? Bandelier National Monument
State Highway 4, (505) 672-3861, ext. 517 <nps.gov/band>: The Pueblo Indian cliff dwellings and surface villages here, mostly dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries, rest on the slopes of the Jemez Mountains.
? Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
301 S. Silver Ave., Deming, NM 88030, (505) 546-2382 <www.deminglunamimbresmuseum.com>: Located partially in a 1914 armory, this museum offers exhibits on historical themes ranging from the ancient Mimbres peopleto the second transcontinental railroad.
? El Camino Real International Heritage Center
Interstate 25, Exit 115, (505) 854-3600 <www.elcaminoreal.org>: Learn the story of North America’s first European settlements and the 1,500-mile trade route from Mexico City to San Juan de 10s Caballeros that linked them.
? Fort Selden State Monument
1280 Fort Selden Road, Radium Springs, NM 88054, (505) 526-8911 <www.nmculturaltreasures.org/cgi-bin/instview.cgi?-recordnum=SELD>: Built in 1865, Fort Selden protected settlers from outlaws and Apache Indians, and was home to the African-American“Buffalo Soldiers.”
? Fort Union National Monument
State Highway 161, (505) 425-8025 <nps.gov/foun>: The two main branches of the Santa Fe Trail, the Cimarron Cutoff and the Mountain Route, joined at Waterhouse, NM. Fort Union, about eight miles north of present-day Las Vegas, NM, protected the trail.
? Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
State Highway 15 (44 miles north of Silver City), (505) 534-9461 <nps.gov/gicl>: Glimpse the Mogollon culture, whose people lived in these cliffs from the 1280s to the early 1300s. The site lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation’s first designated wilderness area.
? Kit Carson Home and Museum
113 Kit Carson Road, Taos, NM 87571, (505) 758-4945 <www.kitcarsonhome.com>: Legendary frontiersman Kit Carson is immortalized in this complex, which includes part of the four-room home Carson and his wife, Josefa, lived in.
? Lincoln State Monument
US 380 (12 miles east of Capitan) Lincoln, NM 88338, (505) 653-4372 <www.nmmonuments.org/inst.php?inst=7>: The Lincoln County Wars waged here made a legend of Billy the Kid. Nearly all the buildings are as they were in the 1870s and ’80s.
? National Atomic Museum
1905 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 245-2137 <www.atomicmuseum.com>: The nation’s only official museum of nuclear science and history explains New Mexico’s key role in the Manhattan Project.
? New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011, (505) 522-4100 <www.frhm.org>: This 47-acre site nestled within perfect view of the Organ mountains celebrates New Mexico’s 3,000-year farming and ranching history.
? Silver City Museum
312 W. Broadway, Silver City, NM 88061, (505) 538-5921 <www.silvercitymuseum.org>: See the history of Billy the Kid’s hometown, which True West magazine recently named America’s No. 2 Old West town.
? New Mexico Tourism Department
491 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87503
From the July 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.