Aztec Ruins National Monument
P.O. Box 640, Aztec, NM 87410
(505) 334-6174
Ruins of large Pueblo Indian community with 12th-century buildings of masonry and timber. Misnamed by early American settlers. Visitor center, museum, native crafts exhibits, self-guiding tours, local campground near monument, picnicking.
Location: Outskirts of small northwestern New Mexico city of Aztec.
Accommodations: Meals and lodging in Aztec.

Capulin Volcano National Monument
Capulin, NM 88414
(505) 278-2201
Lone symmetrical cinder cone rising above northeastern New Mexico plain, landmark for pioneers on Cimarron cutoff of Santa Fe Trail. Geologically young (10,000 years) volcano. Grassland, forest, wildflowers. Visitor center, exhibits, picnicking, self-guiding nature trails, handicapped access. Private campgrounds nearby.
Location: Entrance on N. Mex. 325, 3 miles north of town of Capulin.
Accommodations: Meals and lodging in nearby Capulin, Des Moines, Clayton, and Raton, N. Mex.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Star Route 4, Box 6500
Bloomfield, NM 87413
(505) 786-7014
Major Indian ruins unsurpassed in the United States. Represent highest point of Pueblo pre-Columbian civilization. Hundreds of smaller ruins. Visitor center, campground, museum, self-guiding trails, hiking, conducted tours, evening programs.
Location: N. Mex. 57 in northwestern New Mexico, 64 miles south of Aztec, N. Mex.
Accommodations: Meals and lodging in Aztec.

El Malpais National Monument
P.O. Box 939, Grants, NM 87020-0939
(505) 287-3407
El Malpais is a catalog of volcanic features, including spatter cones, a 17-mile-long lava tube system, and numerous caves.
Location: Western New Mexico. From I-40 at Grants, take N.Mex. 53 south and west or N.Mex. 117 west.

El Morro National Monument
Route 2, Box 43, Ramah, NM
87321 (505) 783-4226
Soft sandstone of monolithic Inscription Rock bears hundreds of inscriptions: 17th-century Spanish explorers, 19th-century American emigrants and settlers. Also pre-Columbian petroglyphs. Visitor center, self-guiding trail, wayside exhibits, picnicking, camping.
Location: 58 miles southeast of Gallup, N. Mex., via N. Mex. 32 and 53.
Accommodations: Meals and lodging in Grants and Gallup.

Fort Union National Monument
Watrous, NM 87753
(505) 425-8025
100 acres of adobe ruins. Remnants of Southwest's largest frontier fort and supply depot, active 1851-91 as Santa Fe Trail guardian. Key role in Indian Wars and Confederate defeat at Glorieta Pass. Trail ruts still visible on prairie here. Visitor center, museum, self-guiding trail through ruins, picnic area.
Location: 90 miles north of Santa Fe via Interstate 25 and New Mexico 477.
Accommodations: Meals and lodging in Las Vegas, N. Mex., 26 miles south.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Route
11, Box 100, Silver City, NM 88061
(505) 536-9461
Well-preserved cliff dwellings in natural cavities on face of overhanging cliff. Visitor center, hiking, self-guiding trails, guided pack trips. Forest Service and local campgrounds nearby.
Location: 44 miles north of Silver City, N. Mex. via N. Mex. 15.

Pecos National Historical Park
P.O. Drawer 418, Pecos, NM 87522
(505) 757-6414
Foundations of 17th-century mission church praised in Spanish writings. Ruins of 18th century church. Remains of Pecos Pueblo that housed 2,000 Indians. Restored kivas. Visitor center, museum exhibits, self-guiding ruins trail, introductory film, summer cultural demonstrations.
Location: 25 miles southeast of Santa Fe, via Interstate 25.
Accommodations: Meals and lodging in Pecos and Santa Fe.

Petroglyph National Monument
4735 Unser Boulevard N.W.

Albuquerque, NM 87120-2033
(505) 839-4429
More than 15,000 prehistoric Indian and Hispanic petroglyphs stretch 17 miles along Albuquerque's West Mesa escarpment.
Location: Visitor center is located in Albuquerque, 3 miles north of I-40 on Unser Boulevard.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
P.O. Box 496, Mountainair, NM 87036-0496
(505) 847-2585
Ruins of 800-year-old pueblo villages stand next to outstanding examples of the remains of Spanish Franciscan missions.
Location: Main visitor center is in Mountainair, at junction of U.S. 60 and N.Mex. 55. Southeast of Albuquerque.