New Mexico’s snow-capped mountain peaks, turquoise skies and fascinating culture make it a lesser-visited gem. Its unique history and population, a triumvirate of Anglos, Hispanics and Native Americans, define the character of New Mexico and influence everything from its food and architecture to the arts.
Surprisingly mountainous, New Mexico sees a good amount of snow in the winter particularly at higher elevations. Christmas in Santa Fe and Taos with their celebrations and piñon fires can be a wonderful time to visit. Driving the high road between these towns, passing through hilltop pueblos with small churches and adobe houses, can feel like a step back in time.
Visiting Taos Pueblo, the oldest continually inhabited settlement in the United States, or Chaco Canyon, a fascinating collection of Puebloan ruins, provides a unique insight into this country’s pre-colonial history. For more modern intrigue, look no further than the UFO landings at Roswell or the long-kept secret birthplace of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.