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Here are 10 of the Oddest Places Found Only in New Mexico



New Mexico is a state full of surprises! You already know that it’s home to stunning landscapes and a vibrant culture. Beyond the desert vistas and pueblo villages, have you ever been curious if there are other fascinating places that you won’t find anywhere else?

Let’s take a journey through 10 of the oddest spots that make New Mexico so unique.

1. Meow Wolf in Santa Fe

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Meow Wolf is not just an art installation. It’s actually a mind-bending, immersive experience that defies explanation. Step through the doors of this interactive art exhibit, and you’ll find yourself exploring a surreal world of neon-lit corridors, secret passages, and otherworldly dimensions.

2. Carlsbad Caverns

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Now this is a place that never gets old! While not odd in the traditional sense, the Carlsbad Caverns are undeniably otherworldly. Visitors get to descend into the depths of the vast underground caves and discover a wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites, and mysterious rock formations.

3. Roswell UFO Museum

Roswell UFO Museum

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For those intrigued by the unexplained, Roswell is ground zero for all things extraterrestrial. Visit the UFO Museum and Research Center to delve into the mystery surrounding the infamous Roswell Incident of 1947! 

4. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Salinas Pueblo Missions

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Explore the ruins of ancient Pueblo settlements at this unique national monument. There are crumbling adobe walls that would let you imagine what life was like for the indigenous peoples who once called this place home.

5. Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Another testament to New Mexico’s rich indigenous history is the impressive Chaco Canyon! Visit this place if you want to marvel at the architectural achievements of the Ancestral Puebloans. Fun fact — this is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. The Very Large Array

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Deep in the New Mexico desert lies one of the world’s most powerful radio observatories. The Very Large Array consists of 27 massive radio antennas arranged in a Y-shaped configuration, probing the depths of the universe in search of cosmic mysteries.

7. The Turquoise Trail

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Do you want to take a scenic drive somewhere? Check the Turquoise Trail, a historic route that winds its way through the rugged beauty of the New Mexico countryside! Along the way, you’ll encounter quirky roadside attractions, charming mining towns, and breathtaking vistas.

8. White Sands National Park

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Ah, step foot into a surreal landscape of shifting sands at White Sands National Park. The otherworldly expanse of gypsum dunes stretches as far as the eye can see! It’s not just Instagrammable. It is a must-visit!

9. Shiprock

Shiprock, New Mexico

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Shiprock is a towering volcanic formation sacred to the Navajo people. Its distinctive silhouette has inspired legends and captivated imaginations for centuries.

10. The Bart Prince

Prince Bart

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Seemingly a home for extraterrestrial encounters, the Bart Prince is known as the UFO house or bug house. 

It goes without saying that New Mexico is a land of endless wonders and oddities!

The next time you find yourself visiting, be sure to seek out these 10 destinations that make New Mexico truly one of a kind. 

A writer big on nature, travel, and dogs. If you can't find Errot with her furry pal, then she's probably out exploring.