Secret Albuquerque: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

On Sunday, June 21, 2020, Author Ashley M. Biggers gave a presentation on her new book, Secret Albuquerque: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. The presentation was live-streamed on the Albuquerque Historical Society’s Facebook Page.

Cover of Secret Albuquerque: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

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.

Ashley M. Biggers is an award-winning freelance journalist who has contributed to CNN, Lonely Planet, AFAR, and Fodor’s Travel, among many others. As author of 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die and Secret Albuquerque, she’s an expert on her hometown’s marquee and off-the-beaten-path destinations.

She serves as editor of GuestLife New Mexico and GuestLife El Paso, and is lead editor for the Southwest Adventure Series from University of New Mexico. Her award-winning book, Eco-Travel New Mexico, was the first in the series.

She completed her undergraduate degree in communication studies at the University of Puget Sound, and earned her master’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She’s a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.