Part of the allure of working as a travel nurse or therapist is having the ability to travel to locations across the United States that you may not ever consider. New Mexico is unquestionably a state that is a hidden gem because it is not on the top of most traveler’s wish list. That fact alone is an unfortunate oversight. New Mexico is referred to as the Land of Enchantment for a reason, not only is the landscape breathtaking, the state is home to incredible Native American and Hispanic cultures, a surprising diversity in climate, and vibrant communities throughout the state.
If you have never considered a travel assignment in New Mexico, now is the perfect time because the approaching months are filled with events and outdoor activities, the climate is comfortable, and the travel opportunities are plentiful. Let’s take a look at a few things travelers will enjoy while working in New Mexico.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park – The southwestern landscape is breathtaking above ground in New Mexico, but it is below ground that takes beauty and mystery to a whole new level. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to 120 caves of limestone featuring towering rock formations, guided tours, and ancient underground seascapes.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – The city of Albuquerque, while not easy to spell, is a great place to visit any time of the year. Visitors can revel in the city’s “Old Town,” awash in Spanish history of the earliest settlements. Albuquerque is known for its museums, galleries, and botanical gardens. In October, the city hosts a week-long International Balloon Festival that results in the bright, blue skies above being decorated with hundreds of hot-air balloons and enthusiasts.
Bandelier National Monument – Imagine hiking among towering volcanic landscapes and ancestral Pueblo ruins. The 33,000-acre Bandelier National Monument is a trip you will never forget. Explore the remains of ancient structures carved into the volcanic rock, witness petroglyphs that illustrate early Pueblo culture, and enjoy hiking miles of trails.
Roswell – Yes, that Roswell! No assignment in New Mexico is complete without a trip to the town made famous by the mysterious incident from 1947. Chances are strong that you will see plenty of little green men while you explore the International UFO Museum and Research Center. Other favorite attractions are local “UFO tours,” including a visit to the former army base that allegedly housed the downed aircraft and its “occupants.”
Wheeler Peak Wilderness – If you enjoy a wider range of hiking challenges, New Mexico’s highest point may be your perfect day trip. Wheeler Peak, at over 13,000 feet is home to beautiful mountain vistas and abundant wildlife, including elk, marmots, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and golden eagles among others. The hiking trails range in order of difficulty, with most being between 4 and 8 miles long.
Taos, New Mexico – Are you feeling the need to explore a true Art Colony? Visitors to Taos are submerged in spiritual traditions, fine art, a thriving music scene, and eclectic cuisine. Nearby is world-class Taos Ski Valley, and the famous Taos Pueblo landmark site.
New Mexico has something for everyone, and it is the right time of year to plan your 13-week visit to this southwestern paradise. To express your immediate interest in a New Mexico travel assignment, contact a Supplemental Health Care recruiter today. You can also check out the hundreds of open positions using our powerful web-based job search tool.