Travel Guide New Mexico tm, Rio Rancho, New Mexico Economic Development
The City of Rio Rancho is located on the southern border of Sandoval County. Sandoval is the State of New Mexico's second most populous and fastest growing County. Sandoval County comprises the northern section of the Albuquerque MSA and encompasses 3,716 square miles of diverse geography and people. It includes the incorporated municipalities of Bernalillo, Cuba, Corrales, Jemez Springs, Rio Rancho and San Ysidro, numerous unincorporated communities, the chartered community of Cochiti Lake, all or portions of nine Indian pueblos, three Navajo Chapters and part of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. The municipalities of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, and Corrales all border each other in Southern Sandoval.
State: The State of New Mexico is also one of four minority-majority states in the Union. Taking into account New Mexico's largest university (University of New Mexico in Albuquerque) and the state's most populous MSA (2008: 840,737), the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho metro area offers a unique and cultural experience.
City: The City of Rio Rancho comprises over 100 square miles of land and is just 30 minutes from the Albuquerque International Sunport and 45 minutes from Santa Fe, the cultural center of the Southwest. The City of Rio Rancho has an estimated 2010 population of 85,639, and as the state's fastest-growing city, is setting high standards for both quality of life and conducting business. Rio Rancho residents also enjoy a moderate four-season climate, affordable housing options, and one of the state's lowest crime rates.
Rankings: In 2010, RIo Rancho was named the 51st Best Place to Live by Money Magazine. Rio Rancho was named the Best Place to Raise Kids in New Mexico for 2009 and 2010. In April 2008, RIo Rancho was named Best Place to Live and Launch by Fortune Small Business Magazine. In 2005, Rio Rancho was named in Money Magazine as one of America's Best Places to Live for the second year in a row. For the past nine years, Men's Fitness Magazine has ranked the Fittest and Fattest Cities in America; in 2007, Albuquerque ranked first for the fittest city in America, moving up from number 13 in 2006.
Education: Rio Rancho has an educated population with approximately 25 percent of its citizens holding a Graduate, Bachelor or Associates Degree; at least 91 percent have high school diplomas. As a community, Rio Rancho values education. The school district is considered among the best in the state with a state-of-the-art high school that focuses on technology-related programs. A second high school has been built on a 150-acre campus east of the City's Central Business District. The presence of Intel in the community also draws a highly-educated trailing spouse population.
As the newest city in a state saturated with tradition and history, Rio Rancho uniquely combines the convenience of modern master-planning and pro-business government with the cultural values intrinsic to its geographic location. The City borders historic municipalities like Duke City (Albuquerque), the Town of Bernalillo, the Santa Ana Pueblo, and the Village of Corrales. Rio Rancho is proud of its cultural heritage within New Mexico and allows its residents a progressive location from which to enjoy it.
With the creation of a central business district, the development of a major university and community college, low cost of living, and a rapidly growing population, the City of Rio Rancho is solidly fulfilling its nickname and self-imposed mandate as The City of Vision.
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Step into the sacred lands of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa to experience a resort like none other. Situated between Santa Fe and Albuquerque at the base of the Sandia Mountains, each inch of our exotic New Mexico resort reflects the rich history of the Tamayame. Luxurious pueblo-style guestrooms showcase traditional designs created with natural materials, along with the modern comforts and pampering amenities.
Enjoy a fascinating combination of old and new in the endless activities at this Santa Ana Pueblo hotel relax in our soothing spa, play golf on our nationally-ranked course, take a thrilling hot-air balloon ride, go for a horseback ride, or immerse yourself in the lifestyle of our gracious hosts. From memorable conventions to incredible family vacations, you'll find our resort hotel in New Mexico a unique adventure to treasure.
New Mexico True OVERview
Three minutes of aerial video, all around beautiful New Mexico.
music: Softly Inspiring fr. AudioBlocks
Shot with DJI Inspire 1 and DJI Phantom Vision 2 Plus
All flights were either in non-restricted airspace or with permission.
Scenes (in order of first appearance):
Santa Fe skyline
Las Cruces from I-10 rest area (w/ “The Roadrunner” by Olin Calk)
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Rio Grande Gorge near Taos
Black Range outside Kingston, near Emory Pass
Taos Ski Valley
Blue Hole, Santa Rosa
Twin Warriors Golf Club, Santa Ana Pueblo
San Lorenzo Canyon near San Acacia
Rio Grande Rafting (Racecourse section)
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Bottomless Lakes State Park
Clayton Lake State Park
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Rio Grande at Arroyo Hondo
Rio Grande at Corrales
Storrie Lake State Park
Sugarite Canyon State Park
Western New Mexico University, Silver City
Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
Lea County Courthouse, Lovington
Union County Courthouse, Clayton
Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque
Las Vegas (Plaza, Charlie’s Spic and Span, Castaneda Hotel, Highlands University)
San Jose de Gracia Church, Las Trampas
El Santuario de Chimayo
Artesia (and “Derrick Floor & Oilfield Pioneer Monument” and “Partners” sculptures)
Lake Carlsbad Beach Park, Carlsbad
Clayton and Eklund Hotel
Silver City Downtown
The Lodge at Cloudcroft
Hobbs High School
Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho
Lovington High School
City of Rocks State Park
Hobbs Welcome Sign
Trestle Recreation Area, Cloudcroft
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs
Brantley Lake State Park
Burro Avenue, Cloudcroft
Rockwind Community Links, Hobbs
Elephant Butte Dam
Zia Park Racetrack, Hobbs
John Dunn Bridge, Arroyo Hondo
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Victory Ranch Alpacas, Mora
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces
Santa Fe Railyard
Sandia Peak Tramway, Albuquerque
Sandia Resort & Casino - Best Weekend Getaway - New Mexico 2016
Albuquerque's Sandia Resort & Casino is New Mexico's place for fun! Delicious dining, wedding venues, lounges, and of course, over 2300 slot machines!
Weekend Getaway to Tamaya Resort, NM
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is a luxury resort settled in the Rio Grande River valley, just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. The resort is actually on Native American land, where you can truly escape from your cares. Explore, adventure, relax and eat great New Mexican cuisine while here at Tamaya.
New Mexico 13 ~ Jemez Historic Site, Red Rock Church and Pueblo Ruins
We visit Jemez Historic Site situated among the amazing red mesas and canyons, with a huge red-rock San Jose de Los Jemez church built by hand and the ruins of a 500 year old Indian village. It’s amazing to think these people lived here in this mysterious, beautiful land. And in fact the modern-day Jemez people currently still live nearby in the Jemez (Walatowa) Pueblo.
Then we head to Albuquerque and get some intersting food along the way!
Join us next time as we start heading further south towards the Manzano Mountains, which also have an amazing but different desert look. Thank you so much for hiking with us!
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18th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour
September 17 - 18, 2011
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Pojoaque River Art Tour, known for its tri-cultural nature, quality, and variety of exhibitors, includes twelve studios and two artists' markets, totaling thirty-three artists.
Located approximately sixteen miles north of Santa Fe, the tour takes visitors through artists' creative nests in the Pueblo of Pojoaque, into Nambe, State Highway 503, along County Road 84 (parallels Hwy 502 to Los Alamos) and through the traditional communities of Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho. Visitors travel through the eclectic and lovely old farming communities of Pojoaque, and Nambé, a wonderful opportunity for a bike or auto adventure on a fall weekend.
The journey through Pojoaque's inspired ambience can still be navigated in a single day. As they follow the tour, art-watchers will continue to be rewarded with a wide array of paint and print styles and media, including: contemporary and traditional oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, assemblage, monotypes, Sumi-e, watercolor, egg tempera, gouache and pastel. Artists and artisans will also unveil original works in photography, jewelry, sculpture, ironwork, woodturning, glass, weaving, and ceramics. Some will be involved in works-in-progress and provide demonstrations.
Area artists will also be hosted by Estrella del Norte Vineyard, a thriving vineyard and winery in Nambe, and Casa Del Rancho, the beautifully remodeled old El Rancho Bar, now a special events venue. There, matachines will dance at a scheduled time each day.
Tour maps are available at Santa Fe hotels and B & B's, and maps and displays picturing representative work shown at each studio can be found at the Pojoaque Pueblo Visitor Center (off Hwy 285/84) and Casa del Rancho (off Hwy 502), opposite the El Rancho Community Center. Visitors can also simply follow the yellow and black road signs and obtain maps at artists' studios. A download of the tour map can be found here. Frito Pies, tamales and refreshments will be sold by seniors at Casa del Rancho.
Artists in the order that their images are shown are:
Dolores Purdy Corcoran
Thanks to 98.1 KBAC Radio Free Santa Fe and Ira Gordon for the voice-over.
Santa Claran Hotel • Casino -- Best Weekend Getaway - New Mexico 2013
Located on the ancestral lands of the modern-day Santa Clara Pueblo tribe, the new Santa Claran Hotel represents the values of those whose traditions surround us. The hotel's mission statement is based on the Pueblo's cultural traits of warmth, friendship and hospitality.
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