Flavors of New Mexico – Part 1


We have been busy. We have been away on our road trip from Texas to the Southern New Mexico; The Caverns, a hill station and a ski resort, glyphs from long long time back, and the dream like White Sands National Monument.  We drove straight across, made our stops and drove back home a different way along the Mexican border and back.  Here are some memories and photographs we got back for you.

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico: An alluring world at 750 ft below the ground. The magnificent formations will take your breath away. We visited the large cave chamber – Big Room,” a natural limestone chamber which is almost 4,000 feet (about 1,219 m) long, 625 feet (190.5 m) wide, and 350 feet (about 107 m) high at the highest point..” (Wiki)

Carlsbad Caverns

Comfortable 56 degree F and a long winding enticing trail inside…

Carlsbad Caverns

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in Texas, but bordering New Mexico. It is a short drive from the Carlsbad Caverns.

El Capitan , Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas – standing tall and proud made us bow down in reverence.

El Capitan Guadalupe Mountains

Along the way….Trees bent down with juicy ripe fruits.


Prickly Pear Cactus Fruits, also known as the Tuna Fruit add more than colors to the drive through the sandy hills and rocks.

Cactus Fruit

The Prickly Pears fruits are canned into Jelly! Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly (below)

Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly

The famous Hatch Chiles of New Mexico

Hatch Chilies

Some more along with Corn and Garlic

Hatch Chilies

Cloudcroft, a quaint town at almost 9000 ft above the sea level –


sparkles with lush green trees, echoing mountains, streams, wild flowers,

Cloudcroft, New Mexico



and butterflies –

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site – “More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers, dating back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock” – (source)


More pictures in the next post. Stay tuned for the marvelous White Sands National Monument.

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10 comments to Flavors of New Mexico – Part 1

  • Thanks for that wonderful virtual tour! Beautiful landscapes and places.



  • Ooh you were missed Soma and good to have you back. This looks like a fun vacation with so many different things to experience. Will keep this trip in mind and pester DH next time around 🙂

  • wow…beautiful pictures!
    I really love such adventurous vacations & road trips are the best way out.

  • Looks like a really amazing trip. I love the hanging bunches of chillies. Look fw to more pics!

  • Looking at the photographs I can guess how much fun you had….Thanks for sharing these pics with us

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Soma,

    This tour, seen through the lens of your camera, is absolutely magical! New Mexico is not far, I am thinking that I should take this little adventure down there!
    I bet you guys had just a blast! Beautiful photos…..of course you take the most beautiful photos! Did you bring home one of those red chili wreaths? LOL!

  • Great photos! I’ve been to visit El Capitan, but I’d love to see it. You must have had a great time!

  • Sounds like a great trip. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico is indeed breathtaking. Reaching that place is one of my greatest fulfillments so far when it comes to travelling. The place is completely grand.

  • Paul Seguin

    I`M writing this from Quebec Canada . I LOVE CACTUS PEARS and I just saw “CAHILL” prickly pear cactus jelly , If I send you a mastercard # can you ship me a jar ???? I would love to try some Thank you very much and HOPE you`ll say YES Paul Seguin

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