Overview New Mexico

Visiting New Mexico

A land of juxtapositions, New Mexico is home to the natural wonders like the Carlsbad Caverns and the White Sands Monument, as well as engineering marvels like the Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. While it’s most often thought of as an arid state, New Mexico boasts skiing in the mountains and vast forests supported by the Rio Grande. Don’t miss artistic hot spots like the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, or the amazing Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings at the Bandelier National Monument.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to... Read More
A land of juxtapositions, New Mexico is home to the natural wonders like the Carlsbad Caverns and the White Sands Monument, as well as engineering marvels like the Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. While it’s most often thought of as an arid state, New Mexico boasts skiing in the mountains and vast forests supported by the Rio Grande. Don’t miss artistic hot spots like the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, or the amazing Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings at the Bandelier National Monument.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips New Mexico

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A stopover on Route 66 before heading to Alburquerque

Written by RoBoNC on 05 Jul, 2012

We left Flagstaff Arizona and headed to Albuquerque for the annual hot air balloon festival. Because of our excursion through the Petrified Forest National Park and some other national parks in western New Mexico, we decided to spend the night somewhere halfway between Flagstaff…Read More


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Site of the First Reunion of the Rough Riders

Written by RoBoNC on 05 Jul, 2012

Las Vegas is filled with hotels, casinos, world-class shows, and it is a city that never sleeps. Excitement abounds everywhere; that is if you are in Nevada. However, I happened to be in Las Vegas, New Mexico which has none of that.…Read More


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In Honor of Avanyu, the Water Guardian

Written by BawBaw on 02 May, 2012

Among the lessons of in life in the desert is a deeper appreciation for all things associated with water. Living in the desert usually means that water is scarce, and if not scarce then often violent, as cloudbursts send torrents of rushing water down…Read More


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Public Art as a Birthright

Written by BawBaw on 25 Apr, 2012

It’s plausible to argue that growing up the Southwest is to grow up with art as a birthright. This was certainly true of my New Mexican childhood. Mother Nature herself provided the paintbrush—there is even a wildflower called the ‘Indian paintbrush’—and the deserts and…Read More


Growing up in the Shadow of the Sandias

Written by BawBaw on 24 Apr, 2012

I tell people that the Sandias are my mountains: they belong to me. Despite the fact that they have not been a daily physical presence in my life for more than four decades, they are still my mountains. Their silhouette was imprinted on…Read More


The Artistic Legacy of Taos, New Mexico

Written by AnythngArt on 12 Mar, 2010

Although Taos has been populated since 1300 AD by Native Americans (Pueblos), its fame as an artist haven truly came to the fore in the 1900s. Two women--Millicent Rogers and Mabel Dodge--began encouraging their creative friends, including photographer Ansel Adams, writer DH Lawrence, and painter…Read More


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Ballooning over Albuquerque

Written by MattF on 08 May, 2009

We took this trip to Albuquerque for our 9th Anniversary to see and do some things that we normally would not have. To start our Anniversary day celebration we scheduled a balloon ride through the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort with Rainbow Riders. It cost about…Read More


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The Duke City

Written by SeenThat on 25 Oct, 2008

With slightly more than half a million inhabitants, Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and one of fastest growing cities in the USA. Founded in 1706, it was named after Don Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duke of Alburquerque and Viceroy of New…Read More


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Albuquerque for Travelers: from "A" to "Que"

Written by SeenThat on 25 Oct, 2008

Albuquerque is the main travel hub in New Mexico; despite its being connected by road, railway and air to all the main destinations in the area that does not sum up to much. On the paper, the Sunport is an international airport; in reality, it…Read More


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Lounge Loitering in Amtrak's Southwest Chief

Written by SeenThat on 24 Oct, 2008

Amtrak's Southwest ChiefAmtrak's Southwest Chief connects Chicago with Los Angeles, passing in the way through Kansas City, Topeka, Dodge City, Raton, Lamy (Santa Fe), Albuquerque and Flagstaff. Santa Fe - AlbuquerqueBy the end of the nineteenth century a dramatic event shaped the future of Santa…Read More


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