Tour #18: Tinkertown, Glider Museum & Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.

Friday, June 28, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Tour Price: $79

You will travel by motor coach to the Tinkertown Museum to see a unique collection of Ross Ward’s hand-carved figures in animated scenes from a Western town. There are 22 rooms containing eccentric collections of Americana. Then it’s on to the Glider Museum in Moriarity, N.M. which focuses on the history of gliding in the western United States. The tour will finish up at the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company for glider viewing from the patio and lunch catered by Shorty’s BBQ.


Tinkertown Museum is a folk art museum created more than 40 years ago by the late Ross Ward (1940-2002), His miniature wood-carved figures are showcased in Tinkertown Museum including a 1880’s miniature animated western town & three-ring circus.

What was once a four-room summer cabin has been transformed into a 22-room legacy showcasing the genius of one man’s life work. The construction utilizes over 50,000 glass bottles & other available recycled materials to display animated miniature western town, circus, saddle show and much more.

It took Ross Ward over 40 years to carve, collect, and lovingly construct what is now Tinkertown Museum. His miniature wood-carved figures were first part of a traveling exhibit, driven to county fairs and carnivals in the 1960s and ’70s. Today over 50,000 glass bottles form rambling walls that surround a 22 room museum. Wagon wheels, old fashioned store fronts, and wacky western memorabilia make Tinkertown’s exterior as much as a museum as the wonders within.

Ever a work in progress, Tinkertown is ready to inspire your imagination and awaken your creative spirit. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Visit the Tinkertown website


Visit the US Southwest Soaring Museum

The US Southwest Soaring Museum is one of only two museums in the United States that is dedicated to gliding/soaring, sailplanes and related aircraft. The museum is located on Historic U.S. 66 in Moriatrty, NM. The focus is the history of gliding and soaring in the Western United States. The museum is an affiliate member of the Soaring Society of America.

Inside the hangar off Old Route 66, not far from the Moriarty Municipal Airport, is a dizzying array of gliders — from early rudimentary efforts to the sleek, Space Age-looking gliders made with modern composite materials. There are also displays, exhibits and an area for restoration work.


US Southest Soaring Museum website

Visit the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company

One great brewery with two great brands! Rich and Suzanne Weber established Sierra Blanca Brewery in 1996 in Carrizozo New Mexico. A need for expansion saw Sierra Blanca Brewing Company relocate to Moriarty, New Mexico in 2007.

Rio Grande Brewery was purchased by Rich and Suzanne Weber in 2007. The Rio Grande beers continue to grow in production every day. The response from our customers has been great and distribution throughout New Mexico is strong. Running with the Rio Grande theme, Rich and Suzanne opened Rio Grande Grill and Tap Room in Ruidoso New Mexico, in December of 2013. All of our great beers are on tap as well as an extensive wine list. The food menu is sure to please the most discernining foodie. Our menu was created by Rich’s brother, Chef Keith Weber. You can find great pub fare as well as the best steaks, burgers, seafood and pasta dishes around. Keith keeps the menu fresh and exciting with daily specials.

In October 2013, we followed up our 2012 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal for our brown ale, with a Silver Medal. We are very excited about the new packaging for the Sierra Blanca Bone Chiller Brown Ale and Sun Chaser Pale Ale. Same great liquid!


Sierra Blanca Brewing Company website


One-way Driving time: 25 minutes to first attraction, 45 minute return from brewery.

Tour includes: Round-trip motor coach transportation, tickets to museums, lunch, taxes and gratuity. Cash bar at the brewery.

Special Wear: None

ADA Compliant:  Partial - Tinkertown has limited handicap access inside. Museum & are fully ADA compliant