New Mexico January 07, 2016
These 14 Jaw-Dropping Views in New Mexico Will Blow You Away
New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment for a reason. Although there are plenty of man-made wonders here, it’s difficult to compete with the state’s magnificent natural backdrop. Here are some views that are sure to make you gasp.
1. The Lybrook Badlands: Most people have never heard of the eerie rock formations found in this wilderness area, near Chaco Canyon.
2. White Sands, near Alamogordo: This natural wonder is much better known, but it's especially dramatic during a storm.
3. Carlsbad Caverns, Carlsbad: One way to access this cave system is via this steep 750-foot descent into the depths of the Earth.
4. Tent Rocks, near Cochiti: Hiking through New Mexico's narrow slot canyons creates the illusion that you’re underground, until you catch of glimpse of azure sky, high above.
5. Overview of El Malpais National Monument: Some of New Mexico’s most memorable vistas are in the middle of nowhere. El Malpais is surrounded by wild, unspoiled land and the nearest town, Grants, is more than forty miles away.
6. Ghost Ranch: Georgia O’Keefe was inspired by the expansive views surrounding her home.
7. Balloon Fiesta: Every October, the skies over Albuquerque fill with hot-air balloons.
8. The only way to improve on Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountains is to view them at sunset.
9. The contrast between the snow and the walls of Chetro Ketl, the great house, at Chaco Culture National Historic Park near Nageezi, is particularly striking.
10. Gallup is located off I-40, close to the border with Arizona. The city’s many red rock formations give anyone arriving in New Mexico an awe-inspiring welcome.
11. People associate leaf peeping with New England but, come fall, the aspens paint Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains yellow.
12. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in Las Cruces became a national monument in 2014. It’s easy to see why.
13. Tularosa Basin: This vast basin surrounds White Sands in the southern part of the state.
14. One of New Mexico’s most beautiful features is the vivid and varied colors of its earth. Views such as this one, which showcases the landscape north of Abiquiu, are common, yet still amazing.
What spot in New Mexico fills you with awe?