Take These 9 Country Roads In New Mexico For An Unforgettable Scenic Drive
In New Mexico, driving the backroads is often the key to unlocking some of the state’s best scenery. There is no shortage of country roads here – many of them unpaved – to satisfy either those seeking adventure or simply escape. So next time you have a day off and a certain restless feeling, head out on these 9 scenic country roads in New Mexico that are less traveled. (Many of these routes involve unpaved roads and should not be attempted during bad weather.)
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What places in New Mexico should I see before I die?
There are many scenic places in New Mexico that are absolute must-sees for anyone who lives in or are just visiting the state. A visit to the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta should be on everyone’s bucket lists. The iconic sight of the colorful hot air balloons drifting over the beautiful landscape is unforgettable. Another bucket list-worthy experience is a visit to the Rio Grande Gorge. Whether you hike in the area, cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, or just enjoy it from the edge, it’s certainly memorable. Visiting New Mexico wouldn’t be complete without discovering its lovely pueblos and historic buildings, from the Taos Pueblo to the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
What underrated places in New Mexico should I visit?
Taking the back roads in New Mexico might lead you to some unknown yet totally awesome places. Their remote locations make them underrated but worth the extra miles to check out. The Chaco Culture National Historic Park is 24 miles out from the nearest small town, Nageezi, but the remarkable ruins shown here are impressive to see. You can swim underneath a waterfall when you visit the remote Sitting Bull Falls, part of the Lincoln National Forest. Though somewhat out of the way, the peaceful surroundings, cascading waters, and cool pool make for a great experience.
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