New Mexico is referred to the Land of Enchantment for a reason. It is filled with beautiful desert views and mountains… not to mention that it is rich in history and delicious authentic food. In our three months here we were able to explore most of the state and are sharing some of our favorite spots with you.
White Sands National Monument: This is hands down one of the most magical places we’ve ever been. White sands is located in the southern part of the state (about a three hour drive from Albuquerque). We highly recommend camping here if you have the opportunity. They have ten primitive backcountry camping sites which you have to reserve at the visitors center. Waking up here in complete silence and seeing nothing but the pure untouched gypsum sand and mountains as far as you can see was absolutely incredible. Note that if you do camp here the sites are first come first serve and you do have to carry your camping gear about a mile over the dunes to your site.
Las Cruces: During your visit to White Sands check out the nearby city of Las Cruces!! There is plenty of hiking here… we did the Dripping Springs Trail, the Achenbach Trail, and the Pine Tree Trail. Las Cruces also has one of the best farmers markets on Saturday morning. They have so many unique vendors and a ton of amazing food!
Bandelier: Bandelier allows you to go back in time and experience how the Pueblo people lived hundreds of years ago. It is fascinating to climb up into their cavates and imagine that this was home to them. Two trails that are a must do would be the Alcove house and the Main Loop Trail. The Alcove house is a kiva where many of the people lived and it sits 140 feet above the ground. You climb four wooden ladders to reach the top and have amazing views of the homes carved into the canyon walls.
Bisti Badlands: You honestly feel like you stepped out of your car and walked on to Mars here. There are miles and miles of crazy rock formations and hoodoos. The Bisti Wilderness is BLM land and has two access points. We would suggest using the Bisti Access Parking Area (you can find exact directions to this access point and map at the attached link.https://www.blm.gov/visit/bisti-de-na-zin-wilderness)