Dazzling desert landscapes, bathed in crystal-clear light. Deep gorges and canyons, accessed by rugged trails. Adobe-walled ruins and isolated churches, blending in perfect harmony into the landscape.

Take these stunning physical elements, add the ongoing stories of its many peoples, from Navajo and Pueblo Indians to Hispanic colonists and Anglo settlers, and you have New Mexico. Here are 10 reasons you shouldn’t miss the Land of Enchantment.

Biking Bad in Albuquerque

Albuquerque may sprawl across 200 sq miles, but it’s a haven for cyclists. Cycle lanes crisscross the city, connecting laid-back residential neighborhoods with downtown and cruising beside intact stretches of the former Route 66. For the best views follow the 16-mile, traffic-free Paseo del Bosque River Trail through the woodlands beside the Rio Grande. Or take a guided tour with Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours, whose program includes five itineraries based on the TV series Breaking Bad, as well as tours of local microbreweries and wineries.
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