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Things to do in Southern New Mexico

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Southern New Mexico. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Southern 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 Southern 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 Southern New Mexico.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Drive Highway 152

    Drive along Highway 152, between Truth or Consequences and Silver City, through the nearly deserted, former silver boomtowns of Hillsboro and Kings... More
  • Gila Hike & Bike

    Hike & Bike has one of the area’s better rental selections. More
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West

    The museum is an impressive repository of art and memorabilia More
  • Nelson Canyon Vista Trail

    Drive high into the 9,000-foot Sacramento Mountains and strolling along the Nelson Canyon Vista Trail for views of the White Sands National Monumen... More
  • Old Lincoln County Courthouse Museum

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

    Hit the 55 groomed trails at Ski Apache, which encompasses 750 acres in the 12,000-foot-tall Sierra Blanca. More
  • Tunstall Store Museum

    Drop by the Tunstall Store Museum, a 19th-century general store that still displays unopened dry goods and hardware from the period. More
  • White Sands National Monument

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

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