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Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, seen in a 1994 photo, was a major cultural center for Ancestral Pueblo peoples. (Philip Greenspun/The Associated Press)

New Mexico bucket list fills up fast

By D'Val Westphal / Of the Journal

Readers share the really good, don’t-miss stuff the state has to offer

The aftermath of a volcano formed City of Rocks, near Deming, at the junction of NM 61 and U.S. 180. A large volcano erupted about 34.9 million years ago forming the rocks that tower 40 feet high. Erosion over time created the rounded columns that are separated by paths. (Courtesy of New Mexico Tourism Department)

State packed with geologic attractions

By Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

New Mexico’s geologic past is exposed like few other places in the world.

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

By Julia Linder Bell / For the Journal

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.

Those who enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides will no doubt be onboard for dog sledding trips with Alaskan huskies that will take visitors on an hourlong jaunt over a scenic forest trail at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. (Courtesy of Purgatory At Durango Mountain Resort)

Let it snow

By Rick Nathanson / Journal Staff Writer

This may not be exactly accurate in the vernacular of weather forecasting, but think of the coming ski season as “Quién Sabe.”

Buffalo Dancer sculpture greets guests at the entrance to Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, just north of Santa Fe.

High desert getaway

By Rozanna M. Martinez / Journal Staff Writer

A day is not enough time to experience all that Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino has to …

The Miners' Colfax Medical Center in Raton, where coal mining was central to the economy for decades. (Journal)

Snapshot: Raton

By Journal Staff

1910 population: 4,539 2009 population: 6,329 Raton called itself the “Pittsburgh of the West” when first founded as a mining… more »

The Rogers Hall Administration building on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. (EDDIE MOORE/JOURNAL)

Snapshot: Las Vegas

By Journal Staff

1910 population: 6,934 2009 population: 13,689 Las Vegas incorporated in 1970, officially unifying two towns that sat less than a… more »