, you’ll need a few things: An excellent space to take your off-highway vehicle, a great restaurant to fuel up before and after, and a comfortable place to sleep after a long day. Here’s how to have an excellent ATV off-roading adventure in New Mexico! 

If you try nothing else, get the big-as-a-dinner plate homemade cinnamon roll, filled with nuts and raisins and slathered in icing. It’s the way to kick-start a day of off-roading. Comfort food is what the menu is all about: biscuits and gravy, country scrambles, pancakes and fried egg sandwiches. A cozy place that’s just like home. Only open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch.

There are some iconic oddities in this country that shouldn’t be missed. This is one of them. Ham, short for Holloman Aeromedical which was the lab where he was trained, was the first chimpanzee in space. He was trained to do a few simple tasks as a test to determine if humans would be able to perform the same tasks. He came through with flying colors in his 16-minute flight aboard a Mercury Redstone rocket. His reward? An apple. After that, they retired his space suit and he lived out his life in a zoo. He’s buried here, memorialized by a bronze plaque. 

Flying across desert terrain, racing up-and-over sandy dunes across more than 100 miles of trails is just plain fun. This large open-ride area, which covers more than 12,000 acres, is a playground of hard-packed trails and sandy play sections. There are no fees, but a Mexico OHV permit is required. There are no facilities on-site, but the area accommodates primitive camping.

This park was named in honor of a local rancher who settled here in the 19th century. His homestead near Dog Canyon consisted of a ranch house, barns, corrals, reservoir and irrigation system. The ranch house is well-preserved and offers a glimpse of what life was like in the hot, arid desert more than 100 years ago. There are bits and pieces of the irrigation system still visible. 

Get out of the desert and into the cool mountain air of for some dinner. Cowboy heritage and good grub greet you at this family-owned restaurant. Getting here on Highway 82 takes you along a scenic highway through the Sacramento Mountains and through the only road tunnel in the state. The menu highlight is the famous mesquite wood cooked barbecue, but there are plenty of other mouthwatering choices. Depending on the day, there are some all-you-can-eat specials…catfish seems to be the local favorite.

Located right smack dab in the center of town, this historic building has only eight rooms available, just enough for the ghost who hangs out here to greet every guest. It was built in the 1930s and still has much of that era’s distinctive flair. Rooms are large with rustic furniture, claw foot tubs and a few have kitchenettes and a balcony overlooking the town’s main street. The cozy beds are welcome comfort at the end of a long day. 

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5 Best Fishing Spots in New Mexico Good fishing spots are hard to find in large part because anglers are a tight-lipped bunch who like to keep this information close to their tackle box. Whether you’re looking to snag walleye and bluegill or rainbow trout and catfish, New Mexico boasts some of the best fishing in the Southwest. Here are the five best fishing spots in the state. 

At 8,200 acres and 13 miles in length, Ute Lake is one of the longest in the state. It’s fed by the Canadian River and Ute Creek. With lots of coves and inlets, it’s great fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish. You can fish round-the-clock every day of the year. It’s worth noting that several state-record game fish have been caught here. There are paved ramps on both the north and south side for launching.

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The translucent blue-green water here is impressive. As is the fishing. Locals know that, traditionally, this lake is notorious for being one of the best for walleye and smallmouth bass. But at 25 miles-long and with 60 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty of room for other fish. You’ll find bass, crappie, and bluegill at the end of your line too. Night fishing is popular but beware of shallow water and sandbars in the river channels. There are two modern marinas for launching and a store just in case you forgot your bait.

The elusive tiger muskie has been known to make an appearance at the end of a fishing line here. They were introduced by the Department of Fish and Game to help control invasive species. It worked. You’ll find some of the biggest here, making for a great catching experience. The lake is also stocked with rainbow trout, native and cutthroat trout, and catfish. Access to popular fishing spots can be reached by car without difficulty. In winter months, this is a popular spot for ice fishing. There are no marinas, but two paved ramps provide boat access.

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The headwaters of this river are located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range north of town. It flows for 926 miles, eventually connecting with the Rio Grande, and offers plenty of access along its banks. It has populations of wild brown trout and is stocked with rainbow trout. In some of the smaller tributaries that feed the river you’ll also find the state fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout. There’s public access at the Dalton Day-Use area. Before you head to the river, stop in at Tererro General Store, which is the “last top for campers and fishermen along the Pecos River.” The store boasts any last-minute fishing supplies you might need.  

Trout fishermen know that this world-renowned river is the place to go for both rainbow and brown trout. Some studies indicate there may be 15,000 fish per mile and average between 16 and 18 inches, if not bigger for the lucky angler. The section of river below the Navajo Dam is known for its trophy-sized fish. If you’re looking for a fish fight, this is the place to go. There are areas that are catch-and-release only, as well as some that are limited to barbless flies and lures and a catch limit. The river is a popular fishing destination…so, the fish are wary! If you need supplies before you go, stop in at Abe’s Motel & Fly Shop, which has been “outfitting fishermen for the San Juan River since 1958.” Now that’s reliable. After your trip, grab a bite to eat at Abe’s and book a room to stay the night. 

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in New Mexico Being on the open road in New Mexico in an RV is the ultimate road trip. Beautiful landscapes roll by under cobalt skies, dotted with puffy white clouds. It’s mesmerizing. You could drive forever. But no need, there are some great RV parks perfect for a road trip layover. Here are five great ones. 

When you’re driving your home around the country, it’s refreshing to find a place to park that feels like, well, home. This 12-acre park has big sites with lots of space, patios and picnic tables. You’re close to shopping areas which makes restocking supplies easy. Amenities include wide sites and good roads, full hook-ups with 30 or 50-amp service, laundry facilities, and free high speed internet. The Mesilla Valley, framed by the Organ Mountains, is about as pretty as New Mexican landscape gets. Old Mesilla Village is just a few miles away—a great place to discover another era.

A river, the Rio Bonito, runs through this lovely park and if you get up early enough you might just catch a fish since it’s stocked regularly. Set in the Lincoln National Forest, the home of Smokey the Bear, this peaceful and scenic campground is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Services include large, convenient sites for 30 by 60 RVs, pull-throughs with water, electric and sewer, campfire rings at every site, a dump station, free Wi-Fi at each site, spots on the river, as well as some with a forest backdrop. Ruidoso is just a short hop away and Bonito Lake is a three-mile jaunt.

If you’re tired of getting your kicks on Route 66 and need a place to park for the night, you’d have to drive for miles to find a better spot. With 100 different sites available, some with full hook-ups for rigs up to 90 feet-long, 50-amp services, water, sewer and cable hook-ups and free Wi-Fi, this is a full-service park. The beauty of the surrounding desert is on full-display, as is the heat in summer—good thing there’s a pool to cool off in. There’s also a gift shop and a barbecue restaurant on the premises that delivers to your site.

Whether you need to stay for a day, week, month, or longer, this cozy park can accom-modate any length of visit. There are more than 150 level pull-through sites with full hook-ups. The sites are spacious, under shaded trees with picnic tables for outdoor eating. After a road-weary day of travel, enjoy a dip in the heated pool or a soak in the hot tub. Two laundry areas, a large recreation hall and free Wi-Fi and cable TV round out the services. There’s even a dog park to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Take a sunrise or sunset stroll around the lake, maybe even drop a fishing line in and see what you snag at this island-like retreat right off I-25. Spend some time here and enjoy the beauty of the Rio Grande and the panoramic desert scenery. There are 50 full-service sites that include water, sewer, 30 and 50-amp electricity, Wi-Fi and Direct TV. Catch up on your laundry at the laundromat. All sites are covered and equipped with private grills. Restock, if necessary, at the full-service convenience store on-site. When you’re relaxed and ready, Albuquerque is just down the road!

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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in New Mexico As the weather starts to cool down, the New Mexican landscape of colors begins to change. Autumn brings with it a panoply of changing hues in the trees, the sky, and the desert. Plus, the heat of summer is gone, making camping much more enjoyable. Here are five spots that are simply stunning this time of year. 

There is a lot to see here at any time of year, but fall brings with it dramatic color in the 800-foot deep canyon created by the Rio Grande River, as well as sightings of migrating mule deer, elk, and the occasional black bear. As part of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, there are five developed campgrounds, 22 developed campsites along the Gorge Rim, and 16 designated primitive river campsites that you have to hike to. Trails take you through ancient piñon and juniper forests, some as old as 500 years and along the Rio Grande River. 

The Gila Wilderness, more than 500,000 acres, was the world’s first designated wilderness in 1924. Quemado Lake, in the northern section of this area, sits in a piñon-juniper woodland dotted with ponderosa pine, aspen and fir. The fall colors are impressive. At an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, the crisp autumn air makes this a cool respite from the hot New Mexican summers. There are multiple campgrounds around the lake, including sites for RVs. Amenities include picnic tables, drinking water, and toilets. There’s a 14-day stay limit.

This smaller park, along the Rio Grande, is rural and remote—a quiet spot to sit under the dazzling colors of changing Cottonwood trees and drop a line in for some fishing and do a little bird watching. With grassy lawns and shady campsites, a kid’s playground, barbecue grills and hiking trails, it’s just the place for a weekend away. There are 50 campsites, some with shelters and some more primitive. 

The high plains of Kiowa National Grasslands are a short grass prairie covered in native grasses like buffalo and blue grama. But all that ends as you approach the edge of Mills Canyon, cut by the Canadian River 1,000 feet below. The canyon is striking, covered in pine, oak, junipers, and cottonwoods, as well as remnants of old orchards planted by the first settler, Melvin Mills. The canyon is covered in history and full of areas to explore. The rim campground has six campsites and a view that you just won’t find anywhere else. It’s accessible to RVs and trailers. No fee and no permit necessary. Campsites are also found near the river at the bottom of the canyon. 

As the weather starts to cool down, an overnight at Chaco Canyon is so much more enjoyable. With little shade or trees, it’s quite often too hot to really enjoy exploring the ruins, but temperatures drop dramatically in fall. The best part about Chaco, though, is that it’s an International Dark Sky Park, plus it has an observatory with ongoing programs that focus on as-tronomy and the Chacoan people. In fall, there’s special emphasis on the autumn equinox. This remote area has clear, dark skies with little light pollution. Stargazing is beyond belief. Daytime exploration of the ruins is remarkable, too. 

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5 Great Hiking Trails in New Mexico When it comes to natural beauty, the Land of Enchantment is king. Across New Mexico, you’ll find some of the most challenging hikes in the nation because of both terrain and climate. But if you’re looking to explore something a little more family-friendly, we’ve got that too. Now gear up and get ready to navigate these five magnificent hiking trails in New Mexico. 

The Gila Wilderness was the first to be designated as such in the world and con-tinues to be one of the largest uninhabited backcountry in the U.S. This 20-mile loop is an awe-inspiring hike that takes you through narrow pine-covered canyons up 8,600 feet to the top of the mesa. Along the way, you’ll see impressive geological features, as well as remnants of indigenous people’s culture. This is a rugged and difficult hike that can be done in a day, but is more fun as a two-day camping overnighter. Don’t miss the Gila Cliff dwellings! 

The Wheeler Peak Wilderness is in the Carson National Forest, which encom-passes more than 1.5 million acres of mixed-use land. It is one of six wilderness areas within forest’s boundaries. This 10 mile out-and-back hike takes you through mature pine, fir and aspen trees, past Horseshoe Lake and along the ridgeline between Wheeler Peak and Simpson Peak. Plan for a full day of hiking along easy to moderate trail. Elevation gain is about 2,000 feet. Best done between May and October. Great for birding and nature walks.

The trailhead for this hike begins at Battleship Rock, looks just like it sounds. The midway point for this six-mile hike is McCauley Hot Springs, where a relaxing foot soak makes the return down the mountain all the more enjoyable. Along the way, you’ll see impressive obsidian rocks from the caldera, groves of Ponderosa pine, stunning red sandstone mountains, and a breathtaking waterfall. The winding trail is a series of switchbacks up the mountain, with some very steep sections. Be sure to follow the trail signs. 

This loop trail is about five miles roundtrip, which will likely take 3-4 hours to trav-erse. With only 270 feet of elevation, and a relatively short distance, this moderate trail is kid-friendly. Take in the scenic overlook views of beautiful Chacoan buildings. The trail is also dog-friendly (but make sure to have a leash for your four-legged friend!). This is an excellent, beautiful hike the whole family will enjoy. 

This trail may be 16 miles, but it’s easily navigable because it’s paved. The trail passes through the Rio Grande Valley State Park, and is accessible for hikers, runners, and bicyclists. The area is even wheelchair accessible. Have a baby in a stroller? No problem. This trail can accommodate. Guests can access the trail from one of the following areas: Alameda Boulevard, Paseo del Norte, Montaño Road, Campbell Road, and several other locations. Enjoy scenic views of Albuquerque along the Paseo del Bosque Trail. 

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10 Best Archery Outfitters in New Mexico Archery can be done in a variety of ways: You can practice target shooting indoors or outdoors, among friends or on your own, or you can try out bow hunting. An Olympic sport since 1900, it’s a dynamic—requiring great practice and patience. There’s a large community of archers in New Mexico, and these outfitters will stock you up with the best gear. 

Whether you’re hunting or just target shooting, you need equipment that gets high marks for precision and durability. That’s what you’ll find at this very large, full-service shop. It’s a licensed dealer for a number of top brands that include Hoyt, Mathews, Bowtech, to just name a few. Inventory includes both new and used equipment, as well as all of the accessories needed to get you sighted in. 

They are here! Come try out the Realm, Realm X, and BT-Mag X.

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This shop lives up to its name…it has an excellent selection of bows for all ages, cases, arrows, quivers, targets and a variety of other equipment needed for this sport. The service department provides assistance with tuning, sighting, restringing and bow set-up. If you’re a hunter, you can also pick up a New Mexico Game and Fish license, a mandatory requirement for shooting any game. Well-situated to meet the needs of customers throughout the Four Corners region.

How about a birthday party at an archery range? It can happen here, at the largest indoor range in the southern part of the state. That’s not all. There are indoor league activities as well as year-round tournaments and lessons and kid’s camps. It’s a great place to try out a bow before buying. You’ll find an extensive selection of bows and a wide array of archery accessories. Customer service is top-notch and ranges from a basic tune-up to a super one that covers everything from safety-check to lubing.

Take a bow and some arrows into the forest and hunting becomes an entirely different experience than with a firearm. The experts here, who sell all types of hunting equipment, know that and can guide archers in appropriate equipment and accessory purchases. You’ll find bows, quivers, grips, targets and tools. Service options include bow tuning, bow speed testing, and custom bow strings. Buy, sell, transfer and trading equipment also an available alternative.

A 20-year history of serving the southwestern part of the state with specialized products for outdoor activities makes this shop a great first-stop for archery needs. Inventory includes top brands from industry leaders. A full-range of archery supplies available. Archery repairs done on-site. The proprietors of this locally-owned store turned a hobby, a passion for the outdoors, into a thriving business.

If you’re new to the sport of archery, the folks here will walk you through everything you need to know and provide all that you need to be successful. They have an indoor archery range for testing new equipment and for practicing. You’ll find a knowledgeable, friendly staff that offers accurate information and exceptional service. 

With seven indoor shooting lanes and an abundance of equipment to test you might be tempted to hang out here. You’d be welcome. The owners are new to shop keeping, but not new to hunting. They’re authorized dealers for PSE and Prime bows and for Vortex Optics, a first-rate scopes and binocular company. Expert training, a pro shop, great service and accessories galore will keep you coming back.

This is a shop for outdoorsy gear heads, specifically those who like to hunt. Hundreds of products fill the walls, shelves and racks. The archery department is stocked with bows, crossbows, arrows, crossbolts, broadheads, field points, targets and other items for hunting, recreational and competitive archery. On hand is also a bow press for tuning, adjustments and string replacements, as well as an expert who can cut and fletch arrows. 

With multiple locations in New Mexico, these all-purpose stores offer a wide-range of outdoor equipment to those who work or play outside. The archery department has hundreds of items for archers of all ages and experience. This one-stop-shop may cater to a diverse audience of farm, ranch and sports enthusiasts, but a 50-year history of service gives them a unique understanding of their customers’ needs.

Practice, practice, practice. That’s how you get better at anything. Improve your archery skills here six-days-a-week at the indoor range on your own or take some lessons from one of the experts on-hand. Pick out a new bow or exchange an old one with an upgrade. Inventory includes Diamond, Elite, and more, plus an assortment of accessories. Also offer bow service and tuning, custom orders and information on target shoots and competitions.

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