Our New Mexico Travel Guide
New Mexico has some of the flattest lands and the rockiest mountains and is famous for producing minerals like uranium and potassium. New Mexico is called the ‘Land of Enchantment’ because of its captivating culture, gorgeous scenery, architecture, and delicious food. The region is also home to various ruins, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Keep reading to learn more about travel to this state.
First, a little history…
In the 16th century, the state was claimed by the Spanish explorers who were looking for gold. Later, the region became part of Mexico in the 1820s. However, during the Mexican War in 1848, most of New Mexico was surrendered to the United States. The state became a U.S. territory in 1853, and in 1912, it was admitted into the union as the 47th state. In the late 1800s, the region became known as the ‘Wild West’ because gamblers and outlaws.
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Major New Mexico Attractions
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park make the site one of the most famous tourist attractions in New Mexico. More than a hundred caves are in the park, most hidden underground. The caves are home to bats and some spectacular geological formations carved from limestone deposits. Besides backpacking and hiking, visitors can also go on tours through caves.
White Sands National Monument
Located in the Chihuahua Desert, the national park contains some of the most outstanding landscapes in the region. You will find dunes as high as 60 feet in the park, surrounded by rugged mountains, creating a one-of-a-kind view. The winds constantly shift these sand dunes and may look like giant snowdrifts. Sledding is a popular activity in the park, which can be done with round saucers available at the Park Store.
Petroglyph National Monument
If you are fascinated with history, then this is not a site you would want to skip! Petroglyph National Monument has a giant mesa and five dormant volcanoes that formed thousands of years ago. The highlight here is the huge collection of petroglyphs that were carved centuries ago by the indigenous people. However, tourists must be careful as the area is riddled with wildlife, especially rattlesnakes.
Taos Pueblo contains 1000 years old remains of an ancient civilization. These structures are five stories high and are made of timber-supported roofs and straw-reinforced mud bricks. The site is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila cliff dwellings are situated north of Silver City and have 42 rooms inside six caves. This place was the home of Mogollon Native Americans more than a thousand years ago. There is also a museum at the visitor center, which provides a more in-depth insight into the Mogollon culture. Besides that, the area has numerous natural caves and hot springs.
Some other notable places and attractions:
Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railway
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Taos Ski Valley
Pecos National Historical Park
Bandelier National Monument
National Parks in New Mexico
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