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Top Photography Spots in and near New Mexico

  • Red River, New Mexico

    Explore Mallette Park & Canyon

    We stumbled upon this little gem as we were driving through town. This park is nestled right at the base of Mallette Canyon and has several features that becken a winter visit. Along the west side of the canyon, over the small green bridge in the park you will find yourself following along a quar...
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  • 15595 Baylor Peak Road, New Mexico

    Hike the Rabbit Ear Plateau.

    5.0
    6 mi / 3000 ft gain
    Park at the small parking area of Baylor Peak rd. Start climbig up the mountain on a old jeep road. The trail becomes steeper the further up you go. Very good views of the Organ Mountains and the Mesilla Valley. Lots of wildflowers along the way in the summer and also cacti in bloom. Did not make...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Mountain Bike Pacheco Canyon

    8.1 mi / 2194 ft gain
    Pacheco Canyon Road / Forest Service Road #102 leads from the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos deep into the mountains, beginning with breathtaking views across to Valles Caldera (particularly at sunset) and ending deep in the mountains near Big Tesuque Campground after more than 2100' of eleva...
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  • Pecos, New Mexico

    Ancestral Sites Trail

    5.0
    1.2 mi / 89 ft gain
    The park is easy to get to from Santa Fe. It's about 30 miles SE on the I-25 highway that leads you through Pecos. Once at the park, the 1.25 mile loop trail begins and ends at the visitor center. Don't forget to stop in there. It's surprisingly nice with some terrific history of the area dating...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Explore Canyon Road

    Canyon Road in Santa Fe New Mexico, is home to one of the largest gatherings of fine art galleries featuring original work you'll find. Santa Fe is considered the 3rd largest distributor of art in the world, behind New York and Paris. The difference with Canyon Road is the unique environment tha...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Catch a sunset over the hills of Santa Fe

    People come from all over the world to see sunsets in the southwest. This is a great little spot tucked away in a neighborhood I stayed in for a month. On Rodriguez street, there is a parking space for "visitors" of a particular house in the neighborhood (marked on the map). I didn't see a car t...
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  • Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Hawk Watch Trail

    4.61 mi / 2267 ft gain
    The trail starts out at the Three Guns Trailhead and has great signage as you drive to it. You'll start the hike on the Three Guns Trail for about 0.5 mile before you'll officially cross into Cibola National Forest. Once you enter there will almost immediately be a spur to the Hawk Watch Trail to...
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  • County Road A027, New Mexico

    Drive the Lake Valley Back Country Scenic Byway

    Highway 27 stretches from Highway 26, west of Hatch, to Hillsboro, NM. where it merges with NM 152. From there drive east to Interstate 25 near Lake Caballo where the scenic byway ends. It is a winding road with nice mountain views and a ghost town that is well worth a stop. Lake Valley ghost tow...
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  • Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

    Walk the Healing Waters Trail

    Walk around the downtown area of Truth or Consequences, NM and enjoy seeing the old saps and historic buildings. Take in local history and enjoy some great local food.See the full map for trail options here. 
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  • 728 Billy the Kid Trail, New Mexico

    Explore Lincoln State Monument

    Went to Lincoln State Monument on Lincoln day. Lots of activities with reanactments  and all historic buildings open. Interesting museum and older buildings. Lots of history about Billy the Kid. The drive from Ruidoso to Lincoln is also very scenic. There are places here where you can eat lunch.
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Photograph the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi

    Along the downtown Santa Fe plaza, you will run into an obvious architectural beauty. It's the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. It's placed perfectly in the plaza where the sunset will make the massive structure glow or have interesting shadows cast off its facade. The cathedral itse...
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  • 6 1st Street, New Mexico

    Explore the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway

    65 mi
    This scenic highway goes through some nice country side and several old historic towns, some almost ghost towns. Lots of history and interesting places to stop. There are also festivals being held at different times of the year. Caballo Lake is also along the scenic byway .
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Trail Run the Dale Ball Trails

    22 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Dale Ball Trail system, covers a wide swath of terrain between Santa Fe County, the City of Santa Fe, the National Forest, and The Nature Conservancy with a 22 mile network of trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Located a short distance from downtown Santa Fe, it is the...
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  • Silver City, New Mexico

    Drive the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway

    93 mi
    Drive the 93-mile Scenic Trail from Silver City to Pinos Altos on Hwy 15  where you can stop to visit the Buckhorn Saloon and old Opera house. From there, drive Hwy 15 through the Gila National forest to the Gila cliff dwellings where you can stop for some hiking. Hwy 15 is very narrow and windin...
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  • Silver City, New Mexico

    Photograph La Capilla at Sunrise

    0.25 mi / 100 ft gain
    In the last 1800's when Silver City was a booming mining town the quickly growing hispanic population of the Chihuahua Hill neighborhood built a small chapel aka "La Capilla" as a center of community activities including pilgrimages and the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  When the statue it c...
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  • Catron County, New Mexico

    Hike the Catwalk Trail

    1 mi
    Great hike along a canyon above Whitewater river. You descent to the river bed when there is no high water. There is a picnic area and a place to relax along the river. Walking on the planks is quite fun.
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