New Mexico - the real southwest of the USA - is adorned with deserts,
forests, cities, lakes, mountains and a lively Indian and Hispanic culture.
The largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque, is a tourist highlight and has
been experiencing a period of strong growth for some time. The old town, museums
and cultural centers are extremely worth seeing. Albuquerque is also a good
starting point for trips to other regions of New Mexico.
Known for its Adobe architecture, Santa Fe is the oldest capital in a US
state and famous for its artist community and festivals.
Land area: 314,334 sq km.
Population: 2,096,829 (2019 estimate)
Population density: 7 per sq km.
Capital: Santa Fe.
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Attractions in New Mexico
The largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque, has a pretty old town with small
handicraft shops, museums, restaurants, cultural centers and a charming plaza
with gas lamps. There are several good museums, including the Albuquerque Museum
of Art and History, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Maxwell
Museum of Anthropology, the Meteorite Museum, and the Geology Museum. The Indian
Pueblo Cultural Center deals with Indian culture. The second longest cable car
in the world, the Sandia Peak Tramway, can take you to Sandia Peak. Every year
in October, the city experiences the international balloon fiesta, at which
hundreds of colorful hot air balloons rise into the air.
The fact that you can fish in New Mexico all year round makes the state one
of the best places for anglers across the nation. Added to this is the great
variety of fish species such as trout, perch, catfish, pike and zander in the
waters of New Mexico. The Animas and San Juan rivers in New Mexico are known to
trout anglers across the country. Winter ice fishing in New Mexico is a special
attraction. All anglers from the age of twelve need a valid fishing license.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The Carlsbad Caves in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park are world famous,
beautiful and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only a part of the 83 stalactite
caves can be guided or visited on your own. For example, one of the caves is
closed to the public for the protection of 400,000 bats that nest in them. The
endless arrangement of stalactites and stalagmites have been shaped into
spectacular limestone formations over the millennia and amaze every visitor. The
limestone contains maritime fossils that date from before the dinosaurs. The
national park can be reached via US Highway 62/180 about 29 km southwest of
Coronado State Monument
The Coronado State Monument is located north of Albuquerque near
Bernalillo. It is visited primarily because of the remains of the Kuaua Pueblos
and six kivas. The Kivas are underground chambers and vaults with countless
murals that depict ancient rituals before the discovery of America. The kivas
served as ceremonial and meeting rooms. Fourteen of the restored murals are
exhibited in the visitor center of this historic site.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
You can get unforgettable impressions from New Mexico on a ride on the
narrow-gauge museum train Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The railroad was
built in 1880 to cross the high mountain passes on the way to the silver mines
in southwestern Colorado. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is said to be one
of the highest railway lines in the USA. The passing landscape is
spectacular. As soon as you have passed US 84, you feel like you were in the
wild west of that time.
Discover Indian culture
If you want to walk in the footsteps of the Indians, there are many options
in New Mexico: You can visit the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fé,
watch Indian dances in one of the 19 Indian Pueblos in New Mexico, which visit
the state's three Indian reservations, go to the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
in Gallup, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque or visit the
Indian and Spanish markets on the Santa Fé Plaza in Santa Fé. The Indian ethnic
groups in New Mexico give visitors an insight into their traditions and their
lives today. More information at http://www.us-infos.de/tourtips-pueblos.html. A
tip are the prehistoric Indian sites and the Navajos Indian Reserves near
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial takes place in Gallup in mid-August, to
which Indians from 40 ethnic groups from all over North America and 50,000
visitors travel. The Native American Communities celebrate their culture with
parades, dances and rodeos, traditional dishes and sell handicraft products.
Petroglyph National Monument
The Petroglyph National Monument, located on the western outskirts of
Albuquerque, has around 1200 impressive rock paintings depicting people and
animals. You can also explore the volcanic landscape, the vegetation of the
semi-desert and several ruins of prehistoric Indian settlements in this
The Spanish word "Pueblo" means village or community. In New Mexico there are
a total of 19 Indian pueblos, in which dances and ceremonies take place
regularly, at which tourists are usually welcome. A visit is definitely
worthwhile and provides fascinating insights into the life of an ancient
culture. There are usually wonderful handicrafts to buy. Interested parties
should register with the respective village board, who will also familiarize
them with the respective customs (for example, photography is not permitted in
all pueblos). Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest, most charming and most famous
pueblo ever and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Santa Fe Trail
Along the Santa Fe Trail, a National Historic Trail, you will pass numerous
beautiful churches, of which the San Miguel Mission built in 1610 and Loretto
Chapel with their mysterious spiral staircase are particularly worth a
visit. Other attractions along the way include the Fort Union National Monument
and the Pecos National Historical Park.
In the high and hilly Santa Fé, old Indian and Spanish influences can still
be found on every corner. You can see examples of Indian Adobe architecture in
the oldest state capital in the USA. Many historic buildings have been preserved
in this magical and colorful UNESCO Creative City, which is an important center
of the country's art scene. The city is also an important art market with
countless galleries. Crafts are sold on the Indian market. In the Museum of
Indian Arts & Culture, visitors can immerse themselves in Indian culture. The
Museum of New Mexico is also worth seeing. The New Mexico History Museum is
located next to one of the oldest buildings in the USA, the former Palace of the
The New Mexico State Route 14 (NM 14), which connects Santa Fé with
Albuquerque, is congruent with most of the Turquoise Trail - a National Scenic
Byway. Along the way are attractions such as the former mining settlements of
Golden, Madrid and Cerrillos, which became ghost towns when gold, coal and
turquoise rock ran low. Today restaurants, art exhibitions, museums and theaters
bring these old settlements back to life. The Turquoise Trail also leads past
the Sandia Crest, the summit of which offers a wonderful panoramic view of the
White Sands National Monument
The unreal beauty of the white dunes of the White Sands National Monument
lets visitors forget the rest of the world. The white dunes are not made of
sand, but of gypsum, which formed a seabed in the Tularosa basin 250 million
years ago. The largest gypsum dune field in the world occupies an area of 712
km² and is located 25 km southwest of Alamogordo. Few plants and animals survive
in this white dream like the soap palm lily, rabbits, coyotes and lizards.
White water rafting in New Mexico
The rapids of the Rio Grande attract experienced whitewater riders, while
beginners are drawn to the Rio Chama, whose flow speed is controlled by dams. In
addition to these two rivers, there are numerous smaller rivers that are
suitable for white water rides. The wildest is a river trip in the northern part
of New Mexico because it is home to most of the state's mountains, whose
meltwater feeds the rivers in spring. The season for whitewater riders usually
begins in April.
Winter sports in New Mexico
Friends of winter sports will also get their money's worth in New
Mexico. There are about eight well-known ski areas, including the Angel Fire
Resort, the Pajarito, Red River Ski Area, Sandia Peak, Santa Fe, Sipapu, Ski
Apache and Taos. Taos with its colorful plaza is a picturesque colony of
artists. Cross-country skiers frolic in the Enchanted Forest, the Chama
Crosscountry and the Valles Caldera. In summer the ski areas are popular
destinations for hikers, anglers and cyclists.