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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Become a Cheeseburger Connoisseur in New Mexico


3. What to Do

Watch one of New Mexico's famous sunsets at the Bosque del Apache nature preserve.  

Watch flocks of sandhill cranes take flight at the Bosque del Apache nature preserve in San Antonio, a spot revered among wildlife photographers. Visit in the late afternoon to catch the birds returning to their roost in the famous New Mexico sunset, or arrive early for a more solitary setting—the preserve opens an hour before sunrise.

Take a growler to go at the Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, a beer-lovers’ haven that’s open until midnight. Sample the seven in-house beers, including Wildflower Wheat and Oatmeal Stout, plus a rotating selection of seasonal varieties. Opt for a 5-ounce ($1.50), 10-ounce ($3), 16-ounce ($4), or 22-ounce ($5.50) pour. Drop in on Friday, when the brewery features a weekly cask ale, or listen to live music in the outdoor patio starting in April.

Hike through the Santa Fe National Forest to the San Antonio Hot Springs, a wooded, four-mile trek among pine trees and, come spring, wildflowers. (Less intrepid hikers can opt to take a shorter two-mile route to the McCauley Warm Springs.) The natural pools sustain a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit for a muscle-relaxing post-hike soak.

Published on Mar 11, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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