Old Town Albuquerque is considered as the heart of Albuquerque’s heritage. Albuquerque was a colonial farming village and a military outpost along the Camino Real between Chihuahua and Santa Fe. The village formed in the traditional Spanish pattern of a central plaza surrounded by a church, homes and government buildings. Some of the old homes are still standing and many have been renovated into businesses. That’s why you can now enjoy the 25 art galleries representing the finest in Native American and Southwestern artists, the clothing and accessories stores full of handmade items and Southwestern unique outfits, the jewelers offering an extensive variety of hand crafted jewelry, and all the specialty shops where you’ll find souvenirs and unique treasures. Albuquerque celebrated its Tricentennial in April 2006.
Petroglyph National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including volcanoes, archeological sites and an estimated 20,000 carved images. Petroglyphs are images that were etched or pecked into stone, usually boulders or large rock faces. The American Indians such as the Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo people made most of the petroglyphs at this monument. This ecosystem has a diverse population of plants, shrubs and trees, which have adapted to live in the desert. It is home to a diverse population of mammals, reptiles and rodents. Petroglyph National Monument is located 12 miles northwest from our motel.
Sandia Peak Tramway
Experience the drama of an 11,000 square mile panoramic view of New Mexico from the World’s Longest Tramway (2.7 miles of sky-view travel and discovery of New Mexico’s varied landscape and life zones). The Tramway location is 13 miles northeast of our property.
Central Avenue, Nob Hill-Highland’s Main Street, was known to be historically Route 66, which carried countless Americans to the West during the great depression. And many of the buildings in the Nob Hill and University areas in Albuquerque have some of the best-maintained architecture from the era before the Interstate System. Just drive around Route 66 and you’ll get it.