Farm and Ranch Museum embraces cowboy heritage

stacy_judd_photography_cowboy_mounted_shootingThe New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum goes all out in exploring the cowboy side of its mission in February and March. There will be cowboy mounted shooting in the arena, a talk about hell-raising Texans, and in March, the 16th annual Cowboy Days. Add some fund kids’ crafts and a gem and mineral show and there’s fun for everyone.

Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Crafts for Kids
Children of all ages are invited to come by the museum and create their own Valentine’s Day crafts to take home. Regular museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2 for children 5 to 17, and free admission for children 4 and under.

Feb. 7, 12 – 2 p.m.: Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Riders from the Borderland Pistoleros will practice and compete at the museum’s roping arena. Come enjoy watching the fast-growing sport of cowboy mounted shooting as competitors ride and shoot balloons with “blank” ammunition. Regular museum admission is required to watch.

Feb. 12, 7 p.m.: Culture Series: Hell-Raising Texans and Cattle Outfits along New Mexico’s Northern Border
Michael Maddox, who lives in Flora Vista, N.M., near Farmington, is the author of Porter and Ike Stockton: Colorado and New Mexico Border Outlaws. He will sign copies of the book at the lecture. During the 1860s and 1870s, Texas cattlemen and their cattle surged into Colfax County. Texas cowboys like Clay Allison and the Stockton brothers would make Cimarron one of the wildest towns in the American West. Admission is a suggested donation of $2.

Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show
This third-annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and features more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. There will be geology discussions and films, as well as children’s activities and food and beverages for sale. For more information, visit or call 522-1232.

March 7 – 8: 16th Annual Cowboy Days
The museum’s largest event of the year features cowboy demonstrations, music, chuck wagon cooking, cowboy mounted shooting, living history, gunfightre-enactments, stagecoach and horseback rides, many children’s activities and more.

The museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. For more information, go to or call 522-4100.