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North Central, New Mexico

An excellent choice for a sightseeing adventure within the North Central Region is the Enchanted Circle, an 86-mile scenic-driving tour that connects several picturesque towns around and through the highest Rock Mountain peaks in New Mexico. Just one of the many beautiful landmarks you'll glimpse along the drive is Wheeler Peak, New Mexico's tallest mountain, which towers 13,161 feet neat Taos Ski Valley.

Several other ski areas in the region also offer exciting adventures. Excellent powdery trails await you at Ski Santa Fe, Angel Fire Resort Ski and Snowboard Area, Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Center, Red River Ski Area, Pajarito Ski Mountain near Los Alamos and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort between Penasco and Taos.

Opportunities for outdoor activities abound, including many lakes for fishing, boating, swimming and more. The upper reaches of the Rio Grande enter the state from Colorado and rafters and kayakers are treated to exhilarating fun every spring runoff with whitewater rapids crashing through the Taos Box and beyond.

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Santuario de Chimayo

Legendary shrine, built 1813-16

Chimayo, NM Shrines

Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Southern end of Rio Grande Wild &

Taos, NM Recreation Areas

St. Francis Cathedral

Constructed under Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy in 1869-93

Santa Fe, NM Historic Churches


Awakening Museum

Inspirational 400-panel, 7,500-ft. monumental painting by linear-expressionist Jean-Claude Guagy covers floors, walls. 13

Santa Fe, NM Museums

Mission and Convento

Replica of Juan de Onate's first church, built in 1598

Espanola, NM Historic Churches



Poshouinge Ruins

1/2-mile ruin trail, 2 vista areas, interpretive signs;

Abiquiu, NM Recreation


La Hacienda del los Martinez

Restored Spanish colonial hacienda, built about 1800

Taos, NM Historic Buildings

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