3400 E. Tucumcari Blvd.
Tucumcari, NM 88401
Phone: (575) 461-4194
Fax: (206) 984-2761
Whether you are an antique collector, a local history buff, or merely a curious traveler looking to discover the stories the lay hidden behind the demure facade of this small town, the Tucumcari Historical Museum has something for you. Housed within the town's old schoolhouse, built in in 1903, the museum is an exhibit in itself. Spread across the building's three floors and landscaped garden you will encounter thousands of artifacts, rare photographs, antiques and memorabilia that together chronicle the rich and colorful history of this region. This museum is quite unlike any other, with everything from old cowboy hats, boy scout uniforms, prized bowling balls, antique jukeboxes and Native American pottery cluttered together much like they might be in the home of an organized hoarder with a discerning eye and a penchant for collecting the most unusual things. For all those who think they've seen in all, the Tucumcari Historical Museum holds treasures that you never knew existed or could still exist today.
Although small in stature and size when compared to the country's major natural history museums, the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum has a few notable achievements of its own to tout. Apart from being home to one of the country's first displays of a complete 40 foot long Torvosaurus skeleton, the museum also boasts a collection of bronze skeletons and replicas that is larger than that held by any other museum across the world. Spread over an impressive space of 10,000 square feet, the museum's exhibition room home to numerous displays that focus upon the "Age of Dinosaurs". Each exhibit has been carefully arranged so as to allow visitors to learn more about this mysterious and intriguing chapter of our planet's history. Exhibits include actual fossils and skeletons alongside reproductions of Jurassic creatures and their environments. Although the museum's laboratory is not open to the public, a large window allows them to get a glimpse into the inner workings of the museum as college students and researchers work on fossils and other artifacts just beyond the glass. At the extensive gift shop, visitors can purchase educational materials, clothing, fossils, minerals and other goodies to remember their time at the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum.
Tucumcari is a city known for its cultural influences by native Americans and Spanish citizens. There are quite a few interesting historic places to explore, however it has only a handful of parks. Dunn Park is one among them. This neighborhood, municipal park is not only a green space in the locality, it is also used for annual events such as Tucumcari Olympics and Easter Egg Hunt.
Founded in 1979 as the Tucumcari Area Vocational School, Mesalands Community College is one of the esteemed educational institutions in town. It offers courses in Paleontology, Geology, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Pre-Medical, Public Administration, Building Trades and Agribusiness. The huge complex features the Dinosaur Museum, North American Wind Research and Training Center and a conference center.
The Ute Lake State Park is a natural haven that offers visitors a host of fun activities to enjoy. While bird watchers will delight in stalking the numerous bird species that abound around the lake's various inlets, outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in water sports like boating, swimming and water skiing. Hiking trails can be found weaving their way through the spellbinding beauty of the mesalands and plains that surround the lake. Anglers will find much to delight in as well, with ample opportunity to catch walleye, catfish and bass. At sunset, the sky is awash in warm hues and can be seen pondering its beauty in the lake's tranquil waters. For those who would like to spend a night or two ensconced in nature, the park also boasts a variety of developed campsites and facilities like showers, restrooms and a visitor's center.