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Northeastern New Mexico Travel Guide

Plan Your Northeastern New Mexico Vacation

You'll battle neither crowds nor hype in northeastern New Mexico, one of the most underrated sections of the state, and an area well worth exploring. You can have a wildflower-strewn trail through alpine meadows and forests of aspen and ponderosa pine all to yourself, or step back in time in small towns that treasure their pasts. The sheer variety of terrain and climate, and the region's

storied role in the history of westward expansion, make this a worthwhile short side trip from Santa Fe or Taos, or a memorable way to enter New Mexico from either Colorado or the Plains states. Just beware the sparse population and relative lack of services and luxury trappings—this is a land of simple, authentic pleasures.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Historic Hotels History comes alive at the vintage hotels and saloons of the Santa Fe Trail, whether spending the night at Cimarron's St. James Hotel or Las Vegas's Plaza Hotel, or counting the bullet holes in the ceiling of the Eklund Hotel Dining Room & Saloon.
  2. Wide-open spaces The high plains give a new meaning to solitude. If you're ever feeling crowded or hemmed in by humanity, try driving across Johnson Mesa via NM 72.
  3. High-mountain majesty. The rocky cliffs, pine-covered valleys, and clear streams that form the eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristos offer respite from big-city life and summer temperatures.
  4. Small-town pleasures Raton and Las Vegas have lively Downtowns with old-fashioned cafés and antiques shops, while smaller villages like Cimarron, Clayton, and Springer look as though transported from an earlier era.

When To Go

When to Go to Northeastern New Mexico

In a region where the weather is nearly always sunny and dry, if fairly chilly in winter, the only months saddled with consistently harsh conditi...

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