Bandelier (https://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm) is one of my three or four top places to visit in New Mexico as it is rich with history, beauty and a sense of place. Put it on your list for a first or tenth visit.
These are a few images I made inNM which are not specifically NM, just fun for me to look at.
Cerrillos is a “ghost town” but is surprisingly active with functioning business and galleries. It is more than worth a visit. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Cerrillos,_New_Mexico)
Shadows in New Mexico are very sharp because of the quality of the light and I am very attracted by them.
Glorieta ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glorieta,_New_Mexico ) is one of those small but intense gems that can be found in many places but the ones I have found in New Mexico intrigue me the most. The buildings with their earth tones and the blue skies as well as the kind of remoteness all add up to something special.
Some places are difficult to leave or forget and I seep coming back to Lamy.
The original mission church was quite large and even what remains is impressive as is the surrounding old building sites and landscape.
These are views of our “backyard” at our rental home in Santa Fe. It was great to return there after each day’s travels.