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This photo shows an old building in Rhylolite, Nev., a ghost town located northeast of Death Valley National Park. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Ghost towns tell story of mining days in Old West

DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. – The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company.

Harold Simpson, top, a full-blooded Navajo tour guide, walks through the stark landscape of Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. Simpson stands in the middle of a controversy between tourism and preserving the land. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Monument Valley tourism spurs conflict

Remote Monument Valley pits Navajo elders concerned with preserving area’s spiritual significance against burgeoning tourism development

The stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village highlight a visit to Jemez Historic Site. (Courtesy of Richard Hasbrouck)

History on the spot

New Mexico’s diverse history, reflected in ancient Native American kivas, Spanish Colonial churches and 19th-century military forts, is preserved and protected through the New Mexico Historic Site system.

The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, N.M., has a rich history and resident ghost. It's a good example of the town's Victorian architecture. (Courtesy of Plaza Hotel)

Stay in Vegas

If you are ready for a quaint stroll back in time where you can peruse the halls of a historic castle, bathe in natural mineral hot springs or sit under the gazebo on the plaza while taking in the local flavor, Las Vegas, N.M., is a must-see day trip or overnight destination.

A woman heads toward the exterior ladder of a house on the Acoma Pueblo. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Acoma people fold old traditions into present

ACOMA — A dark-haired woman wearing jeans and a striped shirt climbs a ladder to enter her adobe home on this small Native American pueblo, carrying a bag of food from McDonald’s.

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