New Mexico is not nicknamed "The Land of Enchantment" for nothing. Its ancient past, Native American reservations, and amazing scenery offer a memorable vacation experience.
There are several Native American communities in the north central and central regions. In Albuquerque alone, one can visit a number pueblos and centers dedicated to Native American culture, such as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Navajo Nation, the largest Indian reservation in the US, is located in the northwest part of the state, while the Mescalero Apache reservation is located in the southeast. Note that visitors are generally welcome in these communities, except for some restrictions on ceremonies of a spiritual nature.
Albuquerque is home to two World Heritage Sites: the Aztec Ruins National Monument, which preserves the structures used by the ancestral pueblo people in the 1100s to the 1200s; and the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which contains 86 caves, including the deepest in the country. Visitors can join the different tours available year-round. Other important sites are the Chaco Culture National Historic Park featuring 13 major archeological sites, and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
Hikers should visit the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, with its trails near Taos, Santa Fe, and Cowles. One can take the La Luz Trail ,probably the most popular in the whole state, into the Sandia Mountains, or visit the Bandelier National Monument in the Jemez Mountains for year-round hiking. Alpine skiing is also popular in these areas, while Nordic skiing is available at the Enchanted Forest Nordic Ski Center.
Other attractions for the whole family include Cliff's Amusement Park, the National Atomic Museum, and the International Balloon Fiesta held annually in October in Albuquerque.