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Raton, New Mexico

Raton Iridium Layer

This unassuming layer of clay boasts an out-of-this-world origin story.
Cimarron, New Mexico

St. James Hotel

A saloon and inn that served the Wild West's most iconic figures—and is still haunted by some of them today.
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

Wheeler Peak

This highest peak in New Mexico is named after an explorer who had a habit of lending his monicker to peaks.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Camel Rock

A natural formation that resembles a camel resting in the New Mexico desert.
El Prado, New Mexico

Earthships

These aggressively sustainable art homes look like something out of 1970's science fiction.
Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

El Salto del Agua Waterfall

A waterfall and cave near Arroyo Seco that inspired the writings of D. H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, and Mabel Dodge Luhan.
Fort Sumner, New Mexico

Grave of Billy the Kid

The final resting place of the most famous outlaw in the Old West.
Roswell, New Mexico

Bottomless Lakes State Park

Hidden in the New Mexico desert southeast of Roswell, nine small deep lakes formed inside sinkholes.
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns

The second-largest cave chamber in the world was discovered in 1898 by a 16-year-old and a friend known as "Pothead."
Lincoln, New Mexico

Lincoln County Courthouse

The site of Billy the Kid’s most famous escape and the end to the Lincoln County War.
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Recycled Roadrunner Statue

A 20-foot-tall roadrunner constructed of discarded items watches over the I-10.
Deming, New Mexico

Cabinetlandia

A half-acre utopia in the New Mexico desert features a graveyard, a game of horseshoes, a library, and a mailbox.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

White Sands National Park

Explore the largest pure gypsum deposit in the world, and go dune sledding while you're at it.
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El Paso, Texas

Casa de Azucar

The house's confection-like decorations are the result of one man's painstaking work over decades.
Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell McDonald's

This fast-food outlet is the only space and UFO-themed McDonalds in the world.
Capitan, New Mexico

Smokey Bear's Grave

The final resting place of the living embodiment of the famous Forest Service symbol.
Tularosa, New Mexico

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

More than 21,000 images fill this overlooked gem of a prehistoric site.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

Alamogordo Landfill

Buried beneath the New Mexico sands are believed to be millions of copies of Atari's E.T. video game.
Magdalena, New Mexico

Kelly Ghost Town

The ruins of this former mining boomtown once housed over 3,000 people. Now, the population is two.
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Truth or Consequences

This quirky hot springs town known to locals as "T or C" was named after a radio show.
New Mexico

Trinity Atomic Bomb Site

Once a year, visitors can tour the desolate site that birthed the Atomic Age.
Socorro, New Mexico

Socorro Isopod

A warm desert spring holds one of the rarest species on earth.
White Oaks, New Mexico

No Scum Allowed Saloon

In a largely deserted ghost town, a little brick building recalls its history as a gold rush hub and haven for outlaws.
Carrizozo, New Mexico

'Intersection Point Zero'

This sculpture is intended to reset a person’s creativity.