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16 Places in New Mexico That’ll Make You Swear You’re On Another Planet

Beyond the towns and cities of New Mexico lies a landscape shaped by volcanoes. From one million years ago, until fewer that one thousand years ago, the Rio Grande Rift and the area around Valles Caldera saw a lot of volcanic activity. The resulting rock formations, paired with New Mexico’s low population density, make it easy to imagine that you’re no longer on Earth. While the space tourism industry spearheaded by Spaceport America sounds intriguing, there’s no need to sign up for a trip to outer space just yet. After all, you can always visit these surreal places instead.

What places in New Mexico convince you that you’ve been beamed to a different planet? Share in the comments.

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.