5 Great Reasons To Visit New Mexico

New Mexico is called the Land Of Enchantment and there is no better description so be prepared to be enchanted. A full page on this heavenly place will be added in the adventure tab but for today’s post, we’re simply sharing what we loved when we were lucky enough to get a recent taste of enchantment.

1) CROWDS – Nope, did not have that experience unlike a lot of high profile locales. We visited Albuquerque twice in two weeks, once through the week and once on a weekend, both times in August. No crowds in Cimarron Canyon State Park (camping closed for the winter season) where we camped, however, we were there through the week and we heard summer weekends book out. Taos was a little busy as was Red River but nothing to truly be concerned about. *Note the fall balloon rally takes place in Taos in October.

Old Town
Old Town Albuquerque

2) UNIQUE – We hit upon several stellar experiences and places that were unplanned. Gale Sutton, an amazingly talented photographer, took us through the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery and not only shared images that took our breath away but she also provided a colorful and interesting commentary. And as a little gift with purchase, she referred us to the Classical Gas Museum in Embudo, and can we say FREE!

Gasoline Museum
Classical Gasoline Museum Embudo

3) CAMPING – We camped Cimarron Canyon State Park and for $10 a night had a spot overlooking the tiny lake and caught a mess of trout which we prepared for dinner. New Mexico camping is outstanding.

Lakeside camping
Lakeside camping

4) ROAD TRIP – The obvious draw in New Mexico is Route 66 but my discovery was actually Highway #550 as this stretch was beyond beautiful, both when I traversed it in the afternoon and when I reversed course weeks later and enjoyed it at sunrise.

Sunrise #550
Sunrise Highway #550

5) DIVERSITY – If you like to mix it up, New Mexico is a good choice. We had margaritas and mexican food in Albuquerque, watched a craftsman create turquoise jewelry in Old Town, were privy to amazing art in Madrid and got a rocking coffee and tea, enjoyed puffy clouds floating lazily in the sky along the highways, and took an epic hike in Cimarron Canyon. Whether we were watching sunset from the trail or studying thunderstorms on a mountain, the Land Of Enchantment was absolutely enchanting.

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