Archive for the ‘Albuquerque’ category

Rainbow Ryders

August 24th, 2010

For hot air ballooning in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Albuquerque, Rainbow Ryders rises above the rest with daily, year-round balloon rides for weddings, groups, conventions, company retreats and special occassions. We even have gift certificates for Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon flights!

Specializing in hot air balloon rides in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Albuquerque year round, Rainbow Ryders is THE authorized hot air balloon company for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Our hot air balloon company has been in business under the same ownership for 27 years, offering safe, fun and memorable hot air ballooning adventures in Albuquerque, NM and in Phoenix / Scottsdale, AZ.

Rainbow Ryders offers balloon rides every morning at sunrise year-round, weather permitting. Sunset balloon flights are offered during the winter months.

Rainbow Ryders, Inc.

5601 Eagle Rock Avenue NE

Albuquerque, NM 87113


New Mexico Rail Runner Express

April 16th, 2010
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If you are looking for a great and convenient way to travel in New Mexico, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a commuter rail system serving the metropolitan areas of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It is administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, (NMDOT) and the Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), a regional government planning association.

Currently, the Rail Runner operates on weekdays with eight Albuquerque-Santa Fe roundtrips and five Belen-Albuquerque roundtrips, on Saturdays with six Belen-Santa Fe roundtrips, and on Sundays with two Belen-Santa Fe roundtrips. On weekdays, most trains run during the peak commuting periods, with extra trains running mid-day and in the evening.

There is also some additional service for special events (Balloon Fiesta, holiday season, etc), including limited service to a “special events platform” on Commercial Avenue beneath Avenida Cesar Chavez for Lobos and Isotopes athletic events.

Interested in riding on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express during your New Mexico travels? Click here to visit their website for more information.

Albuquerque Downtown Action Team

February 1st, 2010
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Downtown Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city and the economic hub of the entire state. In short eight years since the adoption of the Downtown 2010 Sector Development Plan, Downtown Albuquerque has added 1,321 new housing units, over 3,000 new residents and increased expenditures in the Downtown trade area by $148,000,000.

The Downtown Action Team advocates for small business growth and lobbies for incentives for small and local business owners to thrive, grow and succeed. Ccontributions help the Albuquerque Downtown Action Team’s efforts to employ a Retail Recruiter & Economic Development Coordinator who helps retain Albuquerque’s current businesses through innovative promotions, point of sale advice, marketing and advertising. The Albuquerque Downtown Action Team helps local and regional business owners grow by carefully helping these small retailers strategically locate in the Downtown core.

New Mexico Outdoor Travel Outfitter – Charlie’s Sporting Goods

February 1st, 2010
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If you like traveling around New Mexico’s great outdoors – hiking and camping, fishing and hunting – put Charlie’s Sporting Goods at the top of your list and visit before you go.

Charlie and his team of experts are here to fit you with the right equipment for your New Mexico outdoor travel adventure, no matter what your skill level, to ensure the best possible experience on land or water.

They have everything from fishing equipment & lures to handguns and shotguns archery equipment, tents and rafts, footwear, apparel and much more!

If you haven’t been to Charlie’s, you haven’t been to New Mexico!  Charlie’s Sporting Goods 8908 Menaul in Albuquerque.  See them today!

San Juan Quality Waters & Charlie’s Sporting Goods

December 19th, 2009
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Try Fly Fishing on the San Juan with Chuck Domenici of Charlie’s Sporting Goods of Albuquerque!

The San Juan River in New Mexico is one of the finest tailwater fisheries anywhere! The 4.25 miles of San Juan river quality water below Navajo Dam holds over 80,000 trout. An average San Juan river trout is 17″, but fish over 20″ are abundant. To fool these selective San Juan trout requires tiny flies, fine tippets, proper presentation and attention to detail. My first San Juan river fly fishing trip over 26 years ago left me skunked. Since then, I’ve learned a great deal about fly fishing and fly tying on the San Juan river in New Mexico as well as other tailwaters.

The San Juan River Fly Fishing website is dedicated to sharing helpful information on the San Juan river and related fly fishing and fly tying resources.  Within the site you’ll find fishing reports, information on hatches, fly patterns, tips & techniques, the latest news, FAQs and answers, an informative discussion forum, fishing photos, and guide service and lodging information.  Browse around and find out why so many fisherman from around the world are attracted to fly fishing the San Juan River.

Hot Air Ballooning with Rainbow Ryders

December 11th, 2009
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Rainbow Ryders offers hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, and is the official Ride Concession for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Hot air ballooning is year-round, weather permitting. Rainbow Ryders offers Gift Certificates, Weddings, Anniversaries and special occasion balloon flights.

Rainbow Ryders has been in business in Albuquerque for the past 26 years and has an impeccable safety record, the newest, top of the line commercial ballooning equipment, and pilots with thousands of hours of flight experience. Rainbow is the only company authorized to give balloon rides from BALLOON FIESTA® PARK for the world’s largest balloon event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Rainbow Ryders sponsors the Travel Guide NEW MEXICO Hidden Treasures features – read more here.

New Mexico Steam Locomotive

November 4th, 2009
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In the mid 1990s a group of train enthusiasts formed New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society for the express purpose of restoring the 2926 to full running condition. At about 10:30 in the morning on June 23, 2000, the giant drive wheels rolled for the first time in forty years, as the 2926 was towed out of the park. This began a two-year pirouette, as the Society moved her about twelve blocks to their newly established “World Headquarters”, as the restoration site is called, at 8th and Haines Streets.

At the World Headquarters, a group of dedicated volunteers is performing the challenging tasks associated with putting the 2926 back in full running order. Assembly of the tender is complete, some work, wiring and piping still to do. Attention has been turned to the locomotive itself. The powerful chugging of steam-driven wheels and the lonesome wail of a steam whistle will once again haunt the rails of central New Mexico.

Albuquerque: It’s a Trip!

October 15th, 2009

The largest city in the state, Albuquerque is truly the ‘heart of New Mexico’. Located in the center of New Mexico, Albuquerque is the gateway to ‘the land of enchantment‘ as well as to the southwest. This metropolitan city has much to offer everyone, from history — check out Old Town — to retro Route 66 to the modern downtown skyline, movie making and nightclubs. Albuquerque is a destination worthy of exploration.

Hot Air BalloonsOutdoor adventures await in Albuquerque! Where else can you golf in the morning and downhill ski in the afternoon? A moderate 4 seasons with sunshine 310 days a year, this high desert city (5000 feet altitude) is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Mountain biking, fishing, golfing, hiking…and of course hot air ballooning are available year-round in Albuquerque. World class events, like the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta bring world-wide travelers to Albuquerque.

For the soft adventurer, Albuquerque’s resorts, casinos and spas are prepared to roll out the red carpet. There are museums galore in Albuquerque, as well as fabulous shopping and dining opportunities. Whether you are addicted (yet) to green chile or red, it’s a guarantee that you will become addicted to Albuquerque once you visit this great southwestern city. Albuquerque-It’s a Trip!

Wildlife West Nature Park

October 14th, 2009
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Wildlife West Nature Park, a wildlife preserve and “enhanced zoo,” is located just 20 minutes from Albuquerque, New Mexico in nearby Edgewood. Conveniently located near Interstate 40, Wildlife West Nature Park provides a very special look into the animals and plants that are part of the ecosystems of New Mexico and the Southwestern United States. All the birds and animals at Wildlife West Nature Park are nonreleasable, in keeping with our philosophy of bringing education to the public without harming ecological balances in other parts of the region. Our habitats are designed to provide the best possible combination of viewing opportunities and harmonious living for our residents, and our animal enrichment programs ensure that our animals are both physically and mentally healthy.

Wildlife West Nature Park provides a broad range of educational opportunities that reach far beyond traditional zoos, hosts numerous local events and festivals, presents concert series, and includes a catering operation with one of the area’s best covered amphitheater facilities and a second, fully-enclosed entertainment venue. Our music festivals have become a major regional attraction, drawing acts (and attendees) from all over the nation. The Park’s xeriscaping and water harvesting operations provide a real-world example as to how sustainable design can enhance any environment.

The Albuquerque Museum

October 14th, 2009
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The Albuquerque Museum is located in the in the heart of historic Old Town and just across the street from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Explora, the Children’s Science Museum —as well as our closeness to many other memorable attractions in Albuquerque.

That is perhaps why The Albuquerque Museum is an enjoyable experience for so many visitors each year: one-third of our guests are nonresidents. It’s easy to reach us from the interstate, and there is plenty of available parking. There is great recognition of, and support for, art in our community. It also means we are able to offer a wide range of attractions and programs with only modest charge to the public.

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