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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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  • At HYATT REGENCY TAMAYA RESORT & SPA, you can spend days and days with us and never have to leave the property to find fun and adventurous things to do. Of course, we offer the Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon, the Twin Warriors championship golf course and three heated outdoor pools. But at Tamaya, we have so much more. At the Stables at Tamaya, you can take a trail ride on a rescue horse with one of our professional wranglers through the stunning New Mexico mesas or in the Cottonwood Bosque along the Rio Grande. Explore the resort’s trails and forest on a complimentary bike, take a guided nature walk or a complimentary tour of our Cultural Learning Center. Don’t miss our authentic cultural activities like adobe brick making, Clay & Culture pottery classes, gourd painting, jewelry making, traditional Pueblo oven bread making, Native dancers and storytelling under the stars with a tribal elder. We have nightly s’mores making at the Plaza fire pit for the kids and Wine & Watercolor classes on the Rio Grande Patio for the adults. You’ll truly find adventure steeped in culture at Tamaya. 1300 Tuyuna Trl, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 87004 | (505) 867-1234, Email: tamaya@hyatt.com
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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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  • Whether horseback riding, hiking, discovering 1,000 year old cliff dwellings or sitting around the campfire, GERONIMO TRAIL GUEST RANCH is an environment where you can create lifetime memories with your family and friends. Located 85 miles from the nearest stoplight, evidence of modern man is virtually absent. Here, beneath the tall Ponderosa pines, in the cool higher elevations of the Black Range Mountains of southwest New Mexico, the quiet is such that you can hear the approach of an eagle from the beat of the air beneath its wings. Large herds of elk frequent the meadows, streams and lakes nearby. The mountains and canyons evoke the heritage of the American cowboy and abound with relics of Native American societies who have gone before us. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a special place, an adventure offering a unique perspective on the past and encouraging thoughtful reflection about the future. It is the perfect setting for guests seeking the finest in New Mexico dude ranch vacations. As has often been observed, it is hard to have a bad day on the back of a good horse. After a few days, guests often lose track of the date…and find they don’t care anymore. (575) 772-5157 or book now at www.geronimoranch.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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  • Mountain, Stream and Trail Adventures (MST ADVENTURES) mission is simple: they want to share their passion for the outdoors with everyone. As New Mexico’s only year-round guide, rental, and instruction service, MST Adventures is ready to help people enjoy all the adventure that the Land of Enchantment has to offer. Their inventory of high-quality rental equipment is ready for those seeking their own adventure, including: snowshoes, stand up paddleboards (SUP), recreational kayaks, whitewater kayaks, car camping and backpacking kits, and Grizzly Coolers. Once you’ve had a taste for the outdoors, MST Adventures’ certified instructors, with decades of experience, are ready to help you advance your skills. They offer instruction for SUP, canoeing and kayaking, camping and backpacking, and photography. All of the guided tours include equipment, basic instruction, refreshments and interpretive service about the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the areas explored. MST Adventures is proud to be the only permitted snowshoe guide service on Sandia Mountain. Their tours aren’t just follow the leader either – many are based around teaching specific skills, or activities like birding and photography. While on the morning SUP tours you’ll get to experience the hidden treasures of the Middle Rio Grande Valley! For an all-day experience, look no further than the Adventure Brewery Tours where you’ll spend the morning cruising the river before being treated to lunch, with shuttle service provided, to taste some of the best award-winning local beers Albuquerque has to offer. Last, but not least, you can escape the crowds and experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta like never before during the Rio Grande Splash’n’Dash tours.
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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 is the premier fly fishing shop in Santa Fe and all of Northern New Mexico. Locally owned and operated since 1985, High Desert Angler has the best outfitted fly shop in the entire state hands down. They can handle all of your equipment needs. Customer service is rule number one in the shop and our friendly staff is always willing to offer the best advice about conditions, hatches and locations to anyone who asks. High Desert Angler also offers custom guided trips to all of New Mexico's most spectacular fisheries. New Mexico’s alpine desert environment has it all, majestic rivers, high mountain streams, tail-waters, alpine lakes, spring fed creeks and freestones. High Desert Angler also has exclusive access to miles of privately leased waters, only made available to clients, inaccessible to the general public. The professional guides of High Desert Angler know the waters of Northern New Mexico like few others. Not only can they take you to where the fish are but are expert in helping you catch them. We can teach first timers of all ages in the basics and guide them to success. While seasoned anglers have the opportunity to fine tune skills and increase their knowledge. With any of the guides from High Desert Angler you can be assured of a great experience every time you fish with them. Whether you're local or from out of town High Desert Angler has you completely covered. Give us a call or stop in their shop in Santa Fe today. (505) 988-7688
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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

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..

New Mexico Adventure
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.

Road Trips

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

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

New Mexico Nomad

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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Road Trips

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

Adventures & Experiences

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

New Mexico Nomad

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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Road Trips

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

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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