New Mexico Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

Moving into a new state today and getting our first true taste of the Southwest! While we are headed to the southwest of the U.S., the first part of New Mexico we will look at is the southeast portion of the state.


  • Giant Pistachio: Claims to be the world’s largest pistachio.


  • Fort Stanton: One of the nation’s most intact 19th century military garrisons. Includes 88 buildings.
  • Smokey Bear Historical Park: The real Smokey the Bear cub was first found here following a wildfire and his legend lives on in this park.


  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park: A giant cave system that is well worth a visit.
  • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park: Learn about the plants and animals native to this desert area.


  • Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame: Museum dedicated to the cowboy heritage of the area.

Holloman AFB

  • White Sands National Monument: Place to explore and sled on the white sand dunes. Also a missile launch practice site.


  • Hondo Iris Farm: Farm that boasts several different types of irises.

Fort Sumner

  • Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial: Pays homage to the Navajo and Mescalero Apache that were forced to move here from their original homelands.


  • Bottomless Lakes State Park: Beautiful blue lake that provides great swimming.
  • International UFO Museum and Research Center: When in New Mexico, I’m pretty sure this is a must stop even if you don’t believe in aliens!

All attractions found in the 2019 New Mexico Travel Guide.


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