Feature Destination - New Mexico
We are all travelers. We seek what is true and we push past what we know to be false. The question is: where do we go? What place is true and good and real? Where is the place that will speak to us, crystal clear, in a voice that is familiar and kind? Where is true found…and false forgotten? Where? New Mexico True!
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Adventure awaits at every corner. Native American culture abounds. National and state treasures are easy to find. And history is created every day. You find them all here in every one of New Mexico's six regions.
It’s no wonder that New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. Whether exploring ancient ruins, shopping for silver or just enjoying the ever-changing colors of the sky at sunset, New Mexico casts its charm on every visitor. With varied landscapes that range from red rock mesas to snow-capped mountains, New Mexico encapsulates all of the geological features that attract visitors to the American Southwest. No other state, however, has such a unique palette of light-infused colors, which is why so many artists call New Mexico home. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in New Mexico.
Touropia - April 21, 2021
New Mexico's Unique Native American Communities
There are 23 Indian tribes located in New Mexico - nineteen Pueblos, three Apache tribes (the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Mescalero Apache Tribe), and the Navajo Nation.
The nineteen Pueblos are comprised of the Pueblos of Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zuni and Zia.
Each Tribe is a sovereign nation with its own government, life-ways, traditions, and culture. All welcome visitors, but please make sure to check ahead of your visit as some communities close unexpectedly for religious or other cultural observations.
Native Americans have been making art in New Mexico for many hundreds of years. The most rudimentary forms of weaving in the area date back to around 700AD and the Pueblo people, who in the 1600s are believed to have taught the Navajo their skills. The different tribes have their different specialties, with the Zuni hand-crafting inlaid jewelry, the Dine weaving intricate rugs, and the Hopi Pueblo carving 'kachinas,' dolls that represent varying spiritual beings. Pueblo Indian pottery is another art form that has local roots; today's pottery-makers still use traditional age-old tools. All of these crafts and traditions have been handed down from generation to generation to ensure their preservation. * This video is proudly produced in partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department:
Matador Network – May 2017
This is a short overview of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque has a unique history and has grown to become the fourth largest city in the American Southwest and the largest in New Mexico. Watch this overview video to learn about Albuquerque's history, population, skyline, food and unique aspects.
City Geek - Feb 12, 2021
Visit Santa Fe – October 2019
Visit Santa Fe's museums and wake up the artist within youǃ There is a good reason that Santa Fe has drawn artists like Georgia O'Keeffe here for generations. Whether you are 7, 17 or 70 years old, get inspired by the rich blend of history, arts and cultural heritage with more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe. Remember to look up every once in a while, the Santa Fe sky with its vivid colors and clouds can be the best canvas of all.
The Far Away is a documentary short film that takes you to the landscapes which inspired the work of Georgia O'Keeffe in northern New Mexico. It is produced in partnership with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I hope you enjoy the film--it was an incredible project to work on.
ACB Films – Dec 2020
Known for her paintings of voluptuous flowers and arid New Mexico landscapes, Tate Modern's retrospective showcases Georgia O'Keeffe's innovative Modernist works. Jackie Klein picks her must-see works to seek out.
ArtFundUK June – 2016
This is our cinematic travel documentary about Taos, New Mexico. In this travel guide, we show you what to do in Taos - wander the historic Taos Plaza, check out the Black Mesa Winery, visit the Kit Carson House Museum, and much more.
Nomadic Bard – Sep 28, 2019
Taos Pueblo (or Pueblo de Taos) is an ancient pueblo belonging to a Taos-speaking Native American tribe of Puebloan people. It lies about 1 mile north of the modern city of Taos, New Mexico. The pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. This has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taos Pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, whose people speak two variants of the Tanoan language. The Taos community is known for being one of the most private, secretive, and conservative pueblos. Natives will almost never speak of their religious customs to outsiders, and because their language has never been written down, much of the culture remains unknown to the rest of the world. A reservation of 95,000 acres (38,000 ha) is attached to the pueblo, and about 4,500 people live in this area.
Michael Jiroch April 2019
One of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited. Truly an inspirational day of photography.
The Stroubs - July 2019
Four beautiful churches located on the High Road to Taos: Santuario de Chimayo, San Jose de Gracia - Las Trampas, San Juan de Los Lagos - Talpa, San Francisco de Asis Mission - Ranchos de Taos. Views from Taos Pueblo, Taos and the Rio Grande Gorge.
Amazing Places on our Planet – Oct 2012
Photo credit: John Fowler @wildhoney - Unsplash
The White Sands National Park is a natural wonder, a desert in New Mexico, USA. It is a field of white dunes (275 sq mi/700 sq km) formed of white gypsum crystals. The desert is the world's largest gypsum dunefield. The view in the area is so amazing, you cannot get rid of the feeling you are surrounded by snow. Amazing Places on our Planet – Dec 28, 2018
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is New Mexico's most popular national park and a personal favorite of mine. The caverns are massive and provide so much room for exploration. I spent a good 3 hours underground and still didn't see everything. Some of the highlights were watching the bats exit the cave as I entered, exploring the main corridor and then walking through the Big Room. The Big Room is so impressive that it is hard to comprehend. Be sure to visit the park if you get the chance.
Through my Lens – April 25, 2021
One of the best ways to experience New Mexico is through our amazing cuisine. With big bold flavors, unique combinations and mouth-watering taste, New Mexican food can satisfy any foodie.
Whether you live in the state or just want to bring a part of your vacation home with you, this roundup of authentic New Mexican recipes will allow you to explore the State of Enchantment from your own home.
All recipes come from Tasting New Mexico by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison. Residents of Tesuque, the Jamisons are four-time James Beard Award-winners for their cookbooks. Cheryl is also the consulting culinary editor for New Mexico Magazine.
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