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Alcalde, New Mexico: Boondoggle Conquistador Visitor Center

A larger-than-life bronze statue of a mounted Spanish Conquistador rises in front of a multi-million-dollar visitor center and museum that was built in the 1990s but never opened.

Hwy 68, Alcalde, NM
1.5 miles north of the city, on the northbound side of Hwy 68, at its intersection with Rd 1064. Look for the official blue Onate Monument Visitor Center sign. It will be gated, but you can park in the entryway, get out, and walk around.
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Boondoggle Conquistador.

Boondoggle Conquistador Visitor Center

The only suggestion of activity at the Conquistador Visitor Center is the flags a flyin', perhaps maintained by the occupants of the RV that is encamped near the entrance.

[Andrea Rymill, 05/23/2018]

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