Top 10 Tourist Attractions in New Mexico

New Mexico is aptly referred to as the ‘Land of Enchantment’. With varied landscapes such as snow-capped mountains to red rocky masses, this state charms eve visitor. Some of the best places to visit in New Mexico are:- 

1.    Albuquerque is located at the centre of New Mexico. State’s most populated city, Albuquerque has lot of tourist attractions that are worth exploring – the annual International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Sandia Peak Tramway etc.

2.    Bandelier National Monument encompasses an array of unexcavated and restored ruins, museum displaying artefacts, and hiking trails. A visitor centre is equipped with toilets, parking and picnic tables.

3.    Carlsbad Caverns is located in southeastern New Mexico close to the town of Carlsbad. The main tourist attraction here is the Big Cave or Big Room – a large underground chamber which can be easily accessed by an elevator from the visitor centre or by a short walking trail. The Big Room provides a breathtaking sight of stalagmites, stalactites and natural pools to all the visitors who come here.

4.    Chaco Canyon National Historic Park is situated towards northwestern part of New Mexico. This park boasts of the most extensive collection of pueblo ruins. The 9 mile long canyon was the centre of civilization for the Anasazi people who dwelled here between 900 and 1150 A.D. Fajada Butte is also worth visiting.

5.    Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railroad that runs for 64 miles. Once aboard, passengers can opt for deluxe or parlour cars, or enjoy the open-air gondola and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountainous landscapes.

6.    Gila Cliff Dwellings is constructed by the Pubeloans of the Mogollan area in the 13th century. The dwelling is carved into 6 natural walls separated by stones and mortar. Ladders, rocks and steps from the canyon floor lead the visitors into the cave. Besides hiking, tourists can also explore the numerous hot springs located in the surrounding area.

7.    Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1610, Santa Fe is one of the oldest cities in United States of America. All the buildings are constructed according to the ‘Santa Fe Style’ of pueblo architecture. Other cultural attractions include Palace of the Governor’s museum and New Mexico Museum of Art.

8.    Taos is nestled in the picturesque valley of the Rocky Mountains near Rio Grande. The beauty of the pueblo community here has drawn artists from near and far and inspired them like Dorothea Lange, D.H. Lawrence and Georgia O’Keeffe. From here, tourists can visit Taos Pueblo, Ranchos de Taos, Taos Ski Valley and Taos Box.

9.    Very Large Array National Radio Astronomy Observatory is located in Central New Mexico and to the west of Socorro. 27 giant antennas combine to form a single large telescope, which is placed 7,000 feet above sea level, enabling astronomers to make key observations regarding cosmic gases, black holes and quasars. Self-guided or guided tours allow tourists to get a closer view of the dish-shaped antennas.

10.    White Sands National Monument is located to the southeastern of New Mexico and makes an unusual landscape. About 8 billion tons of gypsum crystals cover a huge area of sand dunes. Ranger guided day and evening walks are arranged by tourist guides.

Plan well in advance and enjoy these top 10 tourist attractions in New Mexico while you are there.

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