Arizona and New Mexico : 25 scenic side trips /

by Quinn, Rick [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Roadtrip America: Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : Imbrifex Books, 2018.Edition: First edition.Description: xx, 383 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1945501057; 9781945501050.Subject(s): Automobile travel -- Arizona -- Guidebooks | Automobile travel -- New Mexico -- Guidebooks | Arizona -- Guidebooks | New Mexico -- Guidebooks | Guidebooks
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips , each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was "the Wickedest Town in the West" or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an "energy vortex" in the red rocks of Sedona. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy--one extra day at a time!</p> Stunning color imagery and photography throughout Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining Researched and written by native Arizonan and adventure traveler Rick Quinn , whose road trips have taken him from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and San Francisco to Washington D.C. Photographer, travel writer, and anthropologist, Quinn is an expert on the topography, history, and culture of the American southwest and how best to enjoy its wonders by automobile.

Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • Part 1 Scenic Alternatives to Interstate 10 (p. 21)
  • 1 Van Horn, Texas, to Las Cruces, New Mexico (p. 23)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Roswell UFO Museum
  • Lincoln Historic Site
  • Billy the Kid Scenic Byway
  • Sierra Blanca Mountains
  • White Sands National Monument
  • White Sands Missile Range Museum
  • 2 Las Cruces to Lordsburg (p. 37)
  • Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science
  • Hatch (Chile Capital of the World)
  • Spaceport America
  • Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway
  • Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway
  • Gila Hot Springs
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • Pinos Altos
  • Historic Silver City
  • City of Rocks State Park
  • Chino Copper Mine
  • 3 Lordsburg to Willcox, Arizona (p. 50)
  • Silver City
  • Catwalk National Recreation Trail
  • Mogollon Ghost Town
  • White Mountains of Eastern Arizona
  • Coronado Trail Scenic Byway
  • Blue Range Primitive Area
  • Morenci Mine
  • Clifton Townsite Historic District
  • Rex Allen Museum
  • 4 Lordsburg to Phoenix (p. 63)
  • Duncan
  • Safford and Mount Graham
  • Globe/Miami
  • Superior and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum
  • Phoenix Mountain Parks
  • Arizona State Capitol Museum
  • Heard Museum
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Pueblo Grande
  • 5 Wiilcox to Benson (p. 75)
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  • Chiricahua National Monument
  • Douglas and Agua Prieta
  • Bisbee and the Copper Queen Mine
  • Tombstone
  • O.K. Corral and Boot Hill
  • St. David
  • Benson
  • 6 Benson to Tucson (p. 89)
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Ramsey Canyon Preserve
  • Coronado National Memorial
  • Montezuma Pass
  • Parker Canyon Lake
  • Sonoita
  • Patagonia
  • Nogales
  • Tumacacori National ITistorical Park
  • Tubac Presidio
  • Titan Missile Museum
  • 7 A Tucson Circuit (p. 101)
  • Sabino Canyon
  • Mount Lemmon
  • Saguaro National Park East
  • AMARG Boneyard
  • Pima Air & Space Museum
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac
  • Old Tucson
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  • Saguaro National Park West
  • Gates Pass
  • 8 Tucson to Phoenix (p. 117)
  • Biosphere 2
  • Pinal Pioneer Parkway
  • Tom Mix Memorial
  • Historic Florence
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • LDS Mesa Temple
  • Tempe Town Lake
  • Old Town Scottsdale
  • Western Spirit Museum
  • Part 2 Scenic Alternatives to Interstate 17 (p. 129)
  • 9 Phoenix to Flagstaff, West Route (p. 131)
  • Wickenburg
  • Yarneil Hill
  • Prescott and Whiskey Row
  • Mingus Mountain and Jerome
  • Tuzigoot National Monument and the Verde Valley
  • Sedona and the Red Rocks
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Flagstaff
  • 10 Phoenix to Flagstaff, East Route (p. 143)
  • Taliesin West
  • Fountain Hills
  • Payson and the Zane Gray Cabin
  • Mogollon Rim
  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
  • Pine and Strawberry
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Arcosanti
  • Schnebly Hill
  • Sedona
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • 11 Phoenix to Holbrook (p. 157)
  • Superstition Wilderness
  • Apache Trail Historic Road
  • Salt River Lakes (Canyon, Apache, and Roosevelt)
  • Tonto National Monument
  • Globe
  • Salt River Canyon
  • Show Low
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Painted Desert
  • Holbrook
  • Part 3 Scenic Alternatives to Interstate 40 (p. 171)
  • 12 Kingman to Flagstaff (p. 173)
  • Historic Route 66
  • Oatman
  • Peach Springs and the Hualapai Reservation
  • Diamond Creek Road
  • The Colorado River
  • Grand Canyon Caverns
  • Seligman
  • Williams
  • Grand Canyon Railroad
  • Flagstaff
  • 13 St. George, Utah, to Flagstaff (p. 189)
  • Zion National Park
  • North Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Lee's Ferry
  • Lake Powell
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Flagstaff
  • 14 Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon Loop (p. 207)
  • Cameron Trading Post
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Red Mountain Crater
  • Hart Prairie Preserve
  • Snowbowl (San Francisco Peaks)
  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • Flagstaff
  • 15 Flagstaff to Holbrook (p. 221)
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments
  • Coal Mine Canyon
  • Hopi Mesas
  • Little Painted Desert
  • Winslow
  • Holbrook
  • 16 Holbrook to Gallup, New Mexico (p. 233)
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • Monument Valley
  • Navajo Route 13 and tbe Lukachukai Mountains
  • Shiprock
  • Gallup
  • 17 Gallup to Grants (p. 249)
  • Gallup
  • Bisti Badlands
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument (Farmington)
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • 18 Gallup to Albuquerque (p. 261)
  • Gallup Historic District
  • Zunr Pueblo
  • El Morro National Monument
  • Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano
  • El Malpais National Monument
  • The Sky City of Acoma
  • Laguna Pueblo
  • Los Lunas
  • Rio Grande
  • Albuquerque
  • 19 Grants to Socorro (p. 275)
  • Grants
  • El Malpais National Monument
  • Pie Town
  • The VLA
  • Plains of San Agustin
  • Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
  • Part 4 Scenic Alternatives to Interstate 25 (p. 287)
  • 20 Socorro to Albuquerque (p. 289)
  • Historic Socorro
  • Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (Abo, Gran Quivira, and Quarai)
  • Salt Mission Trail Scenic Byway
  • Sandia Peak Tramway
  • 21 Albuquerque Loop (p. 301)
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Corrales
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
  • Turquoise Trail
  • Tinkertown Museum
  • Sandia Crest
  • 22 Albuquerque to Santa Fe (p. 313)
  • Coronado Historic Site
  • Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway
  • Jemez Historic Site
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Fenton Lake State Park
  • Abiquiu
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Los Alamos
  • Bradbury Science Museum
  • Santa Fe
  • 23 Santa Fe/Taos Loop, Part A (p. 327)
  • Santa Fe
  • Low Road to Taos
  • Old Spanish Trail
  • Puye Cliff Dwellings
  • Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
  • San Francisco de Asis Church
  • Taos
  • Taos Pueblo
  • 24 Santa Fe/Taos Loop, Part B (p. 339)
  • Taos
  • Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway
  • Taos Ski Valley
  • Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway
  • Red River
  • Eagle Nest Lake
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park
  • Angel Fire
  • High Road to Taos Scenic Byway
  • Las Trampas
  • Truchas
  • El Santuario de Chimayo
  • Santa Fe
  • 25 Santa Fe to Raton (p. 355)
  • Santa Fe
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • Abiquiu
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio
  • Ghost Ranch
  • Echo Amphitheater
  • Brazos Cliffs
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
  • Taos
  • Cimarron Canyon State Park
  • Cimarron
  • Raton
  • Acknowledgements (p. 371)
  • Index (p. 372)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">SCENIC SIDE TRIP 2 Las Cruces to Lordsburg via Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and Silver City 251 miles, 7 hours 11 minutes From the ancient past to outer space and back, on the Trail of the Mountain Spirits This scenic detour will add 130 miles and most of a day to your journey between Las Cruces and Lordsburg. What would have been a rather monotonous 2 hours on a flat, straight freeway becomes an expedition over magnificent mountain highways and a fascinating journey through time, with some very hot chiles thrown in. LAS CRUCES AND HATCH Leave Interstate 10 at Exit 140 in Las Cruces, on the Avenida de Mesilla. While you're in town, check out Las Cruces' Museum of Nature and Science. Among other exhibits, it has fossilized footprints of animals that predate the dinosaurs taken from nearby Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, which is possibly the world's richest source for this type of Permian Age fossil. Contact the BLM in Las Cruces if you'd like to tag along on a guided hike to the fossil beds, which contain tracks left by lizard-like critters, giant bugs, and sea creatures anywhere from 250 to 300 million years ago. Otherwise, head north on Valley Drive, NM 185, which will lead you through the agricultural area north of town. The highway runs through the valley of the Rio Grande, the same Rio Grande that marks the 1,200-mile border between Texas and Mexico. At Radium Springs, pull off the road for the Fort Selden State Historic Site, the crumbling adobe remains of a 19th-century Army outpost, a relic of the days when marauding bands of Apaches preyed on pretty much everyone who came near their territory. After the last of the renegade Apache warriors were disarmed and herded onto reservations, small garrisons like Fort Selden were no longer needed; this post was decommissioned and abandoned in 1891. Chile pepper lovers will have something to celebrate when they reach the little town of Hatch, the official Chile Capital of New Mexico and site of the annual Hatch Chile Festival. The spicy food and music extravaganza is held each year over Labor Day weekend, and draws as many as 30,000 visitors. There's no question that the farms in this area produce some of the finest, hottest peppers you would ever dare to eat, and local shops do a brisk business. You can get the chiles fresh when they're in season, from August through mid-September; the rest of the year they're available dried, frozen, and pickled, along with every conceivable chile-related food product and curio. Favorite souvenirs include beautiful decorative wreaths made entirely of dried chile peppers, and traditional ristras: strings of dried chiles, as much a staple of Southwestern décor as they are of Southwestern cooking. From Hatch, drive 30 miles north on NM 187 to the intersection of NM 152, near Caballo Lake, a large reservoir on the Rio Grande that offers all the usual boating, fishing, camping, and picnicking opportunities. The route heads west from here, but you might consider an optional side trip: 15 miles north is the town of Truth or Consequences, the official gateway to Spaceport America, the world's first "purpose-built, FAA-certified commercial spaceport." It's not an amusement park, and it's not a movie set. It's an actual spaceport, owned and operated by the State of New Mexico, with a 12,000-foot runway, launch pads for rockets, hangars for spacecraft, and a passenger terminal that boosters compare to the Sydney Opera House. When trips into outer space become available to paying passengers, this is where they'll fly from. There's not a lot going on out at the Spaceport just yet, but if you'd like to take a look at the staging area for what could well become the Next Big Thing, you can take a tour, the "Spaceport America Experience"; it lasts about 4 hours, counting travel time. All tours leave from, and return to, the Spaceport America Visitors Center in downtown Truth or Consequences, and advance reservations are required. If you stay overnight in the area, take advantage of the natural hot springs for which Truth or Consequences has long been famous. Several of the local hotels, including Riverbend Hot Springs and La Paloma Hot Springs, have private thermal pools right on their properties. LAS CRUCES AND HATCH HIGHLIGHTS Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science 411 N. Main St., Las Cruces, NM 88001 (575) 522-3120 Prehistoric Trackways National Monument BLM Las Cruces District Office 1800 Marquess St., Las Cruces, NM 88005 (575) 525-4300 Excerpted from Roadtrip America 25 Scenic Side Trips in Arizona and New Mexico by Rick Quinn, RoadTrip America Staff All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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