Winter in New Mexico

Winter in New Mexico is one of the most enchanting of our four – yes four! - seasons. The clear, starry nights are crisp and cool with the unforgettable scent of piñon burning in kiva fireplaces. The bright and sunny days are perfect for strolling, shopping, exploring museums and historic forts or hitting a unique holiday event. Get out into New Mexico’s winter wonderland on snowshoes or a snowmobile. Of course, we have some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country, but winter in New Mexico offers so much more! 

More Than Just Skiing

“...Time may stand still in Chama, but the sounds of modern snowmobiles also fill the ai”

Skiing and snowboarding are not the only ways to enjoy New Mexico’s stunning outdoors in winter. Get out into the fresh mountain air under beautiful blue skies while snowshoeing, snowmobiling, viewing wildlife or simply strolling.

New Mexico’s State Parks offer endless and affordable outdoor winter fun options, events and holiday celebrations.

The ES Barker Wildlife Area and the Valle Vidal Unit of the Kit Carson National Forest, both a short drive from Cimarron, sport both snowmobiling and snowshoeing. In fact, snowshoeing opportunities, from the long-established Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Area near Red River to newly explored trails in Chama, exist in the state’s high country, from north to south.

While Taos Ski Valley is renowned for its steep slopes and expert terrain, you’ll also find amazing snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, tubing, sleigh rides and skating.

Hot Springs in a Winter Wonderland

“...natural hot springs abound throughout the state”

Winter is actually one of the loveliest times to relax in one of New Mexico’s natural or man-made hot springs. There’s nothing like soaking in a steaming hot spring or mineral pool while gentle snowflakes fall around you. From the rustic natural Montezuma hot springs outside of Las Vegas to the luxurious pampering of a private pool at Ojo Caliente, there is no better way to relax and rejuvenate for the next day’s adventure than a good long soak.

A Season of History, Culture & Tradition

“...Each of New Mexico’s 19 Indian pueblos holds dances for its feast day-the holiday”

If history, art and culture are more your idea of winter vacation fun, then visit the Museums of New Mexico. Comprised of four museums and five state historic sites across the state, you are guaranteed to find hours of enjoyment at one or all. The Palace of the Governors, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture are all located in Santa Fe. Our five state historic sites include Coronado, Jemez, Sumner, Ft. Selden and Lincoln. No visit to New Mexico would be complete without experiencing our ancient Native American culture. Many of the state’s nineteen Pueblos conduct dances to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s. 

Winter Season Celebrations

“...Chances are there is an annual celebration in your little corner of New Mexico”

Summer isn’t the only season in which you will find fun festivals and events throughout the state. The winter months are full of exciting, uniquely New Mexican celebrations that will make your winter or holiday getaway absolutely unforgettable. From the classic Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk in Santa Fe, to River of Lights in Albuquerque and Christmas on the Pecos in Carlsbad, there is an enchanting event sure to light up your holidays.