12 Magnificent Hidden Gems To Discover In New Mexico This Year
If you’ve been following Only In Your State for a while, you know how much we love discovering hidden gems across this great country of ours. Here are 12 hidden gems in New Mexico, one for each month of the year:
1. International UFO Museum & Research Center, Roswell
Whether or not you are a believer in extraterrestrial life, a trip to the International UFO Museum & Research Center in Roswell is a must. Back in 1947, there was a documented incident that involved metal debris from an unknown (at the time) source. This museum is dedicated to that particular Roswell incident as well as worldwide UFO sightings and events. To learn more, visit the museum's
International UFO Museum and Research Center and Gift Shop, 114 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88203, USA
2. Acoma Pueblo
Also referred to as the "Sky City," the Acoma Pueblo sits atop a mesa off Route 66 approximately 60 miles from Albuquerque. Established in the 12th century, it is still inhabited. A visit to this fascinating community is one of the
best day trips in New Mexico
Acoma Pueblo, NM 87034, USA
3. Very Large Array, Socorro
If you've ever seen the movie
(1997) starring Jodie Foster, then this scene of giant satellite dishes may look familiar to you. The Very Large Array Radio Telescope facility is located about two hours from Albuquerque and is certainly worth the drive to see. This
New Mexico hidden gem
is quite remote but utterly fascinating. You can even take a self-guided walking tour with interpretive signs to learn more about what these massive dishes have discovered in our skies and beyond over the years.
Very Large Array, Socorro, NM 87825, USA
4. El Morro National Monument, Ramah
El Morro National Monument is known for its sandstone cliff with a hidden waterhole. Over the centuries, it was a popular place for travelers to stop. The evidence they left behind is written in the rocks, literally! Take a hike at
El Morro National Monument
and view more than 2,000 petroglyphs, messages, dates, and signatures.
El Morro National Monument, El Morro Nat'l Monument, New Mexico 87321, USA
5. Dwan Light Sanctuary, Las Vegas
If you had to pick one of the most
peaceful places in New Mexico
, it would have to be the Dwan Light Sanctuary. Located on the United World College campus in Las Vegas, the temple's use of prisms creates a rainbow effect and a serene place to spend some time meditating.
Forest 263 Road, Forest 263 Rd, Las Vegas, NM, USA
6. Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe
Have you ever wanted to feel fully immersed in an art exhibit? Well, you will have your chance to do just that at
Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return
in Santa Fe. Good for all ages, this is one incredibly fun and colorful place to explore.
Meow Wolf Santa Fe, 1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
7. Blue Hole, Santa Rosa
As far as
swimming holes in New Mexico
go, this is one of the best. Not only does the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa have some of the clearest water in the state but it's a pretty epic scuba diving spot.
Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, NM 88435, USA
8. Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad
Located within Carlsbad Caverns National Park, this
New Mexico hidden gem
is awe-inspiring. It is one of the top 10 longest caves in the world and definitely worth visiting.
Lechuguilla Cave, 727 NM-7, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
For those of you who love visiting and photographing abandoned places, Glenrio is a
ghost town in New Mexico
worth visiting. Located on the Texas/New Mexico border, a railroad once ran through town and, then, Route 66 was built. It was a tourist destination for many years until the railroad station closed.
10. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Mimbres
Tucked in the Gila National Forest are the
Gila Cliff Dwellings
. Here you will find ancient caves that people once lived in. It's worth exploring to see the rooms as well as the pictographs on the cave walls.
26 Jim Bradford Trail, Mimbres, NM 88049
11. Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, Ramah
Did you know that there is a
wolf sanctuary in New Mexico
you can visit? Located in Ramah, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is home to over 65 rescue wolves from around the country. The public is welcome to visit and learn about these wonderful animals.
378 Candy Kitchen Rd, Ramah, NM 87321, USA
12. The Museum of Space History, Alamogordo
This museum and planetarium is a must-visit for anyone who is fascinated with space. See the International Space Hall of Fame as well as exhibits on rockets, astronauts, and more. Head to the
to plan your visit.
The Museum of Space History, 3198 State Rte 2001, Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA
Have you discovered any of these hidden gems in New Mexico yet? If you have, tell us which ones are your favorites in the comments.
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