EXCITING PLACES TO SEE
New Mexico is home to some of the oldest communities in North America. The Pueblos of Taos, Acoma, and Zuni have existed for innumerous lifetimes. Places like Chaco Canyon and Aztec were developed and populated thousands of years before Europeans set foot on America’s shores.
New Mexico’s cities are mainstays of history, culture, and art. Many are located near still wild lands and provide access to unforgettable outdoor adventures.
All of New Mexico’s cities offer unique experiences that can only be found by exploring. Albuquerque is the hot air ballooning capital of the world. Sante Fe is New Mexico’s capital city known for its distinct New Mexican culture, outdoor recreation, colorful art scene, culinary specialties, world-class spas, and unique local shopping. Las Cruces is New Mexico’s second-largest city, with a deep history rooted in Hispanic, Native, and Western Cultures, and home to the Green Chile Trail. Other must-see cities include Taos, Socorro, Los Alamos, and Tucumcari.
No conversation about New Mexico is complete without due mention of New Mexico’s Native presence — a presence that dates back more than two million years ago when early ancestral tribes lived as hunter-gatherers throughout the Southwest. More than 1,000 years ago, some of these groups came together to establish permanent settlements called pueblos. It’s a way of life that continues today among New Mexico’s 23 pueblos, tribes, and nations.
New Mexico has it all. Food, culture, history, art, nature and adventure. There are dormant volcanoes, ancient lava flows, ice caves, fossil sites, archeological digs, and unique geology just waiting to be explored.