Sandoval County's central location puts every corner of New Mexico adventure easily within reach. Explore the unexplored from north to south, east to west, and everything in between.
Known to its residents as Indian Country, this region is home to Diné and Puebloan peoples whose rich cultural traditions include food and dance rituals. Shop for Native art at its resource, then get outdoors to hike or bike national forests and stunning desert landscapes.
FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT
The Four Corners Monument, also known as Four Corners Tribal Park, is the only unique landmark in the United States where four states intersect at one point. It is where the corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet and you can literally be in four places at once.
TAOS SCENIC BYWAY
Take a tour through an authentic remnant of Old Spain, still evident in the religion, architecture, topography, history, and people along the route. The byway travels through a community known as the beautiful Santuario de Chimayo and the El Posito, a hole in the floor of a side chapel filled with healing earth.
A history of relaxation and revitalization resides in the waters of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. Visitors can soak in private pools, indulge in many Native-inspired spa treatments, and after you’ve loosened up, hike or bike through thousands of acres of National Forest and public land.
Northeast New Mexico is "where the plains meet the mountains." Visit Capulín Volcano National Monument, an extinct volcanic cone (inactive now for 10,000 years) and you can say you saw the plains of Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Still visible are the deep wagon-wheel ruts left by those frontiering souls traveling the 175-mile Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to our capital city.
Blue Hole appears in the midst of the desert like a great blue gem. This wonder defines Santa Rosa even as it seems to defy the surrounding red mesas. Born of a geological phenomenon called the Santa Rosa sink, the place is magic—as water is in the desert.
SANTA FE TRAIL
The Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway consists of two forks, following the path of the pioneering wagons heading west. The Mountain Branch picks up south of Raton on U.S. 64 and runs through Cimarron, where you’ll find the St. James Hotel.
From Old West miners striking it rich to space tourists preparing for liftoff at Spaceport America, this has always been a frontier region. Anchored by Las Cruces and the destination towns of Truth or Consequences and Silver City, it’s also home to world-famous chile, wine-growing regions, and the nation’s first official wilderness area, the Gila.
GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS
Offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived there from the 1280's through the early 1300's. Containing 533 acres, it was established on November 16, 1907. The dwellings are located forty-four miles north of Silver City, New Mexico, on Highway 15.
As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch, New Mexico heats up. Here in the Chile Capital of the World, Labor Day heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of the world famous crop. Any time of year, visitors can find stockpiles of delicious, roasted chile.
This region is home to working cattle ranches and the famous dunes at White Sands National Monument. UFO seekers look to the Roswell skies, history buffs track Billy the Kid’s trail, and casual cavers head deep below the ground to witness Carlsbad Caverns.
Between Alamogordo and Tularoso, there is a roadside attraction that is truly “nutty!” McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch claims that their giant pistachio sign is the largest in the world. See for yourself and pick up pistachios in just about every form and flavor.