I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

Posted by admin on April - 23 - 2013 | 8 Comments
Acoma Sky City Pueblo

Acoma Sky City Pueblo

If you’re not already a fan, I run an incredibly successful Facebook page that was originally created to promote this blog.

white oaks

No Scum Allowed Saloon, White Oaks, NM

It is appropriately called “I Love New Mexico” and from October 2011, when it was created with about 200 fans, it’s grown of over 6,400 fans.

Valles Caldera

Valles Caldera

The growth isn’t because I’m such a brilliant Facebook strategist.

Ghost Ranch (photo credit High Country News)

Ghost Ranch (photo credit High Country News)

It’s attributable to the fact that lots of folks do actually LOVE New Mexico.



Hiking in the Sangre de Cristos

Hiking in the Sangre de Cristos

And they love the images I find, from photos of dive bars south of Las Cruces to the breathtaking majesty of Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu.

Gila Wilderness

Gila Wilderness

I seldom post an image that I don’t get a “like” within seconds.  On an average, over 5,000 people view each post.  Feels sorta viral. . .

Rafting the Taos Box

Rafting the Taos Box

The best thing about the page, though, is that fans send me images of places that I’ve missed in New Mexico.  Or places that I really want to see again.

While I’m recovering from my rather major surgery, I plan to spend the summer exploring some of those places.  Here are just a few I came up with – I’m sure the list will get longer as consistently warm weather approaches (I gotta say – I’m pretty sick of winter here in Santa Fe).

Bull o' The Woods in Red River.  Old favorite, but definitely spending some time there this summer.

Bull o’ The Woods in Red River. Old favorite, but definitely spending some time there this summer.

I’m asking you to give me more ideas.

Bisti Badlands

Bisti Badlands

And of course, there are more:  Chope’s for lunch, the Aztec Ruins, Taos Pueblo, swimming at Ute Lake (again and again), The Comet Drive In in Santa Rosa, sitting on the plaza at Mesilla. . .

What’s your absolute favorite place to visit in New Mexico and why?  Send me an image , or at the very least, a link to a great image.


8 Responses so far.

  1. Jeanne Kasten says:


    La Ventana is pretty cool, and it’s just down the road from the Sandstone Bluffs, which shouldn’t be missed.
    Zuni Salt Lake is fascinating if you’re willing to jump a fence. Fort Atarque. The three volcanoes just west of Albuquerque (really more like five). The inside of the church at Laguna, with paintings done on elk hide. All the murals on the walls in Tucumcari (stay at the Blue Swallow Motel). Fox Mountain, if you have 4wdr and can drive to the top where the fire lookout tower is. The Catwalk. Is that enough?

    • admin says:

      Great list, Jeanne! I grew up in Logan, NM, so have seen those Tucumcari murals many times. Isn’t Quarles a genius? Definitely want to see the church at Laguna, and started to post a photo of the Catwalk. Great minds. . .

  2. 4th of July at the Maverick Club Rodeo in Cimarron, NM.

    It’s a nice blend of locals mixed with out-of-towners via Philmont Scout Ranch, mostly. It starts with the parade down the main drag then the rodeo takes up most of the day with traditional rodeo events for kids and adults and a few wiley events like the wild cow milking, wild horse race and cow pony race.

    It’s a tradition for many of the ranching families in this part of the state and a fun one at that!

    More info here: http://www.cimarronnm.com/rodeo.html

    This is a photo I took several years ago–I don’t know the people in the photo but I think it describes the essence of the Cimarron Rodeo pretty nicely. http://morrowfamilyranch.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/cool-cowboys-at-cimarron-2008.jpg

    • admin says:

      That sounds like great fun, Janice. I almost always spend the 4th in Logan, but would love to someday try something new! Ute Lake is great, but the crowds and the heat are occasionally just a bit much.

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  4. One of my favorite places to visit when I am in NM is the Shidoni Foundry outside of Tesuque. http://www.shidoni.com/html/home.asp It’s breathtaking in an artsy sort of way. The size of some of the statues and bronze art is something to see, much less imagine how a small human made such things. They also make and feature small pieces of art, but it is the humongous ones that are most impressive.

    The other thing I love to do is stop at the historic El Rancho Hotel in Gallup when I’m driving into NM from Calif. I am usually starved for chile at that point and have to stop somewhere to whet my appetite. The El Rancho has never disappointed. (Plus it’s such a cool old hotel.) I challenge anyone in the state to make a better bowl of red chile. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

  5. Baxter Bear says:

    What an awesome place for quick and fun outdoor and indoor activities. Thanks for creating this. Gonna ‘Like’ you forever. -Baxter

  6. Mark Ryerson says:

    Amazing photos. Makes me want to get out and explore

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