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(filenames end with initials (-aa) signifying photographer) -ms -gr -jo -dm -js -ev Mike Stauffer Gary Romero James Orr Dan Monaghan Jim Stein Efrain Villa ALPHA LISTING - BY FILE NAME - OF SUGGESTED CAPTION INFORMATION Abiquiu Fields-ms: Crops growing in the northern New Mexico country that has long enthralled visitors and artists. The most notable love affair this part of the state had was with famed painter Georgia O‘Keeffe, who lived and painted much of her career in nearby Ghost Ranch. Abiquiu Lake-ms: This manmade lake on the Rio Chama offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico. Reptile fossils 200 million years old have been found in the area. Scenery in the area has inspired artists for decades, including famed painter Georgia O‘Keeffe. Abiquiu Near Ghost Ranch-jo: A light dusting of snow accents the vibrant colors of the landscape around Abiquiu in northern New Mexico. Abo Ruins 1, 2, 3-jo, -ms: Near Mountainair, NM, the Abo Ruins are one of three now-abandoned Salinas Pueblos (Gran Quivira and Quarai are the other two) that now make up the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. On the Abo Pass Trail Scenic Byway. Albuquerque 1, 2-ms: An aerial view of New Mexico‘s largest city. Within its metropolitan area Albuquerque holds roughly two-thirds of the state‘s population. Aside from serving as a transportation hub for New Mexico, Albuquerque has a rich cultural heritage and a bustling economy with great strength in high-tech, medical and aviation industries. On Route 66 National Scenic Byway and on El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Balloon Albuquerque 1-10 –dm, -ms: Plenty of help, and plenty of hot air, give rise to what is arguably New Mexico‘s best-known pastime. More than 750 hot air balloons and more than 100,000 spectators can crowd Balloon Fiesta Park for any of the event‘s nine mornings. Unique atmospheric conditions frequently create the ―Albuquerque Box,‖ allowing the balloons to fly opposing directions at different altitudes. This can result in the deep blue sky directly above the launch field being filled with the floating balls of color. Albuquerque‘s annual International Balloon Fiesta is by far the world‘s largest hot air ballooning event. About 750 balloons can launch at once during any of the event‘s awe-inspiring mass ascensions. The annual event has grown since its 13-balloon inception in 1972, and it now proudly holds the reputation as the world‘s most-photographed event. Balloon Gallup Red Rock-dm: On the first weekend of each December Gallup, New Mexico hosts 200 balloons from across the Southwest. Early each morning the balloons lift off from Red Rock State Park. Frequently described as a balloonist's paradise, it is also a photographer‘s paradise as the colorful balloons float and play in the many canyons carved from the red stone. Bandelier 1, 2, 3 & 4-dm: Bandelier National Monument covers more than 23,000 acres outside of Los Alamos. The ruins of pre-Columbian settlements abound throughout Bandelier. Ancestors of modern-day Pueblo residents lived in the Bandelier area over a span of about 500 years, roughly from 1100 a.d. to 1600 a.d. Visitors to the National Monument can explore trails through Frijoles Canyon, to see ruins and some reconstructed sites as well as climb ladders into several of the cliff caves the Bandelier people used as part of their homes. On the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. Battleship Rock-js: A handful of miles north of Jemez Springs, Battleship Rock is the most prominent landmark in a stretch of north-central New Mexico that is loaded with stunning sights. It also overlooks some of the state‘s most popular natural hot springs. On the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. Billy the Kid-Coe Ranch-ms: New Mexico‘s famous outlaw worked here as a ranch hand shortly after arriving in Lincoln County. Within months events took him on a path that led to the legend he is today. On the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. Billy the Kid-Grave 1,2-ms: This legendary figure of the American West died in Fort Sumner, New Mexico in July of 1881. Shot by his fellow folk legend Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid‘s prominence in western lore has grown to the point that he and the tales of the Lincoln County War hold international interest. Billy the Kid-Lincoln Jail-dm: Henry McCarty, a.k.a. William Bonney, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid", shot jailers James Bell and Bob Olinger as he escaped from this building in April of 1881. Billy was in jail awaiting his hanging for the shooting death of Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady. On the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. Billy the Kid-Marker-ms: A simple etched slab marks the spot where Henry McCarty, a.k.a. William Bonney, a.k.a. ―Billy the Kid‖ met his legendary end from Sheriff Pat Garrett‘s gun. The marker is in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Billy the Kid-Mother-ms: Katherine Antrim, seeking a climate suited to her ill-health, brought her husband and two sons to Silver City, New Mexico 1873. She died of tuberculosis when her son William was just 14, and never knew him as the folk legend outlaw ―Billy the Kid‖ that he became in the final few years of his 21-year life. Katherine Antrim‘s gravesite and a replica of the family‘s modest cabin home, are in Silver City. Bisti Wilderness-jo: The 45,000-acre Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a remote area of eroded badlands that offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the New Mexico‘s Four Corners region. Translated from the Navajo language, Bisti means ―a large area of shale hills‖ and is commonly pronounced (BIS-tie). Only primitive types of recreation, such as hiking, backpacking, camping, wildlife viewing, photography, and horseback riding are allowed. This is a federally designated Wilderness Area, so it is closed to all motorized vehicles and mechanical forms of transportation, including bicycles. (See also De-Na-Zin) On the Native Heritage Trail. Black Bear-ms: New Mexico‘s official state mammal, the black bear can actually come in a variety of shades from black, to brown, to cinnamon. This bear lives a life of ease and comfort at Living Desert State Park in Carlsbad, New Mexico. But wild bears roam across much of the state‘s landscape. Blue Hole 1, 2-dm, -ms: This natural feature inside the Santa Rosa city limits is a favorite with scuba divers. Blue Hole is an 81-foot deep vertical ―tunnel‖ into the rocky landscape, filled with crystal clear spring water. The temperature of Blue Hole remains a constant 64 degrees, allowing for year-round scuba diving. Blue Hole is popular both because of its novelty as a premier diving location in the desert southwest, and because of the stunning clarity of the water. Nighttime divers at the bottom of the bell-shaped pool often comment on the ability to look up through the water and see the stars. On Route 66 National Scenic Byway and on Mesalands Scenic Byway. Bosque del Apache-dm: The ―Festival of the Cranes‖ each fall is the best-known event centered on this beautiful National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande. Each winter thousands of Sandhill Cranes, and tens of thousands of Snow Geese call this land of marsh and grain-filled fields home. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Bosque Fog-jo: The early morning mist off the many ponds within Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge gives the rising sun a soft glow. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Bosque Pond & Geese-dm: Snow Geese carpet a pond at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro, NM. Each autumn migrating birds descend upon Bosque del Apache. These Snow Geese arrive by the tens of thousands to enjoy the warm weather and abundant food. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Bosque Pond-jo: The waters of the Rio Grande fill acre after acre of wetland ponds within New Mexico‘s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro. Every year these ponds host tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Bosque Resting Birds-dm: A gathering of cormorants takes advantage of the perch created by a submerged tree at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Bosque Sandhill Cranes 1, 2, 3-jo, -dm: These large birds winter at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in the tens of thousands. Their flights in formation decorate the Rio Grande corridor each fall and spring, and their unique honking sounds provide unique background music for the large refuge. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Bosque Sky-dm: Tens of thousands of Snow Geese call New Mexico‘s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge home each fall and winter. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Bosque Wiley Coyotes-jo: Always-alert coyotes roam the fringes of the grain fields at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro, NM. Unlike their cartoon counterpart, these coyotes aren‘t seeking a meal of roadrunner. They prey primarily on the weaker, lame or sick waterfowl that flock to the refuge each autumn. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Canyon Road 1,2-dm: Santa Fe is among the world‘s premier art centers, with an estimated one in every six people in the city working as artists or in art-related careers. Santa Fe is home to more than 250 art galleries, and many of those galleries line several blocks of Canyon Road. The entrance to the narrow, winding roadway is shown here, just a few short steps from Santa Fe‘s Plaza. Artists are drawn to New Mexico‘s landscape, weather, cultures, and the mysterious special ―light‖ many of them note in their comments. Even ancient cultures inhabiting the region captured its beauty in pottery, weaving and rock carvings. Santa Fe‘s Canyon Road is a popular hotbed of galleries that reflect that rich artistic legacy in the state. But Santa Fe is far from alone as a home to artists in New Mexico. Communities all across New Mexico now house numerous galleries of international caliber. Other key art communities include Taos, Ruidoso, Silver City and Albuquerque's Nob Hill/Downtown area. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Capitol 1, 2-dm: The building is round, with four square entryways. From above this forms the Native American sun symbol, or Zia, which also appears at the center of the state flag. The building opened in 1966, replacing the Palace of the Governors, which served as a seat of government for almost three centuries. Built in 1610, the Palace of the Governors is now a state museum. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Carlsbad Amphitheater-dm: Seating for visitors surrounds the natural opening to Carlsbad Caverns. This area is used for talks with guided tours, and to host the crowd watching the exit of the bats from the caverns each summer evening. Carlsbad Entrance-dm: A gaping hole in the earth is the natural entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Southeast New Mexico. Visitors have the option of walking down a winding path into the caves, or taking a high-speed elevator. Carlsbad Interior-dm: Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains more than 97 known caves, including Lechuguilla Cave—the nation's deepest limestone cave at 1,567 feet (478m) and third longest. Carlsbad Cavern, with one of the world's largest underground chambers and countless formations, is highly accessible, with a variety of tours offered year-round. Catwalk-jo: Outside Glenwood, in southwestern New Mexico, the Catwalk was originally a gravity-fed pipeline delivering water through rugged Whitewater Canyon to mining operations. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps added a narrow metal walkway to the pipeline route, clinging to the walls of the canyon. Cerrillos-dm: At its peak in the 1880's, Cerrillos had more than 20 saloons and hotels. They served the miners who populated the area during the boom years. Now Cerrillos is home to artists and fans of what the real ‗Old West‘ was about. Cerrillos is south of Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Chaco Culture 1, 2, 3-jo: Chaco Culture National Historical Park is in northwestern New Mexico, approximately 50 miles south of Farmington. A thousand years ago Chaco Canyon was the center of ancestral Pueblo culture. Chaco Canyon is renowned for its ruins of distinctive stone architecture. About 800 years ago the residents of Chaco abandoned the elaborate community for reasons that remain mysterious. They migrated throughout the Southwest, joining relatives living on the Hopi Mesas, along the Rio Grande, and around Zuni Mountain. On the Native Heritage Trail. Chama River-jo: The Rio Chama winds through northern New Mexico before joining forces with the Rio Grande. This scenic river provides both water and recreational opportunities for the region, not to mention some terrific photo opportunities of rural New Mexican life. Chimayo 1-5, -dm: El Santuario de Chimayo was built by devout northern New Mexico Catholics in 1816. The adobe church has since become an international spiritual draw, known for the healing powers many visitors claim to find at the small chapel. During Holy Week each year thousands of pilgrims will make their way to the tiny village, and await their opportunity to enter the church in prayer. On The High Road to Taos. Chollo 1, 2, -ms: This common cactus looks relatively harmless, but it is wise to enjoy this New Mexico flora from a comfortable distance. The chollo has fine, sharp needles reminiscent of porcupine quills, and victims often claim, like the porcupine, the cactus somehow manages to throw those pointed barbs into nearby flesh. Church at Tajique-jo: A well-worn church reflects the culture and history of this small New Mexico community. Tajique is at the eastern base of the Manzano Mountains. It is among a string of scenic villages in the area that showcase the state‘s heritage and rural roots. On Salt Missions Trail. Church-jo: An old adobe church graces a hillside in the upper Pecos River valley, northeast of Santa Fe. Clouds-ms: New Mexico is famous for its unique light and beautiful skies. High altitude, open landscapes, and a common habit of sunshine year-round help create the New Mexico ―look‖ that filmmakers rush to capture and tourists yearn to enjoy. DeNaZin 1, 2, 3, -jo: The De-Na-Zin Wilderness is more than 22-thousand acres of federal land in northwest New Mexico loaded with unusual geological forms and rich fossil beds. It combines with the 4thousand acre Bisti Badlands to create one of the state‘s popular, and unusual, hiking and photography attractions. On the Native Heritage Trail. Eagle Nest Lake-ms: On the ―Enchanted Circle‖ in northern New Mexico, Eagle Nest Lake offers both scenery and recreation in a part of the state already rich with those resources. Nestled in a mountain valley, the lake is popular with anglers both in summer from boats or the shoreline and in winter from the ice. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. El Morro-ms: When Spanish explorers ventured from Mexico into what is now New Mexico they stopped at the watering hole at the base of a huge sandstone wall. That wall, now known as Inscription Rock, in El Morro National Monument bears the etched names of more than 2000 history-making visitors who decided to leave their mark. The monument also contains ancient Puebloan ruins, showing that the explorers of four centuries ago were far from the first to appreciate the watering hole‘s location. On the Native Heritage Trail. Elephant Butte Lake-ms: The name comes from the colossal rock island created by the damming of the Rio Grande. This huge manmade lake in south-central New Mexico is a popular spot for water sports, fishing, camping, hiking, bird-watching and countless other forms of recreation. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway. Florida Mountains Mexican Poppies-jo: Brilliant Mexican Poppies carpet the ground at the base of the Florida Mountains in extreme southern New Mexico. Florida Mountains-ms: This mountain range lies between Interstate 10 and the Mexican border in southern New Mexico. One of the area‘s best-known attractions is at the mountain‘s base, where Rockhound State Park encourages visitors to enjoy the wide variety of geology in the area, and take a few pieces of New Mexico home with them. Fort Craig-ms: At its peak in the mid-19th century Fort Craig was one of the largest and most important military bases west of the Mississippi. Situated along the Rio Grande in south-central New Mexico, Fort Craig played key roles in the Civil War and in efforts to ward of Apache and Navajo raids on settlements. Officially abandoned by the military in 1885, the fort is now a National Historic Site. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Gallup Ceremonial 1-6, -gr, -jo, -ms: The Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial is now more than 80 years old. The Ceremonial takes place each August, with all-Indian professional rodeos, Ceremonial Indian Dances, a downtown Gallup parade (America's only all-Indian non-mechanized parade), daily performing arts, and Indian foods. The Ceremonial draws participants from all around the United States, Mexico and Canada. Ghost Ranch 1, 2, -jo -js: This northern New Mexico area is full of colorful scenery that surprises and delights visitors. This is the landscape that inspired famed painter Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived at Ghost Ranch. Gila Cliff Dwellings 1, 2-jo: Adjacent to the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico, the surroundings at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument are much as they were when the Mogollon people inhabited the rock houses in the late 13th century. A visit to the monument is therefore a jointly natural and historical experience. The Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument includes spectacular 800-year-old Mogollon culture cliff dwellings above the Gila River. The site is about two miles north of Silver City in southwestern New Mexico. It is adjacent to the massive Gila National Forest. On the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. Gila Wilderness 1, 2, -jo, -ms: The Gila National Forest includes more acres of wilderness than any other National Forest in the Southwest. Three wilderness areas are located within the Gila. The Gila Wilderness, the world's first designated wilderness, was created on June 3, 1924 at the urging of the great conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold. The Aldo Leopold Wilderness lies to the east, while to the west, the smaller Blue Range Wilderness adjoins Arizona's rugged Blue Range Primitive Area. Wilderness areas are set aside for primitive forms of recreation, without the assistance of motorized vehicles or mechanized equipment. Golf Black Mesa-dm: At Santa Clara Pueblo outside of Santa Fe, the Black Mesa Golf Club is one of New Mexico‘s newest and most challenging courses. It is set in the desert canyons and across rugged ridgelines of the beautiful Espanola Valley. Golf Cochiti-dm: Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course is at the foothills of the Jemez Mountains, roughly halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Golf Digest has ranked it one of America's Top 75 Affordable Courses. Famed designer of the course Robert Trent Jones Jr. returned in 2000 to oversee an extensive renovation of the course. In addition to terrific golf the course offers stunning views. Golf PaaKo-dm: Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club opened in 2000 to rave reviews. Golf Digest named in the ―Best New Affordable Golf Course‖ of the year, and it remains a fixture among the ―Top 100‖ lists in several golfing publications. Paa-Ko Ridge is a 30-minute drive from Albuquerque, on the east slope of the Sandia Mountains. Golf Twin Warriors-dm: New Mexico has a rapidly growing golf following, as new first-class courses are opening all across the state. Twin Warriors is one of two golf courses on Santa Ana Pueblo, just north of Albuquerque. It is part of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Gran Quivera-jo: Near Mountainair, NM, the Gran Quivera Ruins are one of three now-abandoned Salinas Pueblos (Abo and Quarai are the other two) that now make up the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. On Salt Missions Trail. Guadalupe Church 1, 2, -ms: Built in 1781, El Santuario de Guadalupe is now a museum. The old church is located just two blocks off of Santa Fe‘s historic plaza. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Hondo Valley-ms: The Rio Hondo runs through what is commonly called ―Billy the Kid Country‖ in southern New Mexico. This terrain played host to much of the legendary drama that earned the Wild West its name. On Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. Inn at Loretto-ms: Strategically placed for the visitor on the edge of Santa Fe‘s historic plaza, this luxury boutique hotel is the common subject of photography because of its stair-stepped adobe architecture. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Inn of the Anasazi-ms: One of the luxury hotels that populate the area of Santa Fe‘s popular plaza shopping and museum area, the Inn of the Anasazi includes architectural features distinctive to New Mexico. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Jemez Mtn Stream-js: The Jemez Mountains of north-central New Mexico contain some of the state‘s most beautiful scenery. Streams, fed by natural hot springs and winter snowmelt, wind through the red rock canyons of the Jemez. This stream flows near a sky-piercing landmark called Battleship Rock. On the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. La Cueva Mill-jo: Outside Las Vegas, NM La Cueva Mill is a restored mill and home to a burgeoning raspberry industry. Vicente Romero, founder of La Cueva Ranch, built the beautiful La Cueva Mill in the 1870s to supply flour to nearby Fort Union. The mill is now on the National Historic Register. Lake Katherine-jo: Lake Katherine is a popular hiking destination outside Santa Fe in the Pecos Wilderness. The crystal clear water lies about 3000 feet above the start of the hiking trail. Lodge at Cloudcroft-dm: This historic hotel, complete with the legend of its resident ghost Rebecca, is the centerpiece of this small southern New Mexico mountain village. On Sunspot Scenic Byway. Luminarias Old Town-dm: Albuquerque‘s Old Town Plaza hosts one of the state‘s largest, and most attended, Christmas Eve luminaria celebrations. Thousands of visitors walk through the softly-lit streets of Old Town each year, in addition to organized bus tours that let even more visitors enjoy the sights without standing the late-December cold. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Route 66 National Scenic Byway. Margaritas-dm: These traditional drinks, frozen or on the rocks, are a natural companion to a New Mexican meal or simply to sip with chips and salsa. The cold drinks with tequila and fruit flavors help offset the warmth of both the food and New Mexico‘s sunny weather. Mogollon 1, 2, -ms: A western New Mexico ghost town, this once-thriving mining town suffered three catastrophic fires (1892, 1904, and 1915.) It stands today as one of the state‘s most picturesque ghost towns. Montezuma Castle 1, 2, -dm: In 1882 the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad opened the FIRST Montezuma Hotel, built as an exclusive resort for train passengers interested in The West. The location outside Las Vegas, NM was ideal, with natural mineral hot springs, trout fishing, scenery and hiking. In 1884 the plush hotel‘s gas lines clogged, fire broke out, and the Montezuma burned to the ground. It reopened that same year, rebuilt to become the state‘s first building wired for electricity. But within months the Montezuma burns to the ground again. In a matter of months a THIRD resort opens, but named The Phoenix Hotel this time (rising from ashes.) The new name never sticks, as locals still called it ―The Montezuma.‖ In 1904 the Montezuma closed for good as a hotel, no longer able to compete with other, newer western resorts. In 1981 Armand Hammer bought the Montezuma Castle, to house the American campus of the United World College (it had served as a seminary the previous 30 years.) But it was in need of massive, expensive repairs. UWC began using the surrounding grounds and buildings instead. In 1997 the empty castle was identified as one of ―America‘s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places‖ by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. And a year later the ‗White House Millennium Council‘ named it one of ―America‘s Treasures.‖ The attention led to a massive fundraising and renovation program, and in 2002 Montezuma Castle re-opened, serving UWC as student and visitor housing. Mora Valley-ms: Mora is a small community at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and on the edge of the Santa Fe National Forest. As a result it is surrounded by beauty and recreational opportunities. Mountain Bikes 1-5, -ms: New Mexico‘s rugged terrain and terrific weather have made it a hot spot for mountain biking, both competitive and casual. In this case professional competitors are racing down the ski slopes at Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico. Many of the state‘s ski areas offer chairlift service in the warmer months to give bikers and hikers access to the mountains. Museum of the American West-dm: Ruidoso artist Dave McGary created the huge ―Free Spirits at Noisy Water‖ sculpture that greets visitors to the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso. The sculpture depicts the seven breeds of horse most important in the country‘s settlement. The museum was founded in 1992, and features a world-class collection of carriages, wagons, saddles, guns and other items used by those who moved into the American West across the past several hundred years. On the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. Navajo Lake-ms: In extreme northwestern New Mexico, Navajo Lake is a draw for water sports enthusiasts of all kinds. New Mexican Feast-dm: This table, set for a king-sized appetite, includes red chile-rubbed ribs, enchiladas, a quesadilla, tamales, icy margaritas, and puffed sopaipillas waiting for dessert. New Mexican Food-dm: A traditional meal of enchiladas, topped with guacamole, becomes a complete dining experience with the addition of a margarita and a sunny outdoor setting. Foods that have developed within the Land of Enchantment are distinctly different from the fare commonly called "Mexican food" or "Tex-Mex." The dishes most closely identified with New Mexico reflect a blend of Hispanic and Indian cultures, and a use of locally grown ingredients including blue corn and green chiles. Virtually all Southwestern dishes make use of four main ingredients: the tortilla, pinto bean, cheese and chile. The different chile choices have led to New Mexico to become the only state with an official question: ―Red or green?‖ Old Mill-ms: The Old Mill was built in 1864 in Cimarron, New Mexico to provide flour for the military. The mill is now a museum operated by the CS Cattle Company, housing many artifacts of the colorful history of Cimarron and the northeastern region of New Mexico. On Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Old Santa Fe Trail-ms: In Santa Fe snow dusts a modern, paved portion at the very end of the historic trail that helped bring settlers into the Southwest. On Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway and on El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. Oldest Church 1, 2, -jo: The oldest church still in use in the United States, this simple earth-hue adobe structure was built in the early 17th century by the Tlaxcalan Indians of Mexico, who came to New Mexico as servants of the Spanish. Badly damaged in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, the structure was restored and enlarged in 1710. On display in the chapel are priceless statues and paintings and the San Jose Bell, weighing nearly 800 pounds, which is believed to have been cast in Spain in 1356. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Palisades-dm: These spectacular cliffs were cut by the Cimarron River. They are part of the beauty within Cimarron Canyon State Park in northern New Mexico. Pecos National Monument-jo: Pecos National Historical Park preserves 12,000 years of history including the ancient pueblo of Pecos, two Spanish Colonial Missions, Santa Fe Trail sites, the 20th century ranch history of Forked Lightning Ranch, and the site of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass. On Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Pecos Sunset-dm: Another gorgeous New Mexico sunset, this one reflected on the Pecos River in Carlsbad. Pecos Wilderness 1, 2, -jo: The Pecos Wilderness outside of Santa Fe offers outdoor activities for all ages and abilities. From casual afternoon strolls along established trails, to rigorous multi-day hiking ventures into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, visitors pick how they enjoy this part of New Mexico‘s beauty. Penasco Stream-dm: A small stream adds to the scenery outside of Penasco, one of the colorful small towns on the ―High Road‖ between Santa Fe and Taos in northern New Mexico. On The High Road to Taos. Penasco-dm: The highway that leads into the northern New Mexico village of Penasco is commonly called the ―High Road.‖ It is a hillier, more winding option to the ―River Road‖ for the trip between Santa Fe and Taos. Penasco is one of the many ―High Road‖ communities with a prospering artist population, along with families that have called it home for generations. On The High Road to Taos. Petroglyphs-dm: These ancient etchings in stone abound in many locations across New Mexico. This picture is of deer or elk chipped into rock walls along the Rio Grande near Questa. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and on the Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway. Picuris Pueblo 1,2,3-ms: Named Pikuria – ―those who paint‖ - by Spanish colonizer Juan de Oñate, Picurís is located 24 miles southeast of Taos in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Picurís, once among the largest northern Pueblos, today is one of the smallest with fewer than 400 inhabitants. Like Taos, it was influenced by Plains Indian culture, particularly the Apaches. On The High Road to Taos. Piñon Tree-dm: New Mexico‘s official state tree, this slow-growing evergreen produces piñon nuts (also sometimes called pine nuts or Indian nuts.) Humans regularly race with the wildlife to gather these nuts that fall as the tree‘s cones open. The piñon also continues its role as a fuel source, in cooler weather casting its unique scent into the New Mexico air as it burns in fireplaces and stoves. Rancho de Taos Church-dm: San Francisco de Asis Church is one of the oldest churches in the country, constructed between 1813 and 1815. It is an outstanding example of authentic adobe mission architecture. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and on The High Road to Taos. Red Rock S.P. 1,2,3-jo: These unusual and colorful rock formations, called ―Pyramid Rock,‖ are just one of the scenic attractions that draw visitors into Red Rock State Park. This beautiful park is on the outskirts of Gallup, near New Mexico‘s western border. On the Native Heritage Trail. Red Rocks 1, 2, -gr: The landscape in western New Mexico around Gallup offers abundant support for the name of Red Rock State Park. On the Native Heritage Trail. Reserve-ms: Tucked between the Apache National Forest and the Gila National Forest, Reserve, New Mexico offers tremendous scenery and ample access to a wealth of outdoor activities. Rio Grande 1, 2, -ms: New Mexico has carved out a top spot among the fly-fishing locations in the nation. These photos are on the Rio Grande. The San Juan, outside Farmington, has a reputation as some of the finest trout fishing waters in the world. Roadrunner-ms: New Mexico‘s official state bird, the roadrunner can be found literally running the roads in nearly all parts of the state. While the roadrunner can fly, you are more apt to see it covering ground, quickly, on foot. Despite cartoon-borne wisdom, roadrunners are not the most common delicacy sought by New Mexico‘s ample population of coyotes. That designation would more likely fall on Bugs Bunny. Rodeo 1-3, -ms: New Mexico‘s rural heritage is evident in the numerous rodeos, both professional and recreational, that take place throughout the state. These photos are from a rodeo in Taos. San Diego Canyon 1, 2, -js: Colorful scenery abounds, complete with ruins, in this Jemez Mountains region of north-central New Mexico. On the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. San Felipe de Neri-mn: This beautiful church sits in the heart of Albuquerque‘s Historic Old Town, with the Old Town Plaza at its front. Though built almost 300 years ago, it is still a busy, operating parish church. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Route 66 National Scenic Byway. Sandia Tram-dm: The Sandia Peak Tramway is an engineering marvel. But it is the view from the western slope of the Sandia‘s that has drawn more than 6-million visitors since the Tram first opened in 1967. The car climbs 4000 feet in about 18 minutes, depositing riders at the top of Sandia Peak. On the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Sandias-ms: Albuquerque sits at the western foot of the Sandia Mountains. Shown here is the view looking at the eastern slope, which is greener and far more rural than the Albuquerque side. In New Mexico you can easily travel from the state‘s busiest downtown to a remote mountain meadow in a matter of 30 minutes. On the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Santa Fe Baldy-jo: One of the dominant features within the Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe Baldy is the highest summit in the Pecos Wilderness. Its peak sits at 12,622 feet. Santa Fe Baldy is a popular hiking destination, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Santa Fe Plaza 1, 2, -dm: The heart of Santa Fe, the Plaza is home to world-class hotels, restaurants, shopping and museums. Under the Palace of the Governors portal you will find Native American artists selling distinctive New Mexican jewelry, most often featuring silver and turquoise. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway and on Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Santa Fe River Canyon-jo: Petroglyphs, chipped into the rock, can date back centuries. These petroglyphs are along the Santa Fe River. Several other sites around New Mexico protect the ancient rock drawings, while also allowing easy public access to view them. Shiprock-ms: A volcanic cone in northwestern New Mexico, Shiprock is visible for miles around. It is a sacred site for Native Americans. On the Native Heritage Trail. Sierra Blanca-ms: This 12,000-foot peak overlooks Ruidoso and the Mescalero Apache reservation in south-central New Mexico. It is home to the Ski Apache ski area, which is remarkably popular with visitors from nearby Texas and Mexico. On the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. Ski Angel Fire-dm: A snowboarder grabs some air at Angel Fire Resort, one of New Mexico‘s several popular ski areas. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. Ski Taos 1-5, -ms: Taos Ski Valley is among the elite ski resorts in North America. The huge mountain resort offers terrain suitable for all skill levels, beginner to expert. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. Space Museum-dm: This impressive four-story New Mexico Museum of Space History and its exterior display of actual spacecraft, missiles and research equipment overlook the city of Alamogordo, on the edge of White Sands Missile Range where much of the country‘s space research took place. Spencer Theater-ms: The Spencer Theater, in Alto, New Mexico outside Ruidoso, was built by Dow-Jones heiress Jackie Spencer and her husband, Dr. A. N. Spencer at a cost of $22 million. It opened in October, 1997. The Spencer draws numerous major touring concerts and productions each year. The unique theater has been called one of the seven finest in the world. On the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. St Francis Cathedral-ms: The crowning achievement of Archbishop Lamy's church construction in New Mexico, Saint Francis Cathedral, is just north of La Fonda Hotel. Built in 1869 and designed in the French Romanesque style, the building is alien to the Spanish heritage of Santa Fe but is still one of its greatest landmarks. Constructed on the site of a church that was destroyed in the Pueblo Revolt and replacing a later adobe church called La Parroquia, Saint Francis Cathedral was built of stone from local quarries and from the La Bajada Mesa, west of the city. Portions of La Parroquia remain in the form of the Chapel of Our lady of the Rosary, which houses a wooden statue of the Virgin known as Our Lady of Peace. The statue was first brought to Santa Fe in 1625 and was returned to the city by the armies of Don Diego de Vargas during the re-conquest of 1692. On El Camino Real National Scenic Byway. St James Hotel-ms: The historic St. James Hotel in Cimarron. As legend has it, the St. James is haunted by the ghost of a cowboy, shot in a dispute over a hand of poker. On Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. State Flag: New Mexico‘s State Constitution describes the flag this way- (The) flag shall be the ancient Zia sun symbol of red in the center of a field of yellow. The colors shall be the red and yellow of old Spain. The proportion of the flag shall be a width of two-thirds its length. The sun symbol shall be one-third of the length of the flag. Said symbol shall have four groups of rays set at right angles; each group shall consist of four rays, the two inner rays of the group shall be one-fifth longer than the outer rays of the group. The diameter of the circle in the center of the symbol shall be one-third of the width of the symbol. Storrie Lake-ms: Just outside Las Vegas, New Mexico, Storrie Lake boasts consistent winds that provide excellent conditions for sailing and windsurfing. With the arrival of the Santa Fe Railway in 1879, Las Vegas and the surrounding area became a hangout of some the shadiest characters of the Old West, including Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp. The visitor center features historical exhibits about the Santa Fe Trail and 19th century. Bird-watching is a must, to view the geese and ducks that flock to the lake during seasonal migrations. On Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway. Sunset 1, 2, 3, -jo: With its high altitude, open vistas, and unique weather patterns New Mexico is blessed with the recipe for nightly beauty as the sun drops below the horizon. Tamales and Margarita-dm: A platter of hot and spicy tamales gets a cool counterpart in a frozen fruit margarita. The perfect meal for a sunny summer evening on the patio. Tamales and Side Dishes-dm: A traditional New Mexican meal of corn husk wrapped tamales with pinto beans and rice. The meal is complemented by corn chips, salsa and a chicken quesadilla. Taos PowWow 1-5, -ms: Each July Taos Pueblo hosts a PowWow that attracts Native American dancers from tribes all across the country. A PowWow is a gathering for dancing, singing, drumming and socializing. These exciting and colorful events also serve as a means to keep alive ancient dances and other cultural aspects. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. Taos Pueblo-ms: The northernmost and undoubtedly one of the most popular of all the pueblos, Taos sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Its adobe, multistoried homes have captivated painters and photographers since the 1920s, when a historic artist colony formed in nearby Taos and virtually established Southwest art. The setting, billed as "one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America," continues to enchant visitors as it has done for the past 1,000 years. On the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. Tent Rocks 1-4, -jo: The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument offers visitors a unique landscape of tent-shaped rock cones. The strange shapes and tremendous scenery have drawn visitors for centuries. Surveys have recorded numerous archaeological sites showing human occupation in the area since 2000 b.c. Kasha-Katuwe means ―white cliffs‖ in the Keresan language of nearby Cochiti Pueblo. Tour of Gila-ms: Each spring hundreds of the country‘s best cyclists and many international representatives gather to race their bikes across the rugged mountain terrain around Silver City, New Mexico. Truchas-dm: A horse grazes in a ―High Road‖ meadow, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background. Truchas is a historic town on the lesser-traveled road that connects Santa Fe and Taos. On The High Road to Taos. Truchas-jo: This historic northern New Mexico town is on the ―High Road‖ between Santa Fe and Taos. In addition to being home to families tracing their New Mexican roots across multiple generations, the Truchas area is has a growing artist community. On The High Road to Taos. UFO Museum 1,2-dm: Roswell‘s ―International UFO Museum and Research Center‖ opened in 1991. In 1996 the Tourism Association of New Mexico awarded the unique museum the "Top Tourist Destination of New Mexico" award. The IUFOMRC has become the clearinghouse for information related to UFOs and the phenomenon surrounding them. Valles Caldera 1-7, -js, -ms: In July of 2000, the federal government purchased 89-thousand acres of the pristine Baca Ranch, in the Jemez Mountains of north-central New Mexico. The land is now the Valles Caldera National Preserve, part of the U.S. National Forest System. On the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. Very Large Array 1, 2, -ms: The Very Large Array, or VLA commonly, is one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories. It consists of 27 huge but moveable radio antennas placed along railroad tracks in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin, fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. The dishes are famous within the astronomy community, but probably best known in the general public for their starring role in the movie ―Contact.‖ White Sands 1-6, -jo, -dm: White Sands National Monument is part of the world's largest gypsum dunefield, where glistening dunes rise 60 feet high and cover 275 square miles. The National Monument shares the massive area with White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base. White Sands draws visitors for its stunning landscapes, and for just a romp on the sand dunes. It is just outside Alamogordo, in southern New Mexico. X-Prize 1, 2, 3, -ms: The X Prize Cup is an annual celebration of advanced technology, space exploration and education. Held each fall in southern New Mexico, the event bills itself as a ―true ‗rocket festival‘." Visitors to the two-day event experience how dreams about new frontiers come true through real-time competition for new aerospace technologies. Yucca-dm: A New Mexico yucca in bloom. The unusual plant with sharp, sword-like leaves and a stalk of creamy white bloom is New Mexico‘s official state flower.