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Linking two of northern New Mexico's iconic ski towns of Taos and Angel Fire is a ribbon of singletrack unlike any other. The South Boundary Trail transports intermediate mountain bikers along loamy pine needles and down exposed ridgelines for 25 miles. For most locals, riding it in the fall is a ritual to mark the passing seasons.
The Land of Enchantment is known for it’s unbeatable cuisine, gorgeous high desert landscape and soulful culture. However, most people do not realize the state of New Mexico is also a mecca for iconic churches and cathedrals. In fact, it is filled with some of the most important and arresting historical structures in the country.
New Mexico is known, among many things, for it’s majestic State Parks and wonderful hiking trails. However, the state has so much more to offer than most people realize or know. These five State Parks fly under the radar, often forgotten or unknown to the public. But these beautiful hidden gems are worth exploring.
They are ghost towns now. But in the late 1800s, each had a moment of glory that blazed and died like a sudden flame. Most were mining towns, where men lusted after the earth’s riches – gold, silver, turquoise, copper, lead and coal. A few were farming communities that flourished for a time and mysteriously fell silent. Literally hundreds of towns not only died, they vanished.
You probably aren’t heading to the high desert expecting to find beautiful, naturally occurring bodies of water. But while New Mexico might be perceived as dry, it offers up amazing opportunities for those looking to have some fun in the sun and water. In fact, these bodies of water may be the state’s best-kept secret!