New Mexico National Parks and Natural Landscapes

Featured New Mexico locations are listed below, and shown on the New Mexico map - these include ancient ruins, badlands, canyons, deserts, lakes, rock formations, sand dunes, scenic drives and volcanic areas.

Alternatively, see these other New Mexico listings pages:

National Parks and National Monuments
National Forests
State Parks

National Park Service Units

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns
El Morro
El Morro
Salinas Pueblo Missions
Salinas Pueblo Missions

AZTEC RUINS National Monument - large 12th century walled settlement
BANDELIER National Monument - ancient dwellings carved into volcanic cliffs, and colorful canyon scenery
CAPULIN VOLCANO National Monument - extinct volcano in the far northeast
CARLSBAD CAVERNS National Park - the most famous cave system in the world
CHACO CULTURE National Historical Park - collection of Anasazi ruined villages
EL MALPAIS National Monument - many miles of black, twisted lava and other volcanic formations
EL MORRO National Monument - historical inscriptions, a ruined pueblo and colorful sandstone cliffs
GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS National Monument - ancient cave ruins in a distant canyon, deep in the Gila Wilderness
PETROGLYPH National Monument - thousands of petroglyphs at the edge of a volcanic mesa bordering northwest Albuquerque
SALINAS PUEBLO MISSIONS National Monument - ruins of ancient pueblos and 17th century Spanish missions
WHITE SANDS National Monument - spectacular dunes of pure white gypsum

Other Scenic Places

Bosque del Apache
Bosque del Apache
Route 66
Route 66

AGUIRRE SPRING Recreation Area - campground and trails in the Organ Mountains, overlooking White Sands and Tularosa Valley
AH-SHI-SLE-PAH Wilderness Study Area - fantastic hoodoos, badlands, petrified wood and eroded rocks
ANGEL PEAK Scenic Area - badlands in the high desert
BISTI Wilderness Area - remote and amazingly colorful desert landscape
BOSQUE DEL APACHE National Wildlife Refuge - diverse riparian area with desert surroundings, along the Rio Grande
BOTTOMLESS LAKES State Park - flooded sinkholes beneath a limestone ridge, near Roswell
BURNHAM BADLANDS - hoodoos, balanced rocks, colorful mounds, petrified wood and eroded rock formations
CEJA PELON MESA - partly wooded mesa lined by stark badlands, containing much petrified wood
CIMARRON CANYON State Park - wooded, steep-sided canyon with unusual rocks
CITY OF ROCKS State Park - group of large volcanic boulders in the middle of the New Mexico prairie
DE-NA-ZIN Wilderness Area - badlands, petrified wood and weird rock formations in the San Juan Basin
ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE State Park - the largest and most popular lake in New Mexico
FOSSIL FOREST - hoodoos, badlands and petrified wood
JEMEZ MOUNTAINS - forested mountains with hot springs and rock formations, part of the Santa Fe National Forest
KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS National Monument - fantastic volcanic rock formations
LIVING DESERT Zoo and Gardens State Park - entertaining zoo and gardens near Carlsbad
NAVAJO LAKE State Park - scenic lake on the San Juan River
OJITO Wilderness Area - little-known region of badlands, eroded rocks and petrified wood, near San Ysidro
OLIVER LEE MEMORIAL State Park - historic ranch, cactus garden and a steep trail into the Sacramento Mountains
PENISTAJA MESA - little-visited region of grey badlands, eroded rock formations and petrified wood
ROCK HOUND State Park - desert location for site where semi-precious stones may be collected
ROUTE 66 - atmospheric section of the old road either side of Grants
SAN JUAN BASIN BADLANDS - vast regions of incredible eroded rock formations of every color and form imaginable
SANTA FE - the oldest state capitol in America, with many historic buildings
SANTA FE to ROSWELL - account of a road trip along some of the deserted backroads of New Mexico
SHIPROCK - isolated volcanic peak in the Four Corners area
VALLEY OF FIRES Recreation Area - large expanses of lava near Carrizozo
WILD RIVERS Recreation Area - deep, volcanic canyons carved by Red River and the Rio Grande

New Mexico Hotels

Choose from over 300 New Mexico hotels in 39 towns and cities; maps, national park hotels, interstate hotels and brand directories

Locations include:
New Mexico Hotels
Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Farmington, Gallup, Grants, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Raton, Roswell, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Socorro, Taos, Tucumcari

Other New Mexico Resources

Driving Distances - mileages between selected places
Introduction - summary of New Mexico's scenic areas
Maps - state map and national park maps
Weather - forecasts for New Mexico cities and parks
New Mexico Travel Itineraries

New Mexico Highlights
New Mexico Highlights - varied sites in the Land of Enchantment - ancient ruins, lava flows, fantastic rock formations, sand dunes, historical relics and the world's most famous cave system

New Mexico Photography

Photographs - indexed by location
Panoramic Photographs - wide landscape photos
QTVR - quicktime panoramas

Photograph Search
Plants of New Mexico

New Mexico cacti
Cacti - photos and descriptions of 37 New Mexico cactus species; most common genera are coryphantha, cylindropuntia, echinocereus, ferocactus, grusonia, mammillaria and opuntia

New Mexico wildflowers
Flowers - New Mexico wildflowers and flowering shrubs; photographs and identifying characteristics, arranged by the most common color groups (blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow)


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