New Mexico, USA
Welcome to my New Mexico travel guide blog and tips. The state of New Mexico is one of the Southwest’s most underrated travel destinations but shouldn’t be – it’s home to many of the most unique and beautiful national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites in the entire country. Find out my favorite things to do in New Mexico here.
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Photo of the Week – San Miguel Mission of Santa Fe
This week’s photo is of the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built from adobe originally in 1610 it’s claimed as the oldest church in the United States.
7 Things To Do In Santa Fe
My list of 7 great things to do while visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico. This city isn’t huge but it’s full of art, culture and history.
Photo of the Week – Old Wagon in New Mexico’s Countryside
This week’s picture is of an old wagon in a field, with a small cabin in the distance. View the large high quality image for intricate detail in the wagon’s wooden wheel.
Photo Essay – Santuario de Guadalupe
High quality pictures from my late afternoon trip to Santuario de Guadalupe as storm clouds rolled in. An adobe church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, over 200 years old it holds much historic and religious significance, and is the oldest shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Loretto Chapel & Famous Spiral Staircase
Photos from my visit to Santa Fe’s Loretto Chapel. Built in 1878 and featuring the famous unusual helix shaped spiral staircase, the subject of so much mystery and allure a movie was made about it.
Photo – The Spiny Lizard
A spiny lizard sunbathes on the side of a rock. Picture taken in Southwest New Mexico. While hiking at the Gila Cliff Dwellings I stumbled across multiple lizards, their scales so spiky I found them to be very unique and interesting.
Visiting Saint Francis Cathedral In Santa Fe
Photos from my visit to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, more commonly known as the St. Francis Cathedral church. It is located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. With hundreds of years of history it’s a can’t miss on your visit to the city. It’s not Santa Fe’s only well known and culturally significant church either. More to come!
Photo Essay – Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
The first stop on my New Mexico road trip was the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The main attractions here are the well preserved dwellings perched high up the side of a cliff; inside natural caves once lived in by the native Mogollon peoples over 700 years ago.
Photo – Santuario de Guadalupe
A picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine and the Santuario de Guadalupe Church located in historic Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Watching Bats Fly at Carlsbad Caverns
Video and pictures of the Carlsbad Caverns bat flight. Bats flying out of their cave and into the beautiful sunset on a warm summer evening in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
New Mexico Road Trip Summary
Stats and summary from my 2,000 mile long road trip circling around the state of New Mexico. I had 6 days from start to finish and in that time wanted to take in and enjoy as much of what it had to offer as I could. New Mexico is home to 12 national monuments, second only to Arizona; many parks and 3 World Heritage sites.
Photo of the Week – White Sands National Monument
The spectacular White Sands National Monument located in Southern New Mexico. It’s late evening and the white sand dunes are simply breathtaking! I visited during my week-long road trip through the state in September 2012; unlike anything I’ve ever seen and this was easily the highlight of my trip. The area covers more than 275 square miles and is the biggest of it’s kind in the world.