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This 132-Mile Scenic Drive In New Mexico Will Take You Past Mountains & Waterfalls

New Mexico is nicknamed the Land of Enchantment for a reason, and a good one at that. As it turns out, if you travel far enough northwest in the state you'll wind up in territory with so many cool pitstops you might as well make a road trip out of it. Luckily, the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway is perfect for just that and will take you to, through, or around each stop without even having to leave your car.

The Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway is the perfect excuse for a nice, long drive with your closest friends.

Santa Fe National Forest, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Fenton Lake State Park, and Bandelier National Monument are just a few sights you'll see along the way.

Without even having to leave your car, you'll experience so much of what Northwest New Mexico has to offer.

You'll be less than an hour away from Albuquerque, so if you're already visiting the popular city, you won't be far from home base.

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This helpful website offers a map that provides a visual of everything you'll see while on the road.

Viewing the map before packing up will allow you to better prepare for your lengthy but also amazing adventure.

So, whether you want to make some stops along the way, or stay in your car for the entirety of your trip, you won't be disappointed by what you see along the way.

Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway

Price: Free

Address: New Mexico

Why You Need To Go: It's the perfect way to take in so much that New Mexico has to offer without even leaving your car.

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