Discover the Unique Historical Sites of New Mexico – Part One
New Mexico is home to so many national historical landmarks that it would take forever to introduce them all. We’ll start today with five of the most interesting historical spots that you should visit. Then, we’ll return to this topic at a later date to cover more of New Mexico’s top historical points of interest.
Learn About the Ancient Pueblo People in Pecos National Historic Park
The Pecos National Historic Park is a well preserved piece of New Mexican history. Thousands of pueblo people lived here in ancient times. You can learn about the Spanish exploration of North America and get photos with the beautiful ancient archways and adobe structures. One of the popular sights of Pecos National Historic Park is the 18th century Mission Church. If you’re interested in the ancient cultures of New Mexico, this a great place to start.
Visit One of America’s Oldest Government Buildings in Santa Fe
One of the first and longest used government buildings in the US in the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. It began as Spain’s government seat in America, and it became one of New Mexico’s most famous attractions. The building is also the New Mexico History Museum, today, and it features a variety of interesting Spanish Colonial items. These items were collected and donated by the Historical Society of New Mexico in the 70’s. This is also a fun attraction for souvenir shoppers, who will enjoy the surrounding Native American and Southwest shops.
Experience the Guided Tours and Night Sky Programs of Chaco
The Chaco Canyon is another location of ancient pueblo populations. The Chaco Culture National Historical Park is the location of the largest collection of American Southwest ruins. It also has a variety of activities for you to get the most of your experience. There are many guided tours through the trails and ruins and awe inspiring night sky programs to create life long memories.
Meet the Oldest Community in the United States at Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo is among the most fascinating of New Mexico’s attractions because you don’t just get to see the amazing ruins and artifacts of pueblo communities. You get to actually experience the oldest ongoing community if the US. Taos Pueblo has been around for over a thousand years, and there is still a Native American community thriving in the ancient adobe structures. There’s plenty in the line of historical artifacts, but not much can beat the true experience of a community that has lasted through the generations.
While in Taos…
While you’re in the area of Taos Pueblo, visit the Ranchos Church, AKA the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church. It’s a sight that you don’t want to miss from the 1700’s. It has been famously portrayed by photographers and painters, including Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe. Take a chance, and find your inspiration in the ancient architecture and communities of New Mexico.
Have you visited any of these historical sites? Do you have other favorite historical attractions in New Mexico? Which ‘Must See’ historical location should we cover next?