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Things to do in New Mexico

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in New Mexico. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite New Mexico attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in New Mexico to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in New Mexico.

  • Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

    The 1936 historic landmark mixes luxury and kitsch: it's marked with a neon sign touting dining, cocktails, and curios. Try the Cowboy Buddha Marga... More
  • Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

    The building adjoins the grounds of the famed Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta More
  • Angel Fire Resort

    74 trails and glades await boarders and skiers of all abilities. You can also cruise down a 1,000-foot snow-tubing run, rent snowmobiles, ice fish,... More
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument and Museum

    A partially reconstructed circa-1100 pueblo. More
  • Bandelier National Monument

    This Anasazi settlement has petroglyphs and wooden ladders that lead to ancient cave dwellings. More
  • Bittersweet Designs

    The newest addition to art-filled Canyon Road sells handcrafted jewelry and journals made with vintage wallpaper. More
  • Black Hole

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

    Blue Canyon Gallery is the first place you reach driving into Magdalena from Socorro—the gallery, a house, and a kiln. In the shop one finds potter... More
  • Bosque Del Apache

    Eight miles off Interstate 25, Bosque del Apache is an oasis of dirt roads, meadows, and marshes. More
  • Boston Hill

    Take a vigorous, steep-sloped mountain-bike ride through Boston Hill, a large park overlooking Silver City where trails weave through old silver-mi... More
  • Bradbury Science Museum

    Survey the glorified history of Los Alamos and the atomic bomb. More
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    The otherworldly subterranean landscape of Carlsbad Caverns National Park is—justifiably—New Mexico’s most famous attraction. Take the self-guided ... More
  • Casa Rondena

    Known for its reds, Casa Rondena is an award-winning winery and one of the oldest in New Mexico; its Meritage Red—a fruity blend of Merlot and Cabe... More
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    Arguably Santa Fe's most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city's traditional Pue... More
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Visit the remote and hard-to-reach Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a collection of amazingly well-excavated Anasazi ruins, including Pueblo... More

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