The Land of Enchantment

Welcome to New Mexico

New Mexico is known for its picturesque desert landscape. Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of New Mexico’s greatest destinations that are more than desert landscapes. From white sand dunes to a 1.5 million-acre national forest, we have all the best spots to hit with your MileMarker Van.

Popular New Mexico Places to Visit

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Navajo Nation Reservation

The Navajo Nation Reservation has a population of 250,000 people. Oil was found in 1920 on the Navajo land. As the demand from American oil companies increased, a tribal government was created to regulate and lease the land. The land covers 27,000 square miles. The reservation started small after the Treaty of 1868 was signed and the Navajo people were allowed to come back to their homeland.

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Underneath the park, there are a total of 83 caves. The caverns were created from a process called speleogenesis. This process involves water and limestone. Settlers discovered the caves after searching for bat guano which they used as fertilizer. The explored parts of the caves total more than 30 miles. In 1993 the caverns were granted protection after congress passed legislation.

Santa Fe National Forest

Bandelier National Monument

The Ancestral Pueblo people were the first to settle in the area around 1150 CE. In the park, you can still see evidence of their lives. Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that made the area a national monument. There is a large presence of wildlife at the monument. Black bears, mountain lions, elk, and even bats can be found.

White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park became a national monument when President Hoover signed the Antiquities act of 1906. Before it was protected, people came to the area for many different reasons. In the early days, people came looking for food, water, and shelter. Later on when explorers and miners made their way to the White Sand National Park to find salt and gypsum.

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