Most Visited New Mexico Cities

Information the most visited communities, villages, towns, and cities in New Mexico.

Albuquerque
- Largest city in New Mexico
- Straddles the Rio Grande River
- University of New Mexico (UNM)
- Kirtland Air Force base
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Petroglyph National Monument

Chama
- Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Narrow-Gauge Railroad

Chimayo
- Founded in 17th century
- Santa Cruz River

Carlsbad
- Located in the Chihuahuan Desert
- Located in the Pecos River Valley
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park (30 miles SW)
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park (70 miles SW in TX)
- Lake Carlsbad
- Two other man-made lakes

Deming
- Important US-Mexico border entry point until 1853
- Indian Sites (Mimbres and Casa Grandes cultures)
- Native American artifacts

Farmington
- Junction of San Juan, Animas, and La Plata Rivers
- Four Corners Region

Gallup
- Founded in 1891
- Was Atlantic and Pacific Railroad railhead
- Known as the "IndianCapital of the World"
- Tribes: Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and others

Los Alamos
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Home of the Manhattan Project
- Former site of Los Alamos Ranch School

Las Cruces
- Rio Grande River agriculture region
- New mexico State University

Las Vegas
- Spanish Colonial style town with central plaza
- Former railroad hub
- Duncan Opera House
- Harvey House Hotel
- New Mexico Normal School

Raton
- Raton Pass was used by Spanish explorers
- Pass goes thorugh the Rockey Mountains

Roswell
- Famous for the 1947 Roswell UFO incident
- Above was really closer to Coronad then Roswell
- Roswell Army Air Field

Ruidoso
- Small town in the Sierra Blanca Mountains
- Located in South Central New Mexico
- Ruidoso Downs Race Track
- Apache Ski Resort (owned by Mescalero Apache Indians)

Santa Fe
- Known for arts and culture
- Several Pueblo villages between 1050 and 1150

Silver City
- Charming mountain town
- Originally an Apache campsite
- Later became famous for silver mines

Socorro
- Located in the Rio Grande Valley

Taos
- Located near the Taos Pueblo Indian Village
- County seat of Taos County
- Taos Ski Valley Resort

Truth or Consequences
- Formerly known as "Hot Springs"
- Renamed in 1950 after radio program
- Because Ralph Edwards he would do program from there

Tucumcari
- Originally: Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad camp
- Known as "Six Shooter Siding" because of gunfights
- later renamed Tucumcari after Tucumcari Mountain

See also:
More About Cities in New Mexico
Attractions in New Mexico
New Mexico for Visitors


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