The mountain ranges in the Southwest are some of the most famed in the United States, offering gorgeous panoramas of desert landscapes. Let’s look at some towns set alongside major mountains.
Santa Fe, Taos, and Cloudcroft are all famed for their picturesque settings. Santa Fe is New Mexico’s capital, located in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It has a unique history that can be traced back to the early 1600s; with stunning architecture and mountains like Lake Peak and Thompson Peak nearby, it is no wonder Santa Fe is a tourism hotspot.
Taos is located Northeast of Santa Fe in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Taos is unique for its standing as an artist colony, with incredible galleries and top-notch museums. It also has a historic Pueblo past and incredible hiking trails that leave from the city. Cloudcroft is a small community famed for its skiing and open forest. It is a year-round destination for mountain biking, hiking, and more.
Lastly, we have Ruidoso, Los Alamos, and Silver City. Ruidoso is a popular village set in the Sierra Blanca Mountain Range. If you are a lover of skiing, this is a great place to go, as there are nearby resorts that are some of the best in the state. There are also mountain trails and waterfalls that make this village ideal for nature lovers.
Los Alamos is set near several mountains, including Caballo Mountain, Shell Mountain, and Pajarito Mountain, with a top-notch ski area. It is well-known as the site of the Manhattan Project, which developed the first nuclear bomb, but this unpleasant history doesn’t impact the town’s present beauty. Silver City is a small town near Gila National Forest, surrounded by mountains and woods. Bear Mountain is a tall peak nearby that provides great hiking, and Gila National Forest is a beautiful destination to explore.