New Mexico May 20, 2020
9 New Mexico Natural Wonders You Need To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List For 2020
Are you currently feeling the pangs of cabin fever? Now is the perfect time to plan out your upcoming outdoor adventures! If you need some ideas, here is a look at some of our favorite suggestions for places to enjoy New Mexico’s great outdoors.
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1. Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness
Sometimes called the Valley of Dreams, this isolated landscape contains an impressive collection of hoodoos, eroded cliffs, and other classic markers of badlands. The colors here are muted warm tones of red, orange, and brown, interspersed with flashes of grey, white, and black.
2. Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Another isolated area of badlands, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is home to approximately 45,000 acres of jaw-droppingly unusual rock formations. In fact, one step onto the land here and you'll swear you were transported to another planet.
3. Blue Hole
Deep, clear blue waters are all you really need to consider for a summer escape. Pair that with the opportunity to practice your diving skills in the middle of the desert and you have the Blue Hole, found near Santa Rosa.
4. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Containing approximately 100 caves within the entire caverns, this national park is home to one of the nation's largest cave chambers.
5. El Malpais National Monument
This national monument contains extensive badlands, lava formations, lava tubes, and an impressive natural arch.
6. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Also referred to simply as Tent Rocks, this landscape is oddly filled with cone-like rocks that tower overhead. These cones—or tents—are composed of pumice, tuff, and sandstone.
7. Rio Grande Gorge
New Mexico's own version of the Grand Canyon sits near the Colorado border. Enjoy the views from above at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge or on the canyon floor while exploring the river.
8. Valles Caldera National Preserve
One particularly interesting area is the Valles Caldera National Preserve, located just outside Los Alamos in the northern portion of the state. This preserve is home to one of the country’s only supervolcanoes.
9. White Sands National Park
If this iconic national park is not on your bucket list, what are you doing? Composed of gypsum sand that covers thousands of acres, it looks incredible and makes for a surprisingly fantastic spot for dune sledding.
Address: Bloomfield, NM 87413, USA Address: Bisti / De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area, County Road 7297, Bloomfield, NM 87413, USA Address: Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, NM 88435, USA Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA Address: El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center, 1900 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020, USA Address: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, 0 NM-22, Cochiti Pueblo, NM 87072, USA Address: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, New Mexico 87529, USA Address: Valles Caldera National Preserve, 39201 NM-4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025, USA Address: White Sands National Park, New Mexico, USA
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