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City Launches ‘Map of Enchantment’ Hunt

A public art scavenger hunt along Route 66 aims to engage the community in exploration and fall fun

ALBUQUERQUE – The One Albuquerque: Youth Connect initiative is launching a public art scavenger hunt in September to encourage kids, teens, and families to explore Route 66 and celebrate public art in Albuquerque. Scavenger hunt events will take place on Saturdays, September 17 and 24, and October 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maps for the hunts will be available across the city starting on September 8st.

“This is a great way for kids and families to get moving, have some fun, and discover all of the amazing art we have around the city” said Cristin Chavez-Smith, Community Recreation and Educational Initiatives Division Manager.

A riddle will be released the day before each event, and other clues will be posted to the Family & Community Services and the One Albuquerque Instagram pages. City staff will be stationed in a secret location with prizes, food, and fun, waiting to be found by intrepid adventurers. The first event will take place in the UNM area, followed by events in Nob Hill and Downtown on subsequent Saturdays.

The ‘Map of Enchantment’ was created through a grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the scavenger hunt idea came from City teen interns who thought creatively about how to engage youth in Albuquerque.

Maps will be available for pickup all month long while supplies last at Community Centers, Multigenerational Centers, City of Albuquerque Libraries, The Albuquerque Museum, The International Balloon Museum, Open Space Visitor Center, Jerry Cline Recreation & Tennis Center, and Indoor Pools.