This post on Northern New Mexico Attractions first appeared in 2012. It was updated on January 6, 2016, which also happens to be the 104th anniversary of New Mexico becoming the 47th state. We still wish we’d discovered these Northern New Mexico locations earlier.
We play tourist around Santa Fe and try to explore northern New Mexico attractions as much as we can. We love picking a place we haven’t been to and heading out for a day-trip. It’s how we discover new places to share with our clients and readers. We explored some new places and revisited some favorites. Here are five northern New Mexico attractions that took us a while to get to. My only question: what took us so long?
Our 5 must-visit Northern New Mexico attractions
We’d driven by the road to the Tinkertown Museum countless times our first year in New Mexico when on frequent shopping trips to Albuquerque for the inn we worked at. It sounded too hokey so we never stopped. We finally got there in the summer of 2012. A chat with the owner that past spring convinced me that we might be missing a treasure. The grandkids and their parents were visiting and we needed a place to kill a bit of time in the area. We headed for Tinkertown and we’re glad we did. Read Visiting quirky Tinkertown to see why I fell in love.
Classical Gas Museum
Another place we’d driven by a lot and never stopped at although we always said we should was the Classical Gas Museum. We were always on our way to somewhere and short on time. One Sunday, we finally stopped in. If you are a fan of recycled stuff or gas station memorabilia, you’ll love this special place as much as we did. Photographers will love it too. Steve was in Seventh Heaven.
Las Vegas, NM
We’d been through Las Vegas, NM a number of times before we visited in the summer of 2012. We’d stopped for gas, grabbed a bite along the Interstate and once even taken a quick swing through town, but we’d never really explored. One day last summer we did. It’s a vintage treasure with Victorian buildings, ones that date from the 1920s as well as other distinctive architectural periods. Join as in Discovering the other Las Vegas. We discovered that Las Vegas was in a lot of films. Last spring and summer we made a few more visits to Las Vegas and fell in love with it even more. Read our September 2015 newsletter for more on Las Vegas.
We’d driven by the sign for Fort Union National Monument (about a half-hour north of Las Vegas) on our way to and from Colorado for years. We were always in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B and we never took the time to get off the I-25 to check it out. One warm summer day as we were driving home from Colorado we had a bit of time and decided to finally check Fort Union out. We didn’t realize that it was eight miles from the exit and almost got back on the highway but we were determined to finally visit this landmark. The view of the remaining buildings as you approach the fort with the Sangre de Christo Mountains as a backdrop is a beautiful site. We’ve visited since the first time and loved it just as much. It may be the most under appreciated place in Northern New Mexico.
Tierra Wools, Los Ojos
We discovered Tierra Wools in Los Ojos northwest of Tierra Amarillo, by accident. We were headed on a farm tour only we a week early. Almost two hours from Santa Fe we had two choices: go home or turn lemons into lemonade. Being intrepid adventurers we went for the second option. Besides discovering this wonderful place we got to go to an old-fashioned church lunch. We had a lemonade day!
What are your favorite New Mexico attractions?