After the whole Hot House Flower thing, you may have the impression that I'm not a big fan of the desert. I can see that words like "barren" and "hell" would tend to leave you with that impression, however, you might be surprised to learn that Northern New Mexico would appear on my top 10 list of places to live.
I truly believe that the western have of Northern New Mexico is the most beautiful area in the Southwest and arguably one of the most beautiful places in the country. It may not have majestic snow-capped mountains, sweeping coastlines, or venerable old-growth forests, but there is an elegant simplicity here. You see it in the panorama of mesas silhouetted against crystal blue skies, in the red-streaked cliffs, an in the sun-drenched plains of greens and golds.
I am not a photographer, but here is a sample just from the interstate.
If you haven't ever been, go. It isn't far and there is plenty to see and do. New Mexico is referred to as the Land of Enchantment, and if they were talking about the northern part, they were right.
And there were no signs about Driving Friendly...