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  • Published on Jan 31, 2017
    2017 Travel Bucket List: Top Destinations in New Mexico

    2017 Travel Bucket list

    Top destinations around New Mexico

    New Mexico is filled with natural wonders, beautiful landscapes, and a multitude of recreational activities to keep you busy for the next few years of your life.  For now though, let’s just focus on knocking some destinations off your 2017 travel bucket list. Here are a few of the top destinations around New Mexico to get your started.

    1. Bandelier National Monument- New Mexico is known for its ancient ruins, and Bandelier National Monument is one of the largest.  Encompassing over 33,000 acres of beautiful canyons and mesas, these preserved lands showcase the ancient Puebloan way of life from over 11,000 years ago.  The petroglyphs and cave dwellings formed into the rock cliffs are definitely worth seeing.  There are plenty of hiking trails throughout the national monument which you can travel on your own or take a guided tour. Along the way you may encounter wildlife such as the Bull Elk and get the opportunity to view them in their natural habitat. Bandelier is definitely a natural wonder to add to your bucket list.
    2. Wheeler Peak- When people think of New Mexico, many think of flat, dry desert land. But in fact, the highest point in New Mexico is Wheeler Peak; 13, 161 ft above sea level.  Located northeast of Taos and south of the Red River, Wheeler Park sits on the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains. Hiking and backpacking are popular recreational activities because of the mountain range and those traversing up to the top.  There are two trails that lead up to Wheeler Peak. Bull of the woods trail is a class 1 trail and is 16 miles total from start to peak to finish.  Williams Lake trail is a steep class 2 trail and runs 7 miles round trip.  Visitors can also backcountry camp without a permit in Wheeler Park. 
    3. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge- for some, the thought of visiting a bridge may not be exciting, but when you see how high up and the views from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, you won’t be disappointed.  Located in El Prado, the bridge crosses the Rio Grande Gorge with the bottom of the gorge 565 feet below.  Although the bridge is not a pedestrian bridge, there are walkways alongside that give you the same spectacular views as when you drive across.  There are also recreational opportunities nearby including hiking and horseback riding.  Visitors can also go boating and fishing on the Rio Grande and surrounding lakes. 
    4. Sandia Park- This recreational area is known for its summer and winter activities.  The park offers gorgeous views overlooking the city of Albuquerque from Sandia Peak.  Hiking trails lead all the way to the top with different levels of difficulty or you can take a tram ride.  If you’d rather view by car, you can drive the Sandia Crest Byway and take in the wonderful views of Sandia Peak that way.  In the winter, Sandia Park turns into a ski area offering ski and snowboarding slopes from the beginner to novice skier.  The views of the white capped mountains outside Albuquerque are a site to see as well.
    5. Carlsbad Caverns National Park- one of the more interesting destinations in New Mexico is the Carlsbad Caverns.  Over the years, 119 caves have been discovered in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  These underground caverns feature magnificent stalactites and stalagmites that burst from the floors and ceiling of the caves.  You can explore the caves on your own or with a guide.  Tours are available daily, but one of the more popular attractions recently is the bats.  The evening skies become engulfed in bats at dusk and it’s a spectacle for all who come out to view them. 

    What’s on your 2017 Travel Bucket list this year?

     

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