Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

New Mexico is slightly 'off-the-map' for many UK tour operators, except for those who have itineraries passing through on Route 66 tours (Chicago - California), those who specialise in birdwatching tours (particularly down around the Rio Grande river), and ski operators who feature Taos.

Tourist Office

New Mexico Tourist Department
491 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe
New Mexico 87501

T: 001 505 827 7400

What to do/Where to go

Santa Fe is America’s oldest state capital (celebrated 400 years in 2009) and home to adobe houses, baroque churches and some of the best art museums/galleries in the USA including the museums of Fine Arts, International Folk Art, and of Indian Arts and Culture. Located high on a plateau at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (which keeps it cool), it is surrounded by millions of acres of forest.

Clovis' moment of fame came when Buddy Holly recorded at the Norman Petty Music Studios.

Lincoln is where Billy the Kid, caught up in the Lincoln County Cattle War 1877-1878, subsequently escaped in 1881 from the courthouse.

Los Alamos Famous birthplace of the atomic bomb, and now the Bradbury Science Museum where you can see replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy.

Tucumcari on the historic Route 66 is noted for its classic motels.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Said to be among the largest underground caverns ever discovered. Tours take around 3½ hours. Take comfy shoes and warm clothing (even if baking outside) because the temperature is a constant 56°F

Spaceport America is the future home of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space venture. It is being constructed outside Las Cruces on New Mexico's southern border.

Interesting/Useful Blogs

Southwest Compass - Juliet White and Lane Billings' collection of travel guide posts on Southwest Compass.

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