New Mexico

Things to do in New Mexico

Skiing and snowboarding lovers know that one of the best things to do in New Mexico is pay a visit to the Taos Mountains. After hitting the slopes, travelers can make their way into town where there are more than three-dozen art galleries.

Travelers wondering what to do in New Mexico should look into spending several days in Santa Fe. The city has a variety of art shops, food offerings, and museums. The New Mexico History Museum delves into more than 500 years of American West history. Visitors delve into the history of the state’s native people, the Spanish colonists, outlaws, the railroad and more. For those who enjoy dancing the night away, one of the most fun things to do in New Mexico is take part in Moreno Valley Cowboy Evenings. The event takes place throughout the summer months at the beautiful Bobcat Pass where the elevation is an incredible 9820 feet. The evening includes live musical entertainment and delicious food like ranch biscuits, cowboy beans, and fresh cinnamon rolls.

One of the top destinations in New Mexico is Carlsbad Caverns. The natural limestone chamber is one of the largest in North America. The jaw-dropping limestone formations within the cave makes this national park a must-see spot. Hikers who want to know what to do in New Mexico should visit Chaco Canyon Overlook. Located outside of Albuquerque, the short, easy trail ends in scenic views of the Fajada Butte and the Chaco Canyon.

Gather the children to the historic lodge’s on Saturday evenings to catch the Chuckwagon Cowboy Dinner show. Here, Wild West tales are told through guitar music and song as you dig into hearty ranch-hand staples like beef brisket, beans, and corn bread.

The 6,290-foot-high peak is a landmark along the Old Santa Fe Trail.

This National Historic Landmark, in Sky City Pueblo, was made using more than 20,000 tons of earth and stone over the course of a decade (1629-1640).

Stop in on repentant weapons scientist, Edward Grothus, at this surreal thrift shop of surplus bomb-making equipment.

Drop by the visitor center for a map; then visit the three different ruin sites—Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira—that contain remains of 17th-century Spanish missions.

Santa Fe's most esteemed art gallery (it’s been around since 1972) carries artwork that is, in many cases, more valuable than what’s hanging in the city's leading museums.

Set 9,000 feet above sea level in the rarefied air of Cloudcroft, the Victorian-inspired hotel has 59 elegantly furnished rooms.

The definitive compendium of New Mexican art through the ages, the MFA’s collection occupies a rambling 1917 building that also ranks among the state's most elegant examples of Pueblo Revival architecture (Santa Fe's ubiquitous and distinctive

Midway between the balloon museum and tramway, the swanky Sandia Resort & Casino has handsomely appointed rooms with deep soaking tubs and panoramic views of the mountains and Rio Grande Valley.

Stroll through the rose and herb gardens of this Territorial-style hacienda often bypassed by gallery-hoppers.

The Railyard Park is fringed with boutiques and blue-chip galleries.

This Anasazi settlement has petroglyphs and wooden ladders that lead to ancient cave dwellings.