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New Mexico is one of the three giants of solar radiation in the U.S. — the other two being Arizona and Nevada. We get tons of strong, warm sunlight! No wonder then, that in the early ‘50s, two engineers in Albuquerque decided to make a solar-heated office building that would become the talk …

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Fatal car crashes are on the rise, causing over 35,000 deaths each year nationwide. In many cases, driver behavior and/or driver error contributes to the crash. Can self-driving cars save lives? Experts say the answer is yes, but point out that automated vehicle technology will need to evolv…

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Fort Stanton is just west of the town of Lincoln off U.S. 380. It was named after Captain Henry W. Stanton, who was killed in a skirmish with Mescalero Apaches in the Sacramento Mountains on January 15, 1855. Fort Stanton was opened in September and took the captain’s name.

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The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) has begun: That’s according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index, a survey of Americans’ driving habits and attitudes, which found that nearly half (46%) expect to acquire an EV within the next 5 years. Whether they’re driven by environmental motiv…

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The Bisti Badlands — or the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area as it is now known — is famous for its hoodoos, trackless washes, and the general eeriness of the landscape. My good friend Mike Richey, who has explored these badlands for 40 years, wrote that many parts of the area look like illus…

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With higher gas prices and rising inflation putting pressure on finances, drivers are looking for ways to save on the cost of car ownership. On average, it costs between $15,000- $24,000 to own a car over a five-year period, including fuel, maintenance, insurance, repairs, financing and state fees.

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Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary: There is so much magic in that name! And in the late afternoon, as the clouds in the west shine in the last glow of the setting sun, the anticipation builds for what the sky may hold in that dark place.

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In a state with few people and lots of space, the routes people use to get places are almost as important as the destinations themselves. Some routes are famous — Route 66, the Enchanted Circle, the High Road to Taos, the Bursum Road and the Turquoise Trail. At any rate, U.S. Route 180 deser…

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You have to go camping in New Mexico! We live in a state with astounding natural beauty. Going to buy equipment? Just remember that the camping store brochures are not a catalog of what you need, but a catalog of what they want to sell you.

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With higher gas prices and rising inflation putting pressure on finances, drivers are looking for ways to save on the cost of car ownership. On average, it costs between $15,000- $24,000 to own a car over a five-year period, including fuel, maintenance, insurance, repairs, financing and state fees.

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The Los Luceros Historic Site is a 148-acre rancho on the Rio Grande north of Española. There is a massive hacienda, historic chapel and various other out-buildings, including an old jail. The acreage is split between the bosque growing along the Rio Grande, and orchards and fields still irr…

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Watching TV is depressing, the forests are closed, the lakes are pretty much dried up, the atmosphere is full of smoke, and the price of gasoline keeps the car in the garage. If there was ever a time to go to Tinkertown, this is it!

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Electric vehicles (EV) are becoming commonplace. By now, you’ve probably seen a Tesla, the Ford Mustang Mach E, Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf on the road at least once. Maybe you’ve even heard about newer models like the Rivian R1T pickup and the Toyota bZ4X crossover. And chargers? Yeah, you’ve…

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Honor Flights are back. After sitting out the trips for the last two years due to the pandemic, Honor Flights are up and running again. The Honor Flight Network consists of independent groups (hubs) that take veterans on all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials and…

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What is it about wolves that fascinates us so much? They’re featured in everything from Little Red Riding Hood to the stories of Jack London — and especially for being big and bad.

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Driving fatalities in the United States are at the highest point since 2008, yet new research reveals that many are unaware of the enhanced risk and are actively making choices that increase the danger on our roads.

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I came across the words “Soldier Hill” written in small italic type on page 66 of my New Mexico Road Atlas. Energized by the mysterious nature of that designation, I was determined to find the story behind that name on my map.

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After more than two years of the pandemic, you’re probably eager to get out and explore the world. But as desire and demand for travel skyrockets, so do the prices to get there. Here are some great ways to maximize your savings, so you can make your dream vacation a reality:

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Bandelier National Monument is close to Santa Fe and only an hour and a half from Albuquerque. It attracts crowds of people during the summer. But during March, with fewer people and cooler temperatures, it becomes a fantastic destination for a day trip.

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Supply shortages and production delays have made it tough to find a new car, which means many people might consider holding on to their vehicles for longer. In order to extend the life of their vehicles, many drivers may choose to conduct more maintenance at home, such as tire pressure check…

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The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, about 15 miles north of Tularosa, contains more petroglyphs than you can count. But somebody did, and put the number at 21,000. Many of them are visible on a one-mile trail along a rocky ridge.  

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Could anything be more dramatic than camping next to a flowing river of volcanic lava? I doubt it — but that is impossible. Here is the next best thing: camping next to a cooled-down river of recently flowing lava. That is possible right here in New Mexico at Valley of Fires Recreation Area.

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The Rocky Mountains, an enormous wedge that inserts itself into New Mexico, begins in Canada and ends just northeast of Albuquerque with the Sangre de Cristo range. That’s a distance of 3,000 miles. It is certainly one of the three or four practically impenetrable north/south barriers in the…

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We were in heavy traffic north of Santa Fe about to take the high road to Taos. The traffic disappeared once we turned east at Pojoaque Pueblo. MaryAnn was driving and I settled back and gazed out the window. It was going to be a peaceful afternoon. We passed a sign for Nambé Falls. MaryAnn …

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Did you know that headlight bulbs dim over time and if you wait until burnout you may lose up to 50 feet of visibility? That’s the length of three large SUVs. And losing this vital visibility after dark could mean the difference between getting into an accident and avoiding one.

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The extreme heat of summer is a memory. The State Fair has come and gone. Migrating water fowl fill the ponds along the river at Tingley Beach. Now it is autumn and, in many ways, it is the best time of the entire year!

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The “Land of Enchantment” brings to mind distant mountain ranges washed in purples and pinks, and rows upon rows of mountain peaks disappearing into a sunlit sky. And there is a sense of mystery in those pastel shapes on the horizon. Let’s visit one up close.

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After completing his voyage to space in July, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson announced a space flight sweepstakes program. Enter for an opportunity to win a personal VIP tour of Spaceport America, led by Branson himself, and two tickets to space. Make history as you live out you…

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Electrify your ride with an ebike. Susan Gautsch has a simple goal of supporting active mobility, sustainable transportation and invigorating fun through ebiking. Launched in June, Free-to-Roam eBiking allows people to rent motorized bikes to explore Albuquerque, or just add some fun to your…

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All traffic heading east out of Albuquerque gets squished into the rocky confines of Tijeras Canyon. The Sandia and Manzano Mountains block any other way east between Santa Fe and Belen, a distance of 100 miles. No wonder that Vick’s Vittles, 8810 Central Ave. SE, just a couple miles from Ti…

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Without question, Americans’ relationship with vehicles turned a new direction over the last year and a half, and it is evolving yet again. As vaccination rates increase, restrictions ease and a sense of “normalcy” returns, new research revealed trends in the way drivers view, depend on and …

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On the morning of July 18, 1878, Susan McSween stood across the road from her home as the Lincoln County War approached its climax. The Dolan/Murphy gang had her husband, Alex McSween, surrounded in their house. Ten men were inside including Billy the Kid and the rest of McSween’s self-named…

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You don’t need a monster truck to drive the gravel roads of the Gila. However, here are three tips to make your journey more enjoyable. Take plenty of gas, food and water. Buy a map. Finally, if you don’t like the looks of the road in front of you, turn around.

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If you have a car, a roadmap and a sense of adventure, here’s a perfect trip — the ruins of Pueblo Pintado. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the eastern approaches to Chaco Canyon, Pueblo Pintado was the first encounter many visitors had with Chacoans. Imagine being in a party of traders in t…

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Everyone knows that I-40 replaced Route 66 as the main east-west highway in New Mexico. But did you know that there was a north-south highway that ran right through the middle of the state and was eventually replaced by I-25?

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Our state provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? Amaris Feland Ketcham traversed the entire state — from the rugged beauty of the Sangre de Cr…

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If you want to get to the ghost town of Riley, prepare yourself for travel on gravel. It is 30 miles from the Bernardo exit off I-25 to the town site. Riley is an uninhabited farming and mining community first settled about 140 years ago. The town was originally named Santa Rita, who is know…

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We were delighted when Jim and Lloryn Swan asked us to accompany them to the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex. But I have to admit that, although I had seen a sign for it on I-25 somewhere north of Socorro, I knew nothing about it. The sign had never pulled me off the road.

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The pandemic changed our travel habits considerably, and forced us to reconsider how we get around safely. For example, the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index found that three-quarters of Americans don’t feel comfortable taking public transportation because of the coronavirus pandemic, leading …

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There are quite a few rock formations in New Mexico named after animals or people — even religious figures. The Kneeling Nun east of Silver City comes to mind. The lone silhouette of a nun on her knees bent towards the altar in prayer is a fixture of the skyline for the whole area.

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When it comes to saving money, it helps to cut out smaller expenses that add up over time — like frequent lunch dates, unused gym memberships or online subscriptions. But if you really want to make a dent in your budget, you need think bigger.

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In most places, even country roads seem to go somewhere. They connect town to town and farms to markets. Not necessarily so in New Mexico. We have lots of roads which wander through the countryside for no real reason — except the joy of backcountry travel.

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On November 19-22, the Friends of Folk Art, in partnership with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, will host World of Treasures, an online auction of collectors’ quality folk art, fine art and distinctive experiences that will appeal to all tastes and budgets. More than 100 items will be o…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of Americans in many ways, including making families from coast to coast cancel or postpone their vacation plans. However, a new survey reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults are planning to get out and take a trip again soon and a road trip is th…

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It is 8 a.m. in the Datil Well Campground. On this early September morning, the campground is almost empty. I’ve just finished a delicious breakfast of two fried eggs, sausage and potatoes. A pinyon jay is perched in a tree a short distance away. He is waiting for me to leave the table. To m…

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Online car buying has become more popular in recent years. Instead of having to go out to visit dealer lots, car shoppers have found it’s easy to look at inventory, set up test drives, secure financing, negotiate price and complete the purchase — all online, from the comfort and safety of home.