Road Trip to the American Southwest
There are few areas of the world as awe-inspiring as the American Southwest. Vast deserts, impossibly steep cliffs, beautiful oases, and artsy communities make for an eclectic and unforgettable trip—right here on your doorstep.

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Out of This World Biotecture

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This is what I love about seeing a region from the saddle of a bicycle. You're able to really witness all that is around you, none of it becomes a blur outside of a speeding car window.

It was late morning on the second day of a six day biking New Mexico trip with Backroads and we'd left our mineral springs oasis Ojo Caliente and were headed to Taos. The day began with rolling hills through Carson National Forest and I was looking forward to the sweeping views our trip leaders had told us about at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Mile 28 brought about a t-intersection where I could either turn right to get to the gorge and lunch at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company a little quicker, or turn left for a short out and back to visit the something called the Earthship Community. Intrigued, I went left.

Earthships are 'radically sustainable' and completely green buildings. They're designed to be built in any climate on the planet and still provide electricity, potable water, heating and cooling, contained sewage and sustainable food production. At their New Mexico community you can witness the construction, ask questions, take tours of the buildings and even hop in to their quirky (and thoughtful) visitor center and gift shop.

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by Bronwen Gregory
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