Clayton, Union County, New Mexico

New Mexico Magazine highlighted the lovely little town so I thought we would too.

Clayton is a town and county seat of Union County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 2,980. Clayton is a crossroads for tourists heading from Texas to Colorado, and Kansas / Oklahoma / Texas to Taos, New Mexico.

The Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail brought some of the first Americans through the Clayton region. The Santa Fe Trail was first established in 1821 after Spanish rule was evicted from Mexico which opened up trade between Santa Fe and the United States. William Becknell, also known as the Father of the Santa Fe Trail, became the first person to utilize the Santa Fe Trail as a trade route between the state of Missouri and Santa Fe. He established the Cimarron Cutoff, also known as the Cimarron Route, as a faster route between countries as the Cimarron Route shortened the Trail by more than 100 miles. The Cimarron Cutoff went straight through the Clayton region where travelers used the Rabbit Ear Mountain as a guiding landmark. Eventually travelers along the trail began to appreciate the rich soil around Clayton and the rolling green hills which were perfect for raising livestock. Cattle ranchers and sheepherders established ranches in the area, though they were large and far apart. That changed when the railroad came to the area and Stephen Dorsey, a nearby rancher, received the rights to the area where the railroad ran. He soon laid out a town site.

Clayton is named for a son of U.S. Senator Stephen W. Dorsey, an Arkansas Republican, originally from Ohio, who served during Reconstruction. The town was established in 1887. The town was a livestock shipping center for herds from the Pecos River and the Texas Panhandle. To get the full Wikipedia article, click here.

The New Mexico Magazine of course has a much different slant than does Wikipedia…they begin out talking about ranches and the prairie.

Meet a few of the people who love this prairie town—and are determined to help make it thrive.

WITH ITS COVEY OF COWBOY HATS, ranches, and prairie stillness, Clayton and its 2,763 residents exude a clear-cut Americana.

Rabbit Ears Mountain, that conspicuous rock formation to the north, looms over this one-stoplight town. Founded with a railroad station along what had been the Santa Fe Trail, it grew into an important cattle-shipping hub for the western fringes of the Great Plains, in the northeast corner of New Mexico, near its intersection with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Like much of rural America, it’s shrunk a bit—in 1950, it peaked at 3,515 residents. The Luna Theater, built in 1916 and still topped by a smiling neon moon, thrived in those years. That kind of stability cratered when the Dust Bowl descended. In May 1937, a black cloud 1,500 feet high and a mile wide enshrouded the town, dropping more than 300,000 tons of dirt.

For the rest of this great article, head over to The New Mexico Magazine

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company 32nd Season

March 30 – March 31

Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, 2018

8 pm

Mystical and innovative, Yjastros 32 is a flamenco epic featuring world premiere choreographic masterpieces. This breathtaking season features new dances and music by Spanish flamenco master artists Jesús Carmona, Pedro Córdoba, Daniel Doña, and Adrián Santana, who intertwine the roots of flamenco dance with modern interpretations to create a visually exquisite tapestry of stunning and powerful choreography. Yjastros proudly brings the creative visions of world-renowned flamenco artists to the American public, while cultivating the living art of flamenco in the United States.

Celebrating their 32nd season, the members of Yjastros come together after a year of profound individual growth. Within the past year, company members have honed their artistic expression both through the spontaneous, improvisational world of the tablao and through their own artistic projects. This season’s choreographies, simultaneously traditional and innovative, perfectly embody the company’s triumphant return to the stage.
$20, $30, $40, $50 w/ $5 discount for students/seniors/NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Fiestas de Albuquerque

Fiestas de Albuquerque 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Historic Old Town from noon to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Albuquerque’s birthday and enjoy the history and traditions of our city with live entertainment, free children’s activities, live artist demonstrations, local food, shopping, and fun for the whole family.

Don’t miss the Founders’ ceremony & procession at 3 p.m. with descendants from Albuquerque’s founding families

Gazebo Entertainment

Be taken back through Albuquerque’s history with music and dance.

12 – 12:15 p.m. – New Mexico Gunfighters
12:20 – 12:40 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. – Baila! Baila! – Ballet Folkorico Dance Group
1:20 – 2:05 p.m. – Mariachi Nuevo Sonido – Mariachi
2:10 – 2:30 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
2:35 – 2:50 p.m. – New Mexico Gunfighters
3 – 5 p.m. – Ivon UIibarri & Café Mocha
3 p.m. – Founders’ ceremony at Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdés statue, followed by the Founders’ Day procession to the Plaza. *Statue located at the intersection of Mountain Rd. & Rio Grande Blvd.*

Ivon Ulibarri & Café Mocha

Ivon Ulibarri & Cafe Mocha - Fiestas de Albuquerque 2018

Ivon Ulibarri is a pioneer of salsa music in New Mexico. An award-winning vocalist and songwriter, Ivon has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. Ivon’s band, Café Mocha is one of Albuquerque’s hottest bands, brewing up an exciting blend of son, cha-cha, merengue, cumbia and other Latin styles. Ivon Ulibarri & Café Mocha are a spicy mix of Latin musical influences that span the globe from New Mexico to the Caribbean and points between. Their sizzling music uplifts the dancers, enchants the listener and captivates the spirit.


Take part in a variety of activities throughout Historic Old Town. Free children’s activities include face painting and braving the 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Watch as demonstrators show how to make traditional art in the Plaza.

Shop local and support all establishments throughout Old Town, in and around the event. There is plenty to choose from such as handmade soaps, jewelry, art, housewares and so much more.


Every April since 1988, Founder’s Day has celebrated the city of Albuquerque by reflecting the historic eras: Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Territorial and Statehood. The celebration commemorates a unique and historic event: the birth of our city. Founder’s Day honors Governor Cuervo y Valdés for his vision, and honors the first community. It also pays tribute to every generation that has contributed to the growth and prosperity of this enchanted city that was named the Villa de Alburquerque in 1706. The founding of Albuquerque is a success story worth celebrating.

Rise and Try Week, 2018

Spring break fun and learning for the whole family!


Mar 24, 2018 07:00 AM – Mar 31, 2018 06:00 PM


Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive
AlbuquerqueNM 87113


Saturday, March 24 through Saturday, March 31

Coinciding with APS and RRPS spring breaks is Rise and Try Week, a series of family-friendly, educational, and entertaining experiences offered by the Balloon Museum, which will be open daily, including Monday the 26th. Visit our exhibitions, experience our 4-D Theater and enjoy the North Grounds for a picnic or play time.

Kicking off the week will be Ballooning for All on March 24, 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. This balloon rally (weather permitting) for people of all abilities and special needs takes place on the Balloon Museum’s expansive and scenic North Grounds and features over 15 hot air balloons. Admission is free.

Other Rise and Try Week activities include:

  • Drone Race Day on Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Walk Up Workshops (3:00 to 5:00 p.m., free with paid museum admission)
    • Monday, March 26 – Creativity Toolbox
    • Tuesday, March 27 — Cookie Decorating (while supplies last) with Food Network winner Kristin Dowling of Rude Boy Cookies
    • Wednesday, March 28 – Iris Folding Balloon Greeting Cards
    • Thursday, March 29 – Adult Coloring Balloon Trading Cards
    • Friday, March 30 – Professional Photography Tips for your Phone
  • Monday March 26 through Friday March 30, guided tours of the museum’s main exhibition and our special exhibition. Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée. Free with paid museum admission. Tour times: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • During Spring Break Family Day, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy kites, balloons, bubbles, gliders, entertainment and hands-on art stations. Bring a picnic or enjoy food truck fare served on the Balloon Museum’s scenic North Grounds. Entry to all activities is included with payment of regular Balloon Museum admission fees.
  • The New Mexico Food Truck Festival, March 31, will bring dozens of the state’s best food trucks and craft beers to the North Grounds for a day of food, music, and family-friendly fun.


Prices vary by activity. Some are free admission, and others require payment of regular museum admission prices of $1-$4 per person, or special event admission prices for NM Food Truck Festival.

Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest

March 17, 2018 – March 18, 2018

Location: EXPO New Mexico
300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM
Phone: (505) 933-8650
Time: 10am-6pm
Price: Free to -$10

One stop shopping for some of the nation’s finest chocolates, coffees, cheeses, baked goods, candies, dips, sauces, wines, and beer.

Founded in 2009, the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest brings together 120 purveyors of incredible chocolates, coffees, candies, teas, gourmet foods, and wine and beer. While not sampling and shopping from these unique businesses, attendees enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, coffee seminars, baking contests, and a Kids Zone with free activities and live cow milking demonstrations.
By creating an affordable and accessible environment, the event now attracts over 18,000 chocoholics and coffee aficionados, making it the largest chocolate & coffee consumer festival in the country.
The event has grown to include purveyors of all types of gourmet foods and proudly presents craft cheeses, artisan breads and baked goods, and unique sauces and dips.

Over the years the festival has been featured in some national publications: CLICK HERE
The mission of the festival is twofold: 1) support the development and prosperity of small culinary businesses and 2) educate consumers of the farm-to-festival lifeline of both chocolate and coffee and the value of supporting local, culinary businesses.

Saturday, March 17, 2018: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018: 10am – 6pm
Alcohol sales start 10am on Saturday, 12pm on Sunday and end at 6pm each day.

– Adults: $10.00*
– Ages 4-12: $3.00
– Ages 3 & under: Free

BEND & BREW: Sunday morning yoga ticket: $25. Click For Details

WEEKEND PASSES: Valid both days of the festival, must be used by the same ticket holder(s).
– Adults: $18.00 – includes a commemorative glass, coffee mug
– Youth: $5.00
*The first 750 people to purchase an adult ticket online will receive a commemorative, and very cool, glass, festival coffee mug. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Mugs must be picked up at the festival. One mug per each adult ticket purchased.

All tickets include full access to the festival, the live music, the demonstrations and seminars at the kitchen stage, and outdoor Kids Zone and its free activities including jumpers and face painting.
Unlike other chocolate festivals, you do not pay extra for samples of chocolates, coffees, and other great food on sale from festival vendors. Yes, vendors provide complimentary samples of their amazing culinary creations, but if you enjoy a sample, please show some love, make a purchase, and support these hard-working, local businesses. Our community depends on it. Thank You.


– Parking is $5 per vehicle (cars, trucks, motorcycles)
– Bikes are free.
– Free handicapped parking available
– We will not have wheelchairs to rent

EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds
Manual Lujan Buildings A, B, C
300 San Pedro Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Enter at San Pedro & Copper

Indoor Track & Field World Records Broken in Albuquerque

by Tracy Cox

Albuquerque proves to be a world record-setting destination. From sprints, to pole vaults, to hurdles, New Mexico’s largest city has been the home of some of indoor track & field’s most impressive World and American records. On February 18, 2018, 21-year-old athlete and 2016 Olympian, Christian Coleman, from Fayetteville, GA, smashes the world record for the 60 Meter Dash with the light-speed time of 6.34 seconds. Coleman is one of many USATF athletes to wow the world with a new record in Albuquerque. Take a closer look at the track & field world records that were born here.

The Museum ROCKS! Gem & Mineral Show

The Museum ROCKS! brings together wholesale and resale dealers of both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and educational displays on the art and science of rocks and gems.

The Museum ROCKS! is sponsored by Friends of the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum to support the special needs of the museum as a service to the community.

Admission is only $7 for everyone aged 5 and up, which also includes museum entry!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 | 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018 | 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Travel + Leisure Top 50 Places to Travel in 2018 – Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rising above its associations with the annual hot-air-balloon festival, Albuquerque will this year set out to prove itself as a fully-fledged destination. The Sawmill District, just north of the historic Old Town, is being revived as a creative center, anchored by the arrival of the Hotel Chaco. The design of this boutique property, which opened in April, is inspired by the state’s indigenous culture, with handmade Navajo wool textiles and pueblo-inspired motifs. Come spring, downtown ABQ will also see the arrival of a new entertainment hub: the $40 million One Central, which will have a sleek bowling lounge, as well as upscale stores and restaurants. And just outside town, visitors will soon be able to experience the striking Sandia Mountains in a nail-biting new way. The proposed Mountain Coaster, an alpine sled-style ride that plunges riders down the mountainside in a total vertical drop of 380 feet, is due to open this fall. Getting to Albuquerque is becoming even easier, thanks to new nonstop flights from major U.S. cities via Southwest, United, and Alaska Airlines. —Melanie Lieberman

Annual Holiday Market @ The Rail Yards Market

    • Time: 12pm-4pm
    • Recurrence: Recurring daily
    • Admission: Free Admission
    • Location:Rail Yards Market

You spoke..We listened…The Holiday Market will be TWO Days this year: Saturday-Sunday! Keep it local for the Holidays, enjoy a historic experience, and discover the best of Burque’s local small businesses. Over 100 vendors of made-from-scratch delicious food and quality handmade crafts will convene for Albuquerque’s locavorian spirit this year for the 4th annual Holiday Market on December 9th &10th, 2017.

The event is co-presented by the Downtown Growers’ and Rail Yards Markets together to bring food, art, and music together for the Holidays. Sample New Mexico’s finest cuisine, peruse all the local gifts, create some fun in the Children’s zone, participate in our famous Ornament Exchange, and give back to your community at our Donation Station.

  • 777 1st Street S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: 505-304-8584

Nob Hill Shop & Stroll December 7th

Please join the merchants in Nob Hill as we kick off the holiday season! Central Ave will be closed for convenient walking. Interactive Activities, Pop-Up Gifts, Special Decorations and of course Live Music! This is a free event that is fun for all ages.

    • Admission: Free
    • Location: Nob Hill
  • 4310 Central Ave. S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
  • Phone: 505-280-3633