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With the dramatic landscape of red and yellow cliffs, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, encompasses 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors and vast skies. It boasts beautiful scenery, was home to Georgia O’Keeffe and has activities to suit any interest including hiking, horseback riding and kayaking among others.
New Mexico’s Super Volcano! This 89,000 acre National Preserve is in the heart of one of three super volcanoes in the United States. Known for its expansive high mountain valleys, large elk herds, and diverse history, the Preserve is a favorite among the locals and visitors alike.
The cone-shaped tent rock formations at this breathtaking National Monument are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago leaving pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick.
The darkness and clarity of the New Mexico sky is a special treat that is all too rare today. Have you ever seen the Andromeda Galaxy or the Great Nebula in Orion or the Beehive Star Cluster with your naked eye? Here, you can see these and more!
At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, the Taos Gorge Bridge is the fifth highest bridge in the United States. Stand overhead to capture magnificent photos of the Rio Grande, or raft through it for more adventure.
The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM is a natural, bell-shaped pool that is 80 feet deep, has astonishing clarity and a constant water temperature of 61 degrees. This geological phenomenon makes Santa Rosa the scuba diving capitol of the southwest.
Rising over 2000’ above the Chama River, the sheer granite of the Brazos Cliffs is some of the oldest rock found in New Mexico. Catch this monolith at sunset for spectacular lighting!
BOSQUE DEL APACHE
At this spectacular national wildlife refuge tens of thousands of birds — including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks — gather each autumn and stay through the winter. Try to capture a photo when they all erupt in flight then head for a hike or a picnic while taking in the sights.
This magnificent landmark can be seen 50 miles in any direction. Shiprock, or Shiprock Peak, rises nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain on the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. Shiprock is a sacred mountain to the Navajo people and point of interest for hikers, photographers and film producers. It is illegal to climb without a permit from the Navajo Nation.
GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS
The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monuments offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived there over 700 years ago. Their dwellings, built within five of the natural caves of Cliff Dweller Canyon or in the open, are accessible to the public.
The Bisti Badlands / De Na Zin Wilderness Area was once a coastal swamp of an inland sea, home to many large trees, reptiles, dinosaurs and primitive mammals. Today the preserved record of this swamp offers some of the most unique scenery in the Four Corners region.