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Central, New Mexico

You'll find New Mexico's only metropolitan city in the Central Region. Albuquerque, founded in 1706, still preserves its history in the Old Town area, where visitors can enjoy shops, galleries, and the arts, crafts and foods sold by bendors and artisans who surround the plaza daily. Before the city was founded, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro passed through the area. This 1,800 mile Royal Road, used by Spaniards more than 400 years ago, ran from Mexico City to what is now the Santa Fe / Taos area. Hundreds of years before the arrival of the Europeans, Puebloan people used the same trail for communication and trade. El Camino Real followed the route that is now I-25. New Mexico's partner arterial to I-25, I-40, replaced a more contemporary historic road, the legendary Route 66.

In addition to the cultural history provided by the Native Americans in the area, travelers can enjoy the prehistoric landscape. Once under the water of an ancient ocean, New Mexico's Central Region boasts plenty of hiking, camping and natural sightseeing areas, including the Sania, Manzano and Jemez mountains, the Rio Grande and the farming communities of Los Lunas and Belen, where many spots along the river serve as refuge for migrating birds.

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Hinkle Family Fun Center

Hinkle Family Fun Center is Albuquerque's Premier Family Fun Destination featuring two scenic 18 hole Miniature Golf Courses, Hinkle Extreme Paintball Adventure, Wet & Wild Bumper Boats, 1/8 mile Twisting Go-Karts Track, Token Arcade with 75 state-of-the-art arcade games, 4500

Albuquerque, NM Fun Centers




Harnett Park

Playground, tennis courts, indoor handball court, jog /

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM Parks




N.M. Museum of Natural History and Science

12 billion years of natural history. Dinosaurs, Evolator high-tech "time machine," living forest, LodeStar Astronomy Center, rumbling volcano, ice age caveextreme screen Dyna Theater, cafe, Natureworks, fun/

Albuquerque, NM Museums

Indian Pueble Cultural Center

Pueblo Indian life & culture from prehistory through contemporary times. Gallery, performances, gift shop, restaurant, children'

Albuquerque, NM Museums

Perea / Baca House

Last stage stop before Santa Fe on El Camino Real, later an emergency school by Sisters of Loretto in 1905

Bernalillo, NM Historic Buildings

Sandia Crest

Highest scenic drive in the Southwest, to summit of the Sandia Mountains. 10,678

Albuquerque, NM Scenic Drives

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