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What to do in Albuquerque on Bowl weekend

December 19, 2013

The Colorado State Rams play Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on December 21! It's time to start thinking about fun things to do while in Albuquerque for bowl weekend.

Old Town Albuquerque Plaza.Destination — Albuquerque!

After checking into your hotel and relaxing for a bit, you'll be thinking about an evening out on the town. Urbanspoon lists Albuquerque's most popular restaurants and provides links to each eatery.  

On the upscale end of things, there's Marcello's Chophouse. They serve steaks and chops, of course! Their signature dessert is a caramelized version of the classic banana split.

Among medium-priced restaurants, the Grove Cafe and Market supports local farmers and sustainable agriculture. Their food products are local and organic whenever possible and always the highest quality seasonal ingredients available.

They serve breakfast all day, brunch and lunch, as well as full line of espresso and coffee drinks, fine teas, beer, wine and brunch cocktails. 

Early riser?

You may want to see Old Town Albuquerque on Saturday morning. With a coffee cup and scone in hand, you can wander the central plaza, a serene village with quiet, hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens, and balconies. 

Unique items from around the world, as well as those distinctively Southwestern, can be found in more than 130 shops and boutiques.

Alumni and friends rally

The next morning (the day of the game), grab breakfast and hang out with other Ram fans at the Colorado State University Alumni Association's pregame rally. The rally is from 9-11:30 University Stadium, University of New Mexico.

Enjoy breakfast burritos, fruit, potatoes, and two drink tickets, entertainment, and plenty of Ram Pride.

Free to children under 12.  If you don't want to eat, register and attend for free to enjoy the excitement of the rally and hang out with other Ram fans!

Game time

The bowl game starts at noon. Remember to bring your creature comforts — stadium blankets and seats, hand warmers and hats, just in case. The average high in Albuquerque in December is 48 degrees.

So grab a hot chocolate at the concession stand and join the other green and gold fans inside the University of New Mexico stadium as the CSU Rams take on Washington State.

Rounding out the weekend

If you plan to stay in Albuquerque for the remainder of the weekend, here's a list of attractions to choose from, depending on the weather and the kinds of activities you enjoy. 

The Sandia Peak Tramway, lifts you from the Sandia foothills through five natural life zones to the top of the Sandia Mountains, more than 10,000 feet above sea level.

Petroglyph National Monument west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.The Indian Pueblo Culture Center is owned and operated by the 10 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico.  Visit the museums, galleries and gift shops where over 300,000 visitors annually experience the culture, art, and history of pueblo life. Children are welcome to join hands-on experience in the Pueblo House Children's Museum

You can "travel" through billions of years of New Mexico's natural history, from the formation of the universe to the present day at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

In the permanent exhibit, "FossilWorks," trained volunteers demonstrate the painstaking process of paleontological preparation.

The "Startup" Gallery is the first museum exhibition dedicated to the history of the microcomputer.

At the Petroglyph National Monument (open year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), take a historical hike among 15,000 ancient rock drawings which date back thousands of years.

The 7,100-acre monument contains some of the nation's largest natural displays of prehistoric artwork. This is an adventurous, educational experience. Visitors can take a ranger-guided tour that can last up to two hours or explore various trails on their own.