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Thank God for Texans and their money.
Texans help explain the 3.3 percent growth of leisure and hospitality wage jobs over the past year, say hospitality executives. The situation offers a big, “nnaahhh, so there!” to those who whined about the state Tourism Department choosing an ad agency based in (gasp!) Austin. As in Texas.
Striped balloons dot a bright blue sky. Red rocks silhouette a lone dead tree. A white ladder leans on a brown adobe dwelling.
On a road trip around New Mexico, this mix of motifs and cultures seems to echo across the centuries and turn up at every stop, whether you’re visiting 1,000-year-old native villages, churches from the era of Spanish conquistadors or the landscape that inspired 20th-century painter Georgia O’Keeffe.
For a place that only achieved statehood in 1912, New Mexico has more history than many of the 13 original colonies. The rich traditions of 22 Native tribes define much of this Land of Enchantment, pulsating vibrantly from the pueblos into museums, galleries, restaurants and resort casinos—many of which the tribes now own.
”One of the most inspiring American experiences is witnessing the culture of the first Americans come alive in a spectacle of swirling, pulsing color.
Every April, approximately 3,000 Native American dancers and singers from roughly 700 tribes come together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete and celebrate their heritage. The teams blend traditional style with modern, innovative techniques, so the result is more than just living history, it’s the evolution of a culture that most Americans think has all but died away.
Your vacation snapshots and travel anecdotes are officially in demand.
In fact, they could be worth $5,000.
The New Mexico Tourism Department on Monday launched “New Mexico True Stories,” a 14-week contest offering more than $10,000 in cash and prizes to travelers who share photographs, memories and tips from their New Mexico trips.
Called the “Grand Canyon with a roof on it,” Carlsbad Caverns in the Chihuahuan Desert are one of the world’s deepest, biggest and most decorated caverns ever found. They’re most famous for the “Big Cave” and its Big Room—a massive 14 acre space filled with unusual calcium-carbonate cave formations. Visitors can see the Bottomless Pit, Giant Dome, Rock of Ages and Painted Grotto – formations created when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone.
Representatives from more than 500 North American Indian tribes converge in Albuquerque to celebrate their rich heritage at The Gathering of Nations Powwow, the largest such event on the continent. The University of New Mexico’s arena, The Pit, is filled for two days with dancers, singers, and drummers of all ages competing alongside skilled crafters for more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. This convergence of cultures also features an Indian Trader’s Market, filled with Native American crafts and foods, and Stage 49, which showcases contemporary Native American music.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been named the third most-favorite family destination in a national poll by FamilyFun, a family travel magazine and a popular source for travel recommendations and family activities.
FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of parents with children 3 to 12, asking them to rate popular vacation destinations for affordability, accessibility and fun. Carlsbad Caverns placed third in “Overall Favorite Family Destinations” with the top two spots going to Yellowstone National Park and Acadia National Park. All but one of the top 10 selections are national parks indicating that vacationers enjoy choosing destinations that are set aside for the purpose of natural, historic and cultural preservation.
“Vacations provide a special time for families to come together and create lasting memories,” said Ann Hallock, Editor-in-chief, FamilyFun magazine. “And we were thrilled to see that so many are choosing to do that while heading outdoors to take advantage of our wonderful national park system.”