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Having Fun Exploring New Mexico

Updated on March 7, 2017

William H. Bonney

In 1953, The Billy the Kid Museum opened to the public in Fort Sumner, NM.
In 1953, The Billy the Kid Museum opened to the public in Fort Sumner, NM. | Source

Billy the Kid Museum (Fort Sumner, NM)

I enjoy films about the wild west, so the Billy the Kid Museum was very entertaining for me, to say the least. At the museum everything is made u in the style of the wild west, down to the very last detail. Several items belonging to William H. Bonney (The Kid) can be found inside the museum such as his rifle, his spurs and the original wanted poster. Collectors will love this place and they do a great job of recreating the old west in and around the museum.

The museum offers a few surprises such as a very large antique car collection that features a model T Ford among many others. The small deli could be bigger or the locale needs a restaurant. Having said that, this place is worth a visit especially if you have a thing for the wild west.

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White Sands National Monument (Alamogordo, NM)

White Sands Monument is composed of white sand dunes with gypsum crystals. It is very beautiful and the views are perfect for picnics, taking pictures and recording video. The monument, which is high in the mountains, has a military base and a missile firing range.

My father, who served in the army and navy, really enjoyed the monument and all the military presence. Our family had a great day and celebrated my father and his career in the army and navy while relaxing at the monument.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Roller Coaster Screams!

Riding roller coasters are an extreme thrill especially when the go upside down or they go really fast.
Riding roller coasters are an extreme thrill especially when the go upside down or they go really fast. | Source

Cliff's Amusement Park (Albuquerque, NM)

Cliff's Amusement Park is an amusement and water park. It has two roller coasters and one of them is wooden. The park has kid rides and several water rides with a wave pool. Lots of eateries are scattered throughout the park and a big gift shop is at the front of he park. The park is a little skimpy as far as little kid rides because that section ios so small.

The best part about this place are the thrill rides. Not many water rides and only two roller coasters but the ten thrill rides are unique and scary and that makes this amusement park worth trying out. Fans of six flags will enjoy this park without a doubt.

Prehistoric Learning!

The museum is full of lots of different exhibits. Some are hands-on while others have audio and video visuals.
The museum is full of lots of different exhibits. Some are hands-on while others have audio and video visuals. | Source

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science ( Albuquerque, NM)

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science opened to the public in 1986. It has 8 exhibits dedicated to the universe, from the beginning till the present and it has a huge planetarium. My main reason for going to the museum in the first place was the two floors reserved for space and astronomy. A detailed account of space awaits you and tons of facts about deep space are here. A lot of detailed information about the planets can be found here which is relevant now that our planet is attempting to eventually visit and colonize mars. Learning and being entertained collide head on at this place.

The most popular exhibit that had everyone excited was "Dinosaurs exhibited". Many dinosaur skeletons can be found here including a nearly intact T-Rex measuring over 40 feet in length.

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Gorillas in the Mist!

The Biopark zoo stretches 64-acres and it boasts of over 250 species of animals.
The Biopark zoo stretches 64-acres and it boasts of over 250 species of animals. | Source

ABQ BioPark

This was my favorite place of all the spots I toured in New Mexico. The BioPark is a museum that is broken down into four different facilities. The Aquarium was nothing different than others but it was full of ocean life. The next area is the Botanic Garden. More than 10,000 square feet of beautiful plants. Tingley Beach is a huge attraction. Perfect for fishing, laying in the sun, grilling out and swimming. Of course, last but not least is the zoo. Many animals are at this zoo that were not at the other two zoos that I have frequented. Animals like the roadrunner, koalas and white rhinos. Also, the zoo was huge with a train and the exhibits gave the many animals lots of wiggle room.

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Roswell Alien Mystery

The center has many topics but the main reason for the center is the supposed alien crash in Roswell, NM back in 1947.
The center has many topics but the main reason for the center is the supposed alien crash in Roswell, NM back in 1947. | Source

International UFO Research Center

Roswell, NM is home to the International UFO Research Center which was founded in 1991. All of the exhibits, books, videos and other presentations focus solely on Aliens and UFOs. The gift store is a bit costly and small as well but that was my only real complaint. The alien figures, that are set up all of the place, look very realistic. Even non-believers will be fascinated by this place and it is not just the facts and info but how real everything looks down to the last detail.

House of Eternal Return

The Meow Wolf art complex houses many exhibits but the biggest and most popular is the "House of Eternal Return". It has a cool amusement park but the centerpiece is the science fiction based House of Eternal Return. This exhibit covers 20,000 square feet. It also has tons of temporary art exhibits that come on scheduled dates. Eternal Return is like nothing ever seen before as you crawl, climb, squat and walk with the art.

Mountain Peaks

The skiing at Taos Ski Valley is top notch with 110 trails to choose from.
The skiing at Taos Ski Valley is top notch with 110 trails to choose from. | Source

Taos Ski Valley (Taos, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NM)

I am not a skier so it was scary at first but, luckily, the resort has beginner slopes for people like me. The ski mountains trails range from beginner to expert and 110 trails await the brave. The lifts that take you up the mountain put fear in me I must admit.

Ski Valley covers nearly 2 and a half miles total and it has bed & breakfast locales, hotels and a few restaurants, too!

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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