You may be surprised to learn that Moriarty, New Mexico, is home to the third busiest airport in the state. But that doesn’t mean our skies are full of jets. No, far from it. The reliable air currents and thermals here are perfect for gliders. In fact, glider pilots from all over the country come here to experience the thrill of soaring in silence in our expansive New Mexico skies.

The U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum, one of just two such museums in the country, it’s the perfect place to begin your experience with two feet planted on terra firma. Wander the impressive collection of glider planes, sailplanes, and related aircraft. Learn about the the history of gliding and soaring in the Western United States and the pilots who made it happen. Museum docents provide wonderful insights and share stories, so don’t hesitate to ask!

GO THERE:  Located at 918 Historic Route 66 in Moriarty, the museum is open by appointment Mondays-Saturdays. Call ahead to schedule (505) 832-9222.

EXPERIENCE IT:  Ready to give it a try? Discover why we’re the Soaring Capital of the Southwest. Sundance Aviation, located at Moriarty Municipal Airport, can take you up for the glide of a lifetime.