A few photos from Carlsbad Caverns:
This gigantic hole in the ground was feared by early settlers in New Mexico.
Views of Chaco Canyon, ruins of ancient pueblos:
This was once a thriving city with a population of thousands of people. They traded with the Mesa Verde people, as well as coastal people and Mexican Aztec people. The city went into decline in the 12th century A.D.
If you plan to visit this remote site, be prepared for a full day. The easiest route includes twelve miles of washboard dirt roads, and the nearest town with a hotel is over 80 miles away.
Whites Sands National Monument, after a rainstorm:
Photographs can't do that sunset justice. We hiked away from the road and lay on a towel. The sand was damp, and the temperature was perfect. We also saw a rainbow, and a huge full moon that night.