With four museums and six monuments, the nonprofit Museum of New Mexico Foundation keeps the state's artistic and cultural heritage alive with enthralling permanent collections, exhibits, and events. Art aficionados can marvel at more than 20,000 works by artists with strong ties to the state in the New Mexico Museum of Art, check out more than 1,300 artifacts in the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and attempt to tape their “lost cat” flyers to more than 100,000 items culled from 100 countries at the Museum of International Folk Art. Meanwhile, the New Mexico History Museum’s 30,000-square-foot exhibition space covers topics ranging from the Santa Fe Trail to World War II through art, maps, and photographs.
After each museum visit, guests can stop by the Coronado State Monument, which marks the spot where Coronado and his crew entered the Rio Grande Valley in search of the Seven Cities of Gold and their lost car keys. The foundation's sextet of monuments also includes the stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village at Jemez and exhibits on frontier and military life at Fort Selden.
The instructors at Sierra Aviation share more than 15,000 hours of combined experience in the skies, and use their aviator's intuition to instill students with proper technique and the confidence to put it to use?regardless of their skill level. A fleet of well-maintained planes offers a range of options, whether pupils are just learning to fly or going for more advanced licenses.
Lots of kids start their own lawn-mowing business to earn extra cash. For 12-year-old Ryan Fellows, every neighbor's yard he cut put him closer to buying a shotgun so he could go hunting with his cousins, uncles, and grandfather. As the outdoorsy young man continued hunting, he also dabbled in competitive rifle shooting with his high school's JROTC team. Combining his advanced marksmanship skills with his love of martial arts, Ryan went on to earn multiple training certifications—awarded from institutions such as the state, NRA, and Glock—and applied them toward his own training business, as well as his post of director of US operations for SAFE International.
A self-professed "epitome of an entrepreneur," he also works as a professional photographer. His portfolio is loaded with sports-action shots and portraits of celebrities such as Luciano Pavarotti and Jamie Lee Curtis looking as contemplative and approachable as less-famous people.
For lessons that incorporate live-fire training, Sierra3Alpha's instructors teach at local ranges in the area.
Students typically use their own guns during live-fire training. In certain cases?such as private lessons?instructors may supply firearms.
Safety. That is the driving force behind everything Sierra3Alpha does. During its gun-safety classes, a certified instructor covers essential concepts, including firearms storage and proper handling. From there, classes dive into more advanced topics, such as what to do if a firearm malfunctions. Beyond these lecture-based lessons, the instructor can lead group and private live-fire classes for rifles, pistols, and shotguns.
At ABQ’s Playroom, barefoot tykes aged 9 and younger tote tiny shopping baskets through the Discovery Zone, a colorful shopping center replete with cashier station and kitchen. The miniature commercial hub reflects ABQ’s Playroom’s mission to furnish young minds with ample opportunities for role-play and interaction with their peers during unstructured playtime. In addition to the shopping center, children can reenact scenes from their favorite Beckett masterpiece at the puppet theater, or tinker with toys and Wii video games at the School Age Clubhouse. Additionally, instructors complement the unstructured playtime with a variety of enrichment classes that explore music, art, and Lego robotics.
At Sundance Aviation, shimmering fiberglass gliders soar up to 18,000 feet above see level as they cruise over the New Mexico desert. Pilots navigate gliders such as the modern fiberglass Grob 103 high above the air, riding thermal in the summer and mountain wave lifts in the winter. Pilots offer easy-going, scenic tours as well as more acrobatic flights that take passengers on a series of multiple loops, wing-overs, chandelles, and deep stalls.