The True Outdoors

When you visit New Mexico, recess begins the moment you cross the state line. We have world class whitewater rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, ballooning, wind surfing, cycling and even scuba diving. If it’s an outside activity and you like doing it, you can do it here in abundance.

Rafting in New Mexico New Mexico Offers a Variety of Rafting and Boating Adventures

“...Not only are New Mexico's infrequent rivers lifeblood to the arid state, but they're also a source of wet ecstasy for intrepid adventurers”

Not only are New Mexico's infrequent rivers lifeblood to the arid state, but they're also a source of wet ecstasy for intrepid adventurers who regularly ply their waters in all manner of craft, (rom kayaks to canoes to hypalon rafts.

Given that nearly all of the waterways rely on melting mountain snowpack for sustenance, it makes sense that the most exciting whitewater runs abound in the northern part of the state where most of the mountains are located. The unbridled Rio Grande west of Taos is the river of choice for experienced whitewater enthusiasts, while those seeking a gentler ride prefer a tributary, the dam-controlled Rio Chama. Apart from these two premier runs, which are regulated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an assortment of smaller rivers can be navigated during the short spring runoff season, which typically begins in April.

Plying New Mexico's moving waters without benefit of a guide is recommended only for experienced boaters. Rafting, canoeing and kayaking are wilderness experiences and take place miles from the nearest telephone and often the nearest road.

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Rafting and Boating in New Mexico

Camping and Hiking in New Mexico

“...Federal and state lands offer an abundance of public hiking trails and campgrounds, and several Native American reservations and pueblos permit camping, hiking, hunting and fishing.”

From rugged mountaintops to grassy plains to lowland desert, New Mexico's hiking and camping spots exude diversity. Encompassing six of the world's seven life zones, the state's landscapes offer a taste of nearly all climes. Open space, along with diverse wildlife and plant species are plentiful in this vast and sparsely populated state. Every year the Land of Enchantment attracts millions of visitors who seek out its scenic beauty and countless outdoor recreation activities.


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Camping & Hiking in New Mexico

Birding in New Mexico

“...This is a very special place where spring migrations and the combination of riparian habitat and desert hills bring a great variety of birds together. ”

With about 500 different birds on New Mexico’s state bird list –one of the highest –it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of favorite places!

Birds are magical. They inspire us and have the ability to motivate us into action. Birds are a gateway to engage people in our natural world – through festivals, events, birding trails, volunteer opportunities, classes and bird clubs.

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Bird Watching in New Mexico

Mountain & Road Biking in New Mexico

“...Wide expanses of New Mexico offer some of the best bicycling opportunities in the world, whether your preference is street or trail.”

Wide expanses of New Mexico offer some of the best bicycling opportunities in the world, whether your preference is street or trail. While there are thousands of accessible locations to ride in the Land of Enchantment, space limitations have forced us to offer only a handful of possibilities.
Local bicycle shops and chambers of commerce offer a wealth of further information about where to pedal for pleasure. Also, since most of New Mexico is still rural, roads might not be marked or could be on private land.

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Biking in New Mexico

Fishing in New Mexico New Mexico is an Anglers Paradise

“...Add the broad variety of species from panfish to trout, bass and catfish, northern pike and walleye, and you have one of the best places to fish in the nation. ”

One of the nicest things about fishing in New Mexico is the year-round season for most waters. Add the broad variety of species from panfish to trout, bass and catfish, northern pike and walleye, and you have one of the best places to fish in the nation. And don’t forget about the phenomenon of winter ice fishing in the so-called desert Southwest.

ALL persons 12 years or older, while fishing in New Mexico, must have on their person a current New Mexico fishing license. Anglers 11 years of age and younger do not need a fishing license. Resident anglers age 70 and older need a Free Fishing License available at license vendors and Department of Game and Fish (www.wildlife.state.nm.us) offices. Tribes require their own licenses to fish on reservation waters.

Out-of-state anglers must purchase an annual fishing license, a one-day license or a five-day license. The fishing license year is April 1- March 31.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (www.wildlife.state.nm.us) provides the New Mexico Fishing Rules and Information Guide, up-to-date fishing reports, stocking reports, information on special waters and answers to other pertinent questions. The fishing report is updated every Tuesday and the stocking report is updated every Friday.

A few lakes and parts of some streams are designated “Special Trout Waters,” more commonly referred to as “Quality Waters.” On most of them, only artificial flies and lures with single, barbless hooks can be used. All have restrictions on bag and possession limits. Many Indian pueblos and reservations offer public fishing, mostly for rainbow trout, some with bass or catfish.

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Fishing in New Mexico

Golfing in New Mexico

“...Sports Illustrated ranked Black Mesa Golf Club and Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club as two of the top 50 public courses in the country”

New Mexico’s best-kept secret is it’s stunning golf courses. With magnificent vistas surrounding all of the best courses the only question to ask is, “Should I play 18 or 36?” Whether you like mountain, desert, or links courses New Mexico has everything you need. With over 300 days of sunshine any season is golf season in the Land of Enchantment.

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Golfing in New Mexico

Ski Season In New Mexico

“...What you don’t know about skiing the Land of Enchantment — and should!””

Come ski and ride the winter sun on the incredible slopes in the Land of Enchantment! Our eight alpine and three Nordic ski areas dotted throughout the state will provide you with the ultimate in sporting options, stunning scenery, unbelievable food, out-of-this-world shopping, and a never-to-be-forgotten cultural experience. And—oh yes—exceptional skiing and riding.

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