Are New Mexico Safaris in Your Future?
The state of New Mexico (yes, Sarah Palin, that’s located in the United States of America and on a related note, why are we so obsessed with La Palin?) has awarded a new grant to a group called EcoNewMexico, LLC to head up its new ecotourism project, “taking inventory of ecotourism assets throughout the state; educating communities throughout the state on ecotourism and teaching ecotourism marketing skills; and working with statewide agencies and other public and private entities.”
One of the more exciting projects it looks like New Mexico is planning under this initiative is to use EcoNewMexico’s owner’s experience with his safari business, Uncharted Outposts, to create a safari-like experience in New Mexico, the first of its kind in the U.S. The plan is to build a series of low-impact tented camps on tribal lands with a goal open date of late summer 2010.
We have to plead mainly ignorance when it comes to New Mexico. We’ve been to Albuquerque once for a conference and liked it, but did not get a chance to venture into any other parts of the state or take advantage of some of its unique culture and history. If done well, this project has the potential to be a model for other states, especially those in the southwest.