Top 10 things to do in New Mexico
New Mexico, a state located in the southwestern part of U.S., is a land lush with beautiful sights and adventures captivating ruins and exotic culture comprising of a fascinating history. The varied terrain covers the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert. The capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe, which one of the places worth visiting in New Mexico.
Sante Fe was founded in 1610 and is famous for its Spanish colonial architecture and the host of upscale spas that it has found its place here. Along with this, it is home to some of the most exclusive museums, restaurants, and botanical gardens. Among the places to visit there are Roswell and other places that can be visited. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe features the Santa Fe Opera, which is an open-air place. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum also houses the artist’s iconic New Mexican landscape paintings.
The Santa Fe Opera House
The Santa Fe Opera House is located in the desert, seven miles north of Santa Fe. The beauty of the place is that it is hidden in spite of being right in front of you and overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rockies. This place was originally built in 1956 as a guest ranch. However, John Crosby, the founder of Santa Fe Opera House, developed this place for young American singers to learn new collections and this was made possible due to the serene and calmness the place brought with it. The tranquil atmosphere of the place ensured that the singers had sufficient time and space to practice and prepare. The shows that took place at the Santa Fe Opera House started gaining more popularity since it proved to be the ideal dining spot while watching the sunset and taking advantage of the open-air theatre. Since the time Santa Fe Opera house has commenced, there are about five operas taking place every season. These include a Richard Strauss, and a Mozart, other titles composed by artists like Puccini, Verdi, Handel, Janacek, and Britten and finally a rare opera or a world premiere.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is one of the latest top tourist attractions and was founded in 1986. It is located in Albuquerque, Mexico. It seems to tell the tale of the Earth, starting from the Big Bang to the Ice Age. It is home to indefinitely present exhibits like Origins, Dawn of the Jurassic Super Giants, Dinosaurs, Age of Volcanoes, New Mexico Seacoast, Cave Experience, Evolving Grasslands, and lastly, New Mexico’s Ice Age. Other than the exhibits they house two galleries, which are devoted to astronomy and space exploration. It also houses a planetarium. The exceptional features of the museum are the skeleton of four dinosaurs that are complete; this included the skeleton of the T-Rex. The other educative exhibit is called STARTUP. STARTUP is the tale of a personal computer, which is based on the Microsoft story. Microsoft was founded in Albuquerque.
Gila Cliff Dwellings
The ancestral Puebloans of the Mogollon area constructed the Gila Cliff Dwellings, during the 13th century and one of the main attractions in New Mexico. These ancient dwellings have been carved in the canyon wall to make six natural caves. To make the different rooms, there are separations made of stones and mortar, which have been heaved from the canyon floor. The Canyon floor is located approximately 180 feet below the caves. Hiking one of the popular activities here and within the forested park.
White Sands National Monument
Comprising of one of the most spectacular landscapes in New Mexico is the White Sands National Monument. This stunning monument is situated in the Tularosa Basin, which is in the northern branch of Chihuahua Desert and is located at a 30 min drive southwest of Alamogordo in the south of New Mexico. It is enclosed by rugged mountains and consists of gleaming white gypsum sand, which has built up the landscape into exquisite dunes. These dunes are known to grow to a height of 60 feet, while constantly being shifted by the wind.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, in New Mexico, plays host to the world’s biggest hot air balloon festival. This festival takes place every autumn and is known to attract hordes of people. The number of participants is known to be more than 80,000 people. A small tradition, which began is a parking lot with 13 balloons is grown to more than 5000 balloons over a 365-acre park. It’s a 9-day festival, which starts off with the astounding “Mass Ascension”. It then continues with a display of synchronized ballooning and nighttime presentations. There are a lot of other things that can be done at the festival, in addition to the vibrantly colored skies. There are several vendors along with street performers, activities for kids, live musicians and even a juried craft show.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
The Chaco Culture National Historical Park is not only a park but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in all around North America. The Chaco Culture National Historical Park is located in the northwest of Albuquerque in a remote area. The Chaco Canyon was known to play host to the ancestral Puebloan people right from about 800 AD to 1200 AD. It was considered to be the main center and was made up of 15 massive ruins and many smaller constructions. The facilities of the park include activities like an exceptional interpretive center, camping and even some interpretive and back-country hikes, along with astronomical experiences through telescopes located all around the canyon.
Bat Flight Program in Carlsbad Cavern National Park
Another unique activity that you need to consider and be a part of, while you are in New Mexico, is the Bat Flight Program that takes place in Carlsbad Cavern National Park. From April to October, every night, millions of Mexican free-tailed bats leave their nests to be able to find something to eat. All the visitors need to do is – grab a place in the amphitheater and educate themselves about the bats in the evening talk and post that experience one of the most spectacular natural view and the phenomenon that occur.
Very Large Array National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Very Large Array National Radio Astronomy Observatory is located in central New Mexico in the west of Socorro. The Observatory is known to have a single radio telescope made up of 27 giant antennas. The observatory is located at a height of 7,000 feet i.e., 2,100 meters above sea level, which is helping astronomers make important observations about occurrences like quasars, cosmic gases, and black holes. Other than the observatory, there is a theater, a gift shop and a museum that is open to the public year round. There are self-guided and guided tours available, which help the visitors, get a closer view of the dish-shaped antennas. However, guided tours are available only on the first Saturday of every month.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Near the town of Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico, there is a massive cave complex and a part of this cave complex is referred to as the Carlsbad Caverns. The most famous part and the main fascination is the Big Cave, which holds one of the largest underground chambers, which is further call the Big Room. The Big Room can be reached either by using the elevator from the visitor area or center on by a short walking path. Once the visitors have reached inside the massive chamber, there is a paved pathway that the visitors can use to walk and admire the electrically lighted stalagmites and stalactites and even the natural pools.
Just visiting these 10 places cannot beat the beauty of New Mexico. New Mexico is filled everywhere with natural phenomena that would blow your mind away.