New Mexico

New Mexico – the land of enchantment. It is a land of amazing beauty, extensive outdoor recreation opportunities and a truly warm welcome. You’ll discover a host of attractions as varied as the stunning surroundings, which feature high mountains and deserts, glistening lakes, spectacular canyons, hot springs, lava flows and mysterious rock formations. Visit the White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, explore Billy the Kid Byway travelled by New Mexico’s most famous outlaw or take the glorious Jemez Mountain Trail amongst the Red Rocks.

Top Tips

Catch the Sandia Peak Tram to the top of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque from where you can look out over 15,000 square miles of stunning landscape.

Explore Billy the Kid Highway; it’s an 84 miles scenic loop road trail following in the footsteps of New Mexico’s most famous (or is that infamous?) outlaw. There’s so much to see en route so allow a full day.

If you are interested in North American Indian culture, visit Salmon Ruins Historic Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument. The Chaco Culture World Heritage Site is well worth the bumpy ride - check local conditions first as there are 15 miles of unpaved road to get there.

Take the Cumbres and Toltec Steam Railway out of Chama. It’s a scenic, and wonderfully nostalgic day out, taking you up to the border with Colorado.

Try a short white water rafting experience on the Rio Grande River near Taos or an early morning hot air balloon ride high above Albuquerque.

Don’t miss the quaint town of Santa Fe with its great eating places, shops and lots of local Native American artefacts.

Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park. From the end of May through to mid October you can experience the spectacular sunset bat flight from the Caverns.

Cities, Art & the Great Outdoors

Check out Santa Fe, America’s oldest state capital and home to some of the best galleries in the country. Surrounded by millions of acres of forest, it is the place for numerous outdoor activities. Albuquerque, the largest city in the state, is full of exciting attractions. Explore its historic Old Town, fascinating museums and city zoo. Catch the Sandia Peak Tram to the top of Sandia Mountain and look out over 15,000 square miles of stunning landscape.

Art plays a huge role in New Mexico’s community, with art museums featuring everything from glass works to folk crafts, paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and elaborate sculptures. This culture is celebrated with art festivals across the state year-round, but especially throughout the summer months. Explore the state with an art studio tour, for an opportunity to meet the artists and see their masterpieces being created first hand.

The state also boasts parks and museums, hosting fairs and festivals annually.  To name a few main attractions The Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, the National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum and the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa are well worth a visit.

New Mexico Destinations

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