Photography in masthead courtesy of New Mexico Department of Tourism.
Ghost Ranch in North Central New Mexico, by Jim Stein
This northern New Mexico area is full of colorful scenery that surprises and delights visitors. This is the landscape that inspired famed painter Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived at Ghost Ranch.
Chama River in Northwest New Mexico, by James Orr
The Rio Chama winds through northern New Mexico before joining forces with the Rio Grande. This scenic river provides both water and recreational opportunities for the region, not to mention some terrific photo opportunities of rural New Mexican life.
Gran Quivera in Central New Mexico, by James Orr
Near Mountainair, NM, the Gran Quivera Ruins are one of three now-abandoned Salinas Pueblos (Abo and Quarai are the other two) that now make up the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. On Salt Missions Trail.
White Sands in Southeast New Mexico, by James Orr
White Sands National Monument is part of the world's largest gypsum dune field, where glistening dunes rise 60 feet high and cover 275 square miles. The National Monument shares the massive area with White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base. White Sands draws visitors for its stunning landscapes, and for just a romp on the sand dunes. It is just outside Alamogordo, in southern New Mexico.
Abiquiu Near Ghost Ranch in North Central New Mexico, by James Orr
A light dusting of snow accents the vibrant colors of the landscape around Abiquiu in northern New Mexico.
Florida Mountains Mexican Poppies in Southwest New Mexico, by Michael Stauffer
Brilliant Mexican Poppies carpet the ground at the base of the Florida Mountains in extreme southern New Mexico.
Santa Fe Baldy in North Central New Mexico, by James Orr
One of the dominant features within the Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe Baldy is the highest summit in the Pecos Wilderness. Its peak sits at 12,622 feet. Santa Fe Baldy is a popular hiking destination, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Luminarias Old Town in Central New Mexico, by Dan Monaghan
Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza hosts one of the state's largest, and most attended, Christmas Eve luminaria celebrations. Thousands of visitors walk through the softly-lit streets of Old Town each year, in addition to organized bus tours that let even more visitors enjoy the sights without standing the late-December cold. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Route 66 National Scenic Byway.
Gallup Ceremonial in Northwest New Mexico, by Michael Stauffer
The Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial is now more than 80 years old. The Ceremonial takes place each August, with all-Indian professional rodeos, Ceremonial Indian Dances, a downtown Gallup parade (America's only all-Indian non-mechanized parade), daily performing arts, and Indian foods. The Ceremonial draws participants from all around the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Chimayo in North Central New Mexico, by Dan Monaghan
El Santuario de Chimayo was built by devout northern New Mexico Catholics in 1816. The adobe church has since become an international spiritual draw, known for the healing powers many visitors claim to find at the small chapel. During Holy Week each year thousands of pilgrims will make their way to the tiny village, and await their opportunity to enter the church in prayer. On The High Road to Taos.
Ski Taos in North Central New Mexico, by James Orr
Taos Ski Valley is among the elite ski resorts in North America. The huge mountain resort offers terrain suitable for all skill levels, beginner to expert. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway.
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