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Spain came her first-After Indians

The establishment of the area by the "Empires of Europe" began with Spain coming to this area to find minerals and convert Indians to Christianity. In early 1500's, they migrated into what is now Mexico and established settlements. The furthest outposts were in ABQ/SAnta Fe areas. Citizens were offered land grants if they would settle and farm or raise cattle. Many did not make it well in the new country, but were unable to turn back, so had to tough it out. They got protection from soldiers, but also had to create their own militia to defend their homesteads.

Typical Kiva Meeting Council Structure

Navajo Indian pueblos are all around the area, with maybe 20+ tribe factions settled on the land that is their reservation designated for them after the migration of the white people coming west. They learned to try and live off the land, but also needed much subsistence over the years, and it continues. Kivas were used for tribal ceremonies and meetings of the people for important events and decisions regarding the settlement, or punishments for violators of culture issues.

Sandia Mountains Command the East of the City

The mountain range stretches about 20 miles on the east side of the city. Not much development has taken place into the mountains, but to say the least, it abuts right to the foothills and surrounds the beauty of the mountains. The range is rugged in many places, and also approachable in other areas.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Scenery around the city is worth viewing
  • Cons:Windy and traffic jams are too much to baer
  • In a nutshell:Large and expansive with too much traffic
  • Last visit to Albuquerque: Apr 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Great page Bruce! The Gillman Tunnels looks like a great adventure!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Don't like the look of all that heavy traffic, as for the scenery and treks, there is plenty to do that look really interesting! You must have been worn out after doing all of these!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    an interesting page, Bruce ! and that "wagon on the road" in your transportation-tip looks so great with its oldfashioned way to travel !

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    You have had really a great trip along New Mexico. Tent Rocks-Kasha-Katuwe reminds me the rock formations in Turkish Cappadocia.

    • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
      May 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Next time you can come over here, I recommend this area and all the parks of Utah/Arizona. Tent Rocks is similar to CAppadocia, yes. Bryce Canyon also has red "hoo doos" that are the same geology

    • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
      May 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Yes, I well remeber red Bryce Canyon!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Hi, Bruce! I see there's a lot to see and to do there! It would be great to explore all those places you have described!)

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    HI Bruce, a lot of good tips on your Albu page. I as born there many moons ago when my dad was in the air force at the Sandia Air Force base. I made it back for the first time last year with a group of friends but spent little time as we all went for a trip to Santa Fe. Best, Karl

    • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
      May 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Thanks for viewing Abq. It was nice to see and the hikes were fun/challenging. I go to Sacramento and Yosemite are in 3 months to do the same.


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