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New Mexico

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Perhaps more than those of any other Southwestern state, the sparsely populated mountain and desert landscapes of New Mexico exude an atmosphere of the ancient. Aztec and Pueblo ruins sit in the shadows of massive natural sandstone formations; Mogollon cliff dwellings in the Gila Wilderness ...

Perhaps more than those of any other Southwestern state, the sparsely populated mountain and desert landscapes of New Mexico exude an atmosphere of the ancient. Aztec and Pueblo ruins sit in the shadows of massive natural sandstone formations; Mogollon cliff dwellings in the Gila Wilderness invoke ghosts of the 13th century; petroglyphs from thousands of years ago preside along the Rio Grande; a volcano once traversed by mammoths and bison lies dormant in the northcentral wilderness. 

In the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in North America, is also home to the nation's oldest public building. The legacy of the Spanish colonizers' culture is pervasive in the rodeos, ranches and cattle drives that remain a part of modern-day New Mexico. But a sense of the future is equally salient. The famous International UFO Museum and Research Center at Roswell allows visitors to decide whether a flying saucer really did crash here in 1947. The Old Town of Albuquerque is a historic village updated with modern shops and boutiques, and the ski slopes at Taos and Santa Fe fuse the slow geologic time of soaring peaks with modern downhill velocities.

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