What to do while RVing in New Mexico

A very popular event right here in Albuquerque is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October every year, where, for a whole week hundreds of hot air balloons fill the sky. Many visitors stay in their RV right on the field.

Old Town is the heart of Albuquerque's heritage. The first Spanish families settled near the banks of the Rio Grande in 1706. If you enjoy shopping, great food and music, you can't miss it.

If you aren't afraid of heights, take a breathtaking ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway, world's longest aerial tramway lifts you 10,378 feet to the breathtaking top of Sandia Peak. After your ride, if you continue north on Tramway towards I25, you might catch a glimpse of the herd of buffalo on the Sandia Indian Pueblo.

Pack a lunch and take your RV to three different areas of American Indian ruins that can be visited in a day at Salinas Pueblo Missions which includes the Gran Quivira Ruins, Quarai Ruins, and the Abó Ruins.

To the west of Albuquerque, rising 200 feet above the valley floor, this massive sandstone bluff was a welcome landmark for weary travelers. A reliable waterhole hidden at its base made El Morro (or Inscription Rock) a popular campsite. Many famous Spanish travelers carved their names and messages into the rock.

And near El Morro, for a real experience in contrast, visit the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano, "The Land of Fire and Ice." The Ice Cave temperature never rises above 31 F. The Bandera Volcano is one of the finest examples of an erupted volcano in the country, and also one of the most accessible.

If you're heading to Southeast New Mexico you should stop at the White Sands Missile Range and awe-inspiring Carlsbad Caverns.

To the Southwest, revisit the past at the Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks, and you can't miss the magical hiking trip to the Catwalk of Whitewater Canyon, where bank robbers in the Old West used to hide from the law.

Totally fascinating, the Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro.

Of course, you can't visit New Mexico and not see historic Santa Fe "The City Different," one of America's great art and culinary capitals.

Near Santa Fe you'll find a great "get away from it all"...Bandelier National Monument is best known for mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and several thousand ancestral Pueblo dwellings found among them, Bandelier also includes over 23,000 acres of designated Wilderness.

If fishing is your thing, San Juan in northern New Mexico is one of the top 10 fresh water quality fishing in the world.

Northern New Mexico is probably the most beautiful part of the state. It is an absolute must that you drive the Enchanted Circle which takes you through the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountains beginning in Taos and ending in Angel Fire. Then you can take an exciting rafting trip down the Rio Grande Gorge. Click here for some great photos of the area.

After a hard day rafting or skiing, warm your toes in front of the fire and enjoy a hot meal at the quaint Lodge at Red River.

It's a little-known fact that New Mexico has many awesome ski resorts.

Mesa Verde, Spanish for "green table", offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. The culture represented at Mesa Verde reflects more than 700 years of history

New Mexico Tourism Department has great overall site about traveling New Mexico and New Mexico Department of Transportation lists all the scenic and historic byways throughout the state.

For geographical information Netstate gives you everything you'll need to know... and more!

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