Most Visually Stunning Places in New Mexico

If you’re looking for some stunning locales and need a point in the right direction, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s take a look at some of the best places to visit in New Mexico, which has no shortage of incredible landscapes for your viewing pleasure.  
 
The Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah 
The first spot on our list found in San Juan County is the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah. These Hoodoo rock formations, nicknamed fairy chimneys, in the Wilderness Study Area are one of the most iconic places in New Mexico. They almost look like giant rock mushrooms and are quite a sight to see. The great thing is that once you take them in, you can then explore the wilderness study area that is home to a ton of other cool things to see.  
 
Roswell 
If you’re ever in New Mexico, this is one of the must-see places, and one of the most well known in the U.S. The supposed alien landing zone is teeming with alien memorabilia. Visit the International UFO Museum and Research Center, and you can check out the downtown district while you’re there. It may be a little cheesy, but what’s not to like about seeing alien street lights when night falls?  
 
Capulin Volcano 
At the northeastern corner of New Mexico lies an extinct volcano named the Capulin Volcano. It’s an awesome area of recent volcanic activity and has some incredible views as you see the volcano rise among the plains. It’s a great hike spot going up the volcano, and you can see plenty of local fauna on the way up.  
 
Shiprock 
In the vast New Mexico desert, you have an isolated peak rising above called Shiprock. It has some breathtaking geological formations and is around 7000 ft tall. It’s another dormant volcano. The Navajo named it Shiprock, and according to legend, it is the remains of a giant bird that helped fly the Navajo from the north down to the southern nation of New Mexico. During the sunset, the bird turned to stone.  
 
Carlsbad Caverns 
Carlsbad Cavern is one of the largest systems of caves in the world. Discovered in 1898 in the Chihuahuan Desert, this incredible cave system has a large variety of formations and different rooms like the Green Lake Room or the bottomless pit. The caves are also a large source of guano, which is used as fertilizer for fruit orchards in California. 

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