Attractions

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Balloon Fiesta 

El Camino Real

Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex

Ladron Mountain

Observatory – Belen, NM

Abo Mission Ruins

Sevilletta Wildlife Preserve

Balloon Fiesta

 Is an international event held October 7 through October 15. It is one of the largest ballooning gatherings in the United States, with various shapes, sizes, and colorings. — The world’s largest hot air balloon festival, takes place each October, when you’ll see more than 700 balloons in the sky at a time. This magical hot air …

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

  Since then the name has come to mean one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds–including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks–gather each autumn and stay through the winter. Feeding snow geese erupt in explosions of wings when frightened by a stalking coyote, and at …

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El Camino Real

El Camino Real is the historic interior road used in the early days of settling New Mexico. — The Royal Highway of the Interior Lands follows the Rio Grande River from the United States/Mexico border to Santa Fe. Designated in October 2000, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail traces the primary route between the colonial …

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Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex

   Located less than 2 miles away from the park on Route 116 in Bernardo, this is a great place for the birdwatching enthusiast. Migrating birds include snow geese, sandhill cranes, Canadian geese and whooping cranes. — Bernardo Waterfowl Area contains a wildlife trail complete with viewing and photographic towers and is open to the public. The …

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Ladron Mountain

Ladron Mountain is perfectly viewed from our Park and provides us with some wonderful sunsets. It is rumored that there is gold hidden in the mountain. Others see the face of a sleeping Indian Chief in its contours. — The name of the peak means “thief”, and “Sierra Ladrones” means “thieves’ mountains.” Navajo and Apache raiding parties, and …

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Observatory – Belen, NM

Observatory – Belen, NM is Located 15 miles away, this observatory has observatory domes, operate differing telescopes produce your own digital pictures of distant galaxies, nebulae and star clusters! The General Nathan Twining. — This observatory facility includes: several telescopes; individual drive-up observing pads; a kitchenette; and the Robert Ortega Building, which is a combination classroom, bunkhouse, and warm-up …

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Ride The Rail Runner

How long ago was it that you took a train ride? While spending some time at Kiva RV Park you might enjoy taking the Rail Runner which leaves from Belen and take the train up to Santa Fe.   For more information check out their website:  http://riometro.org

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Salinas Pueblo Missions

 Located 28 miles from the park on US Route 60, the mission was constructed in the mid 1600’s, the center of a thriving community at the time. Abo is a wonderful reminder of New Mexico’s Spanish heritage. — Population during early mission days was probably two thousand. Prior to the Pueblo Rebellion of 1680, the village was …

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Sevilletta Wildlife Preserve

Sevilletta Wildlife Preserve – Located just 3 miles south of the Park, this area hosts a various array of desert wildlife and beauty. It’s central visitor center is a must see to really get an appreciation for the preserves natural beauty. — Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is managed primarily as a research area, and is closed to most …

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The Very Large Array (VLA)

The Very Large Array (VLA) has been an extraordinarily productive scientific instrument.  Astronomers from around the world use it to study objects from our Solar System to the edges of the known Universe, billions of light years from the Earth. The telescope array consists of twenty-seven, 230-ton, 25-meter diameter dish antennas that together they comprise …

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