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  • 2 hours to drive the Byway
  • 84 miles (135 km)

Billy the Kid Trail pays tribute to the infamous "Wild West" outlaw and several other western icons, including Smokey the Bear. From the Hubbard Museum of the American West, to Fort Stanton, to the Lincoln State Monument, to the Smokey Bear Museum and Park, the region promises exciting experiences f...

  • 30-60 minutes
  • 31 miles (49 km)

The Abo Pass Trail is a unique highway route which showcases the natural beauty and historic significance of New Mexico. The Route is located within Socorro, Torrance, and Valencia counties and connects the Salt Missions Trail and El Camino Real Scenic Byways. This route was an important segment o...

Follow the ghosts of famous lawmen, outlaws and warriors through the rugged beauty of the million-acre Lincoln National Forest.

Within the Glenwood District runs the Bursum Road (HWY 159), a primitive scenic byway that passes through the historic mining town of Mogollon and is the major access to a range of recreational opportunities. From wilderness and non-wilderness trail heads, to camping and fishing in peaceful mixed co...

  • 90 minutes to drive this route.
  • 36 miles (57 km)

Chain of Craters Back Country Byway follows New Mexico Country Road 42. The byway in its entirety passes through the El Malpais National Monument, where you can see volcanic cinder cones. As you drive, you'll see sandstone bluffs to the east as well.The area is not only beautiful to look upon, it is...

  • 6.7 miles (10 km)

NM Route 448

  • 215 miles (346 km)

This byway in the extreme northeastern corner of New Mexico is comprised of NM 406, 456, 370, 325, 551, and 72.

During colonial years, New Mexico was tied to the outside world by this one thoroughfare, El Camino Real, which descended the Rio Grande valley from Santa Fe on its way to Mexico City to the south.

  • 4 hours
  • 84 miles (135 km)

Circling Wheeler Peak, the tallest mountain in New Mexico, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway loops 84 miles through the Carson National Forest. Highlighting astonishing wooded valleys, magnificent mountain passes, and rich Wild West history and culture, Enchanted Circle makes an exciting day trip or an...

  • 13 hours, including backtracking, to drive the Byway. Allow 2 or 3 days to fully enjoy the Byway.
  • 154 miles (247 km)

The Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway encompasses a wide landscape, from desert mountains to forested mountains and vast stretches of mesa lands in between. There are miles of natural terrain that have not changed for hundreds of years. The wide-open spaces and distant vistas give the traveler a feeling o...

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Santa Fe Santa Fe Santa Fe
North CentralSanta Fe has a rich cultural history and used to be considered the capital for the Spanish "Kingdom of New Mexico". These days, visitors can enjoy the many museums, galleries and dining options available in this beautiful and historic city.
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Red River Red River Red River
Northern New MexicoRed River, New Mexico! A place where fresh powder winters meet refreshing summer days. Red River offers something for everyone with its convenient scenic location in the heart of Northern New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle. Red River is the place that awakens us each day by the soothing sound of a rushing river and then again each evening as the sun sets over main street. The mountain town of Red River is New Mexico True.
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Farmington Farmington Farmington
Northwestern New Mexico is known by many as a magical place. Four Corners and the local Aztec Ruins are considered sacred ground for some and are fascinating to visit.
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Albuquerque Albuquerque Albuquerque
Diverse cultures, authentic art and vibrant traditions have shaped the centuries-old story of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Come experience the history that continues to unfold.
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Village Of Angel Fire Village Of Angel Fire Village Of Angel Fire
Skiiers and snowboarders flock to the Angel Fire Ski Area to enjoy the thrills that the winter brings to the Village of Angel Fire. During the warmer seasons, visitors can hike, bike, fish, camp, horseback ride and anything else they can think of in ths beautiful area.
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Las Cruces Las Cruces Las Cruces
Southern New MexicoLas Cruces is a charming city nestled between the awe-striking Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. There are a variety of unique local attractions and historic museums to keep visitors entertained.
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El Paso El Paso El Paso
TexasEl Paso meets not only New Mexico but Old Mexico as well, making it a place rich in culture and history. High mountains cut through the city which gives it a dramatic setting as well as a great offering of very nearby outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.
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Truth or Consequences Area Truth or Consequences Area Truth or Consequences Area
Sierra County is the Oasis of the Southwest.
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Roswell Roswell Roswell
SoutheastGo beyond the obvious and make Roswell, New Mexico your brave new destination for fun and intrigue. Learn the truth about our history and see why Roswell is the mother of extraterrestrial connections. Whether you’re looking for UFOs and aliens, information about the Roswell UFO incident, cultural attractions, outdoor recreation or even chewy mozzarella, there’s plenty to uncover about this uncommon Roswell, NM place.
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Village of Ruidoso Village of Ruidoso Village of Ruidoso
Pristine and removed from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, the mountain top village has emerged as a premier resort destination of the Southwest, offering four season recreation, breathtaking views and perfectly suited meeting and lodging accommodations.
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Carlsbad - Home of Carlsbad Caverns National Park Carlsbad - Home of Carlsbad Caverns National Park Carlsbad - Home of Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad is known for the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but we’re also the home of Living Desert Zoo & Gardens and Brantley Lake State Parks, have the Pecos River running through the heart of town, and we boast 350 days of sunshine a year!
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Socorro Tourism Socorro Tourism Socorro Tourism
Truly a traveler’s oasis, Socorro has it all: small town charm rich in history and culture with an economy based upon cutting edge technology. Located in the hub of New Mexico off of Interstate 25, it is blessed with many restaurants, hotels and things to do and see.
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