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Visitor's Guide to Northeast New Mexico

Everything you need to know for local area attractions.

Santa Fe
We're only 2 hours away from Santa Fe where you will find some of the best shopping and food on the Plaza. Visit the downtown market and don't miss Loretto Chapel where you will be truly amazed and spiritually enlightened. Take the trolley to learn about Santa Fe and to see a lot of the sights.

Historic Las Vegas
By the mid 1800’s the plaza of Las Vegas Grandes en el Rio de las Gallinas (the large meadows on the Turkey River) had been laid out according to the Spanish and Mexican Custom, and the first waves of traders and pioneers had ventured westward across the plains on the Santa Fe Trail. Las Vegas, rich with history and architecture boasts a legacy of New Mexico’s original architecture and is considered one of the best preserved “outdoor museums” in the country. With over 900 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can view Adobe, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Territorial, Richardsonian Romanesque, Eastlake, Italian Villa, Italianate and Folk Renaissance Revival styles.

Santa Fe National Historic Trail
William Becknell left Old Franklin, Missouri in September, 1821, heading west to trade with the Indians. However, in New Mexico he encountered Spanish dragoons who, instead of taking him prisoner for having entered Spanish colonial territory illegally, urged him to bring his goods to Santa Fe. Becknell quickly sold his goods and organized another expedition. thus was born the Santa Fe Trail. The largest visible network of Santa Fe Trail ruts can be seen at Fort Union National Monument.

Fort Union National Monument
Adobe ruins and Santa Fe Trail ruts mark what was once the largest military post in the American Southwest (1851-1891). Stroll amid the time-worn walls of Fort Union established to guard wagon trains and traders from attack along the Santa Fe Trail.

Pecos National Historical Park
A window to the past of Pueblo, Spanish and Anglo peoples whose centuries of interaction have molded New Mexico. Ruins trail walk (1 1/4 miles round trip) will take you through 500 years of history . . . winding up the hill past vistas of meadows and the ancient walls that marked the boundaries of the pueblo. Take a ladder down into a Kiva that once served as the Indians’ sacred place of meeting and ritual and then walk thru the ruins of two Spanish mission churches from 1625 and 1717.

Pendaries Golf Course
Located near the tiny mountain settlement of Rociada, Pendaries is one of the best kept secrets in the Rockies. The expertly manicured 6,080 yards, par 72, 18 hole golf course begins at 7500 feet in the clear, fresh mountain air. Breathtaking scenery and the tranquil valley beckon visitors each year to this hideaway in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rockies.

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
With 18,750 acres of grassland, crop land, marshes, canyons, ponds and streams, this refuge is a natural paradise for native plants and animals: Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Mule Deer, Antelope, Badger, Coyote, Bobcat. Migratory birds use the refuge as a central “flyway” area . . . among them Sandhill Crane, Long-billed Crulew, Rough-legged Hawk. Winter guests include Bald Eagle, Snow and Canada Geese, and some 21 species of ducks.

Enchanted Circle: Scenic Byway
Ride up through the scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains to Taos, Questa and Red River. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and browse the many gifts/antique stores in Red River. Don't forget to ride up the mountain on a ski lift, no snow but a beautiful view. Then onto Eagle Nest with a stroll by the lake and lastly to Angel Fire to see the Viet Nam Memorial. You'll want to take more time to visit the shops and maybe have a snack. The temps are perfect and the scenery definitely worth the drive.

Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway

Dorsey Mansion

Maxwell Lakes

Northern pike, trout, catfish

Philmont Scout Ranch

Cimarron Canyon

Clayton Lake State Park
See dinosaur tracks and enjoy excellent fishing. Located 15 miles north of Clayton, close to New Mexico’s border with Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. For more information please call 1-505-374-8808.

“Black Jack” Ketchum’s Grave

Herzstein Memorial Museum
Open Tuesday through Sunday afternoons during the summer, and on weekend afternoons the remainder of the year. For more information 1-505-374-9508.

Kiowa National Grassland
For information please call 1-505-374-9652.

Capulin Volcano National Monument
Road to top of volcano, picnicking, hiking, Natural History, slide show.

Sugarite Canyon State Park
Fishing, primitive camping, hiking.

Historic Raton, NM
Old town buildings, train station, Wells Fargo building, Old Pass.

NRA Whittington Center
Hunting and shooting, special events.

 

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