1 Hit the snow.
Grab your snowshoes or cross-country skis and head to Chama on Saturday for the 51st annual Chama Chile Ski Classic. The 6km loop-course includes a section of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Races in a variety of categories, including some for kids, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, begin with registration at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day.
Sage Faulkner, program manager with Chama Peak Land Alliance, says the conditions are prime for racing and winter fun. “The location is phenomenal,” she says. “It’s such a beautiful place.” Enjoy the freshly groomed course’s spectacular views from the designated spectators’ spot, near the parking lot.
2 Rev up for a monster mash.
Watch massive trucks race, catch air, do tricks, and smash each other up at the Rio Rancho Event Center during the Toughest Monster Truck Tour on Friday and Saturday. These tricks can be dangerous, but don’t worry, the drivers of this tour are known for their creativity and professionalism, while stressing safety. Pit passes get you in early, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday, to meet the drivers, get an up close look at the vehicles, and more.
3 March for Martin Luther King.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend in Albuquerque. On Saturday at 10 a.m., a MLK parade and march starts on the University of New Mexico campus at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and University Boulevard and ends at Civic Plaza. Following the march, a MLK Commemoration Ceremony is held on the plaza.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., the Doña Ana County NAACP kicks off its MLK 2024 Weekend with a march beginning at 200 N. Main St., in Las Cruces. New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torrez is the keynote speaker for the 2024 MLK Breakfast at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Monday at 8 a.m.
4 Hi, Barbie!
Dress up in your best Barbie outfit and head to the Barbie exhibit at the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup. Learn Barbie’s history with a large collection of iconic dolls from over the decades and snap a photo inside a life-size Barbie box. Opening Friday through January 31, the display is sure to excite anyone who has fallen back in love with the world’s most famous doll thanks to the recent success of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie.
5 Witness tradition.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque hosts the Zuni Olla Maidens, dancers from Zuni Pueblo who perform traditional choreography, on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Part of the cultural center’s weekly Cultural Dance Program, the dancers demonstrate the ways in which prayer, song, and dance are integral parts of Indigenous culture, and unique to each pueblo and tribe. The dancers perform at noon in the cultural center’s courtyard.