December 08, 2017 in: Top 10 Attractions to Visit in New Mexico,
It’s not uncommon for one to fall in love with an exotic destination such as New Mexico. In fact, many have claimed time and time again that they experience the same or stronger admiration for the gorgeous place, each and every time they visit it. New Mexico is such a vast and extensive state that even the residents don’t find the time to explore the entirety of it.
Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 Attractions to Visit in New Mexico, so you can make the most of your next trip to the heavenly treasure.
1. Valle Vidal
The Valle Vidal is the most stunning landscape in all of New Mexico. It is a 101,794-acre mountain basin, sheltered and survived the mineral exploitation back in 1996. It is the ideal choice for those who are in search of the perfect spot for fishing, hiking, hunting and even camping.
2. Bandelier National Monument
The 33,677-acre preserve, Bandelier National Monument, encompasses a number of remarkable volcanic landscapes as well as archaeological ruins within all of New Mexico. Tourists and visitors can visit the gorgeous place everything from 9:30 to 5:30 PM, to enjoy a great location for camping, trailing and even hiking.
3. White Sands National Monument
If you’ve never seen the unusually gorgeous white sand dunes, you should definitely visit the gorgeous White Sands National Monument while you’re there. The beauty of this supreme destination is truly one of a kind.
4. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
The gorgeous museum has been in existence since July 1997 and was dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe, as the name suggests. It also happens to be one of the most visited sites in New Mexico. There are plenty of museum activities that you can indulge in while you’re there!
5. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
If you’re lucky enough to schedule a trip to New Mexico during the month of October, specifically dates 5th to 19th, you will be able to enjoy the gorgeous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta that takes place in New Mexico every year. The sight of it is so pretty you will not be able to resist snapping away!
6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
If you’re into freaky things, such as cave searching or hunting, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park is definitely for you, and has more than 120 caves waiting to be explored! There are even guided tours.
7. Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railway
One of the oldest, yet most gorgeous sights, the Cumbres Toltec railway certainly is a scenic beauty. It goes through three different locations in North America, and New Mexico is one of them. Thus, you have the perfect opportunity to see this beauty while you can.
8. Loretto Chapel
The Loretto Chapel is one of the oldest yet superior chapels in all of New Mexico. Tucked away in Santa Fe, this should definitely be on your list of places to see when in New Mexico.
9. Very Large Array
One of the most profound locations in New Mexico, the Very Large Array is a spot where humungous radio telescopes are kept for the purpose of observing life beyond the galaxies. Must visit!
10. Chaco Culture National Historical Park
A real treasure for lovers of history, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park is the ideal location for you to visit if you want something that tickles your fantasy. It has also been dubbed to be one of the most stimulating archaeological sites within North America. Not to mention it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
December 04, 2017 in: Top 10 Lakes in New Mexico,
When you think of New Mexico, the first thing that comes to your mind is a desert. We tend to think that lakes and water bodies are not a part of the picture, but that is not true. New Mexico is home to a number of different lakes that add diversity to its topography. Let’s have a look at some of the lakes that will convince you that New Mexico is not all deserts:
Abiquiu Lake is located an hour away from Santa Fe. The place is known for its narrow fingers that extend in the nearby canyons. The lake is packed during the summer months as people visit the area to enjoy wakeboarding, fishing, boating, and camping.
Cochiti Lake is located an hour away from Albuquerque and is located on the Cochiti Pueblo reservation. The lake is located in close proximity to Tent Rocks that offers hiking and exploring facility to the visitors.
The Navajo Lake is nestled between the state line of New Mexico and Colorado. The place is a popular tourist destination because of the amenities provided. If you are planning a picnic there, you will be pleased to know that they have restrooms, shower facility, and offer activities like boating, camping, hiking, guided hiking, and fishing.
Brantley Lake is located around twenty minutes away from Carlsbad and is visited by people all year around. It is located in close proximity to Carlsbad Cavern- an internationally recognized National Park known for its limestone cave rock formations.
El Vado Lake
The El Vado Lake is open for public all year round. During winter, you can enjoy hunting and angling, whereas during summer you can enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, boating, and swimming.
Caballo Lake is located on government land, so you will not find any real estate development there. The place is mostly deserted during the weekend, which is great for people who want to go fishing in a quiet environment.
Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte Lake is the biggest lake in New Mexico and is located around 147.5 miles away from Albuquerque. The lake is famous amongst tourists as well as locals because of the outdoor activities it offers. Some of the outdoor sports that you will be able to enjoy include fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, as well as camping.
Eagle Nest Lake
The Eagle Nest Lake is surrounded by the high mountains of Moreno Valley located near Taos. If you are a fishing fanatic, you will be pleased to know that the lake is home to kokanee salmon, snake river cutthroat, and rainbow trout.
There are a total of eight sinkholes in New Mexico that are filled with water. The area is known for its hiking trails, so make sure you visit it.
The lake is located northeast of Tucumcari and is one of the largest lakes in the area. The place offers swimming, horseback riding, fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking facilities, so make sure that you pay a visit.
December 01, 2017 in: Top 10 Falls in New Mexico,
New Mexico is generally known for its dry desert lands and mountains, but what people don’t know is that its topography is much more diverse than just that. There is a reason why the area is known as the Land of Enchantment and that is because the state boasts of some stunning waterfalls that will leave you in awe. Let’s have a look at some of the top waterfalls in New Mexico that will make you plan a trip and pack your bags:
Sitting Bull Falls
Sitting Bull falls is 150 feet high and drains in a canyon located in the Lincoln National Forest. It is nestled between the community of Queen and Carlsbad. If you are planning a visit there, it is recommended that you go through the Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area.
Jemez Falls is located right at the top of Jemez Mountains and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. If you want to visit the falls, you will have to take a short hike from the Jemez Falls Campgrounds, through the Santa Fe National Forest. The best part about visiting the pace is that you can actually take a dip in the shallow pools located near the falls.
This 50- feet tall and 300 feet wide dam is located on the Jemez River. The dam changes the course of water and causes it to cascade through this calcium carbonate formation.
Waterfall in Bar Canyon-Soledad Canyon
Want to visit the beautiful waterfall? You can access it from the Soledad Canyon-Bar Canyon day use area that is located in close proximity to Las Cruces.
Waterfall near White Rock Overlook Park
If you want to view this magnificent waterfall, you can catch a look of it from the White Rock Overlook Park.
Waterfall on the Catwalk Trail
The trail starts from the town of Glenwood. Take a stroll there and make sure that you visit the suspension bridge because the view from there is absolutely stunning.
Nambe Pueblo is home to the Nambé Falls Recreation Area, which is a popular tourist destination. There are two ways to reach there; each led by a trail that stretches to 0.25 miles. One of the trails will take you to the top of the fall, whereas the other one to the bottom.
Folsom falls is a small waterfall that is located a few miles northeast of the town of Folsom. The fall is located a few steps away from where the Cimarron River merges with the Pinebeta Creek.
Resumidero Falls is located in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. It is a located in a remote place but is worth the entire walk.
El Salto Falls
The El Salto Falls are located near Arroyo Seco and visited by a large number of people every year.
In conclusion, these are some of the waterfalls that are located in New Mexico.