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Day Trips from Albuquerque Part 4: Go West for Some of the Best

Sacred and secular, old and new, desert and hills – New Mexico is a state of contrasts, making it rich in its diversity of food, culture, terrain and attractions.
The varied offerings of three of the cardinal directions that make perfect day trips from Albuquerque have already been discovered, leaving the western part of the state as the final frontier to explore in this Land Of Enchantment.

For an experience that will bring you back 1000 years in time, drive an hour west of Albuquerque on I-40 to the Acoma Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. Built upon a 367-foot sandstone bluff, the Pueblo is home to 4800 people and 250 dwellings, none of which has running water, sewer systems, or electricity. Also within the Pueblo you will find the San Esteban del Rey Mission, a Catholic mission constructed in 1629.

Educational tours and cultural exhibits are offered at the Sky City Cultural Center and Haaku Museum. Pottery making demonstrations are provided, and a visit to the gift shop is an absolute must for anyone desiring to purchase authentic Native American art and jewelry. To take the 90-minute tour of the Pueblo, you must buy tickets at the Center, and photography and dress code rules apply.

If you’re in the mood for extremes, then a trip just under two hours west of Albuquerque to the Ice Caves and Bandera Volcano is in order. Located in the west central Zuni Mountain range along the Continental Divide, these natural landmarks can both be reached within an hour’s walk of each other along an ancient lava trail lined with twisted Juniper, Fir, and Ponderosa Pine trees. There is even gemstone mining for the younger members of the family, and a trading post with a shaded picnic area provide opportunities for souvenir shopping and a relaxing outdoor lunch.

Continuing your education and appreciation of nature’s gifts drive thirty miles west of the caves and volcano to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a refuge for displaced, unwanted and un-releasable wolves and wolf-dogs. You can watch, meet, and even feed these majestic creatures by booking a tour in advance, with your visit supporting the rescue and lifetime sanctuary and care of these animals.

For a day trip that will whet your archaeological thirst, head 180 miles northwest of Albuquerque to the Aztec Ruins National Monument. A preserve of the 11th-century Ancestral Puebloan structures in New Mexico, this monument allows visitors to step back in time and take a self-guided tour of this three-story archaeological site. You can walk through the Great House and original rooms, admiring the stone masonry and wooden roofing still intact. You even get to enter the ceremonial Great Kiva, used for religious and purification purposes. There is also a museum, a garden, native plants walk, and interpretive programs.

Day Trips from Albuquerque Part 3: Go East for Your Soul

The Land of Enchantment has vast and varied tourist options in every direction, with something to entertain and enthrall everyone. In the third of this four-part series, attractions and activities east of Albuquerque will be explored, with each day trip providing ideas of how to best experience the uniqueness and beauty of New Mexico.

Just thirty minutes northeast of Albuquerque you will find the Sandia Aerial Peak Tramway, where you can ride for 15 minutes almost 3 miles up the side of a mountain whose treasures include deep canyons, granite rock faces, aspen groves, pine and oak trees, and a myriad of wildlife. On top of the mountain, you are treated to an 11,000 square-mile view of New Mexico, which you can enjoy while setting off on a hike or dining in the restaurant atop the peak.

If you choose to hike the Sandia Mountains, there are a variety of trails to choose from both at the Tramway summit and within 30 to 60 minutes’ drive of Albuquerque. Many of the hikes begin in cactus country and wind their way up to mountain meadows teeming with wildflowers. A past haven for Apache warriors, gold miners, and bandits, the Sandia Mountains are also a sacred place for the Pueblo Indians and a 37,000-acre wilderness that provides a relaxing respite from the city.

For a taste of blue waters, old byways and Billy the Kid, head east on I-40 a little over 100 miles, where your first stop is The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa. This lake, born of a geological phenomenon called The Santa Rosa Sink, is an oasis in this harsh land of sand and sagebrush. With visibility at 100 feet, swimmers, scuba divers and sightseers can delight in this cold crystal-clear water year-round.

If you’re in the mood for some Wild West nostalgia, head southeast on NM 84 from Santa Rosa for 45 minutes to Fort Sumner where, in 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett gunned down Billy the Kid. Competing museums and grave-sight locations vie for tourists’ attention, and if you’re in the area the second week of June, you can participate in the town’s Tombstone races.

If a trip down Route 66’s memory lane is more your style, then head east for an hour on I-40 from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari, where you will encounter a dinosaur museum, an historical museum, a Route 66 museum, and the world’s largest mural dedicated to Route 66. Photo opportunities abound here, with the best one being the Route 66 Roadside Attraction in front of the city’s convention center.

For more active pursuits, consider taking a day trip to Ruidoso, a town 180 miles southeast of Albuquerque that is surrounded by more than a million acres of National Forest and wilderness, providing countless hiking, mountain biking, and horseback trails for hours of outdoor fun. You can also try your luck at one of the area’s three casinos, wager on the ponies at the track, or spend time wandering through the town’s eclectic shops. And for a taste of Wild West excitement, consider seeing a Flying J Wrangler show replete with gunfights, a Chuckwagon dinner and show.

Day Trips from Albuquerque: Part 2

Continuing the exploration of New Mexico from the central location of Albuquerque, this next part of the series will focus on three different areas in the southern part of the state, all under 3-½ hours from Albuquerque and each unique to the heritage and culture of New Mexico.

For an eclectic day of sightseeing, begin by driving 90 minutes south to your first stop of the day, the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Located between two mountain ranges and fed by the Rio Grande, this sanctuary is a temporary home to thousands of sandhill cranes, geese, and other waterfowl that migrate here each winter, as well as a permanent home to ancient petroglyphs, lush groves of cottonwoods and willows, and abundant and varied wildlife.

Continuing south to Truth or Consequences, you will find a town famous for its natural hot springs, with a myriad of spas to choose from for a soak and a massage. It is rumored the great Apache chief and shaman Geronimo dipped himself in these healing waters. You can find out more about him, and the area in general, by visiting the Geronimo Springs Museum. And if space exploration is what you’re after, then you must take time to visit Spaceport America for an experience that is out of this world!

The last stop of the day is Hatch, New Mexico. Known as the chile capital of the world, this small agricultural community boasts piles of roasted chilis for the asking year round. And make sure to stop at Sparky’s Burgers, BBQ and Espresso for a green chili cheeseburger and a slice of old-time Americana to top off your day.

For a more leisurely (but no less fun!) day, consider a southern stroll through some tiny towns and the Very Large Array. Heading south on I-25 and then west on US-60, you will come to Magdalena, a hamlet filled with rich treasures, to include a Box Car Museum, a 16th-century mission church, art galleries, and a trading post.

Twenty-four miles west you will trade small-town charm for the awe-inspiring Very Large Array, one of the world’s first – and largest – astronomical radio observatories. Here you can wander through the visitor center, explore all the exhibits describing radio astronomy, and view antennas and telescopes through both self and guided walking tours.

After immersing yourself in dish antennas, head west for 40 miles to Pie Town to immerse yourself in a dish or two of pie at either Pie Town Café or Pie-O-Neer Café, or both! Sitting on top of the Continental Divide, this settlement has its roots in the dustbowl era, and continues to survive (and thrive) on pure determination and innovation – as a slice of New Mexican Apple Pie with Green Chili and Pinon Nuts will attest to!

Another must-do southern New Mexico experience is a day excursion to Roswell. Two hundred miles southeast of Albuquerque, this is the site of the 1947 “Roswell UFO Incident” in which an unidentified flying object (purported by the Air Force to be a weather balloon) crashed on a ranch during a thunderstorm, spurring decades of theories regarding aliens and government cover-ups. One result of the incident is the International UFO Museum and Research Center on Main Street, where several hours can be spent learning about the 1947 occurrence and subsequent research into extraterrestrial life. Other Roswell attractions include wineries, art museums, and a picnic at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

Day Trips from Albuquerque Part 1: Northern Lights

Day trips from Albuquerque are a perfect way to experience the best of both worlds in New Mexico. Staying in downtown Albuquerque offers a wide selection of dining, shopping and nightlife options by night, while providing a central location from which to explore the myriad activities the Land of Enchantment has to offer by day. This four-part series will provide ideas for every type of traveler wishing to discover the unending delights of this state.

Less than an hour’s drive northwest of Albuquerque is New Mexico’s state capital, Santa Fe.  But since it’s best explored on foot, consider leaving your car behind for the day and taking the New Mexico Rail Runner Express from downtown for a 90 minute ride through the Rio Grande Valley up to the nation’s oldest capital.

The Plaza is the best place to begin your exploration of this city rich in history. The Spanish settlers built their homes here in 1610,with the following centuries seeing riots, revolts, and respite by travelers from the Santa Fe Trail. A great city for history buffs, Santa Fe also boasts the nation’s oldest public building in continuous use, the oldest church, and the oldest house in the United States. But you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Santa Fe! In all directions from the Plaza, shoppers, art lovers, and food connoisseurs can find their fill of treasures by spending a day in the city of ‘Holy Faith.’

If you’re in the mood to combine human history with hiking, then a visit to Bandelier National Monument is the perfect place to go. Approximately 2 hours north of Albuquerque, this park’s human history dates back over 10,000 years, where you will find petroglyphs, ancient dwellings, and old masonry walls. With over 33,000 acres of preserved land, there is plenty of hiking, camping, boating, and picnicking opportunities, as well as interpretive programs and even Opera on the Rocks!

If geological history is your thing, or you’re simply looking for more breathtaking hiking trails, then head to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. A joint venture between the Cochiti Pueblo and the Bureau of Land Management, this area is dotted by tall spires of volcanic ash that were formed from eruptions that occurred 6 -7 million years ago. And as with any outdoor adventure in New Mexico, don’t forget your sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

Wake up and Smell the Banana Nut Bread, and Roses!


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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and roses are blooming, bringing you a great special at the Mauger!  Book a room for Mom, (or YOU), or purchase a gift certificate now through May 8th, and receive 15% off standard rates (not valid during holidays or special events, only one discount per reservation).

When you stay at the Mauger, you’ll wake to the smell of banana nut bread, and roses!

We’re sharing our favorite recipe with you.

Banana Nut Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 large loaf or 3 mini loafs


  • ½ C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 medium bananas mashed
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C chopped nuts if desired
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, eggs and banana together. Then add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 hour.


If using mini loafs, bake only 30 minutes.

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What to do in ABQ? Drink local brew!

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graphic by Rory Phillips

Albuquerque Beer is the Scene.

Downtown Albuquerque is a very popular area for many of the “Ale Trail” breweries that have come along in the last couple of years.  In fact, there are currently 6 within one mile of the Mauger Estate!

It seems that springtime is not only bringing daffodils, but a new brewery in every part of town!  We are very lucky at the Mauger Estate B&B to have one of the oldest and most popular very nearby: Marble Brewery (1st & Marble) .

Other nearby stops include:
Ponderosa Brewing (18th & Bellamah in Sawmill District)

Tractor Brewing (4th St. and Hannett)

Rio Bravo Brewing (2nd St. near I-40)

Bow and Arrow Brewing (6th St. near I-40)

Boese Brothers Brewery (6th St. & Gold Ave.) Serves food.

Draft Station (17th & Central), taproom showcasing several local brews

Looking for a great beer, and some tasty bites?  Here are some breweries with food:

Quarter Celtic

Kelly’s Brew Pub

Nexus Brewing

Canteen Brewhouse

The majority of breweries have local food trucks to provide snacks and food.
The New Mexico Brewers Guild is the place to find events and happenings in the beer scene:

And the New Mexico True publication has a great map, but many new breweries have opened since this publication:

Last, but not least, book a room at the Mauger, mention this ad, and receive 10% off (not valid during holidays or special events, no other discounts apply).


Mediterranean Frittata

Travel. Eat Well. Feel Good.

The new year brings resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise, etc.

We know traveling makes it difficult to eat healthy. We are bringing some news and one of our favorite recipes to help you with those resolutions! We want you to feel good in 2016. With this blog, we are offering you a 10% discount, just mention the “eat well” blog when booking! (excludes Balloon Fiesta and holidays)

Read what Medical News Today says about Healthy Food News

You will find most of these ingredients on the menu at The Mauger!

Mediterranean Frittata

Mediterranean Frittata


  • 2 C diced potato or sweet potato or frozen hash browns
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C milk or ½ and ½
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • ½ C sun dried or fresh tomatoes
  • 1 C fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 C fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 C goat cheese (for garnishing)


  1. Place potatoes in greased 9" x 12" baking dish or quiche dish, pour 2 Tbsp olive oil over the potatoes.
  2. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over potatoes.
  3. Place green onions on top of Parmesan cheese, then tomatoes, basil and spinach.
  4. Add other vegetables as desired.
  5. Mix eggs, milk or ½ and ½ and spices with whisk, add seasoning.
  6. Bake in oven at 370 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Alternatives:
  8. You may refrigerate overnight (cover quiche dish and egg mixture separately) and pour egg mixture into quiche dish in the morning and bake at 370 degrees for approximately one hour or until eggs are set. Add crumbled goat cheese on top after baking as a garnish. You may bake immediately after mixing as well. Serves 12. Enjoy!
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Festive Culture in Albuquerque

Come celebrate the season with us! Albuquerque is a city teeming with holiday festivities.  We are so close to all of these fun activities, and a night at the Mauger is the perfect treat for yourselves.

Our December rates can’t be beat. Better yet, purchase a gift certificate to sneak into that special someone’s stocking, they will love you for it and it’s really a gift for you too!

ABQ Trolley of Lights

  • Tis the Season for Christmas trees, luminarias, nutcrackers, egg nog and holiday lights! ABQ Trolley Co. & Rude Boy Cookies present: Trolley of Lights – a holiday lights tour! Join ABQ Trolley Co.
  • December 15 – 20


Enjoy an annual New Mexican tradition! Let ABQ Ride take you through a twinkling wonderland in Old Town, a festively-adorned Albuquerque Country Club and other hot spots decked out for the holiday like the Los Altos neighborhood.

Cliff’s Magical Christmas

  • Through December 30
  • Experience the Christmas Magic that is Cliff’s Magical Christmas! Cliff’s Amusement Park has transformed into a must see Christmas extravaganza with over half a million dazzling Christmas lights and a 120 foot tall Christmas tree that was named a Top Tree to Visit by USA Today.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

  • The 10th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will once again be played on the first day of the college football’s bowl season. The 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl will feature the University of New Mexico Lobos vs the Arizona Wildcats.

Ice Skating at Civic Plaza

  • Through January 3
  • Civic Plaza ice skating season is here! Bring the whole family and enjoy the festive atmosphere in Downtown Albuquerque. Please note that skates with toe picks are not allowed on the synthetic ice surface.

New Year’s Eve at Civic Plaza

River of Lights

Native American Dancing and Pueblo Feast Days

Albuquerque Little Theater – A Christmas Carol

  • Through December 24, 2015
  • Highly inventive adaptation of the classic, in this version, we encounter a company of traveling players about to enact the Dickens story.

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