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Aliens, llamas and cave dwellings…let us take you on a trip through New Mexico (Video)

Aliens, llamas and cave dwellings…let us take you on a trip through New Mexico (Video)

Last Updated on May 31, 2022

If you had to list a US state you’d most like to travel through, what would hit the top of the list? Would you ever think about dedicating two weeks to exploring New Mexico? Bordered by popular tourist destinations like Colorado, Arizona and the Lone Star state, it might be easy to over look this large, dusty rectangle.

New Mexico Road TripWhen we first decided to road trip through New Mexico, we had no idea how long it might take or if it was worth dedicating two entire weeks to one state.

As soon as the planning phase began, we started to wonder how we would fit everything in. There is really so much to see!

In the series of posts on New Mexico to come, you can expect to read stories about the towns that we visited, a couple of really cool activities, our love of the local food (despite having to battle all those extra calories) and our overall impressions.

Dani in white sands

With a population of only two million and hundreds of miles of wide open space, road tripping here involves a lot of looking out at the road. Hours and hours of scenery. Some of it is rough: stark mountains and giant boulders, the massive swaths of desert and landscapes dotted with cacti, dried up riverbeds and the unforgiving sun brought to life the harsh realities of life in New Mexico, as did the small towns with crumbling houses, empty main street stores fronts and piles of wrecked cars on the side of the road – especially in the south of the state.

New Mexico Road TripBut having our rental car allowed us to take in some of those bleaker parts and then suddenly, without warning, pass right into areas of rolling green hills, through incredible national parks or cruising our way up cool little scenic drives like the Turquoise Trail and through tiny frontier towns like right out of a movie (sometimes, quite literally). We drove through areas where nuclear bombs had been built and where they were tested, saw where Georgia O’Keefe was inspired to create her art, crawled deep into huge caves and caverns and got lost wandering through blinding white sands.

jess ghost ranchStarting in Arizona, we crossed over into New Mexico and hit Silver City and the Gila National Forest before heading down south through Hatch to Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Park, then up through Roswell, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. We hung out with aliens, trekked with llamas, visited pueblos and learned about Native American Indian history, witnessed an epic mass exodus of tarantulas and crunched over locusts for hours one day.

llama enjoying the rio grandeAt times the road felt like a third passenger in the car, as we stared at it into the distance for half a day or more. We stuffed ourselves with hatch green chiles slathered over beans and cheese at just about every stop along the way.

We put together this video below to give you feeling of what road tripping through New Mexico is all about!

You can watch the video directly on YouTube right here.

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Scott

Tuesday 18th of February 2014

Finally got to spend some time in NM a few weeks ago on our way to Arizona, and I loved it. Your articles from last year definitely helped sway us there, so thanks again!

Dani

Saturday 22nd of February 2014

Oh, great to hear that! Where in NM did you get to spend time? I hope you're enjoying Arizona!! Are you housesitting there?

Pauline

Tuesday 18th of February 2014

Awesome video!! I think the US is such a great country to road-trip in. There are just so many amazing things to see on a seemingly boring highway stretch. The Aerial tramway is ridiculously cool and LLAMAS!!!

Dani

Saturday 22nd of February 2014

Thank you :) The llamas were our favorite part! We just wrote about our trek into the Rio Grande gorge with them :) The aerial tramway was super scary, btw!! The rocks below were terrifying.

Michel

Monday 17th of February 2014

Thanks to you for taking the time to shoot some great pictures and a video while travelling. There is so many things i want to see in the world.

Karlijn

Monday 17th of February 2014

Looks like an amazing trip, can't wait for the stories!

Dani

Saturday 22nd of February 2014

Thanks, Karlijn! New Mexico was absolutely amazing :)