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The Land of Enchantment is known for plentiful art and cultural experiences, but the small city of Artesia has managed to stand apart from the rest. Nestled in the southeast corner of New Mexico between Roswell and Carlsbad, Artesia’s unique culture dates back to the 1800s. The city really started to gain popularity when homesteaders started coming in droves in the 1880s because of the Artesian water system. Before that, the area had been part of John Chisum’s cattle empire.

The Weekend Warrior's Guide to Pecos

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:00 AM

There might be more opportunity for adventure in Pecos, New Mexico, than anywhere else in the Southwest. As the home of Pecos National Historical Park, the idyllic Pecos River, colorful aspen groves, and winding mountain trails, this area is the ultimate gateway to the outdoors. A weekend isn’t quite enough time to experience all that the Pecos area has to offer, but you can certainly get close. Here is your day-by-day guide to enjoying a weekend trip in Pecos, including all of the must-see attractions and suggestions on how to structure your activities.

Tucumcari, New Mexico, may be family-friendly today, but like many towns in the West, it had a rowdy start. The Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad built a construction camp on Quay County’s western edge in 1901. Originally called Ragtown, numerous gunfights quickly earned the camp the name Six-Shooter Siding. By 1908, the railroad camp was a permanent settlement and it was redubbed Tucumcari (pronounced “TWO-come-carry”) after a nearby mountain.

6 Reasons to Stop in Tucumcari Along Rt. 66

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:00 AM

The first sizeable town away from the Texas state line along I-40 in eastern New Mexico, Tucumcari is known as a gateway to New Mexico. Its Route 66 connections and vintage charm also earn it the moniker “Heart of the Mother Road,” but the Route 66 journey starts even before you hit the town limits.

Located on the eastern plains just west of the Texas state line, Tucumcari, New Mexico, is a perfect spot for a summer vacation. It was my school-break playground while visiting my grandparents, who were longtime residents. Some of my favorite memories include riding in the Rattler Reunion parade with my mom, a graduate of the town’s high school. I’d perch on a hay bale on the bed of a semi-truck alongside her to throw candy to the parade viewers. Nearly everyone in town turns out to watch the purple-and-gold festooned floats glide. I also enjoyed trips to rodeos and the Quay County Fair.

With its towering snow-capped peaks to Bavarian-style lodges where beer steins are served al fresco, visiting Taos Ski Valley feels as though you’ve been transported to the Alps — but this resort town is distinctly New Mexican. It’s home to Native and Hispanic influences visible in the artistic décor of hotels and the plates of local cuisine swimming in the state’s famed chile sauces.