Backroads & Byways of New Mexico: Drives, Day Trips, and Weekend Excursions

Backroads & Byways of New Mexico: Drives, Day Trips, and Weekend Excursions

by Sharon Niederman


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15 drives and detours in “The Land of Enchantment”

In this brand-new first edition guide, Sharon Niederman presents the best of New Mexico through 15 scenic tours designed to make the most of every mile. Readers will journey across the state and take in New Mexico’s unparalleled diversity in both natural beauty and cultural heritage. Drives will include peaceful side roads through quiet towns, highways with stunning canyon vistas, the streets of Spanish missions and stone cities, sweeping views of New Mexico’s famous mesas, and much more.

Included with each drive are recommendations for food, shopping, sightseeing, and lodging, as well as detailed directions and fascinating local history from a veteran Southwestern travel writer. Expert navigation, curation, and beautiful photography will have readers eager to explore New Mexico in a whole new light.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682683620
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Series: Backroads & Byways Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 722,838
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sharon Niederman is an award-winning Southwestern author and photographer living in northern New Mexico. She specializes in cuisine, travel, history, women’s history, and spirituality. Her 2012 book, Signs & Shrines, received the prestigious Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award and the Society of American Travel Writers Gold Award. She has twice received the Border Regional Library Association Southwest Book Award for “literary excellence and enrichment of the cultural heritage of the Southwest.” Her articles have appeared in Sunset, New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, Denver Post, and many other publications. She serves on the board of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and is past president of New Mexico Press Women and the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Practical Stuff 13

Northeast 19

1 Along the Dry Cimarron: The Backroader's Backroad: How Switchboard Operator Sarah Rooke Saved Folsom and Buffalo Soldier George McJunkin Changed History by Discovering the Folsom Points 21

2 Enchanted Circle: Striking Gold in High Places Where the West Was Once Really Wild 35

3 Cimarron Circle: Meandering Along the Santa Fe Trail: Finding Cowboys, Outlaws, Boy Scouts, and the Hemisphere's Most Powerful Land Baron 47

Southeast 61

4 Avoiding the Interstate: Bosque del Apache to Mesilla: Following the Rio Grande through Chile Fields and Pecan Orchards into the Mesilla Valley 63

5 Valley of the Fires to Three Rivers to Cloudcroft: Lava Flows, Petroglyphs, and the Cloud-Climbing Railroad 79

6 Tracking Billy the Kid into History's Hideaway: Capitan, Lincoln, Fort Sumner 91

Central Crossing 107

7 Old US 66: Mother Road Mystique Endures 109

8 US Highway 60: Sailing the Ocean-to-0cean Highway to the Pieway 127

9 Salt Missions Trail: Holy Ruins and Homesteaders 139

10 Turquoise Trail: Back Door to Santa Fe: Mining Towns and Artist Havens from Tinkertown to Madrid to Cerrillos 153

11 The High Road: Forgotten Villages from Santa Fe to Taos: Stories of Santeros, Survival, and Faith 163

Southwest 173

12 Black Range: Seeking Silver City: Ghost Towns and Forgotten Glory in the Gila 175

Northwest 187

13 The Old Spanish Trail: A Woven Road from Abiquiu to Chama 189

14 Jemez Byway: Ancient Pueblo to Secret City: Hot Springs and Spanish Missions 201

15 Finding the Four Corners: World of the Ancients: Rock with Wings to Chaco's Outliers 215

Acknowledgments 229

Index 231

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