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DH Lawrence Ranch Free Tour: June 16

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch north of Taos will be open to the public for a free tour on June 16, giving Lawrence fans a rare opportunity to get a guided mosey around this historic property.

The free tour of the D.H.Lawrence Ranch takes place on Saturday June 16, 2012, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, led by Bill Haller, president of the Friends of D. H. Lawrence. The ranch is truly a beautiful place, I’ve often visited and taken writing workshop students there in the past. 

The location and views are lovely, and you can see Lady Dorothy Brett’s cabin complete with typewriter, the ponderosa pine famously depicted by Georgia O’Keeffe in her painting The Lawrence Tree, and walk the zig-zag path up to the Lawrence memorial, where Lawrence’s ashes are mixed into the altar. Take your camera – it’s a very photogenic and unique memorial!

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch is 17 miles north of Taos off Highway 522 near San Cristobal. Find a map to the Lawrence Ranch at the Friends of D. H. Lawrence website.

Free talks at Taos Public Library before and after the tour tie in with this event. Dr. Katherine Toy Miller will present  ‘Native American Connections: The Early Moderns, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos Pueblo, and the D. H. Lawrence Ranch’ on June 16 at 10 am and repeated at 2 pm at the Taos Library, 402 Camino de la Placita, Taos.

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New Mexico Centennial 2012 Summerfest in Albuquerque: June 16

New Mexico Centennial Summerfest takes place on Saturday June 16, 2012 in Albuquerque, as a celebration of New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial.

The free New Mexico Summerfest Centennial promises a great line-up of entertainment, culminating in free evening concerts at the Albuquerque Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza:

  • Country singer Will Banister from Clovis NM at 5:30 pm
  • Taos Pueblo Grammy award-winning musician Robert Mirabal at 6:30 pm
  • Grammy award-winning band Los Lobos at 8 pm

The day’s events starts at 12 noon, offering live entertainment at various Summerfest locations along Central Avenue, with pavilions and stages dedicated to performers reflecting New Mexico’s cultural mix: a Hispanic Heritage pavilion, a Native American stage with Gathering of Nations Inter Tribal Dancers, a New Mexico Office of African American Affairs stage, a World Pavilion, and a Rock and Rockabilly stage in honor of the classic era of Central Avenue as part of New Mexico’s historic Route 66.

Other event highlights include an arts and crafts show by New Mexico artists, a vintage car show, a Youthfest with activities for youngsters, plus storytellers, a cowboy poet, chautauquas on New Mexico history, gunfighters, drumming, dancing, and of course plenty of food vendors offering a feast of New Mexican foods!

A Science and Technology Center will feature exhibitors Spaceport America,  Explora, White Sands National Monument, Sandia National Labs,the National Museum of Nuclear History & Science, the Fractal Foundation, and other New Mexico science organizations.

All entertainment is free, and the full schedule for New Mexico Centennial Summerfest gives performance and event details and a map of the various locations.

Summerfest starts at 12 noon on June 16, and the ABQ Trolley Co will provide free trolley rides in a shuttle along Central Avenue from noon to 6 pm. 

This will be a very busy event, so if you’re visiting Albuquerque from out of town, it’s worth checking the options for New Mexico Summerfest public transportation, parking, and park and ride services.

And you might also want to check out our sister site Albuquerque on the Cheap, for local dining and attraction deals once you’re in the Duke City!

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Ruidoso Discount Coupons

If you’re visiting Ruidoso, check out these Ruidoso coupons for discounts on lodgings, attractions, dining and shopping. The coupons may vary over time, but right now I’m seeing:

  • $1 discount on Hubbard Museum of the American West adult admission
  • The Village Buttery free tea or cookie when you buy a meal
  • Blue Gem 20% discount on shopping
  • Cozy Cabins stay two nights and get the third night free
  • West Winds Lodge stay three nights and get the fourth night free in condos or cabin rooms

The Inn of the Mountain Gods coupon for a free appetizer or dessert when you buy two entrees at Smokey B’s looks great until you see the VERY tiny type: You must be a member of the Apache Spirit Club to use it. So don’t waste time printing that coupon out unless you are! 

Find the current Ruidoso coupons – the expiry dates vary, but many are valid through 2012.

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Taos Ski Valley Free Torchlight Parade

They’re commemorating the birthday of Taos Ski Valley’s founder Ernie Blake with a free Taos Ski Valley Torchlight Parade and fireworks on Saturday March 24, 2012.  The action starts at 8 pm, but arrive early because traffic can be slow winding up the ski valley road, and you’ll need time to scope out your spot to watch!

This is a great free show with torchlight parade skiers descending down the mountain, followed by a fireworks display.  Kids love it! My own favorite place to watch is from the deck at the St Bernard Hotel, and I can attest to the comforting glow of their spiked hot chocolate. But you’ll get excellent views from Rhoda’s Deck or just about anywhere in the ski valley… unless you deliberately hide yourself behind a tree.

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National Parks Free: January 14 – 16

National Parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all visitors for this weekend, from January 14 – 16 2012.

The free entry to National Parks offers the chance to enjoy the great New Mexico outdoors over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

New Mexico National Parks that usually charge fees but are free on January 14-16 are:

If you’ll be out-of-state for the holiday weekend, find more than 100 US National Parks with free admission, listed by state or name.

For readers in northern New Mexico, note that Mesa Verde National Park, just over the border in Southwestern Colorado, is currently waiving its admission fee until March 3, 2012. After this period of free admission, the regular rate of $10 or $15 per vehicle applies, depending when you visit.

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National Parks Free: November 11-13

National Parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all visitors for Veterans Day weekend, from November 11 – 13, 2011.

The Veterans Day Weekend free entry to National Parks offers the chance to enjoy the great New Mexico outdoors, or perhaps take a day trip on the last of these beautiful fall days!

New Mexico National Parks that usually charge fees but are free on November 11-13 are:

If you’ll be out-of-state for Veterans Day weekend, find more than 100 US National Parks with free admission for Veterans Day weekend, listed by state or name.

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Sugarite Canyon Halloween Trail: Free Family Event

The Sugarite Canyon Halloween Trail event takes place on the evening of Saturday October 22, 2011, at Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton.

The free trail walk is for families with kids aged 4 to 10 years old, and it runs from 6 – 8 pm. the adventure unfolds through encounters with characters such as Black Bear and Mountain Lion. Kids receive refreshments, small activities to take home, and the educational event aims to help them learn how to stay safe around wildlife. In previous years the trail has been lined with pumpkins, although there’s no guarantee it’ll be the same this year.

While the event is free, advance registration is necessary on (575)445-5607. They also encourage a donation of $5 per family to Friends of Sugarite.

Sugarite Canyon is a New Mexico State Park.

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Free National Parks Admission

It’s National Parks free admission day on Saturday September 24,  2011, and over 100 national parks and monuments that usually require admission fees offer free entrance to celebrate Public Lands Day.

The New Mexico National Parks that usually charge an admission fee but are free on September 24 are:

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New Mexico State Fair Discounts

The New Mexico State Fair 2011 takes place in Albuquerque until September 25.  On Wednesday 21 September, State Fair tickets are on sale in a buy-one-get-one-free deal.

Admission also works out to half price on any day if you take the Creamland Dairy Coupon on Creamland milk cartons for Buy One Get One Free admission .

On Wednesday and Thursday, save $5 on daily ride wristbands, when they cost $15.  Every other day the ride wristbands cost $20.

Regular New Mexico State Fair admission prices:  $7 adults, $5 seniors (62+) and $5 for children aged 6 to 12. Children under 5 get free admission.

 

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