Have only a little time in New Mexico? The fantastical hoodoos of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument are just an hour's drive from Albuquerque. On the easy hike up, I saw everything from a slot canyon and a cave that sheltered Native Americans to a glorious panoramic view.
Tent Rocks Nat'l Monu Canyon in New Mexico
If you're in New Mexico in early November, as I was, you can also experience Day of the Dead, with everything from parades to feasts and memory boxes. I spotted this shrine from the road and just had to snap it. Eeek.