At the crossroads of the Rio Grande and historic Route 66 lies central New Mexico. The natural beauty of the high desert and the peaks of the Sandia Mountains dominate this region, as do the area’s Mexican and Native American roots. Step back in time with a visit to Old Town in Albuquerque, where the adobe architecture dating back to the 1700s dazzles history buffs. For expansive views, take a tramway ride up to Sandia Peak. Explore the history and natural beauty of the area with a visit to the many state and national parks found here. Outside of the state’s largest city, you’ll find several vibrant small towns.
Imagine standing on a crest of a dune, looking out on a sea of shimmering white sand waves. This spectacle can be found in the White Sands National Monument, an unusual formation in the Chihuahuan Desert. That’s not the only marvel found in the region. Deep under the surface in this region lies a large cave system in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. For an out-of-this world experience, visit the quirky town of Roswell to get the scoop on their extraterrestrial legends. Head up to the resort town of Ruidoso to find fine restaurants, outdoor activities and scenic mountain views.
The rugged peaks of the Organ Mountains jut into turquoise skies above stark desert landscapes in Las Cruces, the largest city in southwestern New Mexico. Snowbirds desiring tranquility and natural beauty will find it in abundance here. Native American and Mexican cultural roots flourish in the foods and arts. Visitors also can explore a ghost town, hike through the Gila Wilderness or tour City of Rocks State Park. If it’s relaxation you seek, soak in the hot springs of Truth or Consequences or launch a boat in Elephant Butte Reservoir.