Activities and Things to Do are grouped by locale: Edgewood, Moriarty, and Tijeras/Turquoise Trail. Many local businesses are offering Cowboy Days Deals.
E D G E W O O D
“END OF TRAIL” at FOUNDERS RANCH – 47 Barton Rd. – PUBLIC DAYS: June 23-24
The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS of Cowboy Action Shooting, known as End of Trail, takes place at Founders Ranch each June. Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) members from around the world converge to compete in challenging scenarios and crown the best of the best. Reliving an era of Western heritage where gunslingers and law-keepers alike became famous for their shooting skills and larger-then-life fearless adventures, SASS competitors and enthusiasts dress in period costume and use replica firearms of the 1860-1899 era for Cowboy Action Shooting and early 1900s era for Wild Bunch Action Shooting. For a $5 admission, it’s a world-class event not to be missed, featuring an entire Western town, vendors, music, food and activities that keep the fun rolling, rolling, rolling.
WILDLIFE WEST NATURE PARK – 87 W. Frontage Rd.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, the park offers visitors a personal experience unlike typical zoos. It is home to rescued, native New Mexico wildlife, including mountain lions, coyote and raptors, who have been injured or domesticated, no longer able to live in the wild. The park is also a life-size classroom where teens learn carpentry, ecology, and habitat management skills.
Chuckwagon Supper Shows — every Saturday night throughout summer, enjoy hayrides, free-flight falcon show, incredible live music, and a Western-style BBQ supper. Advance reservations required by 1pm day of show ($12 ages 5-11 to $25 Adults).
Kid Goat Yoga – a fully interactive yoga experience unlike any other, only available a short time. Sessions run now-July 2. Info and tickets
FATHER’S DAY CAR SHOW – June 18 – 66 NM Hwy 344 (huge Walmart parking lot)
Love horsepower from the modern era? One of New Mexico’s premiere car shows takes place each Father’s Day in Edgewood. The show features more than 300 entries, car clubs, food, games, and lots of fun. All proceeds from 2017 benefit New Mexico Special Olympics. Admission is FREE for spectators.
TRINKETS & TREASURES TRAIL – 7 stops and 30+ shops to explore
Encompassing more than 30 quirky and distinct shops, from tiny, funky country vibes to gift shops and large-scale thrift stores. Discover why Edgewood is a regular destination for professional antique hunters and treasure trekkers seeking antiques, hand-crafted finds, and one-of-a-kind artistry. (Note: Church Street Market is open Fri/Sat/Sun only)
HIKE-BIKE-RIDE the GREENSIDE
Large open spaces and growing trail systems beckon those who appreciate the outdoors. All-weather trails run adjacent to Historic Route 66 and NM 344, and natural surface trails for hiking, biking and horse riding traverse the hills of Section 34 (Edgewood 7, about 1.5 miles south of I-40) and Section 16 (NM 344, about 1.5 miles north of I-40). Easy to moderate natural terrain and spectacular views. An Equestrian Arena is available to exercise and water horses (North Frontage Road, about 1 mile west of NM 344).
M O R I A R T Y
SIERRA BLANCA BREWERY – FRIDAY NIGHT BANDS – June 16, 23 (Fridays all summer) and Taco Tuesdays
1016 Industrial Loop
Renowned New Mexico brewery (home of Alien Amber Ale, Outlaw Lager, and more) has a tasting room, gift shop, and beautiful beer garden (anyone for some bocci?). Also serving craft-brewed sodas. Friday Night Bands and Taco Tuesdays all summer long.
AUTHENTIC ROUTE 66 & MORIARTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Historic Route 66 (aka NM 333, and Old US 66)
Visible remnants of a by-gone era and a juicy historic tale lend mystique to the Mother Road. The 30-mile stretch from Albuquerque to Moriarty is part of the “Retribution Road” re-alignment http://www.route66university.com/study/inthenews/794.php. Original Route 66 structures, including motor courts, restored neon rotosphere, and Whiting Bros. gas station thrill Route 66 buffs. Moriarty Historical Society (202 Broadway St., inside Civic Center) offers displays, oral histories, photos, and newspapers back to 1880s. Museum open Tues-Fri (10:00am-5:00pm); Sat (10:00am-2:00pm).
SOUTHWEST SOARING MUSEUM – 918 Historic Route 66
An impressive collection of 40+ gliders dating from the 1920s to 1990s tell the history and accomplishments of soaring and glide planes, and the people who made those achievements possible. A 24-foot mural, by New Mexico artist Scott Kuykendall, portrays the history of man’s desire to fly. Highlights of soaring history are depicted in the photograph collection. Open Monday-Saturday (10:00am-4:00pm).
LEWIS AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM – 905 Historic Route 66
An unusually large and unique collection of vintage cars and trucks from Model Ts through the 1960s, all personally collected by the museum’s curator, Archie Lewis. His stories of movie stars and the cars on display make for a great experience. Open 10:00am-5:00pm daily.
SANDIA MX MOTOCROSS – June 17 & 18 — 38 Martin Road
Cowboy spirit on two wheels at high speeds. Host to local and AMA Southwest Qualifier races, the Moriarty Race Series, Round 3, takes place on June 17-18. Recently re-designed by two New Mexico pro riders, the track offers new challenges for riders of varying skill levels. Times vary.
T I J E R A S & T U R Q U O I S E T R A I L
SINGING ROAD – Eastbound Old Route 66 between Carnuel and Tijeras
Created by Nat-Geo cable channel, a series of rumble strips strategically cut into the edge of Old Route 66, play the tune “American the Beautiful” when driven on them at 45 mph. It’s a fun, albeit quick experience, that is unique to this region.
TIJERAS PUEBLO ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE – 11776 NM 337
Located at the US Forest Ranger Station, Tijeras Pueblo site has a museum and learning stations to share the story of Ancestral Pueblo people who long-ago lived here. Visitors discover how the ancients lived, their food, clothing, shelter, and tools. Video and a life-sized replica of an excavated room on site, help visitors better understand the lives of Pueblo inhabitants. The museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday (10am-4pm).
TINKERTOWN – 121 Crest Road
The creation of Ross Ward, and 40 years in the making, Tinkertown has been featured on television and in print media for its creativity. The 22-room museum features a wall made of 50,000 glass bottles, carvings, miniatures, and an eccentric collection of Americana fill every inch. Open 10:00am-6:00pm daily.
TURQUOISE TRAIL – From Tijeras to Santa Fe
The beautiful ‘back way’ to Santa Fe, Hwy. 14 meanders along the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains. Dotted with numerous shops and studios, the tiny towns of Madrid and Cerrillos have also been featured in movies. It’s also possible to loop around to or from Edgewood by taking NM 344, to change up one direction of your drive.