New Mexico's diverse Native American cultures and landmarks include the
proud Navajo Nation and the ancient Anasazi of Chaco Canyon in northwest New
Mexico, the 19 Pueblos along the
central Rio Grande valley, the legendary Mescalero Apache tribe, the Gila Cliff
Dwellings in south central New Mexico and the mysterious petroglyphs on the west side of
New Mexico's Hispanic
culture is enjoyed in many ways including a visit to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the burning of Zozobra, the wonderful Spanish Market in Santa Fe, the exciting Fiesta de Santa Fe, authentic New Mexican architecture,
the old Spanish Missions
and lively Maruichi
music. And don't forget one of my favorites, the scrumptious New Mexico cuisine and authentic
restaurants serving the best New Mexico Chile peppers around.
For pure fun and excitement, few other states offer the variety of
recreational opportunities that we have here in New Mexico. Just a few examples include
the one-of-a-kind Albuquerque International
Balloon Fiesta, the Roswell UFO
Festival, the Cumbres &
Toltec Scenic Railroad, nine world-class ski areas, unlimited outdoor sports including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, boating, golfing, rafting and 31 state parks to enjoy.
For beautiful scenery, some of my favorite places include the Enchanted Circle towns of Taos, Angel Fire, and Red River. Also Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, Chama, the awesome Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the Jemez Mountains. For natural wonders there are the
Carlsbad Caverns, the White Sands, the lava flows of El Malpais and Valley of the Fire, the Rio
Grande Gorge, the Tent
Rocks, the Valles Caldera
National Preserve, the Shiprock,
and the Gila wilderness.
Great New Mexico towns and resorts you should not miss include Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell, Carlsbad, Los Alamos, Alamogordo, Angelfire Resort, and the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
Other points of interest include the Santa Fe Opera, 17 casinos, ...
There is so much more that I don't have room for, but The New Mexico Magazine Online covers much more!