New Mexico is indeed the land of enchantment. If you are an outdoor type of person and enjoy visiting and exploring dramatic landscapes, then New Mexico is the place to be.
Here, you will definitely have an amazing experience as you visit very unique places and experience the hospitality of warm people living in cozy homes with traditional garage doors.
Below is a bucket list of the best places to visit in the state:
Located amidst a backdrop of beautiful scenery, with red and yellow towering cliffs, stands Ghost Ranch. Located in Abiqui, New Mexico, the place boasts of 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors and vast skies. Plus, you will get to enjoy outdoor activities that include hiking, horseback riding and kayaking.
One of the most stunning places to visit in New Mexico is the Valles Caldera, also known as the Super Volcano. It is located in an 89,000-acre National Preserve that includes high mountain valleys, large elk herds and diverse history.
Have you ever visited a cave? If not, head off to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico. Here, you can explore the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern. The cavern itself has a large cave chamber made of natural limestone that is called the Big Room. It is 4,000 long, 625 feet wide and 255 feet high making it the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world.
The Tent Rocks are made up of cone-shaped rock formations that have been formed from volcanic eruptions that occurred some six to seven million years ago. The formations are made up of pumice, ash and tuff deposits that are over 1,000 feet thick.
New Mexico is home to the White Sands National Monument which has very dynamic and most active dunes. The dunes continue to move to the northeast at a rate of up to 30 feet per year, with the more stable sand areas moving very little. Pure gypsum forms these unusual dunes and it comes from the western portion of the monument, from an ephemeral lake or playa with very high mineral content. The water evaporates and leaves behind minerals that form gypsum deposits which are wind-transported to form the sand dunes.
Enchanted Skies Star Party
In New Mexico, stars go to party! Called the Enchanted Skies Star Party (ESSP), this is a unique astronomy experience in the Cibola National Forest in Magdalena, New Mexico. It is only limited to 125 people and usually happens in October.
In Sta. Rosa, New Mexico, a natural, bell-shaped pool that is great for scuba diving can be found. It is 80 feet deep and has astonishing clarity and constant water temperature of 61 degrees.
Interested in seeing a beautiful natural wonder that lights up during sunset? Head off to the Brazos Cliffs. It is juts 2000 feet above the Chama River and made of sheer granite. It is one of the oldest rock found in New Mexico.