New Mexico Off The Beaten Path

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New Mexico Off The Beaten Path

  • Jemez Mountains

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    A short hike from the battleship rock picnic area, is a small and delightful waterfall. From the parking lot cross the bridge over the river, then turn left and follow the parking lot/picnic areas up along the river. At the end of the parking lot keep hiking up along the brook. If you follow the path along the brook you will find the waterfall...

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  • Sandia Mountains

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    This is a wonderful place for a picnic or hike, on the lower portion of the Sandia Mountains (East Side). There are several places to picnic by the creek, and a beautiful paved trail by a meadow, will places to sit and enjoy the breeze, and interpretive signs along the way. I took my parents here last weekend for a nice walk (my mother loves nature...

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  • Turquoise Trail

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    Someone with a sense of humor used to live just south of Madrid on State Highway 14. The little house is partially made out of a railroad car and the bridge from a flatbed trailer. He/She must have been a welder, since the gate is very unique. The "ranch" is abandoned now. Madrid has problems with getting potable water. Maybe that is why the owner...

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  • Other Road Trips

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    Mountainair is just what the name applys. It is a very pretty area with plenty to see. http://www.mountainairchamber.com/Tourisim.htm Mountainair is the host to the National Parks Services Historic Salt Missions Trail. Visit historic Abo , Quarai and Gran Quivira Monuments. Walk in the footsteps of indigenous Pueblo Peoples, Conquistadors and their...

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  • Parks & Monuments

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    Petroglyph National Monument is a several area park nestled up to the Albuerqueque's resident volcanoes that protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including the volcanos, archeological sites and an estimated 20,000 carved images on the volcanic basalt rocks that litter the canyons, valleys, and hills. Most of these petroglyphs are...

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  • Museums

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    At the American International Rattlesnake Museum we saw this albino rattlesnake. Admission to this small museum at 202 San Felipe Street was only about $2.50. They did not give us a ticket to go inside. They gave us a 'certificate of bravery'. My wife does not like snakes and she indulged me by going into this place.

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  • Public Art

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    For those of you who are interested in temples, the Mormon church has a temple located in Albuquerque. It is one of more than 120 temples worldwide that the church has built. The exterior of the temple is Deseret Rose precast concrete, with the base being Texas pearl granite. Only those members who are worthy are allowed to enter, but you are free...

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  • Pueblo Life

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    Approx. 50 miles west of Albuquerque, located 15 miles south of I-40, the Acoma pueblo is considered on of the oldest, continously inhabited settlement in North America. It's located on top of a 367-foot mesa, and, along with its San Esteban del Rey Mission which was built in 1629, is listed on the federal register of historic...

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  • Get Your Champagne from an Apple

    Unfortunately the Los Conchas forest fire on 26 Jun 2011 and subsequent flooding caused the Dixon Apple Farm to be closed. I am leaving the original tip in case new owners re-open the orchard.Every Fall in the foothills near Cochiti Lake the apples ripen at Dixon's Farm, which is located in the 6200 foot-elevation, lava rich Rancho de Cañada in...

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  • The NRAO Very Large Array

    In honor of my dad's birthday, we went on a family road trip to Western New Mexico on July 7, 2013. I had always wanted to visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array (Whew! Good thing for abbreviations!) and suggested it to my folks, who were keen on visiting it as well. Located past the town of Magdalena, N.M., the Very...

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  • Tome Hill

    Located outside of Los Lunas, easily visible from NM 47, Tome Hill is known today as a sacred pilgrimage site for hundreds of Catholics in the area during Good Friday. A 15 minute hike up non-stop takes you to top of the hill. Upon arrival, you're greeted by three large crucifixes gazing down at you in heavenly joy. Among the remnants left here by...

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  • Bisti Wilderness

    On 16 Oct 2012 I made a day trip to find the stone wings in the Bisti (pronounced "Bis-tah" in Navajo) Wilderness. I had first learned of these amazing stone structures when I got a 2012 calendar for Christmas called "Wonders of the World." It had a picture for July of a balanced stone wing and indicated that the location was in New Mexico;...

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  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National...

    We went here on a beautiful and hot fall day. This place is located to the west of the tiny town of Mountainair, N.M. This particular ruin is named Abo, and is a part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Mounument. There were two other ruins that were part of this area that we didn't get to visit. There is a visitor center here. Along with a...

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  • Fishing in New Mexico

    Most people do not think of New Mexico when they think fishing, but we are famous for our trout along with salmon and pike if you know where to fish. The most famous trout fishing is down stream from Navajo Dam near Farmington, but there are countless streams and ponds all over the state that are either stocked or support a natural population of...

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  • Pecos River South of I-25

    Drive down NM 3. From I-25 mile marker 320 take the frontage road east to NM 3. Follow 3 south thru Ribera to Villanueva (15 mi) and on to I-40 between Clines Corners and Moriarity (20 mi). From I-25 to Villanuava you will be following the Pecos river valley as it winds through the mesa land. The road is curvy but not much up and down to it. The...

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  • Ghost Town

    East New Mexico ghost town. I spent some time taking pictures in this abandoned community. Located a number of miles just east of Santa Rosa and some distance west of Tucumcari.

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  • El Morro National Monument

    El Morro National Monument is located to the southwest of tiny town of Grants, NM. Along Highway 53, past a small community and followed by a long curvy road full of lowland pine forests. There's a "triangle" of attractions in the area. The tourist trap of the Ice Caves (good for a visit at least) and the awesome Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, all...

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  • Ojito Wilderness and Nearby Public Lands

    The Ojito Wilderness is a relatively new (2005), small wilderness area of ~11,000 acres west of San Ysidro, New Mexico. It has amazing geology and is scattered with Ancestral Puebloan, Navajo and Hispanic ruins/artifacts. Cabezon Peak, an ancient volcano, is visible to the northwest. The 150 million-year-old Morrison Formation is exposed in the...

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  • Carlsbad Caverns

    There is not a cave or cavern in the entire United States which evokes such astonishment and awe from visitors as does Carlsbad Caverns. This is not the largest cave system in the country, that distinction goes to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, but Carlsbad has more fantastic formations, contains the largest rooms and the largest population of bats. The...

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  • TRUCHAS PEAKS - southern Sangre de...

    The Pecos Wilderness Area is a large area comprising much of the southern sections of the Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. The upper reaches of the Pecos River runs out of the middle of the Area - a favorite fishing river with many campgrounds located along NM 63 coming north from I-25 at Pecos. There are many entry points into the wilderness with...

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  • WHEELER PEAK - northern Sangre de...

    Just northeast of Taos, you will find trails just below the Taos Ski Valley resort which will take you to the top of New Mexico - Wheeler Peak, 13161 feet. This is glorious mountain country to explore. Nearby rafting, fishing and mountain biking compete with the skiing and hiking for the outdoor enthusiast's attention. Wheeler Peak is held sacred...

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  • FORT SELDEN STATE MONUMENT

    15 miles north of Las Cruces, the ruins of Fort Selden can be found. From 1865 to 1891, the fort guarded Las Cruces and La Mesilla against Apache incursions, protecting westward-bound wagon trains, the railroad and as an outpost at the south end of the Jornada del Muerto - the trail leading norht to Santa Fe. A visitor center starts you out before...

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  • Old Town Albuquerque

    If you find your self in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico and the home of the largest airport make time to take a tour of "Old Town". The tour company "Walk in Time Tours" gives great tours. They will lead you on a trip in time through the Wild west and the territorial period of Albuquerque. You will soon be enlightened on the culure of...

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  • The Bosque Redondo Memorial

    The Bosque Redondo Memorial was established on the grounds of the former Fort Sumner to honor Navajos and Mescalero Apaches who were interned there between 1863 and 1868. The visitors' center opened in 2005, and was designed by Navajo architect David Sloan. His design was inspired by the hogan (the traditional Navajo dwelling) and the Apache...

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  • The Sandia Crest Recreation Area

    The Sandia Crest Recreation Area offers numerous outdoor activities less than an hour from Albuquerque. Visitors can hike along the numerous hiking trails, have a picnic at one of the picnic areas, ski at the Sandia Peak Ski Area, rock climb on the cliffs, or hang glide off the top of the peak. The 14-mile (23-kilometer) Sandia Crest Scenic Byway...

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  • The Very Large Array

    Located on the remote Plains of San Agustin, the Very Large Array is a radio astronomy telescope operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The radio telescope allows scientists to study cosmic objects, such as the sun, planets, and galaxies by analyzing the radio waves emitted by these objects. The telescope is made up of 27 connected...

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  • Billy the Kid's Grave

    Billy the Kid was an iconic figure of the Old West. An outlaw to many, and a hero to others, he was killed and buried in Fort Sumner. Nowadays the main reason anyone visits this remote town is to see Billy the Kid's grave.Billy the Kid's real name was Henry McCarty, but he went by the alias of William H. Bonney. To most people, however, he was...

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  • The Old San Miguel Mission

    Not to be confused with the Mission of San Miguel in Santa Fe, the Old San Miguel Mission is located in Socorro, about 78 miles (126 kilometers) south of Albuquerque. The present building as it exists today is the result of the restoration of the earlier Our Lady of Socorro Mission, which was built between 1615 and 1629. During the 1680 Pueblo...

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  • The Rio Grande Gorge

    Running from the northwest to the southeast, the Rio Grande Gorge is located west of Taos in northern New Mexico. At its deepest point, the gorge is 800 feet (244 meters) deep. The Rio Grande Gorge was formed millions of years ago as the Taos Plateau was forced upward by geologic forces, while at the same time the eroding waters of the river carved...

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  • The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

    Located just to the northwest of downtown Albuquerque, the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a place where nature lovers can escape the city streets to enjoy the area's wildlife. The 270-acre (109-hectare) park was established in 1983 to protect riparian areas along the Rio Grande. Much of the park consists of cottonwood groves and willow...

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  • White Sands Missile Museum

    About 20 minutes west of the White Sands National Monument area is the White Sands Missile Range, which is basically an Air Force base. You can drive your vehicle in , if it is searched first, and you provide everyone's drivers license, the vehicle registration and insurance. At that part of the trip I found out we had been driving 2000 miles...

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  • Capulin Volcano National Monument

    I finally got to the top of a volcano! Our first one ever!! ( not counting Yellowstone) Ok, so it was a long dead one, but better a dead one than no volcano...it was not quite Mount Vesuvius, but still a nice detour. It is located in the north-east corner of New Mexico, just before you get to Oklahoma. You can drive up the narrow road on the edge...

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  • Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

    Twice in 2009 I came with friends to a remote part of western New Mexico called Ramah. Out past the village and further into nothingness, there's a special place called the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. The isolated location is perfect for the main attraction, wolves! Wolves and wolf-dogs are kept in their natural enviroment while being safe and...

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  • Lake Roberts - Beautiful Mountain Lake

    Lake Roberts is a small lake in the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico. It is fed by the waters of Sapillo Creek and is usually crystal clear (except after a hard rain). The NM Game and Fish Department keeps it stocked with trout. It has become more popular and developed over the years but it is still a beautiful place. There are two...

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  • Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

    We came upon this desert oasis quite by chance. With no campground in White Sands National Monument and our vow to not stay in a room till Las Vegas due to being insanely over budget on our six month journey, we had to find a place to set up the tent for a few days. A commercial campground, by experience, would not do. It would only serve to make...

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  • Battleship Rock

    About 5 miles north of Jemez Springs is Battleship Rock, which is at the confluence of the north and east forks of the Jemez River. There is a developed day use area there (which requires a fee) but you can park for free in the parking lot by the highway and walk down. It is about a 1.5 mile hike up the east fork to the McCauley warm spring.

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  • At Least Once in Your Life, Do Route 66

    I'm putting this in the "Off the Beaten Path" section because we just don't get off the interstate much anymore and when travelling Route 66, you begin to realize just how much of a shame that is. Route 66 runs through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, & Illinois. It's not shown on most current maps so you need to...

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  • Echos in Northern New Mexico

    Nestled in the back of colorful rock cliffs, the Echo Amphitheater makes a nice stop (it has restrooms). These kinds of caves are common in the Lake Powell region but you do not see them much in this part of New Mexico. I was there once when a small group of Native Americans was performing a ceremony. The sound of the chants and drums echoing was...

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  • Jemez Springs Area

    The village of Jemez Springs is a short 1.5 hour drive from Albuquerque. It is in a valley made by the Jemez River but high enough that you are up in the pine trees. There are many things to do and see around Jemez Springs (see below). To get there, go north out of Albuquerque on I-25 and turn west on Highway 44 at Bernalillo. When you reach San...

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  • Rio Grande

    The Rio Grande stretches all the way to Mexico, through canyons and is a great place to raft, camp, bike or hike.

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  • Chaco Canyon

    Be prepared to drive, going off road, so a 4 WD vehicle or pickup is needed; Chaco Canyon is 3 hours west/northwest of Albuquerque on paved highway, and then another 40 minutes on gravel/washboard road into the Nat'l Park...they plan to keep it that way to discourage volumes of RVs, etc. But is is a national treasure and great historical place for...

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  • New Year's Eve Family Fun!

    Every New Year's Eve at the Angel Fire Ski Resort, the ski instructors, ski patrol, and other employees tape flashlights to their arms and feet and ski down the front slope at midnight on New Year's Eve. It doesn't last long but is great to watch. It always seems to be cool, crisp, and clear that night, and who needs city lights compared to...

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  • Fishing the Brazos

    The Brazos is a great trout stream in North Central New Mexico near the Colorado border. The Brazos flows out of a box canyon about 10,000 feet above sea level toward the Rio Chama and then into the Rio Grande River. Do not confuse this river with the other, larger, Brazos whish flows out of Eastern New Mexico into Texas.There are plenty of motels...

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  • Gila Cliff Dwellings

    I remember the first time I went to the Gila Cliff Dwellings in 1964. There was no paved road and you had to ford the river 5 times. As I pulled into the dirt parking lot, I wondered why they had put big logs all around it. I found out quickly! When I put on my brakes, they were wet and did not work. All that kept me from rolling into the river was...

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  • Doc Campbell - Gila Wilderness Pioneer

    Doc Campbell was one of the original settlers in the Gila Wilderness area. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 85. I have stopped many times over the years at the Doc Campbell Post for camping supplies. The Gila Hot Springs Ranch is well-known for its fully outfitted wilderness pack and hunting trips that will take you into the remote and...

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