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New Mexico

History

Epochs to Explore!

Land of the Lost

There's nothing new about New Mexico. This area has been occupied for a very long time. Humans have been here for at least 12,000 years. Some of those hunter gatherers obviously stuck around and developed the cultures that we label generally as the Ancient Puebloans (aka Anasazi), Hohokam and Mogollon. There are many abandoned communities, many in the middle of nowhere, where the view makes it easy to step back in time and imagine other people's perspective. From the archaic people wandering a radically different terrain to the prospectors and outlaws who rode horses across dirt roads that make the ones today look fancy.

 

There was heavy traffic during the Age of the Dinosaurs as well. You know the images that you saw in school of grade school of T-Rex running in terror from volcanoes, asteroids, mud pits, etc, with all of the dinosaurs trying to migrate? That happened here. Considering the Roswell incident, rumors of alien military bases in Dulce and the abundance of protected air space, we may even have a Sleestak, which combined with our often overlooked status in the US, makes New Mexico a combination of Land of the Lost and the X-Files.

HAWIKUH | POINT OF FIRST CONTACT

Coronado's legendary Cibola was actually the Zuni village of Hawikuh. Coronado arrived on their doorstep based on the lies of a Spanish priest, who insisted that the streets were paved with gold.

PECOS PUEBLO

Pecos Pueblo was at the crossroads of the trade routes between the pueblos, the plains tribes and the tribes further south. It was one of the largest pueblos in New Mexico when the Spanish arrived.

WORLD HERITAGE SITES

With three of the nation's UNESCO World Heritage sites and White Sands being considered as a fourth, New Mexico

RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe on the historic Camino Real, offers visitors the opportunity to experience New Mexico's past.

SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYO

Nestled on the High Road to Taos, the Santuario de Chimayo is a prominent site of pilgrimage and healing and Chimayo has a vibrant legacy of weavers.

TURQUOISE TRAIL

Mining history from prehistoric turquoise mining to the site of the first gold rush west of the Mississippi. Galleries and gastronomy of Madrid. Hiking, biking and horseback riding options.

Ghost Towns

CHLORIDE | SILVER BOOM TOWN

One of the many boom towns to pop up in the Black Range in the late 1800s. The potential for wealth was offset by the probability of conflict with the local Apache, led by Victorio and Geronimo.

MOGOLLON

This rowdy mining town in the Gila Wilderness was never that accessible, with ore shipped by stagecoach to Silver City, a dangerous journey plagued by bandits and Apache.

PIE TOWN

This small community on west highway 60 has a lengthy history of being a pit stop for pie. The initial settler intended to prospect, but found his fortune selling pie and supplies.

 

Nomad Notebook

OBSERVATIONS FROM A LOCAL

WANDER WITH PURPOSE

ADVENTURES

"Once you have been to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life."

Georgia O'Keeffe

Spanish Missions

The oldest churches in the United States

New Mexico

History

Epochs to Explore!

Land of the Lost

There's nothing new about New Mexico. This area has been occupied for a very long time. Humans have been here for at least 12,000 years. Some of those hunter gatherers obviously stuck around and developed the cultures that we label generally as the Ancient Puebloans (aka Anasazi), Hohokam and Mogollon. There are many abandoned communities, many in the middle of nowhere, where the view makes it easy to step back in time and imagine other people's perspective. From the archaic people wandering a radically different terrain to the prospectors and outlaws who rode horses across dirt roads that make the ones today look fancy.

 

There was heavy traffic during the Age of the Dinosaurs as well. You know the images that you saw in school of grade school of T-Rex running in terror from volcanoes, asteroids, mud pits, etc, with all of the dinosaurs trying to migrate? That happened here. Considering the Roswell incident, rumors of alien military bases in Dulce and the abundance of protected air space, we may even have a Sleestak, which combined with our often overlooked status in the US, makes New Mexico a combination of Land of the Lost and the X-Files.

New Mexico Nomad

NEW MEXICO HISTORY

Spanish Missions

The oldest churches in the United States

New Mexico Nomad

Ancient Cultures, Conquistadors and Cowboys

New Mexico History

Epochs to Explore!

Ancient Cultures, Conquistadors and Cowboys

New Mexico History

Epochs to Explore!

ADVENTURES