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  •  Thank you for this diary. (4+ / 0-)

    I'm ashamed to say this, but I've lived in NM for 40 years and have been to neither Carlsbad nor Taos. I went to a spectacular cavern in Israel. Carlsbad, no. You've inspired me. Soon. I've been told the Gila Wilderness is worth a trip also.

    •  it's still there. . . (4+ / 0-)

      and in that southeastern neck of the woods where you can easily get to it if you still want to go. By the way, most people I know who live here have never even been to my 'other' office where I have worked for years: the Grand Canyon. So, have you? Thanks for posting your comments, HappyinNM, and let me tell you if you have been to the Gila Wilderness you are a rarity in the fold, since many people have not. That's also one of my very, very favorite places to go from time to time.

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      by richholtzin on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 09:30:38 AM PDT

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      •  We drove passed the Grand Canyon on our (1+ / 0-)
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        way to Las Vegas (NV). Saw the Petrified Forest, but not the Painted Desert. Was quite surprised to find that the reason it's "petrified" is because it was destroyed (by something). Was really expecting to see a forest. We spent the night in Flagstaff in a motel with a huge picture window overlooking a snow-covered forest area. Pretty exciting for this desert dweller. We ran out of time and money to stop at the Grand Canyon on the way back. So that's still on the bucket list. I don't have enough of a yen to see the Gila, so we probably won't. See further comments below.

        •  if you miss seeing the Gila. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          you miss the best of the southern part of the state. That's an opinion of many folks. I find it enthralling green country and that's always a pleasant change of scenery on the eyes (compared to the usual desert pavement country). And no one, yet, has commented on the San Augustine Plains and the stunning VLA (Very Large Array), where the likes of "Contact" was partially filled, and the opening to "2010." That's worth seeing, too, then to Quemado, and from there head down toward the Gila and that town where Pat Garrett was shot. I'm sure you all know the name. . .has "silver" in it. . .hint.

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          by richholtzin on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:01:35 PM PDT

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    •  Lots of great places to go (4+ / 0-)

      As I mentioned in the White Sands diary, I highly recommend at least a road trip through the Sacramento Mountains. It's amazing to feel the contrast between the high mountain valleys and the desert floor.

      Taos is lovely, as is the Santa Fe National Forest, lots of great aspens, and you might also want to get yourself up to Chama and take the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. It's especially gorgeous in fall when the leaves are turning.

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      by elfling on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:31:57 AM PDT

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      •  I think I've seen everything that abuts (3+ / 0-)
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        I-25 (within NM). I've been to White Sands numerous times, and on up Hwy 70 to Ruidoso. We've stopped at the three reservations between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and spent time talking to the people in the main stores. We drove through another reservation (though I don't know which one), but it's between Lamy and Moriarty. That was a peaceful, beautiful ride through fields of wildflowers. And we went west on I-40 from Albuquerque, through the Acoma reservation, with the pueblo built right into the mountains. That was amazing, but we didn't stop. One day (I've promised) we'll take the train that begins at Chama. And after the diary about Taos, I really want to go there. Note: I've been to many places outside of NM.

    •  oh, HappyinNM, when you go (1+ / 0-)
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      leave another day so you can visit Sitting Bull Falls. Same National Park area, but don't go on a holiday weekend. It's a little paradise of a park in a blind canyon with some springs.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 03:32:53 PM PDT

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      •  you folks are keeping me busy. . . (2+ / 0-)
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        with all your recommendations. HA! And I"ve never seen Sitting Bull Falls. Guess I'll have to add it to growing list this community tends to weave and tease with such places to visit. But thanks. I don't mind teasing if it's along such lines.

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        by richholtzin on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:48:29 PM PDT

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