location, location, location
Like most things, EVENTS are dependent upon location. The location of an event determines how far one has to travel to get there, how much one might have to pay for lodging, how difficult the transportation arrangements might be.
EVENTS are categorized by the LOCATION where they occur: the Huning Castle neighborhood, the Albuquerque area, the state of New Mexico.
Just seeing New Mexico is probably the biggest New Mexico event of them all. All other EVENTS (as listed) are really just lesser events in the “Land of Enchantment” panorama, the land and the landscapes in this land are virtually eternal. Below is a brief outline of ways to access New Mexico event outliers.
air and roads
Travel in New Mexico is really quite simple. There is one major airport, the Sunport, located quite sensibly right in the middle of the state. From the Sunport, in Albuquerque, the freeway radiates outward to the four cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west.
From these well designed and well maintained traffic corridors other federal and state highways branch off to the diverse locations where the EVENTS of New Mexico take place. New Mexico has one of the best highway systems in the world and perhaps the best part is that New Mexico’s roads are open, free, and uncrowded.
The national train service, AMTRAK, has two east-west routes through New Mexico. The mainline, the Southwest Chief route from Los Angeles to Chicago, serves Albuquerque, Gallup, Lamy, and Las Vegas (NM).
The Sunset Limited route skirts the southern New Mexico border, serving Lordsburg, Deming, and El Paso (TX, on the New Mexico-Texas border).
The Rail Runner (New Mexico Rail Runner Express) connects Belen (Bethlehem) with central Santa Fe, with the city of Albuquerque near the middle. The train line has 15 stations, including two that serve New Mexico traditional pueblos.
WALKS, HIKES, BICYCLES, Buses and Tours
Every trip, every tour, one takes in New Mexico is a special event. One can walk the Continental Divide trail, one can hike from Mount Taylor to Acoma as people have done for the last thousand years, or one can bicycle along the route of the Jornada del Muerto, a trail dating from the 1600’s.
Bus tours, canoeing, and white water rafting opportunities abound. New Mexico may be landlocked, but the Elephant Butte reservoir was the largest multi-use reservoir in the world at the time it was built. And Route 66 was the most famous “cross-America” road route from the 1930’s through 1960’s.
Albuquerque is not only near the center of New Mexico, it is also New Mexico’s largest city and largest metropolitan area. Santa Fe is rightfully part of the Albuquerque metropolitan area, as the map below clearly demonstrates, but as the map also shows, it is not.
one million people
Either way, the Albuquerque “urban” landscape is home to about one million people, but many properties in this “urban” area are not urban at all. There are farms and ranches and twenty acre tracts and wide-open areas large enough to relocate Manhattan, not meaning the bomb.
Much of the official Albuquerque metro area is composed of “Indian lands”, the ancestral home to various Pueblo people. The Spanish colonial designations and names for these areas and communities are being replaced by the traditional names used by the people themselves. Albuquerque is not just a bi-lingual place, but is multi-lingual as well. “English” (meaning American) will get you by in most situations.
Most EVENTS in the Albuquerque area do not need linguistic expression to make them so special. The Indian markets, the annual Pow-Wow, the Balloon Fiesta, the luminaria displays at Christmas, even a visit to Old Town, are the same in any, or every, language. The wonder and thrill of it all can be seen in peoples faces.
GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
Europeans first came to New Mexico looking for cities of gold. After 500 years there can be an end to the searching, Albuquerque is here, and Albuquerque is now. One million people have already found a pretty good life here, many might describe their life here as “the golden years”, and by any measure, that is an event.
huning castle neighborhood
The best, of the best, of the best. OK, I’m partial. New Mexico is a pretty special place, a really great LOCATION. Albuquerque is a pretty special place, a really great location in a great LOCATION. And the Huning Castle neighborhood is right where (actually very near where) the first Albuquerque residents chose to live when they had the whole of the Albuquerque city area to choose from.
Some things never change with the passage of time. Some things just keep getting better. Rome (it is said) was not built in a day. The Huning Castle neighborhood took the better part of three decades to build, and the building continues.
By “building” I don’t really mean new houses on lots; I mean the renovation of older homes, I mean the adding of detail, I mean the building of community and caring and sharing.
The LOCATION of the Huning Castle neighborhood makes so many sites and EVENTS so very near and accessible. You can walk or ride to see things and do things, you don’t need to always, “Jump in a car.” And when the use of an automobile makes sense, the drive is generally nicer, and the distances are shorter.
But many EVENTS in Albuquerque just, “come to you” when you live in the Huning Castle neighborhood. There are marathons, there are the luminarias (that actually started here), there is Halloween. Tingley Park offers a broad array of attractions and events. The Zoo is so near. You are so close to both Old Town and Downtown.
The Huning Castle neighborhood is at the center of things
A whole host of museums are not far. The airport (Sunport) is not far. The Little Theater is just a few blocks away, the Kimo (restored) Theater is not too much further. The twin cultural centers, one Hispanic, one Indian, are equal distances away. It can be said that the Huning Castle neighborhood is, “at the center of things.”