Scenic USA - New Mexico

Camel Rock

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Camel Rock - Pojoaque, New Mexico

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   New Mexico is often discussed in terms of contrast, comparing its ancient Chaco Canyon Culture to recent 20th century nuclear bomb development. Another distinctive difference in this Land of Enchantment is a wide variety of landforms and topography. From its snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the north, ice caves and volcanic mountains which stretch across the state, to the white sand deserts to the south, New Mexico offers an exciting medley of scenic wonders.
   Heading north out of the town of Sante Fe, U.S. Route 84/285 travels through the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and a string of Eight Northern Indian Pueblos. Approaching Exit 175 and the Tesuque Pueblo (one of New Mexico’s smallest pueblos), newcomers to the Sante Fe area will catch themselves doing a double-take. Seeing the distinctive Camel Rock, you'll find yourself turning around to get a closer look. Yep, this roadside oddity near Pojoaque is a natural attention getter. Now that you're off the highway, and even if you don't stop at the Camel Rock Casino, you'll find the Tesuque Pueblo an interesting stop. Here, artists are well known for their pottery, sculptures and paintings.

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