For each state in the US, there are always some kind of “hidden secrets” that most people don’t know about. New Mexico is no different. Now, if you are a native to New Mexico, you may know more than the average person, however, chances are, there are still some things you’ve never heard of. Today, we are going to unmask some of the top hidden secrets of New Mexico. So, with that, read on and become an honorary New Mexico Local.
First up is the Gilman Tunnels. Located in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, these tunnels are tucked away just above where the Guadalupe River flows. Named after William H. Gilman, the Gilman Tunnels were built in the 1920’s for the Santa Fe North Western Railroad to transport lumber and coal *through* the Guadalupe Box Canyon, rather than over it. And while these tunnels are hidden away from most eyes, the beautiful red-hue of the surrounding rocks never made it past the trained eyes of certain movie location scouts for movies such as “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Scorch Trials.”
One of the most trending things online right now for younger couples is having self-sustaining homes. And, while it is not well know, New Mexico is actually one of the paces where Earthships first started. When you first see these amazing self-sustaining homes, they look like something out of a science fiction movie. With solar power, wind power, recycled water, car batteries and other such “off-grid” technology, most visitors find themselves envious of these otherworldly homes. In fact, because there are so many people asking about the purpose of the homes and how the owners built them, there is even a “training academy that teaches interested visitors how to build their very own earthship.
El Malpais National Monument!
Next on our list is the Junction Cave. While not as popular as some of the other monuments of the West, the Junction Cave is not without its charm. Located under the El Malpais National Monument, this cave is actually perfect for people with little to no caving experience. Although the route is moderately difficult, with spaces you’ll need to hunch over in and boulders you’ll need to clamber around, it’s easy enough for a quick hike. When you are traversing this long tunnel, you’ll be able to see the amazing and dramatic scenery.
Every year, Albuquerque based brewing company Bosque Brewing Company, joins New Mexico River Adventures for its annual Rivers and Brews trip down the Rio Chama. While not many people know about this trip, with the crafty people at Bosque and the spectacular rapids of the Rio Chama, the adventure of a lifetime is waiting just around the bend.
While these are just a few of the hidden secrets of New Mexico, there are plenty more we did not list. Don’t take our word for it though! Go out and experience this yourself! Go and find your own secrets of New Mexico!