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Rock out in the USA's Legendary Cave
Wondering about what romantic things you could do on a New Mexico vacation? The state is truly a wonderland for honeymoon couples who thrive outdoors, in wide open spaces.
In the Land of Enchantment, the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees 13 million acres of diverse public land encompassing high deserts, rugged lava flows, deep canyons, badlands, National Monuments and more. Almost all BLM public land is open for recreational use.
New Mexico also delivers on Wild West fantasies: Visitors can bask in cowboy lore, Hispanic history, Native American serenity, spectacular scenery, and great hotels and restaurants.
Magnificent New Mexico’s recreational opportunities are astonishing as well. There are endless things to do, and for couples who love the outdoors, opportunities for hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and horseback riding under a warm sun and big skies are not to be missed.
Rock out in North America’s Legendary Cave
Down near the Texas border, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is nothing short of an astounding underground city of rock. Bring a jacket—it’s a perpetual 55 degrees in the cavern. And make sure you're around for the twice-daily bat flight. Or not.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Frolic on an Outrageous Oceanless Beach
The stunning natural wonder known as White Sands National Park contains 275 square miles of things to do in mountain-ringed ivory powder dunes.
Here you can run around like kids, hike the four marked trails, go on activities guided by park rangers, and chase goofy roadrunners (New Mexico’s mascot).
Don’t leave before catching a mindboggling romantic White Sands sunset.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Hunt for UFOs in Roswell
ET, call home! Colorful Roswell is the Vatican of the “we are not alone” crowd. The creepy UFO Museum is their St. Peter’s Basilica.
Beyond the exhilarating strangeness of Roswell's alien obsession, it's a very cool old-fashioned small town, with fabulous Fifties neon signage and a leafy historic district with gracious old homes.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Join Scientists Searching for Extraterrestrials
Scientists serious about discovering life out there scan the universe at the Very Large Array of New Mexico, a cluster of 27 gigantic satellite dishes made famous by the movie Contact.
The VLA welcomes visitors, even romantic ones from Earth.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Discover an Eerie Outer-Space Landscape
Studded with eerie rock formations called hoodoos, 4,000-acre Bisti Badlands looks and feels like another planet.
Among the things to do in this designated wilderness area are hiking, getting silly, and making your own outer-space videos.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Explore New Mexico's Mysterious Ancient Metropolis
Chaco Canyon is the sprawling ruins of a thousand-year-old tribal city.
Its vastness and complexity hint at the sophistication of the Anasazi Indians, who disappeared suddenly long ago. Many theories exist, and you may come up with your own.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Visit a Pre-Columbian Open-Air Art Gallery
The road leading to Three Rivers Petroglyphs is one of the most romantic and scenic drives anywhere.
And the site itself is nothing short of a prehistoric art gallery.
More than 21,000 petroglyphs (rock paintings), are scattered on a compact hillside, creating a uniquely memorable art experience.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Step Nimbly Where Old West Miners Treasure-Hunted
If your athletic comfort level is an unforgettably picturesque hike, the Gila Catwalk leads you down old miners’ catwalks strung along cliffs and across Whitewater Creek.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Watch Real Lovebirds Do Their Thing
Unspoiled, wildlife-rich New Mexico is paradise for birdwatchers. The most romantic of the species mate for life.
Pack binocs for Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, located in the dead center of the state.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Scout Wholesale Indian Jewelry on Funky Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66, and your Southwestern Indian goods too, in western New Mexico’s Gallup, where you can pick up a romantic memento of your trip.
The business center of the Navajo nation, Gallup is packed with trading posts that sell tribal rugs, pottery, and silver-and-turquoise jewelry for less than half of Santa Fe’s prices.
Nostalgia fans, too, will love this vintage town, ablaze with neon signs and colorful hotels such as El Rancho.