These 15 New Mexico National Parks Will Leave You Enchanted

Have you ever wondered why New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment?” Although the beautiful state typically gets overshadowed by its neighbors.

New Mexico houses two national parks, nine national monuments, three national historical parks, and one national preserve.

It harbors three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other state in the country. Let’s dig deeper into the New Mexico National Parks so you can plan your journey to enchantment.

New Mexico National Parks

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

I saw Carlsbad Caverns National Park for the first time as a teenager during a family vacation to explore the western United States. Although we stopped at many iconic places on the trip, Carlsbad Caverns was my favorite.

White Sands National Park

A vast field of glistening, wavy dunes, White Sands National Park nestles between two mountain ranges near Alamogordo in southern New Mexico. The dune field is so white you will swear it is snow.

Aztec Ruins National Monument

The Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico showcases preserved structures constructed and occupied by Pueblo Indians more than 900 years ago.

Bandelier National Monument

The Bandelier National Monument, near Los Alamos in northern New Mexico, comprises more than 33,000 acres of rugged yet beautiful landscapes of canyons and mesas. It preserves evidence of human life going back more than 11,000 years.

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