New Mexico & BeyondTravel Stories, Advice, and Photos from New Mexico ... and a few places beyond!


Mark Aspelin is a freelance travel writer and author of a blog called New Mexico & Beyond (, featuring travel advice, events, photos, and people who live in his home State of New Mexico – the Land of Enchantment.

He’s the author of over 50 blog posts and articles and two highly rated books: “Profitable Conservation: Business Strategies That Boost Your Bottom Line, Protect Wildlife, and Conserve Biodiversity” and “How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation”. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. in Biology from Creighton University, and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mark has worked with a wide variety of organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, The Coca-Cola Company, Intel Corporation, Molina Healthcare, United HealthGroup, and The International Crane Foundation, and he is a volunteer Docent at the ABQ BioPark. His articles and interviews have been featured by GreenBiz, Inside EPA, Perceptive Travel, and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project. Mark is also an avid traveler who has visited over 100 countries and all 50 U.S. States and he lives in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sunset in Sandia Park, New Mexico

Welcome to New Mexico & Beyond!

This blog documents my journey to visit every town in my home State of New Mexico.  But rather than check off a list of places as quickly as possible, I intend to savor it by writing one blog post each week, highlighting events, travel advice, photos, and the people who live in this amazing Land of Enchantment. As for the “and Beyond” part of this blog, I still...