Ghost Ranch is famous for two things: Georgia O’Keeffe and her beautiful art work, and dinosaurs. In fact, the dinosaur Coelophysis was discovered in the quarry on Ghost Ranch. This stunningly gorgeous area of New Mexico lies near the Chama River amid red rock mesas, open azure skies, and Abiquiu Lake. The scenic drive starts in the small town of Abiquiu itself and ends in Tierra Amarilla. If you’re leaving from Albuquerque, you’ll need to add about two hours of travel time before arriving in Abiquiu itself. Continue reading “Ghost Ranch Scenic Drive”
Hundreds of years ago, an indigenous people carved images and symbols onto the volcanic rock in Albuquerque. Over twenty thousands of these carvings exist, representing cultural expression and spiritual significance for many tribes in the area. This timeless place is sacred land to the Native Peoples of varying tribes here in New Mexico. Some of the petroglyphs were created by the desert varnish of the volcanic basalt rock being chipped away carefully to expose the lighter color of the rocks interior. After hundreds of years of exposure, older petroglyphs began to oxidize and thus, these pictures, are darker. Petroglyph images include animals, snakes, birds and even a cross.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks system, I am writing a bucket list of New Mexico’s National Parks. These incredible places offer breath-taking, one-of-a-kind scenery, fascinating history, rich culture and much more. Put one, or all, of these amazing parks and sites on your bucket list, load up the car, and get out and explore New Mexico this year!
2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks system! In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, under the Department of the Interior. Though Yellowstone had been in existence as a protected area since 1872, this act created an official system under the control of one area in the government. Previously, several national parks, monuments, and natural and historical areas were under the control of the War Department or the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture.
In an Executive Order of 1933, 56 monuments and military sites under the aforementioned War Dept or Forest Service were transferred to the National Park System, a major step towards the unification of the what we know as the National Parks system today.
Today’s National Parks system comprises of more than 400 areas in all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Peurto Rico, Saipan, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
Make it a New Year’s Resolution and get out and explore some National Parks in your area in 2016. I know I will be.
On another note, Good Morning America made New Mexico a Top Travel Destination in 2016 – all the more reason to get out and explore New Mexico!
Check out their video here.
As winter’s darkness descends upon the Southwest, the lights go on at New Mexico BioPark’s River of Lights, the largest walk through display of lights in the state. Every night from the last weekend of November through the New Year*, brilliant light sculptures illuminate the Botanical Gardens in Albuquerque. Stroll through the evening darkness, gazing at a sea of twinkling lights, seemingly floating in the cold, clear winter landscape.