Hondo is the home of one of New Mexico's most successful jewelry studios: featuring the work of artist Alice Warder Seely. Seely's pewter jewelry is purchased by over 500 galleries, national parks, and museum gift stores throughout the USA. Take a guided tour to see how molds are made, how jewelry is cast, hand finished, and packaged. Free gifts for children under 12. Buy direct at factory prices. Combine your visit with a visit to the Hondo Iris Farm. Open 8-4, Tuesday-Friday. 575. 653.4062 Mile Marker 286, Hwy 70 (between Ruidoso and Roswell).
Open March - October.One of New Mexico's most beautiful gardens: over 400 varieties of prize winning bearded Iris, a hummingbird porch, a pond with a fountain, picnic tables, a wooded area, a gallery in a 100 year old adobe building, and a new botanical garden -- hundreds of fantastic iris in pots that can be planted now. The Hondo Iris Festival is in May when the Iris Bloom. Children and pets welcome, free admission. Open Tuesday -Friday, 8-5, Saturdays 8-12. 24 miles east of Ruidoso, at mile marker 284 on Hwy. 70