Have you ever wanted to travel the American Southwest but had no clue where to begin in this vast area? A great starting place for your explorations is Southern Colorado and New Mexico. We'll be your personal guide through this slice of the Southwest. With our 40 years of residence here, we'll be able to lead you to towering peaks (some over 14,000 feet high), the Rio Grande Gorge, two national parks with sand dunes, fantastic skiing and hiking opportunities, relaxing hot springs, and serene campsites. And that's not all. How about a ride through the mountains on an authentic historic steam train? What about a drive on the Million Dollar Highway? And how about ghost towns, Native American Pueblos, historic museums and art galleries? We'll help you find it all here in the Southwest. Come explore with us!
Southern Colorado is home to three completely different national parks- Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Mesa Verde. Great Sand Dunes contains the nation's highest inland dunes- over 700 feet high! Black Canyon is a colorful gorge incised by the Gunnison River. Mesa Verde has some of the nation's largest Native American pueblo ruins. Each park offers exciting hiking opportunities, and campsites can be found within their boundaries. Southern Colorado is also home to the incredible San Juan Mountains, containing several "fourteeners," those peaks which tower over 14,000 feet high. And some of the finest powder Colorado ski resorts can be found at Telluride, Purgatory/Durango, Wolf Creek, and Monarch Mountain. An entire lifetime could be spent exploring all the nooks and crannies of Southern Colorado, just one portion of the high Southwest.
Snow covers the distant dunes beyond the entrance to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado.
For visitation purposes, we'll divide New Mexico into northern and southern sections with Interstate 40 being the approximate dividing point between north and south. Northern New Mexico is indeed the "Land of Enchantment." With amazing blue skies, towering mountains, and the deep Rio Grande Gorge, this place will simply blow you away! Downhill skiing is great at the New Mexico ski resorts of Taos, Red River, Sipapu, and Santa Fe. Hiking in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument includes spectacular hikes from the rim down to the river some 700 feet below. Taos Pueblo sits at the base of Taos Mountain, and invites visitors to explore this nearly 1,000 year old heritage site. And if you tire of all this outdoor exercise, there is always some of the nation's finest Southwest art galleries and museums to explore in Taos and Santa Fe.
Rio Grande Gorge in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument in Northern New Mexico.
Southern New Mexico has its share of enchantment also. Must sees include the gypsum sand dunes in White Sands National Park, and the immense caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Dare we mention slipping across the border into Texas from Carlsbad to take in the highest mountains in Texas at Guadalupe Mountains National Park? Not to be missed! And Southern New Mexico has some of the state's finest state parks at Elephant Butte Lake, Caballo Lake, and Oliver Lee State Park, all with excellent campsites. Just south of Interstate 40 heading west from Albuquerque, several Native American pueblos await your visit, with incredible scenery and fine local arts and crafts handmade in the Southwest.
Elephant Butte Lake and marina in Elephant Butte Lake State Park, in Southern New Mexico.
This is just your first glimpse of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. There is so much more to this part of the Southwest. Come explore with us!