State Adventure: New Mexico
New Mexico is nicknamed the Land of Enchantment and for good reason.With spectacular weather and an abundance of sunshine almost year round, New Mexico is full of outdoor recreation possibilities. The southwestern state has so much rich history and diverse terrain; it’s the picture-perfect spot for an adventure.
Taos Box, Rio Grand River
New Mexico is home to some of the best rafting in the US and one of the wildest stretches of wilderness whitewater is in Taos Box. It’s a 17-mile stretch of serious rapids that runs through the Rio Grand River. Along this wild and scenic waterway you’ll find intense rapids that flow and plunge through large boulders, creating intense water obstacles alongside enormous vertical rock walls. The Rio Grand River also features many trails for hiking and mountain biking and is a premium spot for camping and photo opportunities.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
If you are interested in hiking and observing an amazing natural landscape, then this is a must see. With the remarkable geology created by layers of volcanic rock and ash, this area is a photographers dream spot. This is an area for travel by foot, but along the hike you will encounter beautiful tent shaped rocks formed from erosion over millions of years, tight canyon slots, and incredible caverns. There are only two trails that can get you to the Tent Rock National Monument. First is the Cave Loop Trail that is just over a mile long and is moderately easy. The second is Slot Canyon Trail that is a more physically demanding.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Visitors to these caves can hike through the natural access or take an elevator from the visitor center, but access to these caves starts with entering the Big Room, and the name holds true. The Big Room is considered the largest single cave chamber by volume in North America and covers an area of roughly 8 acres in size. Carlsbad Cavern has a massive web of underground chambers that expand more than 30 miles long, but only 3 of those miles are open to visitors. During the summer months you can encounter colonies of bats that inhabit part of the caves and swarm out of the cave’s entrance each evening to feed. These caves can be a magical experience for anyone looking to see something out of the ordinary. It’s the perfect place for hiking, exploring new geological features, and taking countless photos.
Next time you’re thinking of getting away for another outdoor adventure, just remember that the state of New Mexico is overflowing with countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Tune in next week for another state adventure series post and don’t forget to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use #HaveNoLimits.
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