The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! The park and preserve are open 24 hours a day to allow guest the opportunity to experience night skies and nocturnal wildlife.
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande with a span of 1,280 feet, it’s the fifth highest bridge in the United States. In 1966 the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in the “Long Span” category. The bridge has appeared in several films, including Natural Born Killers, Twins, She’s Having a Baby, Wild Hogs, and Terminator Salvation.
With over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country Bandelier National Monument boasts over 70 miles of hike-able trails as well as evidence of a human presence going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park honors America’s veterans and members of its military forces by memorializing the sacrifices they have made and by recognizing the sense of duty and the courage they have displayed as they answered their country’s call to arms. Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park was the first major Vietnam memorial in the United States. It is currently the only state park dedicated exclusively to veterans of the Vietnam War.
El Santuario de Chimayó is a Roman Catholic church in Chimayó, New Mexico, United States. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called “no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States.”
Built in 1941, the Red River Fish Hatchery produces about 1.7 million rainbow trout a year, including more than 500,000 catchable 9-10 inch fish for stocking statewide. It is the state’s largest production hatchery and is currently being converted to raising triploid (sterile) trout to be stocked in waters where interbreeding with native fish is not desired.
The lazy bends of the Rio Grande. Pueblos that have stood for a thousand years. Flowers of the high desert. The paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. The Taos region offers some of the best hiking on earth. Pick a direction and be prepared for a workout…and to be wowed.
One of America’s most beloved past times, bowling is one of our guests favorite activities.