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Rio Rancho Pork and Brew

March 19th, 2010
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Rio Ranchos sixth annual Pork ‘N Brew BBQ State Championship complete with continuous live entertainment, fun jumps, pig races, kids corral, and, of course, food galore – at the Santa Ana Star Center in the new Rio Rancho City Center.

The Pork ‘N Brew is sponsored by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a fully sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society event – one of the top 10 events on the Society calendar. With more than 30,000 in attendance last year, Pork ‘N Brew has become one of the largest two-day events in New Mexico. Winners go on to participate in Kansas City, KS at the Nationals.

The Pork & Brew has quickly become one of New Mexicos favorite annual events, said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, entertaining both family and friends year after year. The folks in Rio Rancho are to be commended for their efforts in creating such a popular attraction.

Rio Rancho: City of Vision

March 19th, 2010
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The City of Rio Rancho is the fastest-growing city in New Mexico. Incorporated in 1981, the city has a 2009 population of more than 80,000 and is the third largest city in the State. The City of Rio Rancho is located in Central New Mexico between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Rio Rancho is a great place for your base when touring Sandoval County and Central New Mexico!

J and R Vintage Auto Museum in Rio Rancho

March 19th, 2010
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Gab & Evonna Joiner, native New Mexicans, have called Rio Rancho home for the past 18 years. After Gab bought his first antique car in 1959, a 1926 Model T Ford coupe, which he later traded for a ’28 Chevrolet, he also bought a 1918 Model T Ford that had been made into a pickup from a touring car the same year in Raton. Gab’s passion for vintage and antique automobiles has grow ever since and has resulted in a collection of more than 70 cars and trucks. These vehicles range in age from circa 1907-1966. Some are fully restored, while others retain their original paint, upholstery and motor grease. Step through the entrance to the main showroom and you will be swept away to a time when cars came with tool kits and people on cross-country drives wore goggles and brought along their mechanics. The museum also serves as a way station for the Great Race, a coast-to-coast event exclusively for vintage autos.

Discover Rio Rancho

March 19th, 2010

Day-tripping or a vacation of its own, Rio Rancho is one of the up-and-coming destinations in New Mexico. Located across the Rio Grande from Albuquerque, this fast-growing town has much to offer the visitor, whether it be a day trip or longer.

Scenic Byways, world-class museums, archaeological ruins, and national parks all await in Rio Rancho. From the ancient Anasazi Indians, dating back 12,000 years to Spanish explorers of the late 1500s, the area is history-rich. Petroglyph National Monument weaves pictorial stories of these ancient peoples and Hispanic explorer Coronado left his mark at nearby Coronado State Monument.

Modern high-tech attractions mix together with the area’s history, providing a multi-cultural tapestry of experiences and explorations. Unique events like Rio Rancho’s fun and tasty Pork-N-Brew BBQ State Championship tempt the tastebuds of locals and visitors alike. Rio Rancho’s high-desert, delectable climate and breathtaking vistas and explorations surrounding every turn make it a destination in its own right. Affordable lodging, great dining and shopping opportunities all add up to a ‘view- worthy’ visit to Rio Rancho!

Visiting Sandoval County

March 19th, 2010
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Less than an hour from Albuquerque’s international airport and the allure of Santa Fe beats the heart of New Mexico. Can you hear it? Cool mountain forests. Hot springs. Lush riverbanks. High desert vistas. Can you see it? Spicy chile and exquisite wine. Can you taste it? Sandoval County is a land of contrast steeped in history. From pueblo Indians to Spanish explorers to Mexican traders, these diverse cultures continue to enrich this land and all its visitors. Can you feel it? From bustling Rio Rancho and Bernalillo to the serenity of Jemez Springs and wide-open wilderness, Sandoval County has plenty to offer.

For more information, visit:
Sandoval County Visitor Center
264 Camino del Pueblo
Bernalillo, New Mexico 87004
505-867-TOUR (8687) / 800-252-0191

Travel Guide NEW MEXICO visits Rio Rancho

November 4th, 2009
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In a state with a history and culture as rich and as old as New Mexico’s, Rio Rancho shines. In the heart of New Mexico, this City of vision offers many ways to enjoy the area’s historic past, experience the colorful present, and meet the future.

History beckons with nearby attractions in New Mexico that evolved over the centuries, with the Anasazi Indians and visits from the Hispanic explorer Coronado, to create a unique cultural tapestry of traditions and legends. The City of Rio Rancho began in the 1960s on 55,000 acres of land on the outskirts of Albuquerque. Today, Rio Rancho offers a cultural diversity within its population of 75,000.

Rio Rancho is New Mexico’s fastest growing and safest city. The City of Vision offers a relatively modern history, a wide range of cultural diversity, a contemporary infrastructure, and a visitor-friendly atmosphere. Wide-open vistas and the addition of modern amenities make the City of Rio Rancho truly a visionary place to visit.

The future is growing in Rio Rancho. As we take Rio Rancho into a vibrant and exciting new future, we invite you to see our City of Vision. The City Center downtown plans events, sports, and conventions at Santa Ana Star Center. We offer unique restaurants, specialty retailers, theaters, a movie studio, production facilities, and more.

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