We will be taking a trip out west this spring and would like your suggestions on things to see. To make this simpler, I would like to do it one state at a time, starting with New Mexico. What attractions have you found most interesting in New Mexico? Thanks for your help!
El Morro National Monument
Beautiful country, tiny campground, giant rock graffitied by passers-by through the ages. I walked the Inscription Trail very early in the morning, was the only person there, and saw much wildlife in addition to the inscriptions.
We started our 2011 trip in NM, although we didn't see as much as we would have liked. We spent a few days in Santa Fe. The town, specifically the downtown area is terrific. The adobe construction is everywhere. The culture, the arts, and the weather were great. We stayed at a nice campground that I would highly recommend, Santa Fe Skies. The rates were good, the views outstanding, and they are pretty much self contained as they provide their own solar power. Here's their website: http://www.santafeskiesrvpark.com/
Next we traveled up to Taos, NM. This little town is loaded with that Southwest feel. Taos Pueblo, an old native American village, is wonderful. Great restaruants, art galleries, surrounding areas are excellent. We took the Enchanted Circle drive (about 100 miles) and visited some of the small towns in the area. We stayed at a small and somewhat unusual campground, but it's only about 7 miles east of town and during the summer it was cooler at the higher elevations. I liked the fact it had plenty of trees and we loved listening to the birds sing in the morning.
New Mexico is such a beautiful state--from Santa Fe to Taos to Albuquerque--to deserts, mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, Indian ruins--depends on what you enjoy seeing and doing. In addition to what the other posters have suggested, here is a website with lots of info and maps:
(click on New Mexico at the top)
We are going through NM in April on our way to Colorado, Utah, and then Las Vegas. On the way, we will spend l night in a place we've stayed before--Grants NM (KOA Cibola Sands-there's an actual lava bed right in the rv park). On our way back home, we're stopping for a couple of days in Roswell.
Hope you have a great trip--maybe we'll see you on the road!
New Mexico is a BIG state. There are lots of attractions but my favorites are:
Chama for the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
Albuquerque for the Tram
Take the turquoise trail from Albuquerque to Santa Fe with a stop in Madrid
Santa Fe plaza (be sure to go in the La Fonda Hotel at least for a meal)
Taos is beautiful
Chaco Canyon (I understand it is beautiful but I have never been there and I was born in NM. I still have a lot to see and I'm 59 years old and still living in NM)
This list will take you several months if you do it right. Enjoy.
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SOOOOO much to see in New Mexico. We ended up spending 2 months there last year we loved it so much! If you're staying for more than 3 weeks, buy the New Mexico State Park Camping Pass...it'll save you a ton on camping
Here are just a FEW of our favorite sights:
In SE -> Carlsbad Caverns & Roswell (for the aliens, of course!)
In S -> White Sands National Monumnet
In SW -> City of Rocks and Gila Cliff Dwellings (both fabulous!)
In middleE -> Salinas Pueblos (remote and rarely visited!)
In middleW -> Pie Town and the Very Large Array Telescope
In NW -> Chaco
In N -> Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
In NE -> Taos and The Enchanted Circle
I could keep going, but those are our favorite spots. If you're interested I have blog posts on each one of these on the blog under our New Mexico Travel Tales section. I've also got reviews of each of the corresponding state parks we stayed at.