Tourism

Historic Belen District:

historic_belen_districtCome walk the streets of the older part of this historic city.  Stop and take a look at the railroad yard, Harvey House and several historic buildings.  Dine at Pete’s, serving customers for over 50 years.  This is a favorite area for movie producers, as they’ve shot 26 film projects in this area. 5 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

 

BNSF Railyard:

Belen is home to BNSF’s largest inspection yard on the southern transcontinental corridor (Southern Transcon).  The Belen facility, like others in the BNSF system, primarily serves as a maintenance and fueling oasis along the transcontinental journey. Trains are inspected every 1,000 miles. Workers refuel locomotives and service equipment, and the railroad uses these stops to switch crews.  At the north end of the yard is the Belen Junction. Here, three trains wait at the fuel depot on the  north end of the yard.   This is a railroad watchers dream location.5 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

Garden Gate Day Spa & Green Leaf Studio: 

Located on the campus of the Center for Ageless Living (El Cerro

Loop, Los Lunas, NM), We offer a comprehensive spa menu including treatments for the body and skin. We are located just south of the metropolitan area of Albuquerque on a six acre campus dedicated to aging services and treatments.  Green Leaf Studio targets core strength, flexibility and focus learned by practicing the ancient arts of Yoga, and Meditation are essential components of an ageless lifestyle. 15 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

Harvey House:

harvey_houseThe Santa Fe railroad arrived in the small farming community of Belen in 1880.  For the next

25 years, most of the train traffic went west out of Albuquerque – by-passing Belen.  In 1908 the railroad opened a new line that avoided the steep grades over Raton Pass and was known as the Belen cut-off.  Traffic increased significantly.

Rail passengers who stopped in Belen needed a place to get a good meal.  So in 1910 the railroad built a Harvey House restaurant in Belen to accommodate the hungry train passengers.  It was the 86th restaurant in the chain, operated by Fred Harvey.  It contained a large lunchroom, a more formal dining room, a newsstand, kitchen facilities, a bakery, and sleeping rooms upstairs for the Harvey Girls who served the meals.

That Harvey House is still standing today.  Inside you can find hundreds of memorabilia pertaining to the Harvey House and the Santa Fe Railway, as well as exhibits on early local businesses in Belen.  The Harvey House Museum is one of the few places where you can learn about America’s first chain of restaurants.  See the film exhibits from 26 movies shot in this city.  It is a fascinating story.

The Bugg Lights at the Harvey House:  The Harvey House also features the Bugg Light Display.  It features  200,000 lights, music and decorations.  For years, it has been a New Mexico tradition. www.belen-nm.gov/Community/HarveyHouseBelen.htm 10 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

National Radio Astronomy Observatory:

national_radio_astronomy_observationThe Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio    observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico.60 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

 

Rail Runner: 

rail_runnerThe Rail Runner trains go from Belen to Santa Fe, with many intermediate stops in the towns of Los Lunas, Albuquerque and Bernalillo.  The train ride is a comfortable and modern one with electricity for commuters.  It has both daily commuter and tourist utilization.  Coupled with the Rio Metro Bus System, it becomes an important regional transportation system.  Come ride through the scenic back roads of this route through several pueblos and three 4 major cities. www.nmrailrunner.com  5 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall.

Southwest Model Railroad Club: 

This is part of a national railroad club system.  It is now located at Mid Valley Airport Hangar on Highway 314, just south of Los Lunas.  They have exhibits open frequently and have a model HO Scale Model Train Layout.   20 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

Salt Mission Trail: 

The Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway traverses the heart of New Mexico, from the             mountains to the plains. It follows old trade routes, rail beds, and footpaths that echo with the hazy activities of yesteryear. If you listen closely, you’ll hear the footsteps of Indians trading life’s necessities, the whistle of a train as it pulls into the station, or the chattering voices of families traveling across the country on Route 66.

The eastern and southern branches of the byway run through the plains, while its western branch runs through the mountains. Like icing on the cake, there are hiking, picnicking, and camping opportunities in the lovely forested valleys of the Cibola National Forest south of Tijeras. Take your pick –Tunnel Canyon, Otero Canyon, Cedro Campground, and Pine Flat Picnic Area.  The trail runs through Moriarty, Edgewood, Sedillo, Cedar Creek, Tjeras, Cedro, Chilili, Tajique, Manzano, Mountain Air, Willard, Estancia and McIntosh. 45 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

Salt Mission Trail: 

The Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway traverses the heart of New Mexico, from the             mountains to the plains. It follows old trade routes, rail beds, and footpaths that echo with the hazy activities of yesteryear. If you listen closely, you’ll hear the footsteps of Indians trading life’s necessities, the whistle of a train as it pulls into the station, or the chattering voices of families traveling across the country on Route 66.

The eastern and southern branches of the byway run through the plains, while its western branch runs through the mountains. Like icing on the cake, there are hiking, picnicking, and camping opportunities in the lovely forested valleys of the Cibola National Forest south of Tijeras. Take your pick –Tunnel Canyon, Otero Canyon, Cedro Campground, and Pine Flat Picnic Area.  The trail runs through Moriarty, Edgewood, Sedillo, Cedar Creek, Tjeras, Cedro, Chilili, Tajique, Manzano, Mountain Air, Willard,Estancia and McIntosh. 45 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall.

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Tome Art Gallery: 

tome_art_galleryThe Tomė Art Gallery is located in a historic adobe building. The Tomė Art Gallery is a cooperative that contains work from over 50 New Mexico artists. It features many shows and special events throughout the year.  The gallery sells and displays a wide variety of original hand crafted  fine art, pottery, handwoven articles, jewelry,  and much more.  10 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall.

Belen Art League/Gallery: 

belen_art_league_galleryThe Belen Art League has a 50 year history of working in the area.  They have classes in many disciplines and many items on display.

www.Belelartleaguegalleryandgifts.com 

10 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall