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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

Paleontologist Gary Morgan stands over the fossil of a stegomastodon skull discovered in a remote area of Elephant Butte State Park this week. What appears to be the skull and tusks of a 3.2 million-year-old stegomastodon was found Monday by campers. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Skull of stegomastodon excavated

By Rick Nathanson / Journal Staff Writer

3.2 million-year-old fossil at Elephant Butte may be the most complete ever found

The Rio Grande runs through Truth or Consequences, located in the high desert of southern New Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

A lake, a TV show and mineral springs keep TorC thriving

By Emily Van Cleve / For the Journal

Water is at the heart of the city of Truth or Consequences, which is known for its mineral hot springs and has the Rio Grande running through it.

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.

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.”

The Hatch Chile Festival draws thousands of chile fans to the small New Mexico village. (Journal File)

Hatch festival offers a feast for chile fanatics

By Matt Andazola / Journal Staff Writer

Enjoy green chile cheeseburgers, enchiladas, rellenos, and don’t forget music, games and dancing. Lisa Terrazas has lived in Hatch all… more »