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Northwest New Mexico holds a wealth of Native American culture. Walk in the footsteps of the Anasazi, an ancient people who lived in Chaco Canyon, now a National Historic Park featuring dramatic rock formations. Explore the Navajo Nation, as well as the Zuni, Acoma, and Laguna Pueblos, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
Northeast New Mexico is "where the plains meet the mountains." Visit Capulín Volcano National Monument, an extinct volcanic cone (inactive now for 10,000 years) and you can say you saw the plains of Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Still visible are the deep wagon-wheel ruts left by those frontiering souls traveling the 175-mile Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to our capital city.
New Mexico's Central Region is the "Heart of New Mexico." In almost the geographic middle of the state sits Albuquerque, our largest city and only metropolitan area. Here you can find the Kodak International Balloon Fiesta®, Sandia Peak Ski Area and North America's Longest Tramway, the ABQ BioPark, numerous museums, art galleries, performance halls, vineyards and historic Route 66.
The southwest Region is Old West Country, home to many old tales told to this day. Billy the Kid was a kid for a spell in Silver City and the 13th century Mogollón Indians carved cliffside dwellings into the rock of the Gila Mountains (now called Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument); those same mountains later claimed the lives of many legendary frontier men and in 1924, were designated as the first wilderness area in the country.