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5 BREATHTAKING Photos You Can Only Take in New Mexico

One of the great things about Albuquerque is it's only a few hours away from some of the most scenic spots on the planet. Like the Tardis, New Mexico is one of those places that is "bigger on the inside," so it's easy to take your camera out and be rewarded with a spectacular shot. 

Taos Pueblo


If you could create the perfect postcard with one photograph, Taos Pueblo would be in it. The UNESCO World Heritage site is easily accessible even for armchair photo enthusiasts--no heavy hiking involved. Easy Rider is one of the more famous movies filmed there.

3. Gila Cliff Dwellings

Flickr/Vasenka Photography

If you can do a bit of hiking, and you don't turn to jelly at the thought of looking down, the Gila trail to the cliff dwellings is worth the reward: a shot like this.

White Sands

NPS Photo

Is there any doubt this is one of the most recognizable spots on the planet? The wave-like dunes of White Sands near Alamogordo present a variety of photo ops against its surreal canvas. Lots of films and television shows have been shot against it, to include Transformers 1 and 2.

Bisti Badlands

Flickr/John Fowler

Do you have a day to spend taking a leisurely walk? If so, arm yourself with hat, sunscreen, plenty of water and a camera or two, because you'll find a tremendous photo-op in the moonscape of the Bisti Badlands. The Badlands played a major role in the television episode Stargate Universe: Malice.

Ghost Ranch


If you find yourself anywhere near the 21,000 acre ranch near Abiquiu, your camera will seem to jump up and scream "photos required." The redrock scenery captivated the artist Georgia O'Keefe, and the film industry understands why. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the Lone Ranger are just a few of the films that used Ghost Ranch for a backdrop.