Why I Love New Mexico

Why I Love New Mexico
Why I Love New Mexico
Historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Why do I love New Mexico? Let me start at the beginning: The photo shown below was taken on Interstate 25, somewhere near Albuquerque, New Mexico during my second visit to this city more than a decade ago. I had driven from Denver, Colorado and down through Santa Fe, New Mexico on the last leg of a cross-country road trip. Stopping the car, I pulled off an exit somewhere between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and grabbed this photo.

Why I Love Albuquerque, New Mexico

I had never seen colors like these in a landscape before. At least, not in a living, breathing landscape with my own eyes. The first time I visited Albuquerque, about six months earlier than this, most of the drive had taken place after sundown. I saw the city Albuquerque proper but missed the landscape that hosts it. Now, I was seeing that landscape in all its glory, suffused with crisp New Mexico sunlight. What a revelation!

New Mexico Red Rock, Jemez Mountains
New Mexico Red Rock, Jemez Mountains

I have since come to realize that there are two things that I am hopelessly drawn to in New Mexico. The first is red clay. Any landscape that has red clay or red rock formations instantly wins my affection. That is one of the reasons I am so drawn to the Jemez Mountains, with its dramatic red rock vistas best viewed from the Jemez Pueblo.

Route 66, Budville, New Mexico
Photographed from the old Route 66 near Budville, New Mexico.

The other thing I love about New Mexico are the old pick-up trucks that adorn the local landscapes. I never gave them much thought prior to visiting New Mexico. However, old Chevy and Ford pick-up trucks seem to compliment New Mexico so well, whether rusting quietly in an old barn or lovingly preserved as a daily driver.

An old truck in New Mexico covered in red clay.
An old truck in New Mexico covered in red clay.

This website captures some of my favorite things in New Mexico. Check out this post for some of my favorite Albuquerque day trips. The photo below shows a scene from the Jemez mountains near Soda Dam on the Jemez Mountain Trail. All photos by [email protected] (the man in the Panama hat).

Why I Love New Mexico
Seen on the Jemez Mountain Trail, Jemez, New Mexico
I love New Mexico - Old Town, Albuquerque
Old Town, Albuquerque, NM