Have you ever wondered why New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment?” New Mexico houses two national parks, nine national monuments, three national historical parks, and one national preserve.
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It harbors three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other state in the country. Let’s dig deeper into the New Mexico National Parks so you can plan your journey to enchantment.
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, quietly lies 750 feet underground within the Guadalupe Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert in southeastern New Mexico.
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A vast field of glistening, wavy dunes, White Sands National Park nestles between two mountain ranges near Alamogordo in southern New Mexico. The dune field is so white you will swear it is snow.
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The Bandelier National Monument, near Los Alamos in northern New Mexico, comprises more than 33,000 acres of rugged yet beautiful landscapes of canyons and mesas. It preserves evidence of human life going back more than 11,000 years.
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It is a must-visit park for history lovers, especially those who enjoy the American Southwest. The visitor center offers a film and a museum that takes you through the area’s history and archaeology. You can tour Pueblo and mission ruins and a Civil War battleground.
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Although not a national park site, Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. It is one of North America’s oldest continuously inhabited communities.
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