Lodging

Did you know... We contract with a host hotel to lodge our headliners and offer attendees good rates where they can enjoy the camaraderie of other dulcimer players. Each year it is getting harder to find a hotel that will allow on-site jams, whether we rent the space for your use, or it is furnished as part of the contract. Besides the normal considerations of location, cleanliness, safety, amenities, price, staff friendliness, and free hot breakfast and wifi, jam space has been an important consideration. For 2017, we're delighted to have contracted with Day's Inn & Suites at I-25 and San Antonio/Ellison. This is the same property that we used in 2012, although back then it was operated by Hampton Inn. Travel time to the new festival site is about 8 minutes! If you need lodging during your stay in Albuquerque, please consider our host hotel. We've negotiated good rates, and by helping us meet our block commitments, you directly contribute to helping us keep expenses within budget and festival registration costs low. Thank you for your support.

Days Inn ABQ North
Days Inn

Hang out with other dulcimer players and headliners! Jam 'til 11pm!

We've contracted with the Days Inn & Suites Albuquerque North as our festival hotel this year. Easy access from Interstate 25 (I-25) which runs through Albuquerque, with nearby Cracker Barrel and Dennys. Via San Antonio East (under I-25) to Wyoming South to Academy East, about 8 minutes away from the festival site in light traffic. Commute Friday morning will take a bit longer due to weekday work traffic.

  • Regular rate of $73.67/day discounted to special fest rate of $49.00/day ($55.62 with taxes and fees) - 1 king bed or 2 double beds. Please register early as rooms may go fast.
  • All rooms with minifridge, microwave, coffee maker, ironing board/iron and hair dryer
  • Limited number of smoking rooms, ask during booking
  • Pet friendly, ask hotel for details
  • Free hot breakfast including eggs and meat selection
  • Free high-speed wireless internet
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • 3-story hotel with elevator; notify when you book if you have mobility issues
  • Check-in after 3pm, check-out 12 noon; notify hotel if you need special arrangements
  • (No shuttle service to Albuquerque Sunport)
  • Jam space available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (7pm-11pm)

To book and obtain the special rate, call 505-344-1555 and say you want the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival special rate (presume checkin November 2/Thursday, checkout November 5/Sunday). If you don't book under our reserved block, we don't get credit for your reservation.

Directions to Hotel


  • If coming into Albuquerque from west or east, take I-40 into town, then Exit 159C to merge onto I-25 N (toward Santa Fe). Hotel exit is only 4.8 miles north.
  • From I-25 northbound, take Exit 231 onto Pan American Frontage Road North, turn left (west) at first light onto Ellison, go underneath the freeway, through the stoplight on the other side, and look for the Days Inn (2nd hotel on the right).
  • From I-25 southbound (from Santa Fe), take Exit 231 onto Pan American Frontage Road South, turn right (west) at the light onto Ellison and look for the Days Inn (2nd hotel on the right).

(Click here for printable Festival Maps)


Directions Hotel to Festival

hotel map

Hotel Jamming


We have contracted where participants and headliners can jam each evening in a nice meeting room just around the corner from the lobby on the ground floor. Thursday evening from 7pm until 11pm (headliners will arrive after we've fed them their dinner), and Friday and Saturday nights after the Festival concerts until 11pm. Please honor our contract and vacate the area with all belongings by 11pm each night. Jams are intended for festival participants and their guests only, all acoustic folk instruments are welcome. We know the hotel staff will enjoy your music, and hope other guests will be so delighted that they make it to one of the public concerts - make sure and tell them!


RVers and Campers


Sorry that we're not permitted to have overnight camping at the festival site. There are several RV parks in the Albuquerque area. The Albuquerque Central KOA in Albuquerque is about 8 miles from the festival site. The Albuquerque North KOA in Bernalillo, NM, is about 11 miles north of Albuquerque.


One of our folks said High Desert RV Park was a great, economical RV park (about 17 miles from the festival site). They stay there a couple times a year visiting their son in Albuquerque. "The sites are long, level gravel pull thrus. Easy access for big rigs. Clean laundry and restrooms with showers. Very courteous staff. Located right off I-40W. Some highway noise but not an issue."


If you stay in a great park during the festival, tell us so we can let others know.