Moon New Mexico

Eighth Edition, April 2011
Pages: 392

Price: $18.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598807332

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781598809459

New Mexico native Zora O’Neill gives you her insider’s perspective on New Mexico, from museum-hopping in Santa Fe to visiting organic farms. Zora includes a variety of unique trip ideas, including Nuclear New Mexico and 14-Day Grand Tour. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon New Mexico has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. Complete with details on Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and more, Moon New Mexico gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon New Mexico

Enjoy the very best of New Mexico with these itineraries:
  • 14-Day Grand Tour
  • Weird and Wonderful New Mexico
  • Black Stone, White Sands
  • Not Just Hot Tamales
  • A Week in the Wild West
  • Retro New Mexico
  • Native New Mexico, Ancient and Modern
Explore what New Mexico has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

  • Albuquerque
  • Santa Fe
  • Taos and North Central New Mexico
  • Las Vegas and the Northeast including Pecos and Villanueva, Mora Valley, The Northern Plains, and The Rockies
  • Navajo Nation and the Northwest including West to Gallup, Zuni Pueblo, Gallup, Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and U.S. 550 South to Bernalillo
  • Las Cruces and the Southwest including South from Albuquerque, Socorro and the Plains of San Agustin, Bosque del Apache, El Camino Real, Truth or Consequences, Geronimo Trail, Mesilla Valley, West to Bootheel, Silver City, Trail of the Mountain Spirits, and Gila National Forest
  • Carlsbad Caverns and the Southeast including East on the Interstate, The Llano, Roswell, Carlsbad, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Cloudcroft, Alamogordo, White Sand National Monument, Ruidoso, Billy the Kid Trail, and Northern Tularosa Basin

Zora O’Neill has lived in New York City since 1998, but she still calls New Mexico home. Growing up, she attended ceremonial dances at Taos Pueblo and camped in the Pecos Wilderness—but she took it for granted, and perhaps even complained about it when she was dragged out of bed before dawn for some adventure. It wasn’t until she moved away and traveled the world that she realized what a wild, culturally rich place she’d been raised in.

Zora’s travels and writing have taken her on a circuitous route back to her home. Graduate study in the Middle East taught her about the Arab roots of adobe and irrigation channels; visiting hotels in southern Spain for guidebooks was disorienting—the brick floors, thick walls, and shady courtyards felt just like those in Santa Fe; and for guidebook work in Mexico, she has followed the threads of Spanish and indigenous culinary traditions as they made their way up to her home state.

All along in her travels, Zora has been particularly interested in food, occasionally working as a cook, caterer, and cookbook author (Forking Fantastic! Put the Party Back in Dinner Party was published in 2009). Working on Moon New Mexico gave her the excuse to seek out the best red chile enchiladas and most creative uses of local organic produce. Zora is also the author of Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque. Find more information and updates to this guidebook on Zora’s website,