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New Mexico the backdrop for 'The Bachelorette's' upcoming season


NEW MEXICO - The premiere of the 17th season of ABC’s "The Bachelorette" is airing Monday, June 7, set in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

Viewers will watch as bachelorette Katie Thurston — who entered the show in 2020 for Matt James’ season of The Bachelor — begins her journey to find love. This season, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa was chosen as the background for the reality drama. The Tamaya Resort is located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, near Bernalillo on the Santa Ana Pueblo.

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“Hyatt Regency Tamaya provided the romantic destination for Katie to experience the beauty, outdoors, and culture of New Mexico," said Claudia Wattenberg, general manager at Hyatt Regency Tamaya, in a news release. "With our distinctive location, romantic natural scenery and exhilarating on-site activities, our resort was an organic fit for the show’s contained filming format.”

The resort consists of 500 acres of land near the Rio Grande with stables, a golf course, spa, a 12,000 square-foot ballroom, and cultural center. Tribal dance performances are offered, as well as demonstrations for pueblo bread baking.

Thurston is a marketing manager for a band. She gained popularity last year for standing up for her fellow housemates. Accusations of bullying were thrown around throughout James’ season. And while she didn’t end James’ days as a single man, she did prove to be independent and secure in herself.

The franchise will air two seasons of The Bachelorette this year, with Michelle Young’s journey following Thurston’s in the fall. Young, an elementary school teacher, was also introduced to the show during James’ season. She, along with several other women, entered the show in the middle — which proved to be further fuel for the bullying fire. Young was one of the final two women, but Rachael Kirkconnell was chosen in the end.

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It is unclear at this time whether Young’s season will also be filmed in New Mexico.

Tune in to ABC at 7 p.m. Monday for romantic drama and New Mexico views.

Leah Romero is the trending reporter at the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, lromero@lcsun-news.com or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

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