Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque

New Mexico native Zora O’Neill shares her appreciation for the Land of Enchantment, from exploring Acoma Pueblo—a 12th-century Native American settlement built upon a 367-foot mesa—to hitting the slopes at Taos Ski Valley. O’Neill offers a variety of trip strategies, such as Weekend Getaways, American Indian Heritage, and Not Just Hot Tamales—a guide to sampling […]

Apache Crown Dancers performing at the 92nd Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup,NM.

Native American New Mexico, Ancient and Modern

Even if you’re visiting only a small area on your trip, there’s a lot of American Indian history to see in and around each place in New Mexico—but definitely try to schedule a visit around a dance ceremony at a pueblo, as this will give you the most memorable impression of the living culture.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta fills the sky every October.

The Best Fall Festivals in New Mexico

When autumn settles over New Mexico, it brings crisp temperatures, clear skies, and brilliant colors, especially to the cool mountains. Therefore, fall is a great time to visit and enjoy a number of festivals and events in this southwest state. From the dazzling hues of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta to the delicious tastes and smells of the Santa Fe Indian Market, to the engaging songs of Native American ceremonial dances, there are exciting events to please every type of traveler around this time of year.

Moon New Mexico

This full-color guide to New Mexico includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. New Mexico native Zora O’Neill shares her insider’s perspective on the Land of Enchantment, from museum-hopping in Santa Fe to exploring the vast beauty of the desert to visiting organic farms. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, this guide offers […]

An open wooden gate leads to a small courtyard with a cross in front of an old adobe building with belltowers.

Taking the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos

Tiny villages sit along the winding highway through the mountains to Taos. From Santa Fe, the drive straight through takes only about an hour and a half, but leave time to dawdle at churches and galleries, take a hike, or have lunch on the way. Author Zora O’Neill directs you to the best spots for stopping.

Outside pueblo style buildings a hand-painted wooden sign reads Gifts & Art of New Mexico.

Taking the Low Road to Taos from Santa Fe

When going from Santa Fe to Taos, this route is a more direct one than the high road, with fewer stopping points and the reward of a dramatic view. The lush farmland around the Rio Grande is the highlight of this drive north—the valley filled with apple orchards is as green as New Mexico gets.