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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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

Reserve well in advance for a guided tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio, still furnished exactly as she left them when she moved to Santa Fe in 1984.

Watch seasoned politicos and newspaper reporters dish local dirt at this legendary, retro-swish cocktail lounge, replete with Naugahyde booths and a copper-top bar (check out the collection of novelty liquor bottles, shaped like everything from wild turkeys to rugged cowboys).

Hit this sprawling consignment shop for vintage, hard-to-find men's and women's Western wear—Stetson hats, silver concho belts, cowboy boots, embroidered shirts, and chunky turquoise jewelry—all at rock-bottom prices.

Tour the museum where Billy the Kid undertook his infamous escape, killing two guards in the process.

Visit the remote and hard-to-reach Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a collection of amazingly well-excavated Anasazi ruins, including Pueblo Bonito, which once contained some 800 chambers and stood several stories high.