I have to admit, Sevilleta has always fallen by the wayside as I drive down to Bosque del Apache. This trip I finally detoured off the highway to see the Sevilleta visitors center. It has a great exhibit on Chihuahua Desert wildlife (including lots of taxidermy)–worth stopping for, as the Bosque del Apache info focuses almost entirely on birds.
–The Spaceport is currently not running tours, though a new tour provider supposedly will be taking over May 1, 2017. See www.spaceportamerica.com for details.
–Oasis Motel is closed.
–Pelican Spa’s “Red Pelican” wing is probably the best of the properties. Housekeeping can be a little bit spotty though.
–Latitude 33 restaurant is even better than when I last checked. Should get a “moon” callout!
–A brewpub is set to open in T or C in May, on Broadway. Be sure to check it out!
–Sierra Grande Lodge’s restaurant is now operating for all meals, and it’s very good. Don’t be alarmed by some of the high-price entrees (elk and pronghorn from Ted Turner’s ranches!). There are many affordable items on the menu, including an excellent green-chile stew for $3.50. Gruet rose is only $22 or so for a bottle, which is a steal.
–Catwalk Trail is open again.
–Burgers, Brownies & Beers, Oh My! is now called Shevek’s Casual. Same solid menu.
–Tapas Tree Grill is quite good. (I don’t normally call out good new finds here, but because I won’t be updating the 11th edition of the book, I want to draw attention to these!)