6 Reasons to Visit New Mexico

New Mexico – the land of enchantment and the fifth largest state in the USA is a photographers paradise. Here are 6 reasons to visit New Mexico: stunning landscapes, Americana, amazing small towns, beautiful churches, Route 66 and big skies.

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Reasons to visit New Mexico – 1: Stunning Landscapes

Much of New Mexico is desert. The roads through the desert make this state perfect for road trips. Here are three wonderful landscapes which show what New Mexico has to offer.

6 reasons to visit new Mexico Shiprock New Mexico Dawn

Shiprock New Mexico

Bisti Badlands New Mexico

Bisti Badlands

White sands New Mexico

White Sands

Reason 2: Pure Americana

Old cars, motels and gas stations from an era long gone.

Interstate 40 (which took the place of Route 66) crosses just north of the centre of the state. Its a wonderful drive from Glenrio in the east to Gallup in the West. New Mexico features one of the real gems of Route 66 in Tucumcari. Other highlights include genuine stretches of the old route around Albuquerque as well as the Santa Fe loop which passes close to the wonderful town from which it takes its name. Albuquerque, Grants and Gallup are all worth a look.

Americana - Old Truck and Gas Sign

Americana – Old Truck and Gas Sign

Old Car New Mexico

Old Car

San Jon New Mexico

San Jon

Reason 3: Amazing Small Towns

The great thing about New Mexico’s small towns is that many are off the beaten track. Drop down South of Albuquerque and visit the towns of Socorro, Alamagordo and Rothwell – the later famous for its UFOs! Dig a little deeper to find  the tiny villages of Winston and Chloride, places few visitors to the US reach.

Alamagordo at Dawn Pink sky

Alamagordo at Dawn

Santa Rosa New Mexico

Santa Rosa

Chloride New Mexico

Choride

Winston General Store Storm Clouds

Winston General Store

Reason 4: Spectacular Churches

The churches of New Mexico are simply beautiful. It goes without saying that they are sacred places, and many are on sacred land. So if you visit be respectful and check with local people whether they are happy for you to be there, especially if you are taking photographs.

White Church - Indian Pueblo

White Church – Indian Pueblo

Church, Socorro at night

Church, Socorro

Taos New Mexico

Taos New Mexico

Reason 5: Route 66 Neon

New Mexico is one of the eight states along Route 66, or at least once along Route 66. The Blue Swallow Motel has legendary status. There is no better example of a 1950’s motel anywhere in the US. The Route 66 Diner in Albuquerque is another example of wonderful neon.

Blue Swallow Motel Tucumcari

Blue Swallow Motel Tucumcari

Route 66 Diner Albuquerque

Route 66 Diner Albuquerque

Reason 6: Big Skies

Panoramic landscapes, desert scenes and big skies. Because New Mexico is so sparsely populated you cannot miss vistas like this one. Pure escapism.

Big Sky New Mexico

Big Sky 1

Big Sky Stormcloud New Mexico

Big Sky 2

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