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New Mexico Tent Camping Trip
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Enchantment is definitely the word that best describes New Mexico. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the state’s familiar native heritage and to unwind in Santa Fe, one of the most unique cities in North America and an excellent destination for New Mexico tent camping. And anyone passing through might want to take the time to go off the beaten path and check out some of the state’s more “offbeat” locales as well.
Also called the “City Different,” Santa Fe is a vibrant community that sits at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. Once known as the seat of power for all Spanish territories west of the Mississippi River, since 1610 the city has been at the very crossroads of the cultural influences that have shaped New Mexico. The Santa Fe National Forest is one of the great New Mexico tent campgrounds to visit in this area.
Begin your Mexico tent camping trip to Santa Fe with a personalized tour. Pathways Customized Tours offers guided excursions throughout the city’s local history, art, geology, and wildlife.
The Palace of the Governors (built in 1610) once housed the local Spanish leadership but is now a museum chronicling the history of Santa Fe and the region. The Museum of Fine Arts displays approximately 20,000 works of art, accentuating artists of the southwest. However, often recognized to be Santa Fe’s very best museum, the Museum of International Folk Art houses the largest collection of folk art in the world.
New Mexico resounds with the history and culture of several native peoples whose energy and values help shape the state today.
Also known as “Sky City,” this ancient pueblo is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the nation. Built atop a massive mesa 7,000 feet above sea level Sky City offers guided tours and a historic visitors center.
Bandelier National Monument
These dwellings carved into the face of sheer cliff walls. New Mexico tent camping is available here only at certain times of the year.
Chaco Canyon National Park
This network of Anasazi ruins once served as an urban center for more than 7,000 people. Self-guided trails are available to most of the significant ruins, but surrounding mesas feature commanding views of the entire canyon for more intrepid hikers.
Gila Cliff Dwellings
At more than 700 years old, these dwellings were built into the sides of five sandstone cliff caves by the Mogollon people for protection from enemies. Today, the ruins are surrounded by the Gila National Forest.
Looking for a little something outside the norm? Then be sure to visit some of these, um, unique destinations to take a walk on the wilder–and weirder–side.
Okay, what exactly did happen here in 1947? Was it indeed a UFO crash and cover-up, or blown-up urban legend? Maybe the International UFO Museum can help you sort it all out as well as the many UFO inspired shops and events hosted by the town.
Bandera Ice Cave
So let’s see. Bandera is home to a 10,000-year-old volcano with an ice cave inside of a lava tube with a base 20 feet thick and core ice dating back to 1100 BC? Well sure, who hasn’t seen that before?
More well-known and no less spectacular, these enormous underground chambers began forming almost 250 million years ago and today provide seasonal homes for 300,000 bats. Self-guided and ranger tours are available. Brantley Lake State Park is one of the great New Mexico tent campgrounds to stay at here.
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