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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Southwest USA Site! These are the top ten articles that your Southwest USA Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!

1. Tinkertown Museum of Folk Art in New Mexico
If you want to see something inexpensive but unusual, you should not miss the Tinkertown Museum of Folk Art. It is located only twenty minutes from Albuquerque, the biggest city in New Mexico.

2. Who is Our Lady of Guadalupe
Who is Our Lady of Guadalupe? She is much more than the Catholic patron saint of the southwestern state of New Mexico. Pope John Paul II named her the spiritual patroness of the Americas, and she has long been a cultural symbol of Mexico.

3. What is a Cage Doll
The cage doll has become hugely popular with those who like to decorate their house in Santa Fe style. She also appeals to aficionados of "shabby-chic" and bohemian surroundings.

4. What is a Narcocorrido
Narcocorridos, literally drug ballads, are popular in the American southwest. These songs combine violent lyrics that glorify crime with the bouncy polka music typical of Mexico.

5. Easy Coconut Margarita Recipe
Here is a quick and easy recipe for the coconut margarita. Remember to use the best anejo tequila that you can afford. Never use any tequila that doesn't say "100-percent Agave" on the label.

6. Denver's Oldest Restaurant
If you are a carnivore and you are passing through Colorado, you owe it to yourself to have dinner at Denverís oldest restaurant, the Buckhorn Exchange. Yes, it is pricey, but it is a steakhouse to remember with a menu that includes exotic wild game dishes that you canít find anywhere else.

7. Basic Margarita Cocktail Recipe
No other cocktail except maybe a martini invites as much experimentation as the margarita, which can be made with blueberries, coconut, strawberries, peaches, melon, raspberries, or with basic tequila and orange liqueur as shown in this recipe.

8. Why Are Seagulls Significant to Utah
Did you ever wonder why the California gull is the state bird of a landlocked, desert place like Utah? The answer lies in a cherished piece of Mormon folklore that grew up around an unusual natural event that happened during pioneer times.

9. Meteor Crater in Arizona
Meteor Crater in Arizona can be a good day trip for those who love science. Though it is described by some as a tourist trap because of its steep ticket price for its relatively limited offerings, it is worth it for amateur geologists and astronomers.

10. What is a Solifugid
During the Iraq War, the humble solifugid became the notorious "camel spider" to the horrified soldiers who encountered it. In reality, it is a harmless arachnid that inhabits dry climates. Entomophobic readers can rest easy; there are no photos in this article.

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