Journey Back Into The Past With A Drive Down This Little-Known Byway In New Mexico
There’s no feeling quite like hitting the open road with your windows down to explore New Mexico’s epic scenery. The Land of Enchantment is home to a substantial number of scenic drives that allow you to tour the state’s landscape conveniently from the comfort of your car. If you’ve already driven most of New Mexico’s more famous routes, then you’ll want to check out the Lake Valley Backcountry Byway.
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The Lake Valley Backcountry Byway measures approximately 48 miles from Caballo Lake State Park to the ghost towns of Hillsboro and Lake Valley. For details, you can find a map and an informational video about the byway on the New Mexico tourism or Bureau of Land Management websites.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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