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Introduction with Resources

Santa Fe, New Mexico

NEW MEXICO

Anyone who has seen a New Mexico license plate knows it is "The Land of Enchantment," and only a short visit will prove that true. An average-sized, average-shaped state on our Mexican border, New Mexico is full of unique surprises. Its flavor is a blend of cultures and eras.

Native American, Spanish, Mexican, American and European cultures mix in almost every aspect of life. And all is overshadowed and shaped by the landscape. Near-desert conditions to the south give way to snow-skiing areas to the north. The landscape has drawn large numbers of artists to centers like Albuquerque and Taos, most notable perhaps being Georgia O'Keeffe.

The ancient indigenous peoples' heritage draws many to the state for archaeological exploration and visits to the cliff dwellings and Anasazi ruins, the pueblos and current Native American culture and arts, the awareness and study of traditional spiritual practices, and the current struggles of Indian nations such as those in the Four Corners region.

For the family looking for something different and exciting, New Mexico can be an ideal choice. Outdoor sports opportunities include traditional camping, hiking, climbing, riding and off-road driving, plus air sports and water sports. Keep an eye out for rodeos and horse racing events as well. And don't forget to take a trip down into Carlsbad Caverns, a cool, magical world hidden beneath the hot dry sun. If shopping and artistic exploration are preferred, no problem: Santa Fe and Albuquerque and well known for these more refined pleasures, as well as fabulous restaurants and museums.

Here are some addresses and phone numbers to help you get started with planning.

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Lamy Building, Room 106

491 Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503

(800) 733-6396

STATE PARKS & RECREATION

P.O. Box 1147

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504

(888) NMPARKS

DEPARTMENT OF GAME & FISH

Villagra BUilding

State Capitol

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503

(800) 863-9310

NATIONAL FORESTS - SOUTHWESTERN REGION

517 Gold Avenue, S.W.

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

(505) 842-3292

(800) 280-CAMP

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