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Kate Nelson
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Kate Nelson

Kate Nelson has been discovering New Mexico’s stories, towns and restaurants since 1989 as a Midwestern transplant. Today, she serves as New Mexico Magazine’s managing editor and enjoys hearing from our longtime readers.

Atop Sandía Peak

Above: The Kiwanis Cabin was built from the limestone rock of Sandía. Photograph by Ian Beckley. THE LIMESTONE-BLOCK WALLS of Kiwanis Cabin cling to a craggy cliff atop Sandía Peak, looking both…

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Bosque Binge

Above: Dotted with color, Jemez Springs makes for a great fall road trip. Photograph by Minesh Bacrania. Coronado Historic Site In the heart of Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque, this site holds…

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Find Nature in the City

RANGERS AND VOLUNTEERS at the Río Grande Nature Center State Park have decades of knowledge about the bosque’s plant life, birds, mammals, and trails. “We have two instructional coordinators at this…

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More Than Gold

LEAF PEEPERS DON'T HAVE TO hit the high country or even leave the city to spot fall colors. Joran Viers says park hoppers can find bright red ornamental pears and peach-to-burgundy Chinese pistaches…

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Cottonwood Heaven

AS IT TUMBLES ACROSS the Colorado state line into New Mexico, the Río Grande nourishes a forested garden running the length of the state. Seen from above, as thousands of migrating birds do every…

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Camp in Style with KitFox

Meals at KitFox go far beyond standard camp fare. Photograph courtesy of KitFox. GOOGLE MAPS PROVIDED A LOVELY DRIVING TOUR of the Galisteo Basin Preserve but did little to help me find the New Mexico…

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What We're Reading: Stargazer

Anne Hillerman reunites her crime-fighting trio in this fictional tale of murder, astronomy, and a magical sacred site. Photograph by Douglas Merriam. ANNE HILLERMAN REUNITES HER FICTIONAL…

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Homes on the Range

The Sacred Heart Church in Bueyeros still holds Mass the first Saturday of each month. AFTER SERVICES IN SACRED HEART CHURCH, Mary Libby Campbell remembers, folks gathered in the old WPA schoolhouse…

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