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Monuments & Historic Sites

Discover the monuments & historic sites New Mexico has to offer!

Explore The Tent Rocks

At the foothills of Jemez Mountains lie a myriad of remarkably shaped, scenic rock formations. The Tent Rocks are so named because their conical structures resemble tents, while Kasha-Katuwe means ‘the white cliffs’ in Keresan, the traditional language of Cochiti Pueblo. This enchanting landscape is easy to find and afford. It’s …
The Legend of Shiprock

Sacred to the Navajos as “Tsé Bitʼaʼí” or “the rock with wings,” Shiprock is an isolated peak that rises nearly 1,583 feet above the flat surrounding New Mexico desert. Surrounded by mystery, beauty, and a powerful legend, this magnificent rock is nearly 30 million years old and is visible for …
Follow the Trail of Billy the Kid

Undoubtedly the most infamous outlaw in New Mexico, Billy the Kid made his way around the state during the late 19th century, often leaving misfortune, tragedy, and heartache in his wake. Although little is known about his life before he began his run-ins with the law, it is believed he …
Discovering the Organ Mountains Hermit Cave

Roughly half a mile from La Cueva picnic area, you’ll find the Hermit Cave of the Organ Mountains. More formally known as La Cueva Rock Shelter, this cave has a rich and intriguing history. That history extends back to 5,000 BC when the cave was inhabited by ancient peoples. It …
5 Things to do In Old Mesilla

Old Mesilla is a small village in the Las Cruces Metropolitan area with fewer than 3,000 residents. Yet despite its diminutive size, this town has been attracting tourists and excitement since the 1800’s. In fact, it used to be one of the largest towns in the Southwest, much larger than …
Explore the Beauty and Culture of the Acoma Pueblo

Embark on a historic path built long ago atop a great sacred mesa, where the Acoma Pueblo made their home. This site will take you off the beaten path through a breathtaking valley displaying unique rock formations, where you’ll arrive at a place unlike any other. In this sanctuary, dubbed …
New Mexico's Top 10 Most Unique Finds

We know what makes New Mexico great—the chile, the beautiful landscape, the people, and the list goes on. But what lies underneath the surface is a state full of unique and mysterious history, oddities, and the off the beaten path finds. It’s not just the landmarks that make the state …
Pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo is a haven, a refuge, a healing sanctuary. It is one of the most visited holy sites in the United States. It’s also a prominent historic landmark in the state of New Mexico, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and seekers of spiritual healing from all …
3 Reasons to Explore the Bisti Badlands

If you’ve already seen the Bisti Badlands, you probably don’t need any persuasion to see it again. It’s the kind of place that New Mexicans are naturally drawn to. In fact, this beautiful bit of wilderness is one of New Mexico’s most interesting and unique sites for discovering, exploring, and learning …
Full Moon Nights at White Sands

A Full Moon Night at White Sands is the kind of experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. The magic and beauty of the white sand dunes in the last light of day and under the bright full moon inspire a powerful sense of communion with …