The One New Mexico Town That’s So Perfectly Southwestern

While people dispute exactly which states belong to the Southwest, most agree that this region includes New Mexico and Arizona. If I had to choose one word to sum up the Southwest, it would be “warm.” This region is associated with a cozy style of architecture, warm colors, warm people, temperatures that range from warm to scorching, and food that’s hotter still. Add in the idea of a cultural melting pot with a long history and you begin to grasp the essence of the Southwest.

This describes plenty of towns and cities in the Land of Enchantment, but New Mexico’s capital city of Santa Fe truly captures the spirit and style of the Southwest.

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The allure of Santa Fe is undeniable. It has all the Southwestern qualities you could ask for, but it isn’t the only place in the Land of Enchantment to meet that criteria. Which New Mexican city or town do you think most epitomizes the Southwest?

In the meantime, take this road trip through New Mexico’s most charming small towns, which are full of Southwest pride.