5 Reasons Why I Love New Mexico

Outside of Colorado, the first state I visited was New Mexico. I fell in love immediately and ever since it’s been my favourite state. Here’s why:

1. It’s beautiful

The land of enchantment is truly magical. The nature is diverse and offers endless opportunities for hikers and backpackers. Also there is the bird lovers paradise that is Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I’m not much of a birder, I get just as happy to see a feral pigeon or a gull in the city than I am to see a sandhill crane in Texas. But the winter in that area means all the cranes and snow geese in the world. I love all the birds.

Clockwise from the top right: A road near Las Vegas, NM, Bird Paradise that is Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, El Morro National Monument

Clockwise from the top right: A road near Las Vegas, NM, Bird Paradise that is Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, El Morro National Monument

2. History

New Mexico has some of the oldest buildings in the continental US. Even after seeing lots of other Puebloan sites, Chaco Culture National Historic Park just blew my mind (and made the taste of honey crackers with tuna salad a bit more tolerable).

Clockwise from the top right: One of the many Puebloan sites, Taos, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Bisti Badlands Wilderness.

From the top right: One of the many Puebloan sites, Taos, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Bisti Badlands Wilderness.

3. It’s a bit off the beaten path

New Mexico is a bit off from the beaten path, especially for young urban Europeans. Almost everyone I know who’ve been to the States have been to either New York, Los Angeles or maybe San Francisco or Miami. Before I visited I knew where New Mexico was, a couple of city names, but I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea I would end up visiting. I had no idea that I would just want to visit again and again since even after 6 visits there’s still corners I haven’t seen.

From the top right corner: Somewhere near Taos, Bandelier National Monument, Bottomless Lakes State Park, Taos.

Clockwise from the top right: Somewhere near Taos, Bandelier National Monument, Bottomless Lakes State Park, Taos.

4. Albuquerque

I on’t have a specific reason to love Albuquerque, I’ve just always liked it. Also, when visiting, I can’t help but to tell the same old Bugs Bunny or Breaking Bad jokes. Also, it’s a fun English word to pronounce.

From the top right corner: Albuquerque, White Sands National Monument, that would be me, somewhere near Socorro maybe.

Clockwise from the top right: Albuquerque, White Sands National Monument, that would be me, somewhere near Socorro maybe.

5. The Variety

From deserts to forests filled with natural hot springs, the largest historic district in the US, huge caverns, dunes after dunes of blinding white sand, good old weird Roswell, ghost towns, mountain ranges. New Mexico is never boring.

From the top right corner: Fog in the fields, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Petroglyph National Monument just outside of Albuquerque, Santa Fe.

Clockwise from the top right: Fog in the fields, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Petroglyph National Monument just outside of Albuquerque, Santa Fe.

What is your favourite state and why? What should I see there?

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8 Responses to 5 Reasons Why I Love New Mexico

  1. plaidcamper says:

    Great post! It’s hard to pick a favourite, there has always been something to love about each one I’ve visited. New Mexico would have to be high on the list for the reasons you gave. I love Oregon, very geographically interesting and diverse, from the coast to the interior. I like the panhandle of West Virginia for its humid summers and beautiful autumns – and my youngest brother lives there!
    Enjoy your day!

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    • Salla says:

      Oregon is great, same thing with Washington and California. I love the west coast. Also Colorado is finally almost after two years starting to feel like home and it has some of the best mountains. Montana’s cool too! I’ve never been to West Virginia, but out of all the places in the world, I have a relative there.

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  2. Looks like an really interesting place, especially the Chaco Culture National Park.

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