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

Salt Mission Trails

Scenic, historic loop tours along the eastern slopes of the Manzano Mountains. 70

Albuquerque, NM Trails

Turquoise Trail

Natl. Scenic Byway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque through historic Golden, Madrid, Cerrillos, summit of 10,678

Albuquerque, NM Scenic Drives

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Oldest Hispanic settlement in Valencia County, established 1739

Tome, NM Historic Churches

Cliff's Amusement Park

Roller Coasters, including N.M.'s first super coaster, children's rides, water park, games, arcade, gifts.

Albuquerque, NM Amusement Parks

Crossley Park

Shady stop for locals /

Moriarty, NM Parks

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