Acoma Sky City, a Pueblo one hour West of Albuquerque

Acoma Pueblo is called Sky City because the oldest part of it is built atop a mesa. The pueblo gives guided tours of the mesa top for a fee that includes a photography permit. Both the views from the mesa and the architecture on top if it are very photogenic. In 2015, the American Indian…

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces, NM

This is one of the nation’s newest national monuments. There are many hikes available, but the one in this post starts just east of Las Cruces and ends at the base of the Organ Mountains with some ruins of a 19th-century tuberculosis resort called Dripping Springs. It is 1.5 miles each way. Through open doors.

Allan Houser Sculpture Garden

Allan Houser was a renowned Apache artist who taught at Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts. He was one of the most influential 20th century artists in the entire world with work from the Heard Museum in Phoenix to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He bought land outside of Santa Fe where his work…

Golden Open Space, less than one hour east of Albuquerque

Golden Open Space is near Madrid, New Mexico, in the foothills of the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains. It has good hiking trails and pretty views. The main hike is about a three-mile loop. Another hike leaves the loop and goes down into a canyon and up to an adjacent peak and back, adding…

Valles Caldera National Preserve, two hours northwest of Albuquerque

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is located in the Jemez Mountains south of Los Alamos on Highway 4. It is an enormous crater from an ancient volcano. It has a rich history including: Jemez Pueblo ancient sacred sites privately owned ranching and logging operations old Western movie sets geothermal energy research wildlife research It is…

Gallup, 2 hours west of Albuquerque

We were pleasantly surprised about all the photographic opportunities we found on our two-day visit to Gallup last winter. Downtown Gallup is full of public artwork and galleries. We went by the downtown visitors center and obtained a map and brochures for walking through the downtown area and its magnificent murals.  

Spaceport America, Three Hours South of Albuquerque

Spaceport America was completed in 2012 by English businessman, Sir Richard Branson through his company, Virgin Galactic. To see it, you must book a tour. The tour meets in Truth of Consequences and travels by bus about 35 miles and through the town of Engels. The tour takes about four hours and costs around $50…