Secret Albuquerque: A Guide to the Weird Wonderful, and Obscure (April 2020, from Reedy Press)

Where in Albuquerque can you find accidentally dropped nuclear weapons, Microsoft s first office, or the remains of an amusement park dedicated to comic book character Red Ryder? Why does Albuquerque have a grave for a fictional character and where do people play in a maggot pit? Where can you sleep in a spy s former home, spot an Arroyosaurus, or walk among monumental origami? And where exactly can you eat a seven-pound burrito? You’ll find the answers to these questions, and many others, in this guide to the Duke City s overlooked, offbeat, and unknown. Secret Albuquerque profiles the city s best-kept restaurant secrets, most fascinating museums, and oddest works of art. It shines a light on little-known aspects of local culture and reveals the secrets behind beloved Albuquerque landmarks. You’ll discover where the Mercury Astronauts received their pre-mission physicals (even female astronauts), learn how a former brothel became a bed-and-brew, and uncover the deed and misdeeds of a famed archaeologist. Written by Burqueña and local author Ashley M. Biggers, Secret Albuquerque offers a new way to explore the Duke City. It’s your guide to uncovering hidden histories of places you thought you knew and discovering off-the-beaten-path attractions you can visit today.

Eco-Travel New Mexico (September 2017, fromUniversity of New Mexico Press)
Eco-Travel New Mexico is the essential take-along companion to sustainable travel in New Mexico, on the main trails and off the beaten path. Ashley M. Biggers’s guide delves into the heart of this enchanting land–from stunning natural landscapes to vital cultural areas that give New Mexico its distinctive character. With handy insider tips and insights, the guide takes travelers to eco-friendly destinations, farm-to-table restaurants, and green hotels and introduces them to sustainable outfitters. Complete with recommended hikes and camping areas, Eco-Travel New Mexico gives travelers the tools they need to authentically and responsibly explore their environment.

This title is part of the Southwest Adventure Series, for which Ashley M. Biggers is the lead editor. Contact her if you’re interested in further information about the series.

Honors:

Bronze, Best Guidebook, Society of American Travel Writers’ 2018 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

 

Best Travel Book, 2018 New Mexico–Arizona Book Awards


100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die, 2nd Edition (Reedy Press, second edition released June 2018)

Albuquerque may be (well deservedly) known for Route 66, Breaking Bad, and its famous green chiles. But there’s much more to know—and love—about this lively Southwestern city. Whether you’re a native Albuquerquean looking to mark another local experience off your “bucket list” or an out-of-towner in search of a few vacation ideas, let this second edition of 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die be your guide. The book celebrates the top ways to (re)discover the city—from a trip four thousand feet up an aerial tramway to a public art walk. No Duke City exploration is complete without getting outdoors—and rewarding yourself with a delicious meal afterwards. This guide includes places to hike, bike, and paddle, and where to dine on dishes prepared by the city’s top chefs. Before you head out on your next adventure, check out this revised list featuring seventeen new destinations to see what makes Albuquerque a world unto itself.

First Edition Honors:

Gold, Best Guidebook from the Society of American Travel Writers Western Chapter (2016)

Finalist, New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards (2016)