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Settled in turn by Native Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans and Yankees, NEW MEXICO remains hugely diverse. Each successive group has built upon the legacy of its predecessors; their histories and achievements are intertwined, rather than simply dominated by the white American latecomers.

The Ancestral Puebloans

The rio grande pueblos, route 66 in the southwest.

New Mexico’s indigenous peoples – especially the Pueblo Indians, heirs to the Ancestral Puebloans – provide a sense of cultural continuity. After the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 forced a temporary Spanish withdrawal into Mexico, proselytizing padres co-opted the natives without destroying their traditional ways of life, as local deities and celebrations were incorporated into Catholic practice. Somewhat bizarrely to outsiders, grand churches still dominate many Pueblo communities, often adjacent to the underground ceremonial chambers known as kivas.

The Americans who arrived in 1848 saw New Mexico as a wasteland. Apart from a few mining booms and range wars – such as the Lincoln County War, which brought Billy the Kid to fame – New Mexico was relatively undisturbed until it became a state in 1912. Since World War II, when the secret Manhattan Project built the first atomic bomb here, it has been home to America’s premier weapons research outposts. By and large, people work close to the land, mining, farming and ranching.

The mountainous north is the New Mexico of popular imagination, with its pastel colours, vivid desert landscape and adobe architecture. Even Santa Fe, the one real city, is hardly metropolitan in scale and the narrow streets of its small historic centre retain the feel of bygone days. The amiable frontier town of Taos, 75 miles northeast, is remarkable chiefly for the stacked dwellings of neighbouring Taos Pueblo.

While most travellers simply race through central New Mexico, it does hold isolated pockets of interest. Dozens of small towns hang on to remnants of the winding old “Chicago-to-LA” Route 66, long since superseded by I-40. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits dead centre. The area to the east, stretching toward Texas, is largely desolate, but the mountainous region west offers more – above all Ácoma Pueblo, the mesa-top “Sky City”.

In wild, wide-open southern New Mexico, deep Carlsbad Caverns and the desolate dunes of White Sands are the main attractions, and elsewhere you can still stumble upon mining and cattle-ranching towns barely changed since the end of the Wild West.

The single most defining feature of New Mexico is its adobe architecture, as seen on homes, churches and even shopping malls and motels. A sun-baked mixture of earth, sand, charcoal and chopped grass or straw, adobe bricks are set with a similar mortar, then plastered over with mud and straw. The soil used dictates the colour of the final building, so subtle variations are apparent everywhere. These days, most of what looks like adobe is actually painted cement or concrete, but even this looks attractive enough in its own semi-kitsch way, while hunting out such superb genuine adobes as the remote Santuario de Chimayó on the “High Road” between Taos and Santa Fe, the formidable church of San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos or the multitiered dwellings of Taos Pueblo, can provide the focus of an enjoyable New Mexico tour.

Few visitors to the Southwest are prepared for the awesome scale and beauty of the desert cities and cliff palaces left by the Ancestral Puebloans, as seen all over the high plateaus of the “Four Corners” region, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah now meet.

Although the earliest humans reached the Southwest around 10,000 BC, the Ancestral Puebloans first appeared as the Basketmakers, near the San Juan River, two thousand years ago. Named for their woven sandals and bowls, they lived in pits in the earth, roofed with logs and mud. Over time, the Ancestral Puebloans adopted an increasingly settled lifestyle, becoming expert farmers and potters. Their first freestanding houses on the plains were followed by multistoreyed pueblos, in which hundreds of families lived in complexes of contiguous “apartments”. The astonishing cliff dwellings, perched on precarious ledges high above remote canyons, which they began to build around 1100 AD, were the first Ancestral Puebloan settlements to show signs of defensive fortifications. Competition for scarce resources became even fiercer toward the end of the thirteenth century and it’s thought that warfare and even cannibalism played a role in their ultimate dispersal. Moving eastward, they joined forces with other displaced groups in a coming-together that eventually produced the modern Pueblo Indians. Hence the recent change of name, away from “Anasazi”, a Navajo word meaning “ancient enemies”, in favour of “Ancestral Puebloan”.

Among the most significant Ancestral Puebloan sites are:

Magnificent cliff palaces, high in the canyons of Colorado.

Bandelier National Monument

Large riverside pueblos and cave-like homes hollowed from volcanic rock.

Chaco Canyon

The largest and most sophisticated freestanding pueblos, far out in the desert.

Canyon de Chelly

Superbly dramatic cliff dwellings in a glowing sandstone canyon now owned and farmed by the Navajo.

Enigmatic towers poised above a canyon.

Several small pueblo communities near the edge of the Painted Desert, built by assorted groups after an eleventh-century volcanic eruption.

Walnut Canyon

Numerous homes set into the canyon walls above lush Walnut Creek, just east of Flagstaff.

Canyon-side community set in a vast rocky alcove in Navajo National Monument; visible from afar, or close-up on guided hikes.

The first Spaniards to explore what’s now New Mexico encountered 100,000 so-called Pueblo Indians, living in a hundred villages and towns (pueblo is Spanish for “village”). Resenting the imposition of Catholicism and their virtual enslavement, the various tribes banded together in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and ousted the entire colonial regime, killing scores of priests and soldiers and sending hundreds more south to Mexico. After the Spanish returned in 1693, the Pueblos showed little further resistance and they have coexisted ever since, accepting aspects of Catholicism without giving up their traditional beliefs and practices. New Mexico is now home to around forty thousand Pueblo Indians; each of its nineteen autonomous pueblos has its own laws and system of government.

The Pueblos celebrate Saints’ days, major Catholic holidays such as Easter and the Epiphany and even the Fourth of July with a combination of Native American traditions and Catholic rituals, featuring elaborately costumed dances and massive communal feasts. The spectacle of hundreds of costumed, body-painted tribal members of all ages, performing elaborate dances in such timeless surroundings, is hugely impressive.

However, few pueblos are quite the tourist attractions they’re touted to be. While the best known, Taos and Ácoma, retain their ancient defensive architecture, the rest tend to be dusty adobe hamlets scattered around a windblown plaza. Unless you arrive on a feast day or are a knowledgeable shopper in search of Pueblo crafts, visits are liable to prove disappointing. In addition, you’ll be made very unwelcome if you fail to behave respectfully – don’t “explore” places that are off-limits to outsiders, such as shrines, kivas or private homes.

Fifteen of the pueblos are concentrated along the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque, with a long-standing division between the seven southern pueblos, south of Santa Fe, most of which speak Keresan and the group to the north, which mostly speak Tewa (pronounced tay-wah). Visitors to each are required to register at a visitor centre; some charge an admission fee of $3–10 and those that permit such activities typically charge additional fees of $5 for still photography, $10–15 for video cameras and up to $100 for sketching. There’s no extra charge for feast days or dances, but photography is usually forbidden on special occasions.

If you do ever plan to motor west, there’s still one definitive highway that’s the best. Eighty-five years since it was first completed, 75 since John Steinbeck called it “the mother road, the road of flight” in The Grapes of Wrath and 65 since songwriter Bobby Troup set it all down in rhyme, what better reason to visit the Southwest could there be than to get hip to this timely tip and get your kicks on Route 66?

The heyday of Route 66 as the nation’s premier cross-country route – winding from Chicago to LA – lasted barely twenty years, from its being paved in 1937 until it began to be superseded by freeways in 1957. It was officially rendered defunct in 1984, when Williams, Arizona, became the last town to be bypassed. Nonetheless, substantial stretches of the original Route 66 survive, complete with the motels and drive-ins that became icons of vernacular American architecture. Restored 1950s roadsters and the latest Harley Davidsons alike flock to cruise along the atmospheric, neon-lit frontages of towns such as Albuquerque and Flagstaff, or through such empty desertscapes as those between Grants and Gallup in New Mexico or Seligman and Kingman in Arizona.

Still home to one of the longest-established Native American populations in the USA, though transformed by becoming first a Spanish colonial outpost and more recently a hangout for bohemian artists, Hollywood exiles and New Age dropouts, TAOS (which rhymes with “mouse”) is famous out of all proportion to its size. Not quite six thousand people live in its three component parts: Taos itself, around the plaza; sprawling Ranchos de Taos, three miles to the south; and the Native American community of Taos Pueblo, two miles north.

Beyond the usual unsightly highway sprawl, Taos is a delight to visit. Besides museums, galleries and stores, it still offers an unhurried pace and charm and the sense of a meeting place between Pueblo, Hispanic and American cultures. Its reputation as an artists’ colony began at the end of the nineteenth century, and new generations of artists and writers have “discovered” Taos ever since. English novelist D.H. Lawrence visited in the 1920s, while Georgia O’Keeffe stayed for a few years soon afterwards.

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New Mexico presents a convergence of expansive sky and stunning light, high desert and earthy piñon wood, Spanish architecture and grand, sun-drenched landscapes. The sprawling city of Albuquerque is the gateway to the state’s wonders, a jumping-off point for experiencing stunning desert volcanoes and a meeting of mountain ranges. The charming, 400-year-old state capital of Santa Fe is filled with low-slung adobe architecture and offers a haven of art, music, and native culture. Outside the cities, you’ll find a plethora of natural formations, rocky arroyos, river gorges, and the panoramic aspen-covered slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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Four distinct seasons color the calendar. Summer is the peak for visitors, with warm days and cool nights. September through November, the region is less crowded and temperatures cooler. Winter is ski season in Santa Fe and Taos, and the holidays provide a warm, glowing backdrop of farolitos (small candles) dotting the streets and adobes, most notably along the famed Canyon Road. The weather in spring is slow to warm and beckons few crowds.

How to get around New Mexico

Most travelers arrive at either Albuquerque International Sunport or Santa Fe Municipal Airport. Hop the Rail Runner commuter rail from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The reasonably priced Sandia Shuttle Express from Albuquerque airport runs to Santa Fe, and the 90-minute New Mexico Rail Runner Express Train connects from Santa Fe Depot to Albuquerque’s Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center. Rental cars are readily available at the airport.

It’s best to obtain a car for driving the stunning landscapes of New Mexico. Smaller towns like Santa Fe and Taos are highly walkable and pedestrian friendly.

Can’t miss things to do in New Mexico

The New Mexico Capitol Art Collection is an extensive collection focusing on nearly 600 New Mexican and Southwestern artists, housed in the State Capitol Complex. This awesome assemblage incorporates paintings, photography, mixed media, textiles, and handcrafted furniture. And it’s free to the public.

Food and drink to try in New Mexico

The culinary culture is an overlapping of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, cowboy, and Pueblo Native American influences. Expect traditional dishes like chiles relleños, tamales, and enchiladas served with guacamole, pinto beans, and calabacitas (a blend of sautéed squash, onions, peppers, and corn). Enjoy it all with a salty margarita, a local craft beer, or a light, local sparkling wine.

Culture in New Mexico

The melding of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures presents a unique style. Modern buildings meet century-old haciendas, colonial architecture, and Spanish churches. Native American pueblos showcase classic pottery and weavings.

Come summer, Santa Fe’s Spanish Market and Indian Market are huge crowd-pleasers, along with the Hatch Valley Chile Festival. Fall ushers in the Old Town Salsa Festival in Albuquerque along with the acclaimed nine-day International Balloon Festival and the New Mexico State Fair. Winter offers the annual Taos Winter Wine Festival and the Canyon Road Farolita (small illuminated candles) walk. Spring is time for the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival.

Local travel tips for New Mexico

When at high elevations, make certain to wear sunscreen, and go easy on the alcohol (at 7,000 feet, one drink equals three). When dining, locals eat their sopaipillas (fluffy fried pastries) not before or during, but after their meal.

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New Mexico : Home to several National Monuments, sites preserving rich heritage, and some awe-inspiring natural wonders, New Mexico really lives up to its nickname “The Land of Enchantment.” Here is my New Mexico travel guide outlining major New Mexico attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my New Mexico travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to New Mexico, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major New Mexico attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, New Mexico Attractions . 

History:   The name “New Mexico” is an anglicized version of “Nuevo Mexico,” named by the Spanish for the upper region of the Rio Grande. “Mexico” is an Aztec term meaning “place of Mexitli” (Mexitli, an Aztec god). The area today known as New Mexico was ceded to the United States by Mexico after the Mexican American War. New Mexico was added to the Union as the 47th State on January 6, 1912.

Geography:  New Mexico borders Arizona in the west, Colorado in the north, Oklahoma in the northeast, Texas in the east, Utah, in the northwest. Santa Fe is the state capitol, and these are some large cities in New Mexico – Albuquerque, Santa Rosa, Roswell, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, and Carlsbad.

Getting There

Flight:  Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) and Santa Fe (SAF) are the major airports in New Mexico, ABQ being the busiest.

Train : Amtrak offers passenger train service on the Southwest Chief that runs between – Chicago and Los Angeles, stopping at following New Mexico stations – Albuquerque (ABQ), Gallup (GLP), Lamy (LMY), Las Vegas (LVS) and Raton (RAT)

Drive : You can drive to New Mexico if you live in any of the neighboring states, but please be advised that you will have to drive a lot within New Mexico to get to the main attractions, so please plan accordingly.

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Climate : In New Mexico, temperatures vary significantly across seasons and between day and night. Summers are hot, with temperatures often exceeding 100°F. Winters are cold, with temperature often dropping below freezing. Check current weather conditions in New Mexico .

Time zone:  GMT -7

Getting around : Even though New Mexico offers a light-rail system, the Rail Runner, and Greyhound bus services that connect major New Mexico cities, I would still recommend renting a car while in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Travel Guide

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New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment” for a reason: the state’s natural beauty, lively culture, and delicious cuisine will put you under its spell.

From otherworldly caverns and deserts to centuries of unearthed history to a vibrant art scene, New Mexico has so much to offer. It’s the perfect state for a road trip, whether you want to drive down the iconic Route 66 or just want to hit as many of the state’s 18 National Parks as you can.

However you decide to explore New Mexico, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

You’ll find evidence of New Mexico’s storied history throughout the state.

At Bandelier National Monument, El Morro National Monument, and Petroglyph National Monument, you can walk among petroglyphs created by Native Americans and Spanish Settlers as long as 700 years ago.

At Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historic Park, you can explore the remains of the Ancestral Pueblan buildings and homes, some of which still stand today.

Fort Union National Monument is home to the remnants of the Southwest’s largest 19th-century military fort.

And at Manhattan Project National Historic Park, you can learn about the science and engineering involved in the creation of the atomic bomb and how that weapon helped usher in the Nuclear Age.

New Mexico is also home to plenty of once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences.

You’ll feel like you’re on another planet as you explore the bright white dunes of White Sands National Park in the southern part of the state.

In Taos, you can check out the view from the second-highest bridge in the U.S. Highway System, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Its location over a breathtaking canyon is perfect for photos that will definitely earn you some likes on Instagram.

And if you’re passing through Santa Fe, you have to make some time to check out Meow Wolf’s immersive art experience House of Eternal Return . Walk through a home featuring 70 rooms of immersive art installations you’ll have to see to believe

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  • The Ghost Tour of Old Town (New Mexico’s oldest Ghost Walk!) from Albuquerque
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  • Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
  • Artisan Walking Tour + Chocolate from Taos
  • White Water Rafting and Wine Tour from Santa Fe
  • Santa Fe Railyard Arts District Food Tour

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It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling solo or with a group on a New Mexico tour. When visiting New Mexico — or any other country in the world — make sure to get travel insurance to protect your health and safety.

In my opinion, the best travel medical insurance for travelers is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country).

Additionally, SafetyWing is budget-friendly and offers $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

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New Mexico Travel Guide FAQ

Below, find answers to frequently asked questions about traveling in New Mexico .

Q: What is the best month to visit New Mexico?

Different parts of New Mexico experience different climates, so the best time to visit the state depends on your itinerary and destinations.

That said, the spring and fall months are usually safe bets wherever you go. Temperatures are mild throughout the state, and you’ll miss the summer crowds.

Fall is also a great time to visit if you want to see the iconic hot air balloons:

The White Sands Balloon Festival takes place in September and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in October.

Q: What should I know before going to New Mexico?

If you’re renting a car in New Mexico or planning a road trip, be prepared to spend a lot of time in the car. The drives between New Mexico’s cities and top destinations are deceptively long, particularly when you compare the size of the state to that of neighboring Texas .

The drive from Santa Fe to White Sands National Park alone takes about four hours. Look up estimated drive times when planning your trip and make sure you give yourself enough time to get from destination to destination. But with the spectacular views from New Mexico’s roads, there’s plenty to enjoy along the way.

If a server at a restaurant asks you if you want “Red, green or Christmas?” they want to know what kind of chiles you want with your meal. “Christmas” refers to a combination of red and green chiles, evocative of the classic holiday decorations. Whatever you choose, you can’t really go wrong – it’s all delicious!

Despite its Southwest location, New Mexico actually has a ski season! Northern New Mexico’s mountains and snowy winters create great conditions for skiing and snowboarding.

Resorts like Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Resort, and Ski Santa Fe have tons of great trails and plenty of things to do even if you’re not hitting the slopes.

If you’re a fan of winter sports, definitely consider visiting the state during the colder months.

Q: How much money do you need for a trip to New Mexico?

Your budget for a trip to New Mexico will depend on your itinerary and style of travel, but the average visitor spends about $72 per day on food, accommodation, transportation, activities, and other travel expenses in the state.

Q: How many days do you need in New Mexico?

To get a good sense of the state, plan for about one week in New Mexico. This will give you time to road trip from Albuquerque to Taos, spending a few days in Santa Fe along the way.

If you want to visit some of the state’s southern destinations like Carlsbad and White Sands National Park, you’ll want to tack on two-to-three extra days given the drive from north to south.

Q: What are the best things to do in New Mexico?

New Mexico is home to 18 national parks, monuments, historic trails, and preserves, each with its own unique draw. Carlsbad Caverns National Park features 119 caves with incredible rock formations that will make you feel like you’re on another planet. At night, you can watch the bats emerge from the caves as they hunt for food or take a star walk to see the night sky without any light pollution.

White Sands National Park is another surreal New mexico attraction with acres of bright white dunes perfect for hiking, biking, and even sledding.

Bandelier National Monument blends natural wonders with Southwest history. Hike through the rugged canyon to discover ancient dwellings, petroglyphs, and more.

And if you want more history, head to Petroglyph National Monument , where you’ll find carvings dating back 700 years.

Looking for something out of the ordinary?

New Mexico has plenty of quirky sites that delight!

If you’ve binge-watched Roswell or The X Files , you’ll definitely want to visit Roswell, NM, known as the world’s top spot for (supposed) alien encounters. Here you can visit the International UFO Museum and Research Center , take a photo with alien-themed streetlights, and see if you can spot your own E.T.

New Mexico is also synonymous with hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Come for one of the many balloon festivals or visit the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, tracking the history of this wild form of aviation.

Want to stand in four states at once?

Take a drive out to Four Corners Monument in Northeast New Mexico where the state borders of New Mexico, Colorado , Utah, and Arizona meet.

And, if you’re a Breaking Bad fan, visit some of the filming locations in Albuquerque on a Breaking Bad Tour or grab some blue candies and snacks inspired by the show.

Q: Where is New Mexico?

New Mexico is located in the southwestern United Sates .

It shares borders with the US states of Colorado (north), Oklahoma and Texas (east and south), and Arizona (west). Additionally, it shares a border with Mexico (south).

Q: Are credit cards accepted in New Mexico?

Credit cards — mainly Visa and Mastercard — are widely accepted around New Mexico. That being said, it is always wise to carry some cash for smaller establishments and in case of emergency.

Q: Can you drink the tap water in New Mexico?

The tap water is generally safe to drink in New Mexico, but double check with your hotel to be safe.

Q: What is the local currency in New Mexico?

The local currency in New Mexico is the US Dollar (USD).

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Quaint old town meets modern urban center in New Mexico's largest city, Albuquerque, a flourishing commercial center that is within striking distance of assorted outdoor pursuits.

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More info official website las cruces.

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  • Southern New Mexico
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Las Cruces

More Info Official Website Carlsbad - Home of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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  • Southeastern New Mexico

Carlsbad - Home of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

More Info Official Website Santa Fe

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More Info Official Website Santa Fe County

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Welcome to Santa Fe County! - For the Adventurous Traveler who craves Authentic Experiences.

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For fun, adventure and discovery, there’s no place like Deming, New Mexico! Located in the heart of the historic Old West, there are plenty of things to see and do around Deming! From outdoor activities and tourist attractions to the world-class Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and the charms of Old Mexico in nearby Palomas, you’ll find something for everyone.

More Info Official Website Village of Ruidoso

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Village of Ruidoso

More Info Official Website Bisbee

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  • Southern Arizona


More Info Official Website Farmington

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  • Northwestern New Mexico


More Info Official Website Alamogordo

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More Info Official Website Truth or Consequences Area

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  • Southwest New Mexico

Truth or Consequences Area

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In its heyday, all 465 miles of New Mexico's Route 66 bustled with life and played home to some of the most iconic experiences of American West: herds of antelope on the high prairie, dramatic mountain vistas, and the tribal cultures of New Mexico's native Puebloan people. Today, travelers can still take in the nostalgia of the Mother Road, neon signs and all.

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