A Road Trip through New Mexico

Tripoto
6th May 2013

International UFO Museum

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San Francisco Mission Church

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Martinez Hacienda

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Pueblo de Taos

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The Memorial Taos Pueblo

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Rio Grande Green Lake

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International UFO Museum

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Carlsbad Caverns

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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A road trip through New Mexico blends the scenic, the historic and the weird locations. This trip describes the fun which start from San Francisco Mission Church where men arrived from out of state and abroad in hopes of finding a pretty girl with traditional family values. Amazing Fortress-like building of Hacienda de los Martinez which was built with stout walls surrounding courtyards and was designed to be a refuge against Comanche attack. A physically unique and spiritually mindful place, Taos Pueblo. I was amazed by the history, architecture, nature, culture and everything behind it. You can take the free tour that is guided by one of their tribe members. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge locally known as the "Gorge Bridge" and the "High Bridge" is the backbone of the Desert Southwest with its mighty river. The International UFO museum shows the detailed accounts and "evidence" of the UFO crash on their walls.Carlsbad Caverns are a must see in New Mexico. If you happen to be on a road-trip in the hot summer months... soak up the cool, where avg. temperatures are in the low 60's (or lower). 

The San Francisco Mission Church was built in the 1700's. Located about five miles south of downtown Taos, the church is surrounded by a number of old wooden and adobe structures. The church itself is made of adobe and is resurfaced with straw filled mud every year. The interior is white plaster with wooden beams. The main altar of the church is surrounded by two brightly painted wooden panels.Traditionally, the region of San Francisco de Asis is known for its inhabitants of French, German, Italian, Fenicia and Spanish ancestry strong family and Roman Catholic values.Men arrive from out of state and abroad in hopes of finding a pretty girl with traditional family values.
Photo of San Francisco De Asis Church, 60 Saint Francis Plaza, Taos, NM, United States by Mukesh Rawat
Photo of San Francisco De Asis Church, 60 Saint Francis Plaza, Taos, NM, United States by Mukesh Rawat
Photo of San Francisco De Asis Church, 60 Saint Francis Plaza, Taos, NM, United States by Mukesh Rawat
The Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period, "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martin (later changed to Martinez), this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire.It was built with stout walls surrounding courtyards and was designed to be a refuge against Comanche attacks. The Hacienda was the final terminus for the Camino Real which connected northern New Mexico to Mexico City. The Hacienda also was the headquarters for an extensive ranching and farming operation. The self-guided tour takes in the living quarters, granary and blacksmiths shop.
Photo of Martinez Hacienda, 708 Hacienda Road, Taos, NM, United States by Mukesh Rawat
Photo of Martinez Hacienda, 708 Hacienda Road, Taos, NM, United States by Mukesh Rawat
Designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark, the Taos Pueblo is the most famous of the dwellings of the Pueblo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico. This is a living community, and has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. A physically unique and spiritually mindful place. Visitors are asked to be respectful of residents, not taking photographs of tribe members without permission. Guided tours are available.
Photo of Taos Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, NM, USA by Mukesh Rawat
The gorge reaches a depth of 800 feet just south of the Gorge Bridge, now a popular Taos tourist attraction, which was completed in 1966 and spans the gorge ten miles northwest of Taos. It is also the third highest bridge (650 ft) in the U.S, after the Royal Gorge Bridge (1053 ft) over the Arkansas river in Colorado and the New River Gorge Bridge (876 ft) over the New River in West Virginia.As you drive west along route 64 west of Taos, at first it just looks like an endless expanse of plains. Abruptly you see a tear in the earth. The bridge itself just looks like a beat up stretch of asphalt but about halfway across you look left or right you notice that the land falls away sharply and deep below there's a ribbon of green water.
Photo of Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, NM 87529, USA by Mukesh Rawat
Photo of Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, NM 87529, USA by Mukesh Rawat
Photo of Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, NM 87529, USA by Mukesh Rawat
Lincoln was ground zero of one the most vicious gang wars of the Old West. The Lincoln County War was fought between the Murphy-Dolan faction and the Regulators. Billy the Kid made his name in Lincoln. Today's Lincoln is a one road unincorporated village in an arid valley. There are museums, a few shops and the Wortley Hotel. Those who spend a night are treated to peace and quiet in and idyllic setting.
Photo of Lincoln, Lincoln, NM 88338, USA by Mukesh Rawat
The UFO museum is both a chronicle of the 1947 Roswell Incident and an exploration of all things UFO. Along the walls there are detailed accounts and "evidence" of the UFO crash and the supposed government cover-up. There are also exhibits that deal with and sometimes debunk other UFO phenomenon, including UFO sightings and crop circles. The gift shop has a surprisingly broad assortment of alien-related gifts, including the alien bobble-head doll that I bought for my desk.
Photo of International UFO Museum And Research Center, 114 North Main Street, Roswell, NM, United States by Mukesh Rawat
Carlsbad Caverns are some of the most famous caves in the United States. The sprawling complex offers prime locations to study ongoing geological processes, as well as cave life. The caverns are known for their large bat populations which can be seen exiting en masse each evening.
Photo of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 727 Carlsbad Cavern Highway, Carlsbad, NM, United States by Mukesh Rawat
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