New Mexico Tour


by John M. Zeigler, Ph.D.
Rio Rancho, NM USA


ew Mexico, the forty-seventh of the 50 states of the United States, is located in the U.S. Desert Southwest "between Texas and Arizona." New Mexico has a high plains and mesa topography in the east and is mountainous in the central and western parts of the state. The desert climate and over mile-high altitude of Rio Rancho and the Albuquerque area account for their moderate four-season weather. The state has a rich history steeped in the lore of the American West and is inherently tricultural, with a population composed of Hispanics, Anglos, and at least 19 New Mexico native American nations. If you would like to see some of the grandeur of New Mexico's scenery or learn more about its people and culture, we suggest the following resources:

White Sands National Monument, looking northeast toward the 12,000 foot Sierra BlancaA sunset at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, near San Antonio, NM (Photo by J. Zeigler, click here for more photos of New Mexico, below)
  • VIVA New Mexico! Home Page - privately maintained page devoted to New Mexico places, people, and events
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History - the collections and activities of the newest natural history museum in the U.S.
  • Just below are some of our favorite photos of New Mexico. We hope they will give you a feeling for the beauty of the state.



    Below are a few of our favorite personal photos of the beautiful state of New Mexico. While these don't begin to do justice to the beauty of or variety the state has to offer its residents and visitors, we hope you'll enjoy seeing some of Land of Enchantment. If you'd like to see more, let us know. We have lots!

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    The back of Abo Mission, part of Salinas National Monument, near Mountainair, NM. Also home to dinosaur footprints!

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    View of the church ruin at Gran Quivira National Monument, part of Salinas National Monument

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    The water pool at the base of El Morro, which has attracted visitors since prehistoric times.

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    Inscriptions on Inscription Rock, El Morro National Monument, near Ramah, NM

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    View south along ridge of Sandia Mountains, east of Albuquerque

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    Sunset view of the Sandia Mountains, eastern edge of Albuquerque

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    Winter view of the Sandias from Rio Grande bosque in Albuquerque

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    Wildflowers on top of the Sandia Mountains at 10,600 ft. altitude

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    From atop the sandstone cliffs of El Malpais National Monument, looking towards 12,000 ft. Mount Taylor

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    La Ventana Natural Arch, El Malpais National Monument, near Grants, NM

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    Valle Grande, the crater of an extinct volcano, a 17 mile long meadow at 10,000 ft., Jemez Mountains, near Los Alamos

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    Soda Dam, a volcanic feature over the Jemez River, near Jemez Springs

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    Gypsum sand dunes, White Sands National Monument, near Alamogordo

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    Another White Sands view, looking west toward Sand Andres Mountains

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    View west toward Tularosa Basin and White Sands from Sacramento Mountains, near Alamogordo

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    Valley of Fires lava flow with Carrizo Peak in background, near Carrizozo

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    New Mexico state flower, the yucca, in full bloom

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    Sandhill cranes in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, NM

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    Winter sunset over Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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    Closeup of claret cup cactus flowers, common in NM

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    Overview of Lybrook Badlands, Sandoval County

    64 million year old, 100 ft. long petrified wood log, Sandoval County, NM

    View from mesa top toward Nacimiento Mountains, Sandoval County

    Cabezon Peak, an eroded volcano throat, near San Ysidro


    One of the denizens of the Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque

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    View in New Mexico's newest U.S. wilderness area, the Ojito, near San Ysidro

    Formations in the Bisti Badlands wilderness, near Farmington

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