Gert Lost in Mystical Northwest New Mexico
Wild at heart, Northwest New Mexico offers piercing mountains and desert vistas.
Working on your bucket list? Stand in four states at once at Four Corners! Not far away, gaze in wonder at Shiprock, a beacon rising dramatically 1,500 feet above the desert. At Chaco Culture National Historical Park, you can wander among ancient homes, stairways, and underground kivas. At Navajo Lake State Park, you’ll find the perfect environment for boating whether you have a canoe, kayak, or ski boat. Hike among curious hoodoos and rock formations at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness.
Farmington is the biggest city in the region, and you can visit breweries and great restaurants. Hike along the Animal River or learn about the region’s fascinating history at the Farmington Museum. Bring your clubs to Pinon Hills Golf Course or cool off at Farmington Lake. Off-roaders love Chokecherry Canyon while kids love E3 Children’s Museum and Science Center.
Quirky Cuba is friendly and gorgeous. Take a scenic drive along Highway 126 or enjoy a sunset to remember in the Mesa de Cuba Badlands. Take a hike on the Las Vacas Trail or visit the unusual Guadalupe Ruins.
No matter your passion, you’ll find lots to do in Northwest New Mexico!
Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico
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Walking Through History
See how ancient people built homes at Aztec Ruins National Monument. This park protects buildings which date to the 11th century – though these are actually not homes built by Aztecs. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a reconstructed great kiva – standing next to it is an awesome experience. To the south, Chaco Culture National Historical Park is home to the densest and most spectacular concentration of pueblos in the United States.
Bikes and Hikes in Northwest New Mexico
Bring your bike and your hiking shoes to Northwest New Mexico. Farmington has dozens of miles of single-track biking trails perfect for riders of all abilities. Pinion Mesa is perfect for a short ride, while Aztec has riding across slickrock and through sagebrush plains. Hikers will find miles of trails to get their boots dusty on. Climb to new heights at the Angel Peak Scenic Area or get lost in the badlands of Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness.