Welcome to New Mexico
Renowned New Mexico artist Georgia O'Keeffe once said, "If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life." Millions of folks have come to understand exactly what she meant.
New Mexico is home to compelling regions. Check out the following destinations and regions for an RV trip you won't soon forget. Ruidoso: A gem in the Land of Enchantment
Ruidoso, New Mexico, is a jewel of a getaway located in the cool mountain pines of Southern New Mexico. Wander the boutiques of Ruidoso’s walkable midtown shopping district for unique clothing, art and hand-crafted Native American jewelry, wining and dining in the town’s restaurants and bars along the way. Summer brings horse racing to the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack where the All-American Futurity, the richest Quarter Horse Race in the United States, is held every Labor Day weekend.
Try your luck at a trio of casinos that are open year-round. Ski Apache, the southern-most ski resort in the United States, offers warm-weather powder skiing in the winter and summer gondola rides to the top of Sierra Blanca, where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Lincoln National Forest and the White Mountain Wilderness.
Golf at one of Ruidoso’s four spectacular mountain courses; each course is situated against breathtaking backdrops rarely matched by courses elsewhere. Immerse yourself in the history of Billy the Kid Country: Discover historic Lincoln, walk the streets of the infamous Lincoln County War and visit the courthouse where Billy the Kid made his last escape. Explore the beautiful grounds of pre-Civil War Fort Stanton where Kit Carson, Black Jack Pershing and the Buffalo Soldiers were based during the Apache Wars.
When you aren’t exploring the local history, you can savor the beautiful alpine setting that surrounds over a million acres of wilderness and national forest. It’s ideal for hiking and horseback riding. Reward yourself with a cabin in the woods, a full resort or a luxury vacation-home rental. And at the end of the day, do what Ruidoso locals enjoy the most: put your feet up on a deck rail, enjoy the cool breeze, and revel in the scenic beauty of this mountain village.
For More Information: Discover Ruidoso, 877-RUIDOSO, www.DiscoverRuidoso.com
Northwest New Mexico
Northwest New Mexico is high desert country consisting of buttes, badlands, canyons, and mesas. Shiprock, a 1700-foot high volcanic plug, is a prominent landmark. Walk in the footsteps of the Anasazi, an ancient people who lived in Chaco Canyon, now a National Historic Park. The extensive remains of this remarkable culture are also preserved at Aztec Ruins National Monument. Observe the weird shapes of wind-eroded sandstone and shale formations at Bisti Badlands Wilderness.
North Central New Mexico
This is the landscape that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe's startlingly colorful and shapely paintings.
Santa Fe, the state's capital, is home to North America's oldest church and world-renowned art galleries, marketplaces, and performance venues. The "City Different" has all the markings of a cosmopolitan city in its offering of art, culture, and cuisine, but still has a small-town feel.
Tour Bandelier National Monument, outside of Los Alamos (location of Los Alamos National Laboratories), and discover 12th-century Pueblo cliff dwellings.
Gateway to the Enchanted Circle and the Ski Valley, Taos is home to the multistoried Taos Pueblo (continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Stop at Chimayo and visit the early 1800s-shrine, Santuario de Chimayó.
Northeast New Mexico
The Santa Fe Trail stop of Cimarron was visited by Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, and Doc Holliday. Capulin Volcano, a nearly perfectly shaped cinder cone, stands more than 1,200 feet above the surrounding high plains. Explore the Army post ruins established in 1851 at the Fort Union National Monument near Las Vegas.
Central New Mexico
Albuquerque, the state's largest city, is the hub of the state. Each October, city skies are full of bold blues, imperial reds, and vibrant yellows. The event is the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot-air balloon event in the world.
Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest tramway, runs 2.7 miles to the 10,300-foot summit.
Owned and operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center focuses on the history of traditional Pueblo culture. Streets around the central plaza of Old Town are lined with 300-year-old adobes. These structures contain assorted artwork, jewelry and specialty shops, and boutiques and galleries. Petroglyph National Monument on the West Mesa contains up to 15,000 ancient rock carvings created around 1300 A.D.
A pleasant alternative to I-25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Turquoise Trail passes through several small mining towns on the eastern flank of the Sandia Mountains.
Southwest New Mexico
The state's second-largest city, Las Cruces (Spanish for "the crosses"); the largest lake, Elephant Butte (36 miles long); and the "Chile Capital of the World," the agricultural village of Hatch, where more than 30,000 acres of chile are grown, are located in this region.
Since 1848 La Mesilla has played a prominent part in the rich history of the Southwest.
Silver City, an old mining center 6,000 feet up in the mountains, contains art galleries, gift shops, and a host of Southwestern-style restaurants.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument showcases the remains of 13th century cliff-side dwellings.
The wetlands of Bosque del Apache near Socorro encompass over 90 square miles of fields and marshes. This national wildlife refuge has excellent bird watching and is the winter home of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and more than 325 species of birds.
Deming is a winter haven for RVers. About 20 miles west of Magdalena the bizarre sight of 24 giant antenna dishes sprouting out of the desert is mind-boggling. It is referred to as the VLA (Very Large Array).
Southeast New Mexico
Below the arid mountain and desert landscape of the southeast corner of New Mexico lays an underground world of awe-inspiring and dazzling proportions. This magical world of mysterious passageways, colossal rock formations, and giant subterranean chambers is the renowned Carlsbad Cavern National Park.
Hike the world's largest gypsum dune field at White Sands National Monument. These glistening white sands near Alamogordo are one of the world's great natural wonders.
Alamogordo is also home to New Mexico Museum of Space History and the National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak near Cloudcroft.
Lincoln County is widely known as "Billy the Kid Country." Historic Lincoln was his home and this is where he gained the lion's share of his notoriety.
Tour Roswell, famous for the Roswell Incident, a UFO story, that's out of this world. In addition to an annual UFO festival, Roswell hosts the International UFO Museum and Research Center.
New Mexico Cuisine
Unlike any other, New Mexico cuisine is a blend of flavors from Spanish and Native American cultures that has been perfected over the course of 400 years. At the center of it all is the New Mexican chile, in both red and green varieties, which is used in everything from enchiladas to ice cream. Whether you are looking for a dining experience that has received a James Beard award or an authentic dive off the beaten path, you will find it here.