New Mexico – Some of What to See

New Mexico’s Crossroads

Las Cruces, with all the modern conveniences it provides, is a natural jumping-off point to the wonders of southern New Mexico and the scenic Organ Mountains and White Sands National Monument nearby. Old World charm lives on at Plaza La Mesilla; and just up the road is Hatch, where hot and spicy is a way of life.

Guests experience age-old culture, heritage, and hospitality. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for enjoying the many activities-golfing, biking, hiking, museums, shopping, and festivals-that make your Las Cruces vacation a memorable one. Visit

Land of Legends

From Gallup to Farmington, Shiprock to Zuni, New Mexico’s Indian Coun­try is a veritable treasure trove of Native American culture and history, world-class fly-fishing, and enchant­ing beauty. Meandering routes take travelers border to border, past the brooding, mysterious ruins of Chaco Canyon in Anasazi country, through colorful, steep-walled canyons

and along trails used for centuries. Each offers sweeping panoramas, breathtaking vistas, and incredible geological formations.

Galleries and trading posts filled with authentic Native American art and jewelry dot the red sand­stone landscape. Discover a placewhere legends live on. Visit

Mexico – Historic and Colorful

An easy flight from many U.S. gateways, Mexico is a land of colorful contrasts and diverse pleasures. Here you can immerse yourself in historic city centers, relax at marvelous beach resorts, travel back in time at ancient ruins, witness the grandeur of whales in their natural habitat, and explore awe-inspiring canyons. Discover Mexico’s magic just south of the border.SUN AND SEA

Those seeking fun in the sun will find plenty of variety in Mexico. The Yucatan Pen­insula’s Caribbean shoreline features hotspot Cancun, the laid back islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, and the lovely beach resorts of Tulum, Playa del Car­men, and Xpu-Ha. On the Pacific coast, Acapulco beckons with its sublime bay, outstanding hotels, and round-the-clock energy while further north, you’ll find the charming beach village of Zihuatanejo and exceptional lodgings in neighboring Ixtapa.


Numerous archeological treasures left by centuries of pre-Hispanic civilizations attest to Mexico’s glorious past. Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, is famous for the pyramid-lined Avenue of the Dead featuring the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Monte Alban is a signifi­cant Zapotec ceremonial center on a mountaintop overlooking the valley of Oaxaca. The Mayan ruins at Palenque in the state of Chiapas are dramatically positioned atop a tall ridge at the base of forested mountains. And Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Ek Balam are impor­tant Mayan sites on the Yucatan Peninsula.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Mexico is blessed with breath­taking natural beauty and wild­life, Head to the Baja California Peninsula (from January through March) to witness the majesty of the gray whale. An estimated 10,000 of these graceful crea­tures travel from the frigid Ber­ing Sea to mate and give birth to their calves in the warm Pacific waters. While there are many great viewing locations, the protected waters of El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve provide ideal conditions for both the whales and whale watchers.

Inland, magnificent Copper Canyon is a 6,487-square-mile network of canyons in the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua. The Chihuahua to Pacific Railway leaves from Los Mochis on the Sea of Cortes and travels inland to Copper Canyon. The railway, an engineering feat with 39 bridges and 86 tunnels, traverses the canyon offering incredible vistas of pine forests, jagged peaks, and valleys before descending into the city of Chi­huahua. You can stay overnight at stops along the way to explore the dramatic terrain while hiking, horseback riding, and camping.