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New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment

For a short article, this covers a lot of territory. Good place to start your research on New Mexico. mjh

Land of Enchantment BY CHILES T.A. LARSON/DAILY PRESS

New Mexico isn’t called Land of Enchantment for nothing. Numerous museums, time-worn haciendas, early Spanish Colonial churches, and the plazas of Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe each has its charm. But the rugged landscape is even more captivating, with expansive panoramas and an ever-changing luminescence.

Southern New Mexico (.com)

Southern New Mexico Travel and Tourism Information: SouthernNewMexico.com

SouthernNewMexico.com features New Mexico travel, tourism, and community information. It is your guide to New Mexico attractions, businesses, communities, destinations, events, real estate and history.

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Recommended by Jas. (Thanks!) mjh

Have you been to the southernnewmexico.com website? There’s a few very cool articles and a little piece on Bat Cave in Catron County where I did my master’s work. It’d be a fun area to cruise some lazy day. Also stuff on pueblos in that part of the state.

EL MORRO NATIONAL MONUMENT

ABQjournal: Enchanting El Morro a Lasting Record of Past Travelers By James Abarr, For the Journal

EL MORRO NATIONAL MONUMENT — On the western slopes of the Zuni Mountains, 42 miles southwest of Grants, a golden sandstone mesa offers a unique tapestry of New Mexico’s yesterday.

For more than 250 years, the soaring cliffs of El Morro, rising 200 feet above the ancient Zuni Trail, beckoned travelers to rest in their shelter. It was an idyllic camping place in a small forest of juniper and pines beside a catch-basin, which trapped rainfall and melting snow runoff and never failed to provide ample water.

Through the centuries, these Spanish and American passers-by carved their names and a record of their deeds into the soft sandstone walls. The result is more than 1,000 inscriptions — a remarkable history book in stone which has been set aside as El Morro National Monument. …

If you go
WHAT: El Morro National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; telephone: (505) 783-4226.
WHERE: In west-central New Mexico, 42 miles southwest of Grants via N.M. 53.
HOURS: Open daily except Christmas and New Year’s; summer hours, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; remainder of year, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
FEES: $3 a person; children under 17, no charge.
FACILITIES: Visitor Center provides information, brochures and guide books, and a 15-minute video introduction to the monument.
A museum features exhibits covering 700 years of human presence at El Morro.
Campsites and picnic areas are located within the monument. An RV park is available near the monument entrance.
ACTIVITIES: Inscription Rock Trail, a paved one-half mile loop, leads past the major inscriptions at the base of the mesa.
Mesa Top Trail, a 2-mile-long roundtrip loop, offers panoramic views from the summit of El Morro and provides access to two prehistoric Anasazi Indian pueblos. One pueblo, which dates to the 13th century, has been partially excavated.
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Acoma Cultural Center

Pueblo of Acoma to begin construction on cultural center New Mexico Business Weekly

The 30,000-square-foot facility will be located at the base of the Pueblo of Acoma, which is set atop a 300-foot sandstone mesa an hour west of Albuquerque and 14 miles south of Interstate 40. …

[Acoma] is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited villages in North America. …

[T]he architectural style will demonstrate more than 1,000 years of Acoma’s history, showing the evolution of Acoma building styles.