|Subject: Re: New Mexico|
Although my visits to New Mexico have been confined to areas north of
Albuquerque I do have the Santa Fe, Taos, &Albuquerque Access Guidebook
which lists some sights along your route.
1. Zuni Pueblo- 34 miles south of Gallup on Route 602. Largest of the states 19 pueblos and world renoned for their fine jewelry.
2. El Morro National Monument- Route 53 east of the Zuni Pueblo. 200 ft. sandstone mesa etched with Indian petroglyphs and signatures of prominent passersby, such as Don Juan de Oņate who passed by in 1605 shortly after discovering the Gulf of California.
3. El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area- Route 117 exit from I-40 58 miles west of Albuquerque. A 114,000 acre lava rock valley known as the Land of Fire and Ice. Site of one of the most recent lava flows in North America includes volcanoes, ice caves, and the longest lava tube system in the world. Also a massive sandstone arch La Ventana Natural Arch located here.
4. Acoma Pueblo- 52 miles west of Albuquerque on I-40 then 11 miles southwest on Indian Road 23. Sitting at 7000 ft. elevation on a 367-foot mesa this pueblo is considered by many to be the most spectacular of the states 19 pueblos. Inhabited since AD 1075 making it the oldest continually inhabited city in the country. The Acoma Pueblo is also known for there prized thin-shelled pottery.
5. Laguna Pueblo- 46 miles west of Albuquerque on I-40. Known for their polychrome pottery.
6. Isleta Pueblo- 13 miles south of Albuquerque on 1-25. Site of San Augustin Church built in 1613 making it one of the oldest missions in the US. Also known for their polychrome pottery.
7. Salinas National Monument- 50 miles south of Albuquerque on I-25 then Hwy 60 35 miles to Mountainair. Ruins of three 17th century Indian villages and Spanish-style missions. Classic encounter of European and Native American cultures and the resulting abandonment.
8. Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge- 103 miles south of Albuquerque on I-25 then 8 miles further south on NM 1. 57,200 acre desert marsh along the Rio Grande is home to a plethora of migrating fowl.
These ought to keep you busy on your drive from Gallup to Las Cruces.
John Rule San Diego, CA