New Mexico Tourism Debuts Culinary Trails and Kids’ Sections on Web site

New sections promote state’s famous green chili cheeseburger and kid-friendly learning activities

By: By Christopher Ponzi

The New Mexico Tourism Department recently unveiled two new sections to its Web site. The first is a new Culinary Trails section, which includes information on the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, in honor of the state’s iconic burger. For the trail, a total of 48 restaurants were selected from nearly 200 nominees statewide by a combination of popular vote and a panel of culinary and tourism authorities. All nominees are listed on the Web site, and those nominees that didn’t make the trail this year will have an opportunity to qualify next year. Clients can access the trail at, where they will also find an interactive map that allows them to search for restaurants offering the burger by area or specific restaurant name.

“It seemed obvious to us that our first culinary trail would feature our incredible green chile cheeseburger,” New Mexico Tourism Department secretary Michael Cerletti said. “New Mexicans love these burgers, whether from steakhouses, hamburger huts and malt shops or cafes, white-tablecloth restaurants and mom and pops.”

Renowned eateries such as Day’s Hamburgers in Las Cruces, Bobcat Bite outside Santa Fe, and Bert’s Burger Bowl in the heart of Santa Fe are included on the list.

The second new section recently added to the site includes Kids’ pages at The new Kids’ pages give children the opportunity to play interactive games such as the New Mexico Match Game and Discover your Animal Guide; discover animal tracks; learn New Mexico state symbols and find out about New Mexico’s cowboys and Indians; sing along to a New Mexican song or read fun facts about the state; and trade New Mexico trading cards with their friends.

Both of the new sections are part of the tourism department’s ongoing efforts to promote and explore all aspects of the New Mexico travel experience.

“We are continually changing and enhancing our web site to further attract visitors who make destination and other travel choices based on cuisine or what New Mexico offers the younger set,” said Cerletti. “Promoting tourism to New Mexico may require a lot of hard work and creative thinking, but it doesn’t mean we cannot have a little fun in the process.”


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