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Northwestern New Mexico Travel Guide

Plan Your Northwestern New Mexico Vacation

When you catch a New Mexican glibly saying they are "on Indian time," they're referring to a certain relaxed approach to schedules and numbers that is simply part of the way of life in their home state. But once you leave the urban areas of Albuquerque or Santa Fe and start winding your way through the red canyons of the northwestern New Mexican desert, the phrase seems to take on a

new significance.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Chaco Canyon Wander through the finely hewn sandstone ruins in Chaco Canyon and feel a mystic connection to Ancestral Puebloan cultures.
  2. Route 66 Fugitive remnants of signage once brightly painted, now barely visible on a crumbling adobe building in Cubero; the old Puerco bridge; a lunch joint in Gallup—these are a few of the fascinating relics of historic Route 66 that await you.
  3. Ancient Way Trail The Ancient Way Trail of NM 53 compresses many of northwestern New Mexico's scenic wonders into one journey Los Gigantes sandstone formations, ponderosa forest, El Malpais badlands, artisans along the trail—and then there's Zuni.
  4. Bisti Badlands Hoodoos and some of the strangest and most wonderful rock formations in the American Southwest can be found in this multicolored, crumbling landscape.
  5. Acoma This remarkably picturesque high-mesa landscape is the site of what many archaeologists agree is the oldest continually inhabited city in America.

When To Go

When to Go to Northwestern New Mexico

The best months to tour the Anasazi ruins are from April to early June and from late August to October, but there's no bad time. On rare occasions ...

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