New Mexico is the 5th largest state in terms of total area, yet the 6th least densely populated, which means a ton of great open wilderness to explore and enjoy. These are some of our favorite outdoor places and things to do in this great state.
Rafting down the Rio Grande – This famous river starts in Colorado, flows through the middle of the entire state of New Mexico, and eventually forms part of the border between Texas and the country of Mexico. Rafting down this waterway is one of the best and most fun ways to experience the unique scenery of New Mexico.
Bisti / De-Na-Zin Wilderness – this rolling landscape of badlands offers some of the most unusual scenery found in all of New Mexico. These mystifying and unique rock formations made up of sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt, have been formed after millions of years of natural weathering. Located in the northwest of the state, about 35 miles south of Farmington, these are a must see for anybody passing through New Mexico.
White Sands National Monument – located in the southern region of New Mexico, this U.S. National Monument is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. This natural marvel has been created due to rain water dissolving gypsum in the nearby San Andres and Sacramento mountains and then carrying it to this basin, where it settles and gets trapped.
Shiprock – Located in Navajo Nation, in the northwest of this state, is this famous and one-of-a-kind rock formation. It’s peak elevation is over 7,000 feet above sea level and can be seen for miles in all directions above the desert plain. Shiprock has played a huge role in the religion, myth, and tradition of the Navajo people for generations and continues to amaze visitors who make the trek to see it.
Cliff Dwellings – There are multiple National Historic Monuments related to ancient cliff dwellings located throughout New Mexico. Gila Cliffs, located near the Gila River, were home to the Mogollon people in the 1200’s, and the Puye Cliffs, located in Santa Clara Canyon, were home to the Pueblos between 900 and 1580. These historic homes were carved directly into the side of cliffs and mountains using nothing more than wooden hand tools and hard work.
As you can see, New Mexico is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. But why only settle for a one time visit, own some land in this great state, and you can explore as much as you would like. See our Available Properties to see what you can find today!