Why I Love New Mexico

New Mexico Chile Ristra
New Mexico Chile Ristra
Adobe and a chile ristra seasoned by age in Historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
New Mexico - Albuquerque
A gift shop in Historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cottonwood Trees, Fall color, Old Town, Albuquerque
The dazzling fall colors of cottonwood trees in Old Town Plaza, Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Why I Love New Mexico
Historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
New Mexico, Santa Fe
Fall colors in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
An art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
New Mexico - Old Town, Albuquerque
A setting in Historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
New Mexico - Adobe Style
Adobe style, 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 three 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.

Why I Love New Mexico - Budville, Route 66
Near Budville, New Mexico on the old Route 66.

The next thing I find irresistible about New Mexico is the classic Adobe desert color palette (see photo below). These colors are ubiquitous in homes and buildings throughout New Mexico and are part of a historic heritage that has existed here for centuries. The most common colors are Adobe tan with turquoise trim. Add a chile ristra and you have iconic New Mexico style.

New Mexico, Adobe colors
Classic Adobe colors seen in Historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Finally, I love the old pick-up trucks that find an enduring home in New Mexico. 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.

Old Truck, Jemez, New Mexico
Old Truck, Jemez, New Mexico

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
Santa Fe, New Mexico
A setting in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico
I love New Mexico - Old Town, Albuquerque
Old Town, Albuquerque, NM
I Love New Mexico!
Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.