Adventure awaits at every corner. Native American culture abounds. National and state treasures are easy to find. And history is created every day. You find them all here in every one of New Mexico’s six regions. Find out what each area has to offer.
Northwest Region & Cities
Northwest New Mexico holds a wealth of Native American culture. Walk in the footsteps of the Anasazi, an ancient people who lived in Chaco Canyon, now a National Historic Park featuring dramatic rock formations. Explore the Navajo Nation, as well as the Zuni, Acoma, and Laguna Pueblos, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
North Central Region & Cities
North to adventure and Central to everything—Bring your energy and enthusiasm to enjoy endless recreational activities, art, history, and great cuisine. This is the landscape that inspired Georgia O'Keefe's startlingly colorful and original paintings.
Northeast Region & Cities
Northeast New Mexico is "where the plains meet the mountains." Visit Capulín Volcano National Monument, an extinct volcanic cone (inactive now for 10,000 years) and you can say you saw the plains of Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Still visible are the deep wagon-wheel ruts left by those frontiering souls traveling the 175-mile Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to our capital city.
Central Region & Cities
New Mexico's central Region is the "Heart of New Mexico." In almost the geographic middle of the state sits Albuquerque, our largest city and only metropolitan area. Here you can find the Kodak International Balloon Fiesta, Sandia Peak Ski Area and World's Longest Tramway, the Albuquerque Biological Park, numerous museums, art galleries, performance halls, vineyards and historic Route 66.
Southwest Region & Cities
The southwest Region is Old West Country, home to many old tales told to this day. Billy the Kid was a kid for a spell in Silver City and the 13th century Mogollón Indians carved cliffside dwellings into the rock of the Gila Mountains (now called Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument); those same mountains later claimed the lives of many legendary frontier men and in 1924, were designated as the first wilderness area in the country.
Southeast Region & Cities
The southeast Region of New Mexico is made up of blue skies and wide-open spaces. Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands National Monument, Fort Sumner, Ruidoso, and Carlsbad Caverns are all here in the southeast part of the state.