A book published by UNM Press focused on travelling in New Mexico is getting recognition on the national stage. 

“Eco-Travel New Mexico: 86 Natural Destinations, Green Hotels, and Sustainable Adventures,” by Ashley M. Biggers, was awarded third place in the 2017–18 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition Award, Guidebook Category. The annual competition was overseen by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation and judged by members of the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

“The emphasis on environmentally friendly destinations to visit in a state little-known to most American and foreign travelers is an attention catcher,” the judges wrote, in reference to the 2017 publication. “Despite the slimness of the guide, the variety of destinations and the details provided for each become strengths for the book’s users.”

The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, now celebrating 34 years, drew 1,275 entries. The winners were announced recently at the SATW convention in Barbados.

“Eco-Travel New Mexico” is the essential take-along companion to sustainable travel in New Mexico, on the main trails and off the beaten path. With handy insider tips and insights, the guide takes travelers to eco-friendly destinations, farm-to-table restaurants and green hotels, all while introducing them to sustainable outfitters.

Born and raised in New Mexico, author Ashley M. Biggers is a travel journalist who has contributed to many magazines, including New Mexico Magazine, the Santa Fean, and Beyond. She is the several-times author of the New Mexico True Adventure Guide, the New Mexico Tourism Department’s travel guide, and she is the author of 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die,a bucket-list guide to the Duke City. She lives in Albuquerque, M.M.