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Step back in time in New Mexico

Land of the Lost

Abandoned pueblos and mining towns dot the landscape. Humans have been here for at least 12,000 years. Prior to their arrival, dinosaurs roamed this region.

Historical Highlights

Churches & Missions

Popay was the leader of the Pueblo Revolt

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was one of the most significant events in New Mexico’s history. The revolt wasn’t successful in terms of permanently...
Santuario de Chimayo

Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayó is a small Catholic church about 25 miles north of Santa Fe. The church itself is a beautiful example of Spanish...
Picuris Mission

Spanish Missions in New Mexico

New Mexico has an abundance of Spanish missions. Far more people are aware of California’s missions, many of which have been well preserved; however,...

National Monuments

Gila Cliff Dwellings

The Gila Cliff Dwellings

The Gila Wilderness The Gila Cliff Dwellings is one of the most remote national monuments in the country. The site is located on the edge...
Valles Caldera

The Valles Caldera

The Valles Caldera is a special place, one of my favorite places on the planet. For years it has been a place of serenity,...
Dripping Springs trail

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Congress established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument May 21, 2014 to protect prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources. The...
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Ghost Towns

Mogollon Main Street


Once a raucous mining town, Mogollon is one of the best 'ghost towns' in the state of New Mexico, with 15 or so full-time residents.
Gypsy Plaza in Madrid, New Mexico


Not A Ghost Town Anymore Located midway on the Turquoise Trail, the village of Madrid is often referred to as a ghost town, though the...


The Short Life & Legend of Billy the Kid

Hollywood westerns distill the old west into an assortment of good guys wearing white hats and bad guys wearing black hats. The reality was...

Apache Warrior Women | Gouyen, Lozen, Dahteste

Though gender roles and responsibilities were well defined in Apache culture, Apache women held prominent roles in Apache society. Women often accompanied warriors on...

More History

the catwalk recreation area

Catwalk Recreation Area

The Catwalk Trail is suspended above Whitewater Creek, near the ghost town of Graham, a milling town that existed for about a decade to serve the prolific silver, copper, and gold mining communities in the surrounding mountains.
Puye Cliff Dwellings

Puye Cliff Dwellings

New Mexico is a visual feast for geology enthusiasts, with a landscape etched by ancient seas, enormous earthquakes, a variety of volcanoes, and the...


City of Dust

One of my favorites when it comes to ghost towns. They have been exploring forgotten communities throughout the Southwest for years.

Desert USA

When it comes to gathering details about individuals or minor events, this site is one of my favorites, with a lot of long, substantive content.

Legends of America

This website has a wealth of information for history lovers. They've been exploring history, destinations, people and the legends of the U.S. since 2003

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History & Heritage

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

The mission of the NRGNHA is to help sustain the communities, languages, cultures, traditions, heritage and environment of Northern New Mexico.