New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

From on April 27, 2009 in Locations

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New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment: Home to arid deserts, Rocky Mountain peaks, and all the majesty that lies in between. Many outsiders think of New Mexico as arid desert, sort of a continuation of dryness that begins in California and ends in Texas, but New Mexico (which was once part of old Mexico) is as diverse geologically as it is culturally.

The first homeowners (to meet Europeans) in New Mexico were Pueblo Indians. Their oldest surviving village, the Taos Pueblo, still rests—and is inhabited—at the foot of New Mexico’s most majestic mountain peaks. Those peaks are just the top of New Mexico’s geology. The state shares a good portion of the high Colorado plateau, averaging 1.3 miles above sea level and home to the Four Corners Monument.

From these elevated forests you can also travel to the Rio Grande and the colorful deserts and mountains that in fact do connect eastern California to Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas. Now take all this geology and add to it a culture rich in Pueblo, Navajo, Ute, Hispanic, and European culture, including a thriving art community. Artists and writers such as Georgia O’Keefe and D.H. Lawrence have called New Mexico home. This Land of Enchantment is even home to its own Spanish language dialect.

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Homeowners in New Mexico enjoy some very special views, such as gazing through the light crimson desert to the verdant mountains beyond. New Mexicans share a long history that is still very alive for many residents. The Taos Pueblo, for example, has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. Just imagine the remodels!

Speaking of remodels, CalFinder is happy to recommend several New Mexico contractors. For an example check out Humbert Construction, a remodeling contractor serving much of northern New Mexico with expertise in everything from decks and patios to house painting to solar energy.