There are loads of things to do in New Mexico, including plenty of weird places to visit. Next time you want a break from our state’s more mainstream attractions, check out these kooky spots.
1. Giant Roadrunner Statue, Las Cruces
What's 20 foot tall, 40 foot long, and has Volkswagen headlights for eyes? If you answered the roadrunner sculpture in Las Cruces, you'd be correct. The artwork was originally created in 1993, by Olin Calk, as a way to promote recycling.
2. McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch, Alamogordo
We know you've been desperate to pose by the world's largest pistachio! Break out the selfie stick because this thing's huge. Before the jokes about nuts begin, it's worth noting that the story behind this sculpture is sweet. It's actually a memorial to Tom McGinn who started the attached pistachio and grape farm.
3. Staircase in the Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe
There's a fine line between mysterious and weird. Let's just say that it's extremely unusual for a staircase with two 360 degree turns to function without any observable methods of support.
4. American International Rattlesnake Museum, Albuquerque
It's safe to say that this museum, which is devoted entirely to snakes, is unique.
5. Tinkertown Museum, Sandia Park
Pretty much everything on the inside and on the outside of this museum is weird - in the best possible way. This is folk art at its finest.
6. The Classical Gas Museum, Embudo
This is another large-scale collection, this time of gas station memorabilia and gas pumps.
7. The city of Roswell
Roswell isn't inherently odd, but the way that the city has embraced the UFO theme and run with it is both wacky and wonderful. There are alien-themed murals, street lamps, and statues of little green men lounging around town.
8. The town of Hatch
Parts of Hatch, like the area around Sparky's, are massively kitschy. It's surreal to be greeted by these larger than life figures.
9. Camel Rock, Tesuque
This rock formation truly does look like a resting camel. Given its size, it's a relief that this camel can't spit!
10. Kokopelli's Cave, Farmington
Take the Paleo lifestyle to the next level by staying in this cave B&B - although cavemen never had it this good. The suite includes 1700 square foot of space complete with a kiva and waterfall shower!
Have you visited any of these strange spots? What’s the most bizarre place you’ve been to in New Mexico?