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Road Trips

Considering the variety of terrain and options, New Mexico is the ultimate road trip state.

New Mexico Activities
Hang Gliding off Sandia Peak
 

It isn't as common a sight as it was years ago, but there are still intrepid souls jumping off of Sandia Peak. This is not a feat suitable for beginners. The winds are unpredictable. The drop is sheer. The rush of jumping off a mountain is indescribable..

Looking for things to do in New Mexico?

 

When people ask for suggestions about places to go or things to do in New Mexico, it is difficult to provide meaningful recommendations without additional information. Details hone a large pool of possibilities into a smaller set defined by personal preference.

 

For example, if the thought of being without a cell phone signal for more than an hour induces a deep and profound sense of anxiety, New Mexico travel plans require strategic planning, with thought given to the existence of cell phone towers. The safest bets are experiences near large communities, like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

 

Albuquerque has over 400 miles of bike paths and an enviable number of fantastic hiking trails available in the Sandias and along the Rio Grande Bosque. Santa Fe has the Sangre de Cristos, with trails, camping and outstanding skiing and snowboarding at the top during the winter months. Las Cruces has the Organ Mountains, with numerous trails to hike and craggy walls to climb. It is a safe bet that the presence of mountains will impede cell signal. There is very little need for large city parks, because every community has a state and/or national park nearby. From outdoor adventures to outdoor activities, 300 days of sunshine and mild winters make New Mexico ideal for exploring nature’s treasures.

 

What are your interests? Art, culture, history, nature, anthropology, geology, paleontology, biking, hiking, rocking climbing, fishing, camping? For outdoor enthusiasts with a penchant for any form of “-ology”, New Mexico is a slice of heaven. From the Gila to the Jemez, the Valles Grande to the Valle Vidal, the verdant vistas of the Rocky Mountains run like a spinal column through the state.

 

New Mexico is a nature zone. The opportunities to reconnect with nature are abundant and varied, with birding, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, ballooning, skydiving, rock climbing, camping, fishing, hunting and spelunking (to name a few possibilities). New Mexicans have an affinity for hiking and sunsets the way people in other parts of the country reference walking on the beach. The environment attracts people who value the solitude. Most New Mexicans have a favorite mountain or mesa.

 

What part of the state do you want to explore? New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the U.S. Having Texas next door makes it seem smaller. To really experience New Mexico, more than one trip will be needed. Seeing and doing everything worth seeing and doing takes locals a lifetime.

 

Other details matter as well. What time of year will you be traveling? It is windy in the spring, warmer in the south, still potential for winter storms in the north. The snake population wakes up between March and May, depending on weather. It is hot at lower elevations during July and August. Monsoons are a variable when considering camping in late summer. If you are not prepared, it will rain. Of course, we need the water mojo, so feel free to test that theory in late July. Lodging can be a challenge around Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

 

Whether you are a local, new to the area, or visiting New Mexico for the first time, here are a few suggestions for memorable adventures in New Mexico, from adrenalin rush to awe inspiring.

 

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  • With a history as colorful as the surrounding red and yellow cliffs, Ghost Ranch offers a diverse schedule of workshops, retreats and adventure. The mission of Ghost Ranch is to enrich lives through discovery and transformation. This is accomplished with programs on spiritual development, peace and justice, honoring the environment and exploring family through the celebration of art, culture and nature. The landscape, made famous by legendary artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, encompasses 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors and vast skies. Whether visiting for the day or staying the week, guests enjoy a robust selection of activities that include O’Keeffe Landscape Tours, horseback riding through the painted desert, hiking trails, massage therapy, ropes courses, climbing wall, labyrinth, library and kayaking on Abiquiu Lake. With two museums on site, Ghost Ranch specializes in anthropology and paleontology. The Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology features artifacts from the prehistoric Tewa, Gallina and other Paleo-Indian cultures that inhabited this ancient cultural highway created by the Chama River. In the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology, learn why paleontologists with international reputations have been attracted to the Ranch since Edwin Colbert’s discovery of the Coelophysis in 1947. Today, the Coelophysis Dinosaur Quarry is a National Natural Landmark as well as New Mexico’s State Fossil. Additionally Ghost Ranch offers Archeology Tours and Paleontology Tours to excavation sites on the property. Guests enjoy rustic lodging accommodations, allowing the focus to be on the natural beauty of the majestic surroundings. Camping is also available along with a variety of meeting spaces for groups to hold reunions, conferences and weddings. Guests need not know the science or details of Ghost Ranch’s history, or be aware of the relevance of art to reach their own balance, find their spirituality and restore themselves. (505) 685-1000 Email: info@GhostRanch.org Address: 280 Private Dr. 1708, Abiquiu
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  • PUEBLO BALLOON flies in the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge, outside of Taos New Mexico. They are one of only two operators permitted to operate in the gorge and they adhere to strict rules when taking guests into this majestic national monument. Your flight begins with a meeting in town prior to being driven out to the launch site near the gorge. Once inflated, the balloon drifts gently toward the gorge. When mother nature is cooperative, they drift down into the gorge and kiss the Rio Grande river while following its path down the gorge. Eventually, based on the communication of the wind, the gorge asks visitors to depart her embrace and the balloon rides the currents higher, the wind ferrying the balloon back to the rim of the gorge. Once packed up, they conduct a celebratory champagne toast (with non-alcoholic alternatives) and present each passenger with a commemorative flight certificate to commemorate their addition to the world of hot air ballooning. The memories of course, last forever. (575) 751-9877, EMAIL: support@puebloballoon.com
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  • CUSTOM RIDES BY THE HOUR AND DAY, WILDERNESS PACK TRIPS, LESSONS AND TRAINING. The Plains Indians, the great ranches, the cowboy, the Pony Express...all would be something entirely different without the horse. These days we see horses on the race track, in the show rings and in rodeo arenas. The relationship has changed. Horses are diversions, entertainment...hobbies. In the rush of progress the best part of a horse was left behind, left somewhere back in the nineteenth century with the buggy and the telegraph and the buffalo. Back then a horse was one's only transportation; he plowed fields, roped calves, brought you home in the dead of night with a line of cattle in front of you, raced to get the doctor when a baby was coming. He was a trusted and vital part of the family. If he was lucky, he lived fifteen, twenty or twenty-five years, longer than most cars, longer than most marriages. An extraordinary relationship. At Red Horse we can give you a glimpse of those days. Our horses are responsive, engaged, well-trained and happy. You will ride the mountains and countryside of New Mexico, seeing both horse and country from a different perspective. Something valuable, something worth protecting. We also offer lessons. Red Horse teaches riding the old way. Riding is about your hands, your seat and your legs, but more than anything, it's about trust and communication. It's pretty easy to sit on a horse and trot around, but there's a big difference between that and riding. Riding is a partnership that starts with a bond between a human and a horse. Dogs and cats come into your world. They eat your food, lie on the bed, ride in the car. Horses are different. You have to go into their world. RED HORSE RIDING: Rachel (505) 250-3216, Email: redhorseridingco@gmail.com or Chance (505) 321-1510, Email: redhorseridingco@gmail.com
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  • NEW MEXICO WINE TOURS is a wine and scenic tour company that endeavors to show the beauty of New Mexico while highlighting the local wine tradition. They love sharing New Mexico’s wine history, cultures, beautiful landscapes while exploring the oldest wine producing state in the country, which dates back to 1629. They offer a variety of tours of northern New Mexico to intrigue both visitors & local residents. Large parties and groups are welcome. Operating seven days a week, all year round, with complimentary door to door service for tours to make sure guests don’t drive while impaired. They even provide airport shuttle to Albuquerque. They have a wine tasting and rafting combo option (departing from Santa Fe). Whatever the occasion: weekend getaway, girls day out, reunion, bachelorette, birthday, retirement or team building, New Mexico Wine Tours are experts in designing the perfect. Every season is absolutely beautiful and relaxing under a sky that's so blue it hurts your eyes. Call to make your reservation at (505) 250-8943 or book on line. Email: nmwinetours@gmail.com
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  • WOLFHORSE OUTFITTERS is a Native American Guide Service specializing in horseback riding adventures into the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness near Silver City. They customize guided wilderness adventures, concentrating on the environment, plant and animal identification methods, as well as seasonal foraging techniques. WolfHorse presents Native American historical indigenous perspectives and interpretive services in regards to American western history and regarding the appreciative relationship of the natural resources of Dzil (the mountains of the Gila region), which were once preserved and protected by Ndee (Chiricahua Apache people) ancestors. Accommodating all levels of experience from beginners to advanced riders who just want to “cover some ground” - from the occasional hiker to “trail munchers” – they create customized adventures for individuals or groups looking for a backcountry getaway. Your guide, Joe Saenz, is of Chihene (Warm Springs Apache) ancestry. Joe has extensive guiding experience in horseback and backpacking expeditions throughout the American Rocky Mountains, including Canada, Mexico´s Sierra Madre and the Alaskan Brooks Range. WolfHorse Outfitters provides: eco-tours, custom pack trips, custom horseback riding adventures, horseback riding lessons, custom hiking adventures, expedition support, drop camps, year-round horseback riding, outdoor living education, consultant services, natural interpretive services, historical interpretive services, cultural skills education, photography, cinematic consultant, and movie location scouting. Contact Joe Saenz at (575) 534-1379 or Email: info@wolfhorseoutfitters.com
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  • CLIMB WITH SUNTOUCHER MOUNTAIN GUIDES: Climbing has something to offer you, whether you’re looking for a quick and fun workout, a relaxing and beautiful day with friends, a full day of adventure, or a multi-day experience. There’s no better way to unwind, meet great people, and get fit all at the same time. Often climbers reach a moment on a climb where they’re not sure what their next move is. They think they might see the next hold, but it doesn’t look very good — they’re hesitant. This hesitation can lead to growing fear and fatigue until, eventually, the climber is forced to hang on the rope. The opportunity was missed, but the lesson learned is that the only way to move forward is to take that next step into the unknown, keep trying. Climbing is such a beautiful reflection of life in so many ways, that when we become better climbers, we also become better people, learning more about ourselves. Climbing is about enjoying life with the people around you, but it is a culture that is best entered into with guidance. On top of safety and convenience, there are ethical, environmental, and access issues that every climber needs to know about. Suntoucher Guides provides that knowledge and experience. Whether you are visiting and want a guide to the many climbing adventures in New Mexico or you are looking for a fun, safe and extraordinary introduction to climbing, Suntoucher Mountain Guides has adventures for all skill levels. (505) 321-4891
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  • ORIGIN AT RANCHO DE SAN JUAN is happy to announce that the Innsbrook Labyrinth is ready for use! This is one of many improvements that are available to Ra Paulette Cave Tour participants. The cost of the tour is $50/ adult. Beverages and lunch are included. Tours can be booked online at www.originnewmexico.com Click the cave tour link, choose the season you expect to visit, the day and the time of day- for the tour you would like to experience. Private cave tours featuring "Crystal Tones Singing Bowl's" sound bath experience are available by special appointment. (505) 747-2374 Email: originreservations@gmail.com
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  • LOS RIOS RIVER RUNNERS is New Mexico’s oldest, most experienced rafting company. They have been providing clients with the experience of a lifetime since 1972. With an average of over 10 years of experience, Los Rios guides are the best in the business. They are fun-loving, knowledgeable, creative wilderness professionals; trained beyond federal requirements in river safety, first aid and CPR. Los Rios has a variety of adventures to choose from. They offer half day, full day and multi-day experiences. The most popular adventure is the Racecourse. The route is wet and wild in high water, fun and splashy in late season. If you prefer a more relaxing adventure, the Orilla Verde is a mellow half day trip ideal for small children and seniors. Placid waters glide past towering bluffs and lush green meadows, with several small rapids. The Lower Gorge combines the Orilla Verde and the Racecourse. Small children and seniors can get off at lunchtime and thrill seekers can paddle on. Clients can enjoy the beautiful evening light and sunsets that New Mexico is famous for while Los Rios prepares dinner on the Sunset Dinner float. The ultimate adventure? The Taos Box is 16 miles of thundering whitewater and one of the top whitewater runs in the world. These rapids have been conquered but will never be tamed. Experience is not required, but you do need a robust sense of adventure. The Taos Box is a one-day adventure or part of a two or three day overnight. The Middle Box is beautiful, pristine, remote wilderness. Access is extremely limited. There are class two rapids and a class three run. The Chama Canyon is New Mexico’s most spectacular Wilderness boating. It can be run as a full day, 2-day or 3-day adventure. The Full day Chama begins just downstream of the Christ of the Desert Monastery. The rapids are easy class three. Most of the overnight trip is a peaceful float, with some small rapids providing excitement. Prices of adventures range from $34 to $495. (575) 776-8854, Email: office@losriosriverrunners.com
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  • TED TURNER EXPEDITIONS’ provides access to over 1 million acres of wild, private landscapes in New Mexico. The hotel at Sierra Grande in Truth or Consequences provides a relaxing, Southwestern vacation destination with elegant accommodations. The Spa offers visitors holistic spa treatments designed to melt away stress and tension, while the private indoor and outdoor hot springs honor the legendary healing traditions established by the region’s Native Americans. Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa serves as a launching point for Ted Turner Expeditions’ day tours, offering exclusive adventures on Ted Turner’s sprawling Ladder and Armendaris Ranches, comprising approximately 600,000 acres of land combined. The Ladder Ranch contains four tributaries of the Rio Grande River – the Animas, Seco, Palomas and Cuchillo streams. The property contains ancient artifacts, including petroglyphs of the ancient Mimbres culture and even its own ghost town, known as Hermosa, which was founded in the late 1800’s and still remains relatively intact. The Armendaris Ranch is 362,885 acres of Chihuahuan and semi-desert grasslands with cottonwood, willow and salt cedar riparian along the river. Big game species on the ranch include bison, pronghorn, desert mule deer, mountain lion, javelina and oryx. The lava tubes of Jornada lava field is the summer home for one of the largest bat populations in North America. In northern New Mexico, the Vermejo Park Ranch spans approximately 585,000 acres, offering unparalleled opportunities to enjoy and explore nature. With activities such as hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, ORVIS-endorsed fly fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and photography tours, Vermejo is a slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. Throughout New Mexico, Ted Turner Expeditions provides luxury accommodations and unique adventures surrounded by natural splendor. 1 (877) 2TURNER
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  • ZUNI PUEBLO invites you to explore the historic and cultural tapestry of the community on one of several tours. Tour #1: The Middle Village, known as Halona Idiwan’a, has been the cultural heart of the Zuni People since time immemorial and continues to be where most cultural observances occur. Monday - Friday 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM, Cost: $15.00 per person. Tour #2: Archaeology Tour: Hawikku - 2.5 hours/32 miles round trip. Visit one of the fabled “Cities of Gold” – where the ancestors of today’s Zunis lived since 1200 AD. Minimum 7-day advance notice. Cost: $75.00 for one to two persons; $35 each for three to nine people; Groups 10 or more - $25 each; Student/Youth rate - $20 each. Tour #3: Archaeology Tour: Village of the Great Kivas - 3 hours/34 miles round trip. The Village of the Great Kivas was a small active village for about a century around 1000 AD. The site features the large circular kivas common in Chaco Canyon. On the sandstone mesa above is an intriguing array of diverse petroglyphs. Minimum 7-day advance notice. Cost: $75.00 for one to two persons; $35 each for three to nine people; Groups 10 or more - $25 each; Student/Youth rate - $20 each. Tour #4: Traditional Zuni Meal for a taste of Zuni hospitality. Sample a taste of Zuni culture with a meal of traditional Zuni foods – including posole or red chile stew, Zuni tamales, oven bread, melon or other fruit, traditional tea, and dessert. Vegetarian options are also available. Due to the labor-intensive preparation, please provide a seven-day advance reservation. Cost is $12.00 per person – minimum of 10. Please note that tours may NOT be conducted if religious cultural events are occurring within the area – call Visitor Center staff at (505) 782-7238 for any schedule changes.
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  • Steeped in myth and legend, these ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for thousands of years. The use of the waters can be traced back to the earliest human migrations in the region. Ancient peoples, the ancestors of today’s Native American Tewa tribes, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Surrounding the springs are the ruins of the cities populated before the birth of history. Posi or Poseouinge, “village at the place of the green bubbling hot springs” was the largest of 4 Pueblos surrounding the springs and home to thousands of people. Because of the work of archaeologists Adolph Bandelier and Edgar Hewitt, we know that Posi was a vibrant center of activity until the 15th century. The unusually diverse and abundant styles of pottery shards and other artifacts remain as a testament to Posi and the spring’s long-standing iconic significance within the larger region. Tradition tells us that often-warring tribesman would set their weapons and differences aside to gather in peace at the springs to enjoy the benefits of the waters, and to trade and heal their wounds and ailments without conflict. The famous and the infamous have enjoyed these legendary waters and volumes of testimonials filled with declarations of miracle cures abound. Generations continue to make the pilgrimage to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs to enjoy the unique combination of four different sulfur-free mineral waters: Lithia, Iron, Soda and Arsenic, with more than 100,000 gallons a day steaming to the surface revitalizing those who soak in them. Ojo Caliente is a legendary oasis healing body, mind, and spirit naturally for countless centuries. 50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico 87549, Toll-Free: 800-222-9162, Local: 505-583-2233.
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  • HIGH COUNTRY ANGLERS proudly offers first class fly fishing guide/instructional trips throughout Taos, Eagle Nest, Red River, Angel Fire and Cimarron. They work with all skill levels from the first timer, to the “what do I do now” fly fisher, to the experienced fishead making the most of their fly fishing experience in New Mexico. Doc Thompson started High Country Anglers in 1995 based on his passion for fly fishing, trout, and New Mexico. Thousands of guide trips later he is the longest operating Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide in New Mexico and is an Orvis Fly Tier-Designer. He has been honored as the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year and Orvis Fly Tier of the Year. He's been a finalist for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year in 2012 and 2014. Doc presents seminars on fly fishing, fly selection and other programs to fly shops and fly fishing clubs throughout the country. In 2013 Taos native, Shane Clawson joined Doc, providing additional insight into the hidden treasures of the high country. Doc and Shane don’t just point you to fish; they work with you, share their knowledge and provide local insight. They have public water guide permits plus access to miles of uncrowded private waters. Planning a fly fishing vacation? A fly fishing guide trip to compliment your family get-away? Organizing a fly fishing themed business retreat? (575) 376-9220, Email: doct@flyfishnewmexico.com
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  • Experience a resort and casino that is above and beyond. New Mexico’s premier mountain resort/casino awaits with impeccable AAA Four-Diamond service, mouthwatering cuisine for every palate, incredible gaming action, and breathtaking alpine scenery to nurture your soul. Situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, New Mexico just outside of Ruidoso, guests return time and time again to Inn of the Mountain Gods to enjoy the clean mountain air, stunning panoramic views, and exciting entertainment options. Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted by a stunning lobby featuring a sweeping view of the snowcapped mountains, lake and championship golf course. Guests have come to expect all of the little extras that come standard here at Inn of the Mountain Gods. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be enchanted by original works of art throughout the property, roaring fireplaces in the lobby, and a tranquil setting that makes the everyday world feel a million miles away. Beyond that, discover an endless variety of activities, entertainment and escapes to make it a getaway you’ll never forget. 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., Mescalero, New Mexico, Toll Free: 800-545-9011, Local: 575-464-7059.
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  • SOUTHWEST EXPEDITIONS provides tours and guide services for individuals or groups interested in exploring the wonders of southern New Mexico. Whether you are looking for ambiance or adventure, they have options for everyone. Plane tours, rafting, culinary adventures, biking, history and heritage tours, wine tours and more. 877-808-6877, Email: David@SWExpeditions.com
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  • WORLD BALLOON has been in operation for over 43 years and is the oldest continuously operating ride operator in the southwest. World Balloon’s founder, Sid Cutter, was one of the founding members of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest balloon event in the country, as well as the largest balloon club in the world, and World Balloon of course. They fly every day that mother nature will allow them and can accommodate every group size from 1 person to 75 people with advanced notice. They have an impeccable safety record and only use commercially rated pilots. All of the equipment is inspected annually or every 100 hours of flight time, whichever comes first, by FAA authorized repair persons. The adventure beings with a meeting near the launch site. Once checked in and final weather and safety checks complete, they inflate the balloon. They gather their passengers and depart on a majestic adventure. Usually they are carried out over the Rio Grande River where they spend some time admiring El Bosque (the forest) on either side of the river, and hopefully seeing some wildlife as the river passes below. Then they climb up high to experience the view of Albuquerque from a whole new perspective. Once they land, they conduct a celebratory champagne toast (they have non-alcoholic alternatives) and present each of their new friends with a commemorative flight certificate to commemorate their addition to the world of hot air ballooning. They are here to ensure you have a World Class experience and have the adventure of a lifetime. (505) 293-6800, Email: info@worldballoon.com
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“I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had. It certainly changed me for ever. Curious as it may sound, it was New Mexico that liberated me from the present era of civilization, the great era of material and mechanical development."

D.H. Lawrence

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South Boundary Trail
 

Access New Mexico's #1 mountain biking route, the South Boundary Trail. The South Boundary is a 25-mile ride best suited to experienced riders. The trail has miles of easily traversed meadows on a well worn single track path

New Mexico Adventure
Vermejo Ranch

 

Vermejo Park Ranch is a private ranch located in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. It is home to large herds of elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, bison, along with black bears, mountain lions, and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

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Considering the variety of terrain and options, New Mexico is the ultimate road trip state.

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Considering the variety of terrain and options, New Mexico is the ultimate road trip state.

Looking for things to do in New Mexico?

 

When people ask for suggestions about places to go or things to do in New Mexico, it is difficult to provide meaningful recommendations without additional information. Details hone a large pool of possibilities into a smaller set defined by personal preference.

 

For example, if the thought of being without a cell phone signal for more than an hour induces a deep and profound sense of anxiety, New Mexico travel plans require strategic planning, with thought given to the existence of cell phone towers. The safest bets are experiences near large communities, like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

 

Albuquerque has over 400 miles of bike paths and an enviable number of fantastic hiking trails available in the Sandias and along the Rio Grande Bosque. Santa Fe has the Sangre de Cristos, with trails, camping and outstanding skiing and snowboarding at the top during the winter months. Las Cruces has the Organ Mountains, with numerous trails to hike and craggy walls to climb. It is a safe bet that the presence of mountains will impede cell signal. There is very little need for large city parks, because every community has a state and/or national park nearby. From outdoor adventures to outdoor activities, 300 days of sunshine and mild winters make New Mexico ideal for exploring nature’s treasures.

 

What are your interests? Art, culture, history, nature, anthropology, geology, paleontology, biking, hiking, rocking climbing, fishing, camping? For outdoor enthusiasts with a penchant for any form of “-ology”, New Mexico is a slice of heaven. From the Gila to the Jemez, the Valles Grande to the Valle Vidal, the verdant vistas of the Rocky Mountains run like a spinal column through the state.

 

New Mexico is a nature zone. The opportunities to reconnect with nature are abundant and varied, with birding, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, ballooning, skydiving, rock climbing, camping, fishing, hunting and spelunking (to name a few possibilities). New Mexicans have an affinity for hiking and sunsets the way people in other parts of the country reference walking on the beach. The environment attracts people who value the solitude. Most New Mexicans have a favorite mountain or mesa.

 

What part of the state do you want to explore? New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the U.S. Having Texas next door makes it seem smaller. To really experience New Mexico, more than one trip will be needed. Seeing and doing everything worth seeing and doing takes locals a lifetime.

 

Other details matter as well. What time of year will you be traveling? It is windy in the spring, warmer in the south, still potential for winter storms in the north. The snake population wakes up between March and May, depending on weather. It is hot at lower elevations during July and August. Monsoons are a variable when considering camping in late summer. If you are not prepared, it will rain. Of course, we need the water mojo, so feel free to test that theory in late July. Lodging can be a challenge around Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

 

Whether you are a local, new to the area, or visiting New Mexico for the first time, here are a few suggestions for memorable adventures in New Mexico, from adrenalin rush to awe inspiring.

 

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Explore New Mexico

“I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have ever had. It certainly changed me for ever. Curious as it may sound, it was New Mexico that liberated me from the present era of civilization, the great era of material and mechanical development."

D.H. Lawrence

Road Trips

Considering the variety of terrain and options, New Mexico is the ultimate road trip state.

Looking for things to do in New Mexico?

 

When people ask for suggestions about places to go or things to do in New Mexico, it is difficult to provide meaningful recommendations without additional information. Details hone a large pool of possibilities into a smaller set defined by personal preference.

 

For example, if the thought of being without a cell phone signal for more than an hour induces a deep and profound sense of anxiety, New Mexico travel plans require strategic planning, with thought given to the existence of cell phone towers. The safest bets are experiences near large communities, like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

 

Albuquerque has over 400 miles of bike paths and an enviable number of fantastic hiking trails available in the Sandias and along the Rio Grande Bosque. Santa Fe has the Sangre de Cristos, with trails, camping and outstanding skiing and snowboarding at the top during the winter months. Las Cruces has the Organ Mountains, with numerous trails to hike and craggy walls to climb. It is a safe bet that the presence of mountains will impede cell signal. There is very little need for large city parks, because every community has a state and/or national park nearby. From outdoor adventures to outdoor activities, 300 days of sunshine and mild winters make New Mexico ideal for exploring nature’s treasures.

 

What are your interests? Art, culture, history, nature, anthropology, geology, paleontology, biking, hiking, rocking climbing, fishing, camping? For outdoor enthusiasts with a penchant for any form of “-ology”, New Mexico is a slice of heaven. From the Gila to the Jemez, the Valles Grande to the Valle Vidal, the verdant vistas of the Rocky Mountains run like a spinal column through the state.

 

New Mexico is a nature zone. The opportunities to reconnect with nature are abundant and varied, with birding, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, ballooning, skydiving, rock climbing, camping, fishing, hunting and spelunking (to name a few possibilities). New Mexicans have an affinity for hiking and sunsets the way people in other parts of the country reference walking on the beach. The environment attracts people who value the solitude. Most New Mexicans have a favorite mountain or mesa.

 

What part of the state do you want to explore? New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the U.S. Having Texas next door makes it seem smaller. To really experience New Mexico, more than one trip will be needed. Seeing and doing everything worth seeing and doing takes locals a lifetime.

 

Other details matter as well. What time of year will you be traveling? It is windy in the spring, warmer in the south, still potential for winter storms in the north. The snake population wakes up between March and May, depending on weather. It is hot at lower elevations during July and August. Monsoons are a variable when considering camping in late summer. If you are not prepared, it will rain. Of course, we need the water mojo, so feel free to test that theory in late July. Lodging can be a challenge around Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

 

Whether you are a local, new to the area, or visiting New Mexico for the first time, here are a few suggestions for memorable adventures in New Mexico, from adrenalin rush to awe inspiring.

 

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Adventures & Experiences

Explore New Mexico

Looking for things to do in New Mexico?

 

When people ask for suggestions about places to go or things to do in New Mexico, it is difficult to provide meaningful recommendations without additional information. Details hone a large pool of possibilities into a smaller set defined by personal preference.

 

For example, if the thought of being without a cell phone signal for more than an hour induces a deep and profound sense of anxiety, New Mexico travel plans require strategic planning, with thought given to the existence of cell phone towers. The safest bets are experiences near large communities, like Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

 

Albuquerque has over 400 miles of bike paths and an enviable number of fantastic hiking trails available in the Sandias and along the Rio Grande Bosque. Santa Fe has the Sangre de Cristos, with trails, camping and outstanding skiing and snowboarding at the top during the winter months. Las Cruces has the Organ Mountains, with numerous trails to hike and craggy walls to climb. It is a safe bet that the presence of mountains will impede cell signal. There is very little need for large city parks, because every community has a state and/or national park nearby. From outdoor adventures to outdoor activities, 300 days of sunshine and mild winters make New Mexico ideal for exploring nature’s treasures.

 

What are your interests? Art, culture, history, nature, anthropology, geology, paleontology, biking, hiking, rocking climbing, fishing, camping? For outdoor enthusiasts with a penchant for any form of “-ology”, New Mexico is a slice of heaven. From the Gila to the Jemez, the Valles Grande to the Valle Vidal, the verdant vistas of the Rocky Mountains run like a spinal column through the state.

 

New Mexico is a nature zone. The opportunities to reconnect with nature are abundant and varied, with birding, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, ballooning, skydiving, rock climbing, camping, fishing, hunting and spelunking (to name a few possibilities). New Mexicans have an affinity for hiking and sunsets the way people in other parts of the country reference walking on the beach. The environment attracts people who value the solitude. Most New Mexicans have a favorite mountain or mesa.

 

What part of the state do you want to explore? New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the U.S. Having Texas next door makes it seem smaller. To really experience New Mexico, more than one trip will be needed. Seeing and doing everything worth seeing and doing takes locals a lifetime.

 

Other details matter as well. What time of year will you be traveling? It is windy in the spring, warmer in the south, still potential for winter storms in the north. The snake population wakes up between March and May, depending on weather. It is hot at lower elevations during July and August. Monsoons are a variable when considering camping in late summer. If you are not prepared, it will rain. Of course, we need the water mojo, so feel free to test that theory in late July. Lodging can be a challenge around Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

 

Whether you are a local, new to the area, or visiting New Mexico for the first time, here are a few suggestions for memorable adventures in New Mexico, from adrenalin rush to awe inspiring.

 

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