A few days ago I finished scanning a large collection of 35mm slides. As I was looking through some of the images, I thought about how much I enjoyed travelling to some of the lesser known locations. I've included a few of these here and put some additional photos on my Photos page.
Bandelier National Monument is near Los Alamos, NM. It includes several miles of trails through wilderness areas and the remains of settlements of Ancestral Pueblo people.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is located in Socorro County, NM, about eight miles south of the small town of San Antonio. While the refuge is open year around, huge crowds visit in the late fall or early winter to see and photograph the thousands of migrating birds including ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is located in the Gila Wilderness area in southwest New Mexico about 45 miles north of Silver City, NM. It features the remains of dwellings used by the Mogollon people from about 700 years ago.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is located about 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque, NM. It consists of a number of cone shaped rock formations resulting from volcanic eruptions several million years ago. Many of these formations, called hoodoos, are topped by boulder caps that offer some protection to the softer rock beneath.
Petroglyph National Monument is on the west side of Albuquerque overlooking the city with a view of the Sandia Mountains to the east. There are a number of images carved in the volcanic rock throughout the area, some recognizable others more abstract.
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is located near Mountainair and Manzano, NM. Mountainair is about 54 miles southeast of Albuquerque and the ruins are from 8 to 26 miles from Mountainair. The Monument includes three sets of ruins of mission churches – Quarai, Abό, and Gran Quivira – and a partially excavated pueblo.