It is only a 3 -4 hr. trip but the trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico from Chaparral, New Mexico which is a small community just north of El Paso, Texas can find many interesting stops. There are two primary ways that to travel to Albuquerque from the El Paso area. One is up on I-25 through Las Cruces, T or C, Socorro and on into Albuquerque; and the other is on US 54 to Corona and then on state roads 42 and 41 through Willard and Moriarity and then on I-40 through the Tijeras Canyon. The more direct route is on I-25 but the US 54 trip is more scenic.
The Trip Up I-25
Off course, there is Las Cruces with its many museums, but for the purposes of this article we will be describing the smaller communities and their museums and off-beat attractions.
Most people in the living in the desert find that seeing water is a comfort. You just can’t help looking out to see the waters of Elephant Butte as you pass by. If you stop at Elephant Butte, there have been some good reviews about a place called Big Food Express & Club Bossa, 212 Warm Springs in Elephant Butte. This place is reported to have excellent prime rib, seafood, greek, thai and vegetarian dishes. Entertainment includes movies, live blues and rock bands, and an art gallery.
San Felipe Winery is located in the Engle Valley near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Seven generations of French winemakers from the Cheurlin family produce Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, White Zinfandel, Red Table Wine, and Sparkling Wines. Call ahead for wine tasting times. 505-843-8171.
Also in T or C is the Geronimo Springs Museum. In addition to honoring the Native-American Chief, exhibits include prehistoric Mimbres pottery, southwestern art, mining artifacts, pale ontological finds, and mementos of Ralph Edward’s original “Truth or Consequences” radio show. 325 Main St. 505-894-6600.
Bosque del Apache is Spanish for “woods of the Apache,” and was so named when the Spanish observed Apaches routinely camped along the riverside forest. Tens of thousands of birds-including sand hill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks-gather each autumn and stay through the winter. In the summer Bosque del Apache lives its quiet, green life as an oasis in the arid lands that surround it. For more information, phone 505-835-1828.
One favorite place to try, if the time is right, is the Owl Caf in San Antonio for lunch. Famous for its green chile cheeseburgers.