Scenic Driving New Mexico  by Tom Barr

Scenic Driving New Mexico Guide Book

by Tom Barr (Falcon Guides)
Scenic Driving New Mexico  by Tom Barr
Pack up the car and enjoy thirty-three drives through some of the most spectacular scenery in New Mexico, where the culture, terrain, and climate are as diverse as the Land of Enchantment itself. This indispensable highway companion maps out short trips for exploring the state's scenic byways and back roads. Join nature writer and photographer Laurence Parent on an adventure that takes you from the dunes at White Sands National Monument to the lush forests of the Sacramento Mountains to the rugged waters of the Pecos River. Inside you'll find: individual itineraries from 7 to 118 miles in length; in-depth descriptions of drive highlights, including alpine villages, historic districts, ancient Indian dwellings, missions, and mining towns; a route map for each drive; historical information and suggested side trips; and tips on camping and fishing, travel services, and best driving seasons.

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Trails from the "Scenic Driving New Mexico" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 33.

The 34-mile drive traverses a beautiful forested section of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between the pastoral Mora River Valley and the ski resort of Angel Fire. The drive not only passes through th ...
Angel Fire, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 34
A 48-mile drive that climbs over the 10,507-foot Brazos Summit. Between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla, US 64 climbs up over a southern extension of the San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains someti ...
Tres Piedras, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 48
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A 7-mile paved highway through the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains to Carlsbad Cavern and a 9-mile gravel loop through the park backcountry. Carlsbad Cavern is world famous as one of the largest ...
Whites City, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 7
A 30-mile paved and dirt road to the ruins of one of the largest centers of Anasazi civilization in the United States. A thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was the political and economic center for a la ...
Aztec, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 30
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A 23-mile drive through the deep canyon of the Cimarron River. This drive follows the Cimarron River upstream through the deep canyon it has cut through the Cimarron Range, the easternmost flank of th ...
Cimarron, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 23
A 20-mile paved highway that climbs from the Tularosa Basin desert to the lush forests of the Sacramento Mountains. The west flank of the Sacramento Mountains above Alamogordo is a towering wall of cl ...
Cloudcroft, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 20
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A 13-mile drive into the San Juan Mountains of Colorado along the route of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. This drive is short but very scenic. It climbs through the San Juan Mountains of nor ...
Chama, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 13
A 43-mile paved highway past the lava flows and volcanoes of El Malpais National Monument to the inscriptions of El Morro National Monument. Much of this drive follows the edge of a strange landscape, ...
Grants, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 43
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A 78-mile paved highway through sandstone bluffs, natural arches, lava flows, and high plains. The route traverses one of the least populated sections of New Mexico. Once you leave the highway, the tr ...
Quemado, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 78
A 45-mile drive through the red-rock country between Abiquiu and Tierra Marilla. The drive starts in the cottonwood-lined Chama River Valley and slowly climbs north into the foothills of the Tusas Mou ...
Tierra Amarilla, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 45
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A 37-mile-long paved and gravel road that climbs into the lush high country of the Mogollon Mountains. This road winds through the highest mountains in southwestern New Mexico, ending at a small mount ...
Glenwood, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 37
A short 8-mile drive through part of the largest gypsum dune field in the world. White Sands National Monument occupies only part of a vast sea of gypsum dunes that blankets part of the flat Tularosa ...
Alamogordo, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 8
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A 45-mile drive that follows the quiet back route from Raton to Capulin via Capulin Volcano National Monument. This drive follows the back road from Raton to Capulin. Thousands of cars zip through the ...
Raton, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 45
A 34-mile paved highway over the crest of the rugged Black Range and through two former ghost towns. The route winds its way up and over the Black Range, via Emory Pass, and down to the old mining tow ...
Kingston, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 34
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A 29-mile paved and gravel drive from Socorro in the Rio Grande Valley to the top of the rugged, forested Magdalena Mountains. The drive climbs 6,000 feet from the desert town of Socorro and the Rio G ...
Socorro, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 29
A 19-mile drive from the town of Pecos to the headwaters of the Pecos River in the high Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The route follows the Pecos River into the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, ...
Pecos, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 19
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A 90-mile paved highway that traverses the Plains of San Agustin before crossing the Continental Divide. The highway from Magdalena to Apache Creek crosses some of the emptiest country in New Mexico. ...
Datil, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 90
A 42-mile drive through the forested Sacramento Mountains between the resort towns of Cloudcroft and Ruidoso. The drive from Cloudcroft to Ruidoso is a cool summer escape from nearby desert cities suc ...
Ruidoso, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 42
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A 79-mile drive through Hispanic villages and old Spanish mission ruins in the foothills of the Manzano Mountains. As this paved route winds its way through the foothills of the Manzano Mountains past ...
Mountainair, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 79
A 14-mile drive from scrubby piƱon-juniper forest to tremendous views and lush sub-alpine forest on the highest highway in New Mexico. The paved highway to the top of the Sandia Mountains is one of th ...
San Antonito, NM - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 14
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