5 Fascinating Scenic Drives In New Mexico

Driving the scenic byways in New Mexico is one of the best ways to fully experience the landscape, history, and top cultural attractions of the state.

Check out some of the historical attractions like the Spanish-colonial style town Monticello where the San Ignacio Catholic Church, built in 1867, still stands.

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway

The trail brings you through high desert mountain scenery, past the dormant volcano crater at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and past historic Indian ruins.

Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway

Crossing over the high desert dunes and cutting close to stunning canyons, you’ll get to experience the Wild West in a way unlike any other.

Quebradas Backcountry Scenic Byway

This is a perfect drive near Santa Fe either for a short afternoon excursion or a day of adventure if you want to hike, picnic, snowshoe, or even camp for the night.

Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway

This is one of the best-known scenic highways in New Mexico. Not only is the landscape stunning, but it’s also packed with history.

El Camino Real cuts through Lincoln National Forest. Not only is it the birthplace of Smokey Bear, but it’s also a popular destination for hiking, camping, and mountain biking.

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