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McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch and Arena Blanca Winery

I love a good piece of kitsch. Over the years we’ve braked for giant hammocks, rockers, nickels, and cowboy boots. I can’t explain the allure of garish sculpture but, for me, it is undeniable. So, when I spied a mammoth pistachio in Southern New Mexico, with its green center glowing radioactively, I had to stop. 

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The Roswell Incident

Once upon a time, Roswell was nothing more than a pit stop for cowboys driving cattle. Today, the town is the UFO capital of the world and hosts an annual UFO Festival.The extraterrestrial obsession began in July 1947. “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region,” screamed the headlines of The Roswell Daily Record. But what really happened that summer?

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Desert Botanic Garden: Through My Lens

Just nine miles from downtown Phoenix, an oasis nestles inside Papago Park. This 50-acre garden is home to over 21,000 desert plants – 139 of which are rare and endangered. Six thematic trails weave through the garden, including the Sonoran Desert, Wildflower, and Herb Garden trails.

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Trail of Spirits: High in the Mountains

This 95 mile scenic byway in southwest New Mexico takes you through forests of Ponderosa pines, across the Gila River Wilderness, and through an area where 337 bird species have been spotted. Other highlights include crossing the Continental Divide (twice), exploring Native American ruins, and experiencing a panoramic view of the largest open pit copper mine in the country (the Chino/Santa Rita Mine).

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