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Near Horizons: A Weekender's Guide to Easy Getaways from Albuquerque

M. J. Cain
Illustrated by Cirrelda Snider

Designed to assist the Albuquerque dweller who may not have a lot of time, or a huge budget, this guide offers regular doses of "escape." Santa Fe and Taos are not discussed, because so many tour books cover these towns to the nth degree. There are a host of places roughly one to three-and-one-half hours away from Albuquerque just fine for a weekend, if not necessarily ideal for a long vacation. Trips are chosen based on distances that are an easy reach (primary destinations are 179 miles or less)--Jemez Springs, Pecos, Grants, Cuba, Chimayo, Gallup, Quemado, Carrizozo, Truth or Consequences, Conchas Lake, Dulce/Chama, Tres Ritos, and Aztec. This book is a treasure trove of information about places close at hand but not usually thought of as destinations. Here they are presented as delightful journeys with practical knowledge about lodgings, restaurants, day hikes, flora and fauna, recreational resources, camping opportunities, historical context, architectural insights, flavorful neighborhoods, local culture, useful tips, navigation, and interesting facts about the contrasting environments of New Mexico. Though the book is specifically oriented to "getaways" from Albuquerque, its contents are pertinent to anyone wishing to visit these overlooked areas.


M. J. Cain has written articles, reports, and books spanning archaeology to public history. The author has studied and explored New Mexico and the Southwest for the past fifteen years, assisted by human and canine companions. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


"Buy this book, it's the best $14 you'll spend this season."


Southwest BookViews

" Near Horizons celebrates the glory of the one-tank road trip, authenticating
through atlas-type information and shaggy dog tales the penetrating knowledge
that cuts deep and reveals place in all its layers. Whether you're a jaded
local lulled into a flatline alpha wave trance by the Albuquerque to Santa Fe
to Taos highway blues or an adventurous visitor in search of prenuclear New
Mexico, you'll find an alternate route to weekend escapism in this meaty,
all-natural guidebook."


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Published By La Alameda Press

6 x 9 in. 236 pages 41 illustrations, 1 halftone, 1 map