Birding New Mexico

There’s a reason New Mexico’s nickname is “The Land of Enchantment.” Some of the most memorable and iconic photos of the West were taken in New Mexico. The state’s landscape includes rose-colored deserts, barren mesas, forested wilderness areas, and snow-caped peaks. The southernmost peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, contribute to the enchantment. Millions of acres of New Mexico are protected by the federal government, including five national forests (Carson, Cibola, Lincoln, Santa Fe, and Gila), and the Gila Wilderness, which was the first in the country to gain that designation.

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  • New mexico Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • New mexico Birding Hotspots

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Greater roadrunner by Drumguy8800 / Wikimedia.

Birding New Mexico's Royal Road

Once a heavily traveled 1,500-mile trade route, El Camino Real, the Royal Road linked Mexico City with what is now Santa Fe and was used by indigenous peoples of the Southwest, adventurers, Spanish explorers, Catholic missionaries, and settlers in the 1600s and beyond. You can follow the Royal Road over a 225-mile stretch from Las Cruces to Albuquerque, where you’ll find desert, alpine forest, grassland, and riparian species at nearly a dozen excellent birding spots.
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