In the southeast corner of the state is one of the most distinctive geological features in the US, a massive system of over 119 underground caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Born over 250 million years ago, Carlsbad Caverns is an unforgettable destination for any journey to New Mexico.
Heading west from Carlsbad, you pass over the Sacramento Mountains through Cloudcroft, one of the highest towns in the US, at 8,600 feet above sea level, feeling the temperature drop as you ascend. On the other side of the mountain range, you descend 4,000 feet to Alamogordo, where you'll find White Sands National Monument, the largest gypsum field on Earth. If the bright white dunes aren't extraterrestrial enough, the city of Roswell may fit the bill, as it's considered the unofficial UFO capital of the US.
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New Mexico is also a great place to see the Native American ruins and incredible desert landscapes. Toward the center of the state is the city of Albuquerque, which not only offers urban conveniences but hosts its annual International Balloon Fiesta each October as well. There's the capital city of Santa Fe, which features distinctive Pueblo-style architecture, and numerous historic sites. Wherever you go in New Mexico, there's plenty to see, and much to be enchanted by.