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General Listings - National Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness Areas - State Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness Areas - Scenic and Historic Driving Tours - Historic Walking Tours - Miscellaneous Attractions

General Listings

  • National Forests in New Mexico - with clickable map
  • Wilderness areas in New Mexico - New Mexico constains 21 National Wilderness Areas and 2 National Wildlife Refuges.
  • Wildlife areas in New Mexico - National Wildlife Refuges, state Wildlife Refuges, and a National Fish Hatchery.
  • Wild & Scenic Rivers - Southwest - New Mexico contains 4 officially designated Wild and Scenic Rivers
  • National Register of Historic Places - Search the National Register Information System (NRIS) for Historic Places in New Mexico
  • Gardens, Arboreta, and Nature Sites in New Mexico

    National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and Wilderness Areas

  • Map of New Mexico National Park & Monument Locations
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument - (National Park Service site)
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument - (GORP)
  • Bandelier National Monument - (NPS)
  • Bandelier National Monument - (GORP)
  • Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge - (GORP)
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument - (NPS)
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park - Chaco has been named a World Heritage site. (NPS)
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Carlsbad has been named a World Heritage site. (NPS)
  • Carson National Forest - (NFS)
  • Cibola National Forest - ( NFS)
  • El Malpais National Monument - (NPS)
  • El Morro National Monument - (NPS)
  • El Morro National Monument - (GORP)
  • Fort Union National Monument - (NPS)
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument - (NPS)
  • Gila National Forest - (NFS)
  • Gila National Wilderness - (GORP)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park - just outside of El Paso (NPS)
  • Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands
  • Kiowa National Grasslands
  • Lincoln National Forest - (NFS)
  • Pecos National Historic Park - (NPS)
  • Petroglyph National Monument - National Park Service site
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument - (NPS)
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument - (GORP)
  • Santa Fe National Forest - (NFS)
  • White Sands National Monument - Still one of my favorite places. Beautiful, very different, and a GREAT place to take active kids (or kids who've been cooped up in the car too long). Bring a lunch and let them run and play until they drop! Also, for a truly unique outdoor experience, camp out at the park on the night of a full moon (see below). (NPS)
  • State Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness Areas

  • Map of New Mexico State Park & Monument Locations
  • New Mexico State Parks Department
  • Bluewater Lake State Park
  • Bottomless Lakes State Park
  • Brantley Lake State Park
  • Caballo Lake State Park
  • Cimarron Canyon State Park
  • City of Rocks State Park
  • Clayton Lake State Park
  • Conchas Lake State Park
  • Coyote Creek State Park
  • Elephant Butte Lake State Park
  • El Vado Lake State Park
  • Fenton Lake State Park
  • Fort Selden State Monument
  • Heron Lake State Park
  • Hyde Memorial State Park
  • Leasburg Dam State Park
  • Living Desert State Park
  • Manzano Mountains State Park
  • Morphy Lake State Park
  • Navajo Lake State Park
  • Oasis State Park
  • Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
  • Pancho Villa State Park
  • Percha Dam State Park
  • Rio Grande Nature Center
  • Rockhound State Park
  • Santa Rosa Lake State Park
  • Storrie Lake State Park
  • Sugarite Canyon State Park
  • Sumner Lake State Park
  • Ute Lake State Park
  • Villanueva State Park

  • Scenic and Historic Driving Tours

  • Map of New Mexico Scenic Byways - Shows length, location, and names of all 24 state and national scenic byways in New Mexico. Clickable.
  • New Mexico State Byway Location Map - Clickable
  • New Mexico Scenic Byways - "New Mexico boasts 23 scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways." National Scenic Byways site.
  • New Mexico State Scenic Byways - Maps and descriptions of 24 state scenic byways, historic trails, and backcountry areas, maintained by the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department.
  • National Scenic Byways and other recreational drives in New Mexico
  • Chain of Craters Backcountry Byway - "A 36 mile long run through an ancient volcanic landscape at El Malpais National Monument."
  • Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway - "Step back in history by taking the Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway through 215 road miles in Union and Colfax counties."
  • Enchanted Circle drive - by Fraser Bridges. "The Enchanted Circle Tour is one of two overlapping circle routes through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos." (Onroute Magazine)
  • Mesaland Scenic Byway - "Mesaland Scenic Byway covers 320 miles in loops on a colorful tableland through Guadalupe County, Quay County and a small part of San Miguel County."
  • America's Roadway: Historic Route 66 - "Many curiosities that made Route 66 intriguing to travelers have fallen victim to interstate highways, but much of the route's character can still be seen in Guadalupe and Quay counties, providing authentic slices of the Mother Road's motels, cafes and gift shops."
  • Map of the Santa Fe Trail through New Mexico
  • Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway - Huge, detailed history of the Trail.
  • Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway Profiles - Profiles and pictures of 27 sites along the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico. (Santa Fe Trail Net)
  • Sunspot Highway (New Mexico State Highway #6563) - "Commonly called the "Sunspot Highway," this byway travels the front rim of the majestic Sacramento Mountains offering visitors a variety of scenic opportunities ranging from spectacular views of the Tularosa Basin to the ceaselessly shifting sand dunes of the White Sands National Monument."
  • Mimbres Valley, Lake Roberts, Gila Hot Springs: Trail of the mountain spirits - By Dianna Kendall-Dobbs. "Hidden away in Southwest New Mexico lies the Trail of the Mountain Spirits, a loop drive through the historically rich and beautiful Mimbres Valley area. Intriguing stories about this area abound, beginning with the ancient Mogollon, Mimbreño, and Apache Indians and continuing to the 1500s and beyond when Spanish settlers, mountain men, soldiers, miners, and cattlemen arrived."
  • The Turquoise Trail (includes the Sandia Crest National Scenic Byway) - Scenic by-way along old Route 14, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. "Whether you are pedaling on two wheels or looking for a leisurely drive, get off the interstate and follow Route 14. The rewards are a passage back in time through old mining towns where the ghosts roam, plus thriving communities of artisans and craftsmen."
  • Along the Turquoise Trail - History of turquoise and of the ancient turquoise mines in the Cerrillos Hills.

    Miscellaneous Attractions

  • Pueblo Cultural Center - Each of the Pueblos has its own page(s). Great site.
  • New Mexico's Trinity Site: A pocket full of Trinitite - Story and photos by Joseph Falco. "A visit to the site where the first atomic bomb was detonated, combines the severe gravity of history with one of the West's loneliest and most historically significant outposts." (Cyberwest Magazine)
  • Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) - Testing the feasibility of storing nuclear waste underground. Part of the National Transuranic Waste Program (I wish I were kidding). You can tour the facilities. Carlsbad.

    Silver City Area Attractions

  • Silver City Area History and Attractions
  • Gila National Forest
  • Gila National Forest - (GORP)
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument - (NPS)
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument - (GORP)
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • The Whitewater Canyon Catwalk
  • More about the Catwalk
  • City of Rocks State Park
  • Lake Roberts
  • Kneeling Nun
  • The Santa Rita Copper Mine

    Alamogordo and Otero County Area Attractions

  • White Sands National Monument
  • Alameda Park Zoo
  • Apache Point Observatory
  • Holloman Air Force Base
  • International Space Hall of Fame
  • Lincoln National Forest - (NFS)
  • New Mexico State University, Alamogordo Branch
  • Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
  • Sunspot Sacramento Peak Observatory
  • Three Rivers Petroglyphs
  • Trinity Site
  • The Toy Train Depot
  • White Sands Missile Range
  • White Sands Missile Range Museum - An extremely interesting musuem, definitely worth a stop. "Outside the museum is a missile park displaying a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White Sands. These include everything from the WAC Corporal and Loon (U.S. version of the V-1) to a Pershing II and Patriot. More than 50 items are on display."
  • White Sands National Monument - Still one of my favorite places. Beautiful, very different, and a GREAT place to take active kids (or kids who've been cooped up in the car too long). Bring a lunch and let them run and play until they drop! Also, for a truly unique outdoor experience, camp out at the park on the night of a full moon (see below). (NPS)

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