Northwestern New Mexico

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  • 1. Acoma Pueblo

    Native American Site

    Atop a 367-foot mesa that rises abruptly from the valley floor, Acoma Pueblo's terraced, multistory, multiunit Sky City is like no other pueblo...Read More

  • 2. Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The roads accessing Chaco Canyon, home to Chaco Culture National Historical Park, do a fine job of deterring exploration: they are mostly...Read More

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  • 3. El Morro National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    When you see the imposing 200-foot-high sandstone bluff that served as a rest stop for Indians, explorers, soldiers, and pioneers, you can understand...Read More

  • 4. A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center

    Museum/Gallery

    A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, which celebrates Zuni history and culture through a collection of Hawikku artifacts on loan from the...Read More

  • 5. Arts & Crafts Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The tiny but free Arts & Crafts Museum remains the best place to see fine historic and contemporary Jicarilla baskets, beadwork, and pottery...Read More

  • 6. Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village

    Museum Village

    The village part of the Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village contains more than a dozen late-19th-century buildings—a blacksmith shop, a schoolhouse...Read More

  • 7. Aztec Ruins National Monument and Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Dating from the early 1100s, North America's largest reconstructed Great Kiva (a partially submerged, circular earthen structure used for ceremonial...Read More

  • 8. Bisti Badlands Wilderness areas

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Dinosaurs roamed the Bisti Badlands Wilderness areas when they were part of a shallow sea some 70 million years ago. Hoodoos (mushroom-shaped...Read More

  • 9. Bolack Electromechanical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The Bolack Electromechanical Museum is the legacy of former state governor Tom Bolack, who collected wildlife of the taxidermic kind. His son...Read More

  • 10. Canyon de Chelly National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Ninety-eight miles northwest of Gallup and situated in the heart of the Navajo Nation, Canyon de Chelly—pronounced de- shay —is well worth the...Read More

  • 11. Crownpoint Rug Auction

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Heading east on Interstate 40? Usually held on the third Friday of every month, the Crownpoint Rug Auction is the foremost place to buy handwoven...Read More

  • 12. Cuba

    Town/Village

    Whether you're coming or going from Chaco's north entrance, or simply heading south on U.S. 550, Cuba is a good place to stop for gas and, depending...Read More

  • 13. Cuban Lodge

    Hotel–Sight

    Your best bet in this regard is the Cuban Lodge. ...Read More

  • 14. E3 Children's Museum & Science Center

    Museum/Gallery

    If the kids need some indoor fun, try stopping by the E3 Children's Museum & Science Center. The interactive exhibits here include a shadow...Read More

  • 15. El Bruno's

    Restaurant–Sight

    El Bruno's, a better-than decent Mexican restaurant that's right on the highway at the far north end of town. ...Read More

  • 16. El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Traveling west on Interstate 40, along the south side of the freeway in the last 10 miles or so before you hit Grants, you'll catch your first...Read More

  • 17. El Morro Theatre

    Downtown | Building/Architectural Site

    The 1928 El Morro Theatre is a shining example of a unique regional building style, Pueblo Deco. El Morro tends to be open sporadically for...Read More

  • 18. Farmington Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    You can get an inkling of what the Four Corners area was like during the trading-post days at the Farmington Museum, in a modern sandstone building...Read More

  • 19. Four Corners Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    About 30 mi west of Shiprock you can reach the only place in the United States where you can stand in four states at the same time—at the...Read More

  • 20. Gallup Cultural Center

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    The Gallup Cultural Center, a project of the Southwest Indian Foundation, is inside the restored 1918 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway...Read More

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