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Old 06-03-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Sacramento,CA
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Default Is ABQ a little bit country?

I am planning on moving to ABQ and hope it has a little bit of a Cowboy feel to it, but not to much. Is their a few people walking around with cowboy hats in the great city of ABQ?
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:50 PM
 
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Not too much. At the Sunport, you'll see a decent amount of cowboy hats as many of the folks from the far-outlaying rural towns of NM travel all the way in to utilize the airport, and in their towns, the "cowboy" thing is more the norm.

However, out and about in the city itself, it isn't too much a cowboy town. A few here and there, but not many.

The cowboy hats you will see are often from the males that are Mexican nationals, as their traditional out-and-about gear is often cowboy hat, tight/long jeans and cowboy boots, even if it is 99 degrees outside.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:08 PM
 
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Several of our clients show up at the office in cowboy hats, but like EnjoyEP said, they usually drove in from outside of ABQ. Although one I think really is a rancher.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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The cowboy hats you will see are often from the males that are Mexican nationals, as their traditional out-and-about gear is often cowboy hat, tight/long jeans and cowboy boots, even if it is 99 degrees outside.
EnjoyEP hits the nail on the head. It's mainly Mexicans and actual ranchers/rural folk in town for the weekend who you will see in cowboy gear. And few of them at that.

If you get out to the edges where there is a lot of building going on, you wil even see Mexican construction workers wearing hard-hats shaped like little cowboy hats.

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Old 06-04-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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There are several Country & Western Bars in town, so you'll see enough (including my pops). If you choose to live in Corrales or the East Mountains you should see enough on a regular basis.
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:53 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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you'll see more east of ABQ. near the rural areas,but when I do see someone in a cowboy hat I can usually tell what part of NM they are from,the cowboys here have a different look than the cowboys in eastern NM near the Texas border and of course there are the Mexicans all over the state that wear their cowboy hats.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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I think you'll find a bit of a country-western feel in NM, and to some extent Albuq. Certainly not to the extent of Texas or parts of Okla, but I think it's still there. There are several country radio stations, along with the bars previously mentioned, and the landscape is of the kind that inspires the country-western mindset found on the open plains. You won't find that in NY or PA, believe me.

As far as seeing cowboy types around town, nope. But like others mentioned, I think that kind of garb is still popular among many New Mexicans and Mexican/Americans - in addition to the ranchers already mentioned, I've personally seen it among truckers. Jeans, collared shirt, cowboy hat and boots, heavy gold chain. Charles Bronson meets Dwight Yoakam.
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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if you want a country feel than Eastern New Mexico is your choice,almost all the towns that have a descent population are on the Texas border, Im from one of them, they feel more like a West Texas town than a NM town.
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I have noticed that there are a lot of Cowboy types that simply don't wear the hats. They will have the bolo tie and wrangler jeans, just no hat. There is definitely a bit of country in Albuquerque, but not extensively. If you go to the east mountains, north vallery or Corrales, etc. you will see much more of the cowboy flavor. Las Cruces also has a definite cowboy culture.
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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If you choose to live in Corrales or the East Mountains you should see enough on a regular basis.
All hat, no cattle ;-)

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