This mountainous state boasts world-class outdoor attractions, an enviable artists community, and undiluted Southwestern culture.

By Melanie Lieberman
February 04, 2016

New Mexico may very well be one of the country’s most underappreciated adventure outposts, thanks largely to its staggering mountain ranges—the youngest in the world—the Sangre de Cristo and the San Juan. Taos, in particular, has become one of the state’s main attractions. GLP Films captures the ancient energy of this quiet town in the north high desert, bound by the Sangre de Cristos and home to an enormous adobe Pueblo, as well as a rich community of artists. Those high peaks offer ancient cliff dwellings as well as a world-class ski town.

Travelers can enjoy backcountry snowshoeing, river rafting, camping with llamas, local art galleries and museums, and authentic meetings with locals residing in the pueblo, which has existed for more than 1,000 years. In addition to Taos’ impressive variety of historical and active experiences, the state of New Mexico is flourishing as an ecotourism destination at large. Guides and outfitters are eager to share the untouched Southwestern culture and landscapes with tourists, while promoting the importance of preservation.