New Mexico’s natural hot springs discovered by Spanish settlers and believed to have healing properties.
Following in the footsteps of cowboys and settlers and ride the Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad between Antonito and Chama.
Tens of thousands of birds including Sandhill Cranes and Arctic Geese gather in the autumn and stay through the winter.
Hear stories of the real Wild West and follow in the footsteps of Billy the Kid to the saloon.
Spectacular canyons and jungle like flood plain are inhabited by coyotes, skunks, black bear and mountain lions.
See actual space-craft, try on space helmets and enjoy live presentations and interactive exhibits.
The famous Mission San Antonio de Valero where 189 defenders fell after Mexican attacks.
A Mecca for shoppers and full of art and culture.
Texas is so big it comprises seven regions and two time zones with over 600 miles of sandy beaches and sophisticated big cities such as Houston and Dallas offering more than the traditional cowboy image. New Mexico is a melting pot of culture and enchantment. Tiny villages are scattered through the state emphasising the rich history found in the ancient pueblos. Mountains, lakes, deserts and forests are some of the diverse landscapes found here and this is arguably the most mystical and intriguing area of the US.
Texas is ‘a whole other country’ and is so vast it has two time zones. It has a varied terrain – from wide open spaces full of cacti and tumbleweed to majestic towering forests of pine trees.
Piney Woods area in the east boasts spectacular vistas of magnolia, elm, oak and ash that burst with colour during the fall and bloom with azaleas in the spring. Wildlife refuges and Indian reservations can be found here and further south lies Galveston Island offering 32 beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.
Spain established the historic showpiece, The Alamo in San Antonio in 1718 and the small Spanish mission is now steps away from elegant hotels and restaurants. A drive through Hill Country encompasses ranches, state parks and wonderful visions of dainty wildflowers blanketing the roadside. Streams, rivers and lakes meander through hillsides dotted with junipers, oaks and maple.
The more traditional image of Texas is old spaghetti western movies, cacti, tumbleweeds and endless sandy deserts. Welcome to the Big Bend region where you can imagine how life was lived in this open frontier. Visit forts that hosted gunfi ghts and towns that saw bank robberies and shoot outs. Big Bend National Park is home to fascinating wildlife such as mountain lions, bears and rattlesnakes. Tall Yucca plants guard the roadsides and jaw dropping scenes of plunging canyons and soaring peaks can be seen.
The cities are as diverse as the landscapes. Dallas conjures images of ten gallon hats and feuding oil barons but there is more to the ‘Big D’. World-class art exhibitions, museums and live music contribute to the vibrant atmosphere here. Houston is home to the NASA Space Center and old towns such as El Paso and San Antonio offer insights into history and cowboy country.
New Mexico blends cultures of Native Americans, Spanish and Anglo. The great cowboy phenomenon began here 400 years ago and Hollywood helped to highlight the image of the Wild West. The ‘Land of Enchantment’ lives up to its name, decorated with Indian Pueblos and lush forested mountains contrasting with stark, barren deserts or the eerie stillness of an Indian Reservation. In the south are the mazing lava fields which the Spanish called ‘mai pai’ or badlands and apart from the occasional outlaw this landscape was left alone. Lonely and desolate it is an amazing spectacle to see the black lava contrast with the azure blue skies.
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