UNESCO World Heritage sites in New Mexico

When people think of the United States, ancient ruins are typically not the first thing that pops to mind. Many New Mexicans are so accustomed to ancient ruins and petroglyphs in their backyard that they no longer marvel at their mysteries or splendor. Overlooking the historical and natural treasures of New Mexico is a mistake, detracting from the overall experience.

There are impressive ruins that are as old as the Pyramids tucked into cliffs of remote canyons throughout the Southwest. These large, long abandoned settlements are a testament to vibrant, thriving cultures that flourished in this area long before the conquistadors arrived. The history and ancient traditions aren’t isolated to ruins. Taos Pueblo is the longest continuously inhabited place in the United States and Acoma Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community.

Who got here first could be a point of ongoing contention, but the reality is that the area has been populated for thousands of years, with vibrant and unique art, cultural and spiritual traditions.

New Mexico’s variety of activities and diversity of terrain is extraordinary for anyone who loves culture, history or nature. A testament to this fact is the number of World Heritage sites. New Mexico has more than any other state with 3; Taos Pueblo, Chaco Canyon and Carlsbad Caverns. A possible fourth, White Sands is currently under consideration.

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