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Historic Places in New Mexico
Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico725 Ruins Road
Aztec, NM 65738
Phone: (505) 334-6174
Description: Pueblo people describe this site as part of their migration journey. Today you can follow their ancient passageways to a distant time. Explore a 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House of over 400 masonry rooms.
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico15 Entrance RD
Access to Frijoles Canyon and the Visitor Center are by shuttle bus only.
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: (505) 672-3861
Description: Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years.
Capulin Volcano National Monument, New MexicoCapulin Volcano National Monument is located on State Highway 325, 3 miles north of U.S. Highway 64/87.
Des Moines, NM 88418
Phone: (575) 278-2201
Description: Come view a dramatic landscape—a unique place of mountains, plains, and sky. Born of fire and forces continually reshaping the earth’s surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature’s most awe-inspiring work.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
Some of the local roads recommended by map publishers & GPS devices are unsafe for passenger cars. Please review our directions on our website, to avoid getting lost or stuck.
Nageezi, NM 87037
Phone: (505) 786-7014
Description: The park is located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco Wash. Containing the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico, the park preserves one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in the United States.
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El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020
Phone: (505) 876-2783
Description: The richly diverse volcanic landscape of El Malpais offers solitude, recreation, and discovery. Explore cinder cones, lava tube caves, sandstone bluffs, and hiking trails. Wildlife abounds in the open grasslands and forests.
El Morro National Monument, New MexicoHC 61 Box 43
Ramah, NM 87321
Phone: (505) 783-4226
Description: Imagine the refreshment of finding water after days of dusty travel. A reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro (the headland) a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Here, Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs
Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico3115 NM Highway 161
Watrous, NM 65738
Phone: (505) 425-8025
Description: Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico26 Jim Bradford Trail
Mimbres, NM 88049
Phone: (575) 536-9461
Description: For thousands of years, groups of nomadic people used the caves of the Gila River as temporary shelter. In the late 1200's, people of the Mogollon Culture decided it would be a good place to call home. They built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for about twenty years. Then the Mogollon moved on, leaving the walls for us as a glimpse into the past.
Manhattan Project National Historical Park, New Mexico, Tennessee, and WashingtonDescription: The park consists of three units: one in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one in Los Alamos, New Mexico and one in Hanford, Washington. It was established on November 10, 2015 when Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz signed the memorandum of agreement that defined the roles that the two agencies had when managing the park.
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, New MexicoThe New Mexico counties of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos.
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, Inc
848 State Road 68
Alcalde, NM 87511
Phone: (505) 852-0030
Description: Stretching from Albuquerque to the Colorado border, the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties. It encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, eight Pueblo tribes, and the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598—a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.
Pecos National Historical Park, New MexicoPecos National Historical Park
Pecos, NM 87552
Phone: (505) 757-7241
Description: In the midst of piñon, juniper, and ponderosa pine woodlands of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains not far from Santa Fe, the remains of Indian pueblos stand as meaningful reminders of people who once prevailed. Pecos National Historical Park helps visitors explore the cultural exchange and geographic features that played such crucial roles in the rich history of the Pecos Valley.
Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico6001 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Phone: (505) 899-0205
Description: Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico105 South Ripley St.
Mountainair, NM 87036
Phone: (505) 847-2585
Description: Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The three sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history. A time entrenched with cultural borrowing, conflict, and struggles. The now abandoned sites stand as reminders of the Spanish and Pueblo People’s early encounters.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexiconearby Alamogordo
Phone: (575) 479-6124
Description: Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.