Description - Rich in the culture of ancient and modern Pueblo peoples this state has many exciting places to explore. Ruins from 1300 A.D. and earlier pervade the desert landscape of New Mexico. Sites such as Bandelier National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historic Site and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument are well preserved for the benefit of future generations.
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White Sands National Monument
The structural remains of a very influential, albeit small, group of Spanish clergy can be found throughout New Mexico. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument protects and interprets the effect of the priests on the native cultures of the state. The austerity of the clerical lifestyle and the desolation of their chosen homesteads makes for an intriguing story.
The natural beauty of New Mexican land forms will amaze outdoor enthusiasts. In the south the Gila National Forest combines 10,000 foot peaks and low desert life zones for an ever changing landscape. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains stem into the northern central part of the state. The Carson and Santa Fe National Forests engulf the Sangres and provide facilities for visitors to enjoy this vast, beautiful natural area.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities in New Mexico are available for every skill level and interest. The mountains provide a long list of year round activities. The desert areas of the state provide a good refuge from cold northern winters, but be careful in the heat during the summer months.
Climate - This southwestern state is well known for its arid climate. Most areas experience cool winter weather, due to the general high elevation of the region. The southern areas of the state normally don't see much snow in winter and experience very warm summers. The northern regions and higher elevations can see heavy snow accumulate during the winter and many mountain passes are not maintained. The higher elevations offer much cooler summer temperatures and relief from the heat of the lower elevations.
New Mexico is found in the southwestern United States. It borders Colorado to the north, Texas to the east, Arizona to the west and Mexico to the south. Interstates 25, 40 and 10 are primary access routes through the state.