Tierra Encantada

It’s not difficult to find authentic culture here in the Southwest. Colored by Native, Hispanic and Spanish influence, the spectrum of people who are deeply connected to this region runs thicker than a muddy Rio Grande. Northern New Mexico, in particular, exemplifies how the mixing of different cultures can produce something distinctly beautiful and totally unique. Here's a look at a recent ramble down south along the Rio Chama:


The rich pastels of Echo Amphitheatre color the landscape near Ghost Ranch.

Enjoying a favorite pastime: fishing on the Rio Chama
Morning commute across the main drag of El Rito.
There's no better place to experience New Mexican fare than at El Farolito, a small family-owned restaurant in El Rito.