Paliza Canyon Is An Otherworldly Destination Hidden In New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains
You don’t need to travel to another planet to find a jaw-droppingly stunning landscape. New Mexico is filled with naturally surreal locations, ranging from badlands to caverns to volcanoes. One such location that is both beautiful and otherworldly is just a short drive from Albuquerque.
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There are two ways to access the hoodoos. One route involves hiking about 2.25 miles north of the campground via Forest Road 10 (a well-defined dirt road) and the landmark will be to your right. This option also gives you the opportunity to drive to the area if needed.
Another route involves hiking about 1.5 miles north of the campground via the Paliza Canyon Road (also known as Forest Road 271). This road is more suited to hiking since it is smaller and partially closed to vehicles.
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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