New Mexico True Love Valentine’s Day Road Trips

Get on the Road to Love!

There is a place where the pressures of life vanish with the wind. Where true love is found along the journey, and again at each destination. That place can be found in New Mexico, with its miles and miles of pristine white sands, serene high alpine vistas, and seductive passion-pink sunsets.

Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure or big city fun, we have gathered fourteen unique ideas for the perfect couples getaway. Hit the road with your True love this Valentine's Day and let New Mexico enchant you!

"Ancient Way Arts Trail" Along state scenic Byway Highway 53

"Ancient Way Arts Trail" along state scenic Byway Highway 53
Take a drive through the stunning landscapes of northwest New Mexico and stop to visit two National Monuments, El Malpais and El Morro. Have a leisurely lunch at the Ancient Way Café. Don’t miss the Ice Caves or the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Overnight with a “Romance Package” at the Cimarron Rose B&B. In the morning, head to the Zuni Pueblo and Our Lady of Guadalupe Old Zuni Mission. Next, stroll through Gallup’s historic trading posts and shop for authentic Native American art and jewelry for your sweetheart. Spend the night at the historic El Rancho Hotel…home of the movie stars!

Please visit these websites for more information

El Malpais - nps.gov
El Morro - nps.gov
Ancient Way Café - (505) 783-4612
Ice Caves - icecaves.com/
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary - wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org
Cimarron Rose B&B - cimarronrose.com
Zuni Pueblo - ashiwi.org
El Rancho Hotel - historicelranchohotel.com
Keshi - keshi.com

Farmington

Relax and enjoy your picturesque drive to Farmington. Spend time exploring one of the Ancestral Puebloan sites such as Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruins (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites) or Salmon Ruins. After your day amongst the ruins, have a romantic dinner at St. Clair Winery & Bistro. Spend the night in one of the most unique B&Bs in the world, Kokopelli’s Cave. In the morning, take a hike in the Bisti Badlands. Don’t forget to bring a romantic picnic lunch.

Please visit these websites for more information

Chaco Canyon - nps.gov
Aztec Ruins - nps.gov
St. Clair Winery & Bistro - stclairwinery.com
Kokopelli's Cave - kokocave.com
Bisti Badlands - blm.gov

Navajo Lake State Park

Enjoy a relaxing day boating, skiing or hiking at Navajo Lake or fly-fishing on the world-renowned San Juan River. Inexperienced? Hire one of the fantastic guides. Spend the night in a cozy lodge like Fisheads or Soaring Eagle. Both offer first rate dining options as well. Feeling adventurous? Camp out under the majestic New Mexico stars. Head to the nearby Wines of the San Juan the next afternoon.

Please visit these websites for more information

Navajo Lake - emnrd.state.nm.us
San Juan Fly-fishing - thesanjuanangler.com
Fisheads Lodge - fisheadsofthesanjuan.com
Soaring Eagle Lodge - soaringeaglelodge.net
Wines of the San Juan - winesofthesanjuan.com

Las Cruces/Old Mesilla/Silver City

Begin your romantic road trip in Las Cruces with its gorgeous views of the Organ Mountains. Take a morning hike at Dripping Springs Recreation Area, then tour Old Mesilla, stopping for dinner at historic La Posta de Mesilla. Overnight at the beautiful Hotel Encanto and take a moonlight swim in their newly renovated pool. In the morning, take a drive through the Black Range from I-25. Stop for lunch at the Hillsboro General Store café and watch a stunning New Mexico sunset at City of Rocks. Another gorgeous mountain drive takes you to Silver City where you can dine at the Curious Kumquat. Overnight in town at the Inn on Broadway or just outside of Silver City at the Bear Mountain Lodge. In the morning, drive to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and explore them with your sweetie.

Please visit these websites for more information

Dripping Springs - blm.gov
Old Mesilla - oldmesilla.org
Or mesilla.com
La Posta - laposta-de-mesilla.com
Hotel Encanto - hotelencanto.com
Hillsboro General Store - hillsborogeneralstore.com
Hillsboro Barbeshop Café - barbershopcafe.com
City of Rocks - gilawilderness.com
Curious Kumquat - curiouskumquat.com
Inn on Broadway - innonbroadwayweb.com
Bear Mountain Lodge - bearmountainlodge.com
Gila Cliff Dwellings - nps.gov

Lincoln/Ruidoso/Alamogordo

Tour the Lincoln Historic Site, walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid and relive the romance of the Old West. Drive to Ruidoso and have lunch at the Cornerstone Bakery Café, then stroll through the shops and galleries in Ruidoso Midtown. That evening, head to the Spencer Theater and catch “The Fantastiks.” Enjoy a romantic dinner at Grill Cliente then spend the night at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. In the morning, hit the slopes with your honey at Ski Apache. Apres ski, drive to Alamogordo and have dinner at Rebecca’s in the Lodge at Cloudcroft. Spend the night at the Tavares Inn and head to
White Sands National Monument the next day for an early morning hike.

Please visit these websites for more information

Lincoln Historic Site - nmmonuments.org
Cornerstone Bakery Café - cornerstonebakerycafe.com
Spencer Theater - spencertheater.com
Inn of the Mountain Gods - innofthemountaingods.com
Ski Apache - skiapache.com
The Lodge at Cloudcroft - thelodgeresort.com
Tavares Inn - tavaresinn.com
White Sands - nps.gov/

Las Vegas & Cimarron

Begin your northeastern New Mexico getaway in Las Vegas. Stroll and shop the Bridge Street Arts & Culture District followed by dinner at El Rialto. Overnight at the historic and romantic Las Vegas Plaza Hotel – “the belle of the southwest.” In the morning, go for a hike in Storie Lake State park, followed by a relaxing soak in the Montezuma Hot Springs. After a scenic drive to Cimarron, stretch your legs with an afternoon hike in Cimarron Canyon State Park. After dinner at the Cimarron Smokehouse, take a romantic evening carriage ride in Old Town. Overnight at the historic St. James Hotel and in the morning, check out the Cimarron Art Gallery and Cimarron Candle Company.

Please visit these websites for more information

Bridge Street Arts & Cultural District - nmartsandculturaldistricts.org
Plaza Hotel - plazahotel-nm.com
Storie Lake State Park - emnrd.state.nm.us
Cimarron Canyon State Park - emnrd.state.nm.us
St. James Hotel - exstjames.com

Santa Fe

Begin your trip with a private lesson for two at Ski Santa Fe, then unwind with a couples’ massage at Ten Thousand Waves. Head to town for dinner at La Casa Sena and a romantic stroll through the Plaza (make sure to stop at the Loretto Chapel, site of many weddings and proposals). After an overnight at La Fonda on the Plaza, take a class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and then enjoy a rooftop cocktail in the Bell Tower. Wrap up your trip with dinner at Geronimo and a walking tour of Canyon Road.

Please visit these websites for more information

Ski Santa Fe - skisantafe.com
Ten Thousand Waves - tenthousandwaves.com
La Casa Sena - lacasasena.com
Loretto Chapel - lorettochapel.com
Santa Fe School of Cooking - santafeschoolofcooking.com
Geronimo - geronimorestaurant.com
Canyon Road - visitcanyonroad.com
La Fonda on the Plaza - lafondasantafe.com

Taos

Your adventure begins with a hot air balloon ride over the Taos Gorge followed by spa treatments for two at El Monte Sagrado. Stroll through the historic Taos Plaza and Bent Street, then head to the Black Mesa Winery tasting room for a glass of Black Beauty. Dine on fresh oysters and wood-grilled steak and salmon at Sabroso in Arroyo Seco then snuggle up fireside at the Hacienda del Sol (named one of the most romantic inns in the US by USA Today).

Please visit these websites for more information

Taos Tours Balloon Rides - taostours.us
Pueblo Balloon Company - puebloballoon.com
El Monte Sagrado - elmontesagrado.com
Black Mesa Winery - blackmesawinery.com
Hacienda del Sol - taoshaciendadelsol.com

Red River

Wake up together in complete seclusion in a private yurt at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Area. After snowshoeing or skiing among some of New Mexico’s most beautiful scenery, head into town for lunch and live music at the Lost Love Saloon. Find something special as you stroll hand-in-hand down Main Street, then hop aboard a snow cat for wine and dinner atop the Red River Ski Area.

Please visit these websites for more information

Enchanted Forest - enchantedforestxc.com
Red River Ski Area - redriverskiarea.com

Los Alamos

Your day begins exploring ancient ruins at Bandelier National Monument with a special trek to Tsankawi, offering breathtaking views of Los Alamos. After lunch, meet your guide for a wildlife photography tour and cowboy dinner under the stars from Wine Tours of New Mexico, followed by fireside drinks and house made chocolates at the Don Quixote Distillery. Overnight in a private suite at the North Road Inn bed and breakfast before heading out on a private wine tour the next day.

Please visit these websites for more information

Bandelier - nps.gov
Wine Tours of NM - newmexicowinetour.com
Don Quixote Distillery - dqdistillery.com
North Road Inn bed and breakfast - northroadinn.com

Ojo Caliente / Abiquiu / Ghost Ranch

Start your romantic getaway soaking in a private pool at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, followed by a couples massage and uniquely New Mexican lunch at the Artisan Restaurant. Make your way to the Abiquiu Inn for exquisite scenery, dinner, and wine from a regional vineyard. Wrap up your trip the following day with the O’Keeffe Trail Tour by horseback through the spectacular landscape that inspired the legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Please visit these websites for more information

Ojo Caliente - ojospa.com
Abiquiu Inn - abiquiuinn.com
O’Keeffe Trail at Ghost Ranch - ghostranch.org

Turquoise Trail

What better backdrop for a western romance than New Mexico’s historic scenic Turquoise Trail? Base your visit at our newest historic inn, Rancho Gallina. Visit the historic mining towns turned art colonies of Cerrillos and Madrid, making sure to have lunch at the Mine Shaft Tavern, a local’s favorite. Go horseback riding with Broken Saddle Riding Co. then cuddle under the constellations with Astronomy Adventures.

Please visit these websites for more information

Rancho Gallina - ranchogallina.com
Mine Shaft Tavern - themineshafttavern.com
Broken Saddle Riding Co. - brokensaddle.com
Astronomy Adventures - astronomyadventures.com

Corrales

Overnight at one of Corrales’ charming B&Bs – The Chocolate Turtle, Nora Dixon Place or the Sandhill Crane. Enjoy a lovely gourmet breakfast then visit the four wineries on the Corrales Wine Loop. Take a romantic walk along the tree lined acequia followed by a lovely dinner by the kiva fireplace at the Indigo Crow restaurant on Corrales Road.

Please visit these websites for more information

Chocolate Turtle - chocolateturtlebb.com
Nora Dixon Place - noradixon.com
Sandhill Crane - sandhillcranebandb.com
Corrales Wine Loop - http://www.corraleswineloop.com/

Albuquerque

Ride North America’s longest aerial tramway and enjoy a glass of wine or a romantic dinner overlooking the breathtaking views of the city of Albuquerque.

Please visit this website for more information

Sandia Tramway - sandiapeak.com

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