Monday, April 15, 2013

Gila Cliff Dwellings

Come to New Mexico to explore the Gila Cliff Dwellings! These dwellings, which are now a national monument, were built by the ancestors of the Puebloan people who lived in the Mogollon Era over 700 years ago. Hike the natural caves of the Gila Cliff Dwellings, go on nature walks, enjoy fishing, camping, or stargazing while at this national monument. Click here to view park operation hours. This is sure to be a trip to New Mexico you and your family won't soon forget!

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While on your trip visiting the Gila Cliff Dwellings, why not stop by our store, Continental Divide located right outside Lordsburg, New Mexico off of I-10, Exit 42. You will find all kinds of Southwest souvenir items that your friends and family back home are sure to love!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Explore White Sands National Monument

Photo by: Zachariah Schnepf
Wanting to visit a different, one-of-a-kind place this summer? Head on over to White Sands National Monument located off of Highway 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces, New Mexico. This national monument, proclaimed and established by President Herbert Hoover, features one of the world's most natural wonders. Gypsum sand engulfs approximately 275 square miles of desert, and a major portion of this dune field is preserved along with the plants and animals that live here.

White Sands National Monument features many fun activities for the young and old alike! Whether you want to take a Full Moon Hike, sled down the large dunes, take a sunset stroll, or enjoy getting crafty and experiencing hands-on learning, this monument has something for everybody! To view the full range of activities available, simply click here.

And while you are there, make sure to stop by our Alamogordo Running Indian store located off of Highway 70, 4 miles North of Alamogordo. We have everything from postcards, to New Mexico souvenirs, and even Handcrafted Native American pottery and jewelry. Let us show you what true southwestern hospitality is all about!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Traveling to New Mexico Soon?

Planning a summer trip to New Mexico? Why not stop by El Malpais National Monument located off of Interstate 40 east of Grants, NM. This beautiful national monument offers everything from easy drives, scenic overlooks, and short walks, to strenuous trails and rugged backcountry.

Photo by Facebook Fan Jerry W. Kelley_La Ventana Natural Arch at El Malpais National Monument

To get there, take exit 89 from I-40 east of Grants, onto NM Highway 117. The BLM's El Malpais Ranger Station is located 9 miles south of this exit and is open daily.  And while you're there, make sure to stop by our Bluewater Outpost store, located at Exit 72 off of I-40. Stop on in for a creamy ice cream treat and wonderful shopping! You will want to make sure to pick up some New Mexico souvenir items to share with friends and family!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Day

Native American Handcrafted Necklace
As you know, Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Why not stop by any of our 10 store locations or visit our online store to pick up the perfect gift for your sweetie! We have recently added the new 2013 moccasins from Minnetonka to our online store...if your special someone likes leopard print, make sure to take a look at the new moccasin styles!  Or, maybe you want to get that perfect necklace for your sweetheart! We offer a wide selection of Native American Handcrafted Jewelry in addition to Black Hills Gold and Silver Elegance. Let us help you make this Valentine's Day a memorable one!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Bowlin's Gets EVSE at Picacho Peak Plaza

Bowlin Travel Centers is a company that will explore new ideas and embrace change to better serve our customers. One way we have accomplished this in 2012 is by teaming up with a company called GOe3 to get Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installed at our Picacho Peak Plaza location. This is the first EVSE installed in Arizona! Theoretically, 6 electrical vehicles  (i.e. Teslas, Volts, Leafs, and MiEV) could be charging at the same time using the EVSE equipment installed at our store. So, the next time you are out in Arizona, stop by our Picacho Peak Plaza location (I-10 Exit 219) to check out these state of the art charging stations! We hope to see you soon!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Stone Mountain Turquoise

Stone Mountain Turquoise is mined in the high deserts of Lyon County, Nevada, which is located in Northern Nevada. The mine was discovered in the late 1970s and since then, the majority of the turquoise has been mined by hand and pick. This mine produces a deep blue to a deep green turquoise with a yellow-goldish matrix. None of this turquoise is stabilized. To view our selection of jewelry featuring Stone Mountain Turquoise, please head to our online store at

Friday, November 9, 2012

Zuni Craftsmanship

The Navajo Indians first introduced "silver-smithing" to the Zuni people in the late 1800s.  The first Zuni silver jewelry very much resembled the heavy Navajo jewelry with large stones. However, in the early 1900s, the Zuni began crafting their jewelry with a new type of work called channel and inlay. This type of work is now a distinctive trademark of many Zuni Indians.

Then, they began grouping small stones to decorate jewelry. Each stone is set separately with a silver bezel arranged in a cluster which is known as needlepoint and petit point. Each stone is precisely cut to a uniform size to arrange the cluster, making Zuni jewelry not only beautiful, but also unique! To view our selection of Native American jewelry, please go to  Happy Shopping!