The 66 Open Space Property. 9 am. On July 15th, 1961 an old-west themed amusement park opened along Route 66 east of Albuquerque at the mouth of Tijeras canyon. It only survived for 3 years. Albuquerque Historical Society Member Roland Penttila will explain in words and pictures how it came to be, what it looked like and why it may have failed. Directions: Take the Tramway/Central exit on I-40. Head south on Tramway and take NM 333 (the old Rt. 66) east. Drive east approximately 0.6 miles. Parking for the event is on the right, just past the Believers Center of Albuquerque.