New Mexico Tourist Traps

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New Mexico Tourist Traps

  • Taos Pueblo

    If you're looking to drop $20, $10 to get in and $10 to take some lousy pictures then visit the Taos Pueblo. In all honesty, there's really not a whole lot to see except an outdoor cemetery, a few indoor trinket shops selling overpriced jewelry and a few outdoor stalls with more more of the same. Before I forget, there's even a few places that sell...

  • See it but do not spend your money...

    Do not waste your money in the following places. Santa Fe Plaza, Albuquerque Old Town, Clines Corners, Taos, any roadside lean to selling indian stuff. If you really want to buy the tourist stuff, it is not all junk, go to a truck stop. If you want real authentic indian crafted silver and turquoise go to any pawn shop near a reservation. Gallup or...

  • Alienfest Roswell

    Roswell is a very small town. Make your Hotel reservations early, as there are limited places to stay and the population of the city doubles during Alienfest. I am sorry to say, I was not impressed, seems to be more of a tourist trap event then anything else. Make the most of it though and take a day trip to Carlsbad Caverns! Have dinner at the...

  • Capitalism at it's worst

    As one of my fellow VTers stated, the worst tourist traps seem to put the most signs along the road. Along I-10 you will find a couple of shops run by the Bowlin's people. If you want to get authentic Native American crafts try the reservations. Not Bowlin's. Feel free to stop and look; but you may want to buy elsewhere. The Bowlin's on the...


    Imagine a small but perfectly formed city situated in a scenic setting that has seen centuries of history. Imagine a thriving artists colony with huge craft shows, exclusive shops and world-class cultural fare. Imagine a quaint town known for its off-beat, progressive citizens. What comes to mind? I could be talking about Lawrence, Kansas but in...

  • The Aliens are HERE!

    I'm not sure this is an outright tourist trap, but it's certainly given Roswell a pin on the map ! We didn't make it to the museum, but were mildly entertained at the number of local businesses that used the little green fellows as part of their advertising.

  • Passen Sie heraus für dieses...

    Passen Sie heraus für dieses zicklein, er nimmt nicht auf, ' nein ', für eine antwort, wenn er um geld bittet.

  • Well, as much as I hate to...

    Well, as much as I hate to admite it The Taos plaza has gotten to be a tourist trap, but that does mean you should pass it by. Take a few hours and explore it still as a few good shops and a little history. Take a day and go a street or two down from the plaza you will be suprised what you will find.

  • When buying Native American...

    When buying Native American pottery and Art- make sure that they don't say 'made in Thialand, or China'..... You'll see alot of fakes and you won't realize it. There are pawn shops in the area that the Natives sell their stuff in at a fraction of the price of the tourist traps.

  • It is fun to look at the...

    It is fun to look at the street vendors' jewlery in Santa Fe, but don't buy it there. It is expensive and you can get it much cheaper if you go to Taos or another outlying area. Also, many things that say they are authentic Native American pieces are not - there are no regulations for this. On the other hand, the jewlery shops in downtown Santa Fe...

  • I really wanted to go to the...

    I really wanted to go to the 'Four Corners' and found out that it's really blown out of proportion. There is a charge just to get in. It is just a concrete marker to mark the spot where the four states meet. And when I wanted to take a picture on 'the spot', you have to wait in a long line and you can't be sure that you'll get the picture by...

  • In New Mexico and Arizona it...

    In New Mexico and Arizona it seems that the size of the tourist trap is directly related to the number of signs for it out along the highway. They all sell basically the same stuff. Every one of them has Hand Made Indian Jewelry. This lady did not have any signs out by the highway.

  • You may wish to avoid White's...

    You may wish to avoid White's City, in the south east of the state and the closest habitation for the Carlsbad Caverns. It provides a complete monopoly for those visiting the Caverns.. the 'city' is two sides of a short and fairly deserted street! One side has a couple of hotels and a restaurant; the other has the tacky tourist shops, the post...

  • The casinos are generally a...

    The casinos are generally a waste of time. If you're looking to gamble on a vacation, go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City. The local Indian casinos are usually far out of the way, cramped, lousy payouts, and expensive for food & other services. Hotel accomodations at casinos are either non-existant or highly over-rated. These casinos are not New...

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