Chaco Canyon State Park

New Mexico National and State Parks, Lakes, and Historical Sites

New Mexico is a land full of history and outdoor adventures. As the fifth largest state geographically at 121,585 square miles, it is also one of the least populated states in the nation. Fifteen national parks, nine national forests, and multiple state parks and lakes can be found here. The northern and eastern parts of New Mexico have a colder, alpine climate like the Rocky Mountain Regions while the western and southern areas have a warmer climate. An abundance of historical attractions can be found here, especially in the one-thousand-year-old Taos Pueblo, a still-inhabited community one mile north of Taos. Visit Frijoles Canyon, where a mile-long hike can let you view petroglyphs and masonry walls built into a cliff face. The capital city of Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and is home to a vibrant arts scene and embraces its Native American culture.


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National Parks & Historic Sites

Aztec Ruins National Monument

725 Ruins Rd, Aztec, NM 87410

Bandelier National Monument

15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Capulin Volcano National Monument

44 Volcano Road, Capulin, NM 88414

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center, 727 Carlsbad Cavern Hwy, Carlsbad, NM 88220

Carson National Forest

Carson National Forest, 208 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos, NM 87571

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Canyon Observatory, Nageezi, NM 87037

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

La Bajada Hill, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, Original Route 66 via before rerouting., Santa Fe, NM

El Malpais National Monument

11000 Ice Cave Rd, Grants, NM 87020

El Malpais National Conservation Area

11000 Ice Cave Rd, Grants, NM 87020

El Morro National Monument

NM-53, Ramah, NM 87321

Fort Union National Monument

3115 NM-161, Watrous, NM 87753

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Silver City, NM 88061

Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest, Silver City, NM 88061

Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands

714 Main St., Clayton, NM 88415

Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Historical Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Various; Santa Fe, NM

Pecos National Historical Park

1 NM-63, Pecos, NM 87552

Petroglyph National Monument

Western Trail NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

105 S Ripley Ave, Mountainair, NM 87036

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Various; One site is 22 S 2nd St, Clayton, NM 88415

Valles Caldera National Preserve

39201 NM-4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, NM

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