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.

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

The hub of Santa Fe’s avant-garde art scene, this nonprofit contemporary museum has hosted seven biennials, among the nation's only modern art biennials featuring international artists since 1995.

Learn about the settlement of the Santa Fe Trail at Fort Union National Monument, the largest fort from America’s late-19th-century frontier period.

Drive through the chichi-rustic village of Tesuque, just north of town, to reach this vast sculpture gallery and working bronze foundry. Stroll the lawns and gardens and admire hulking statues and stabiles by more than 100 of the nation's most acclaimed contemporary sculptors.

Drive and walk through the glittering, 145,000-acre White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest expanse of gypsum sand dunes.

Arguably Santa Fe's most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city's traditional Pueblo Revival architecture.

Take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders, whose tours traverse the Rio Grande and then soar high above the city and cloud-scraping Sandia Mountains.

Evoking the South Dakota Badlands, this New Mexico preserve has a stark, austere beauty. This park’s rugged volcanic terrain means there are few actual trails; stop by the ranger station to pick up a map.

The world descends on the mountain town of Taos for this annual music festival.

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 pottery made by owner Barbara Moore, and jewelry made by Indians on the nearby Alamo Navajo Reservation.