Historically interesting places
Aztec Ruins National Monument
The Aztec Ruins National Monument is an ancient settlement in northwestern New
Mexico, near the Colorado border. It was built around 1100 by the Anasazi and
not, as was previously believed, by the Aztecs. Today you can still see some
puablos there. The monument belongs to the National Park Service and is on the
UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is located near the city of Silver
City in southwestern New Mexico, where remains of cave structures built by the
Mogollon in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Mogollon had been living in the
area since the first century and other types of buildings of the people have
been partially preserved. The people are still known for their pottery.
Petroglyph National Monument
The Petroglyph National Monument in the semi-desert near Albuquerque preserves
the cultural evidence of humanity as well as the natural vegetation of the
semi-desert and the volcanic landscape. There are several ruins of Indian
settlements from before the Pueblo period. Also worth seeing are the more than
20,000 rock carvings, which were mainly created by Indians from prehistoric
times. the area has been a national monument since 1990.
Salinas Pueblo Missions
The salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in central New Mexico houses ruins
of the church of a Spanish mission from the 17th century as well as partially
excavated remains of several Indian pueblos. It is geographically divided into
three parts: the Quarai Ruins, the Abó Ruins and the Gran Quivira Ruins, whereby
the first two only have church ruins and the F´Gran Quivira Ruins both parts of
the church ruin and the Indian Pueblos. The Quivira ruins have been a National
Monument since 1909, and since 1988 the entire area has been known as the
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument as a single monument.
Pecos National Historical Park
The Pecos National Historic Park near Santa Fe preserves various cultural
assets. The best known is the Indian Peco Pueblo, which was built in the 14th
century. Today it is considered a National Historical Landmark. Otherwise, the
park also includes the ruins of a Spanish mission church, the Glorieta Pass
Battlefield from the American Civil War and the Forked Lightning Ranch designed
by John Gaw Meem for Tex Austin.
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
The Santa Fe National Historic Trail traces the historic Santa Fe Trail trade
route. The Santa Fe Trail was an important trade route in the 19th century,
connecting the more densely populated areas of the Missouri River with the wide,
open prairie landscapes. After the area was opened up by rail, the Santa Fe
Trail lost its importance. Nowadays, or since 1987, the Santa Fe Trail exists as
the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and runs through the 5 states of Missouri,
Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico over a total length of approx. 1,937
km and is one of the most interesting long-distance hiking trails in the USA.
There are many interesting sights along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail
today, such as Pecos National Historical Park, Fort Union National Monument,
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Fort Larned National Historic Site,
Comanche National Grassland, Cimarron National Grassland as well as the cities
of Arrow Rock, Kansas City and of course Santa Fe.
Special buildings and structures
Rio Grande Gorge
The Rio Grande Gorge is a natural gorge that was cut through the Rio Grande into
the basalt of the volcanic Taos plateau. It is 125 km long and sometimes reaches
a depth of 300 meters. The gorge is known for its hot springs and numerous
petroglyphs. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge stretches across the gorge. At over 200
meters high, this bridge is the fifth tallest bridge in the USA. It is part of
US Route 64.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
El Rancho de las Golondrinas near Santa Fe is a former ranch from the Spanish
colonial era. The ranch was founded in 1710 and today there is a living museum
that shows the lifestyle of the colonial era. There are regular costume
festivals at which you can dress up like the early Spanish colonial masters.
||334 Los Pinos Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
New Mexico State Capitol
The State Capitol in Santa Fe is the government building of the New Mexico
government. It is the only round capitol in the United States and was formerly
known as a "round house". It was built in 1966 and is said to represent the sun
symbol of the Zia Indians when viewed from above.
||219 State Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Four Corners Monument
The Four Corners Monument marks the location in the American Southwest where the
states of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet. It is the only place in
the United States in which four states are involved. The monument, where
visitors can symbolically place their four limbs in the four different states,
is a tourist attraction. It consists of a granite disc and a smaller bronze
disc, which shows the borders of the four states with a cross.
Albuquerque Plaza is the larger of two office towers at Civic Plaza in downtown
Albuquerque. The offices are used by various companies. With 22 floors,
Albuquerque Plaza is the tallest building in New Mexico. The slightly smaller
tower contains the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel and is the second tallest
building in the state. The two towers are the focal point in the Albuquerque
skyline. They were built in 1990 and the architects were Helmuth, Obatha &
Old Albuquerque High School
Old Albuquerque High School is a former school in Albuquerque that is protected
by the United States as a Historic Landmark. The campus consists of five
buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1914. The newest building is the
library built in 1940. After the school moved to a new building in 1974, the
buildings stood empty for decades until they were converted into modern lofts in
the early 21st century. The building complex has been on the New Mexico Register
of Cultural Properties since 1977.
||401 Central NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Southwestern Brewery and Ice Company
The Sourthwestern Brewery and Ice Company is a historic building in Albuquerque.
It was built in 1898 and is one of the only remaining buildings from the
Railroad era in downtown Albuquerque. The former brewery is a brick building
with the legendary words "Home of Glorieta Beer" still on it. At the turn of the
century, the brewery was one of the largest employers in Albuquerque. The
building has been protected by the National Register of Historic Places since
||601 Commercial St NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Sunshine Building in Albuquerque
The Sunshine Building in downtown Albuquerque is a historic building that was
built in 1924 by the Trost & Trost company. It is six stories high and
originally included offices and a 920-seat cinema. This cinema, the Sunshine
Theater, was Albuquerque's first film palace.
||120 Central Avenue Southwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town Albuquerque is a historic district in Albuquerque, the history of which
goes back to the time the city was founded by the Spaniards in 1706. Today the
district is primarily known as a shopping and tourist destination. Many of the
old town houses are now restaurants and souvenir shops. In the north of the
district is the San Felipe de Neri church, built in 1793. Guided tours of the
district are offered.
Sandia Peak Tramway
The Sandia Peak tramway is a cable car that runs from the outskirts of
Albuquerque into the Sandia Mountains to the Sandia summit. The length of the
wire ropes is 4467 m, making the Sandia Peak Tramway the second longest single
cable car in the world.
Very close to White Sands in the New Mexico desert - where Wernherr von Braun
used to do his raking attempts - is this spaceport for private flights into
space. The plane "White Knight Two", which launches the "Space Ship Two" rocket
between its two fuselages and then releases the rocket at a height of 15 km, is
said to be here. The rocket will then reach a height of over 100 km at around
four times the speed of sound in around 1.5 minutes. The rocket should remain
there for about 4 minutes before landing on the spaceport with the help of
foldable wings after about 2.5 hours. Currently, the flight, which is scheduled
to take off for the first time at the end of 2013, costs around $ 20,000.
The spaceport can be visited via: "Follow the Sun Inc".