One of the biggest benefits of truck driving is traveling all over the country. You have the chance to see sites during an average workweek that most employees have to take time off to visit. New Mexico is one of these scenic destinations.
Nicknamed the Land of Enchantment, the state has something for everyone: mountains in the north and west, high plains in the east and white sands in the south. The next time your truck driving route takes you through New Mexico, be sure to stop at a few of the state’s top tourist attractions.
The world-famous white sand dunes are located in White Sands National Monument, just west of Holloman Air Force Base along I-70 in southern New Mexico. The entire area is breathtaking, with its natural beauty stretching across the largest gypsum sand dune fields in the world. Take off your shoes and explore the dunes up close and personal. Stick around long enough to see the wonder of white sands reflecting the moonlight. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Situated in the heart of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, these limestone caves are some of the deepest in the United States. The national park is southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico off of I-180. A tour through the fourth-largest cave system in the country is an unforgettable experience. A visit here is definitely worth your time if you’re truck driving in the area.
Located 80 miles north of Carlsbad Caverns is the city of Roswell, New Mexico. With a paranormal history that includes UFO crash landings and alien sightings, Roswell has been a popular tourist spot since a UFO supposedly crashed here in 1947. It’s definitely worth dropping in to the popular Alien Zone Area 51 to take some alien selfies.
Bandelier National Monument
This beautiful historic area is a short drive from Los Alamos in north-central New Mexico. The site features fascinating tribal cliff dwellings and one of the most beautiful landscapes you have ever seen. You’ll marvel at the lush Ponderosa pine forest, wide range of plant and animal life, breathtaking mountains and canyons that surround the location as far as the eye can see.
Billy the Kid Museum
This Fort Sumner-based museum details the fascinating life of Billy the Kid. Around 60,000 pieces relating to the infamous Old West outlaw are on display here, including his chaps, rifle and even locks of his hair. Gun and classic car enthusiasts will appreciate the section devoted to showcasing more than 150 firearms and cars ranging from 1940s fire trucks to 1950s muscle cars.
With many New Mexico truck stops in the vicinity of these sites, it’s easy to stop at your favorite location for half a day of sightseeing before you get back on your route. For more useful truck driving information, please visit the Jiggy Jobs website. Then, learn what truck drivers are saying by finding us on Facebook and Twitter.