Discover the Subtle Beauty of New Mexico

From taking flight in a hot air balloon to hitting the slopes in Taos, discover everything New Mexico has to offer.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

During the world's largest balloon rally, some 750 colorful balloons descend on Albuquerque, NM. Spectators take in a plethora of balloon launches, games and races each fall.

White Sands National Monument

In the heart of the Tularosa Basin, 275 square miles of glistening white sand makes up the world's largest gypsum dune field.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

In this remote canyon you'll find the most well-preserved collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico. Between 900 and 1150 AD, Chaco Canyon was a major cultural center for the ancient Puebloan people.

The High Road

The best way to travel from Santa Fe to Taos is along the 56-mile-long High Road. Travel from north to south, through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, for the most expansive views of red-painted desert.

Albuquerque's Old Town

This historic Southwestern town is home to over 150 stores, galleries, winding brick paths and hidden gardens.

Route 66

Experiencing the historic Route 66 is an American dream for many and there is no better place to do it than in New Mexico. The Blue Swallow Motel has served as a pit stop for travelers on the "Mother Road" since 1939.

Sandia Peak

Located next to Albuquerque, NM, the Sandia Peak Tramway stretches from the northeast edge of the city to the crestline of the Sandia Mountains. Take in the landscape and wildlife during the third-largest "clear span" in the world or on one of the many hiking trails in the area.

Taos Ski Valley

This village was founded by Swiss-German immigrants Rhoda and Ernie Blake in 1955. Now the preeminent ski resort in the southern Rocky Mountains, it also has an excellent ski school and over 72 trails designated for novice to expert skiers.

Bandelier National Monument

Less than 15 miles south of Los Alamos you'll find over 70 miles of maintained trails, tribal ruins, waterfalls and wildlife. It's all named after the Swiss-American archaeologist Adolph Bandelier, who researched the ancient Puebloan cultures that date back here over 10,000 years.

Santa Fe Opera House

Situated on a wooded hilltop 7 miles north of the city, this stunning structure is partially open air and has open sides. Not to be outshone, the opera house was second only to the Metropolitan Opera of New York in installing an electronic titles system in front of each patron's seat that shows a translation of sung text.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

You'll see this isn't just another national park full of rocky slopes and cactus once you step foot in the elevator and plunge 75 stories underground to explore the Big Room, a natural limestone chamber over 4,000 feet long.

Enchiladas

Famous for its red chili peppers, New Mexico is home to food that should be high on your list of New Mexican experiences. Order enchiladas "Christmas-style," topped with both red and green hot sauces.

UFO Museum

For the conspiracy theorist in all of us, head to this UFO museum to find out what really happened in during that July 1947 thunderstorm just outside of Roswell, NM.

Acoma Pueblo

For over 800 years, the Acoma have continuously occupied the area 60 miles west of Albuquerque. You cannot wander the 3 reservations (Sky City, Acomita and McCartys) freely, but you can tour the 40,000-square-foot museum, peruse the gallery for art and pottery and take hour-long tours of the village.

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