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Enjoy the countless opportunities for exploration and unforgettable experiences New Mexico’s bustling, vibrant metropolitan center has to offer. Discover the history, culture and excitement of the city—from immersing yourself in ancient Pueblo traditions to seeking adventure up in the Sandia Mountains for hiking, biking, skiing, and more. From shopping and nightlife to museums and sightseeing, “The Duke City” has an abundance of amazing things to do for everyone. And as the ballooning capital of the world, the International Balloon Fiesta is a marvel you won’t want to miss!
Centuries of history and legend, infused with today’s modern culture, have helped transform New Mexico’s capitol city into a beloved, award-winning destination. With its distinctive New Mexican culture, outdoor recreation, vibrant art scene, marvelous culinary delights, invigorating spas, and unique local shopping, Santa Fe proudly boasts the designation of “The City Different.” Visitors can enjoy Santa Fe’s selection of more than 400 restaurants, 250 art galleries, and 19 world-class museums. And more adventurous travelers can head up to Ski Santa Fe for fantastic slopes and, of course, plenty of snow.
Las Cruces is New Mexico’s second-largest city, with a rich history rooted in Hispanic, Native, and Western cultures. With countless days of blue skies and sunshine, there’s hardly ever a bad day to experience Las Cruces’ outdoor recreation, cultural experiences, and can’t-miss events and festivals. Explore the many museums and attractions; brave the “Walk of Flame” Green Chile Trail; enjoy some hiking, biking, and golfing; cool down with some local wine and beer; or use Las Cruces as your home base for a day trip to numerous state parks in the region. No matter what kind of activity entices you, there’s an adventure here for everyone.
Rich culture, clean air, beautiful landscapes, plenty of outdoor adventure, and friendly hospitality have long attracted travelers to Taos. Known for its beauty, thriving arts scene, Native culture, rejuvenating spas, and delectable culinary scene, you’ll soon find there’s no shortage of fun and adventure to be had all year long. Looking to experience more of this beautiful region? Drive along the Enchanted Circle, an 85-mile US Forest Scenic Byway connecting Taos and Questa with the resort communities of Red River, Eagle Nest, and Angel Fire.
With so much to see, do, and experience jam-packed into one town, it’s no wonder Socorro is known as a traveler’s haven. Visitors don’t have to travel far to experience Socorro’s wide array of art, music, outdoor adventure, historical sites, and so much more. And don’t miss out on the greater Socorro area’s many destinations – the Very Large Array, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Trinity Site, and the San Miguel Mission are just a few of the nearby popular attractions.
Within this tucked-away mountain community, you’ll find a world of adventure just waiting to be discovered. Internationally known as the home of the Manhattan Project, travelers have been drawn to Los Alamos for generations. Take some time to explore its numerous top-notch attractions, venture to three incredible national parks located just a few miles away, and take in the incredible scenery that encompasses the town. Located just 45 minutes from Santa Fe, a visit to Los Alamos makes a great day trip, though with so much to see and do, you’ll want to spend at least a few days exploring.
In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains sits the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Once the largest town in the Southwest, this small community is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and is bursting at the seams with history. A place where “landmarks, legends, and lore come to life,” Las Vegas is home to more than 900 historic buildings on the Historic Registry. Make plans to tuck into some delicious Northern New Mexican cuisine, explore the great outdoors, discover their thriving art scene and charming local shops, and experience the culture and the history of this quaint town.
Get out and experience the wonders of Tucumcari! Just 50 miles west of the Texas border on I-40, you’d be surprised at the Western hospitality and the numerous activities just waiting to be discovered. Round up your posse and go on a dinosaur dig, paddle your way across Ute Lake, relive the magic of Route 66, hunt down amazing murals, shop ‘til you drop for Southwest treasures to take home, and so much more. Next time you’re here, stop and explore.
Between Amarillo and Albuquerque lies Santa Rosa: “The Scuba Diving Capital of the Southwest.” Home to the world-famous Blue Hole – an 81-foot-deep natural artesian spring that allows for scuba diving year-round –travelers have continuously sought Santa Rosa for its great water sports and activities. More than just scuba diving and water sports, Santa Rosa has been serving up delicious local cuisine and welcoming guests to their inns and motels since the heyday of Route 66. Even after all these years, you can still get a taste of that golden-era magic at the classic cafes and retro neon signs around town. So check out one of their museums, experience a local event, and discover all Santa Rosa has to offer on your next stroll down Route 66.
Just six miles from the Colorado border on I-25, nestled at the base of the Raton pass, this small mountain town sits at the crossroads of Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. Visitors can enjoy Raton’s slow pace and small-town charm while taking in the fresh mountain air and beautiful landscapes. The town’s abundance of public lands and state parks make it a premier outdoor destination. While you’re here, don’t miss out on area attractions such as the historic Shuler and El Raton Theaters, the Raton Museum, and the Raton Regional Aquatic Center. And for those looking for an extra dose of local excitement, plan to visit Raton during some of their local events like the Santa Fe Trail International Balloon Rally, Gate City Music Festival, and Christmas on the Chicorica.
In the heart of the Four Corners region with three rivers, four golf courses, five lakes, and six national parks in its backyard, Farmington is an outdoor adventure-seeker’s paradise! But there’s more to this community than just outdoor recreation. Home to a wonderful array of arts and entertainment, travelers looking for a less rugged experience will love exploring historic downtown and exploring Farmington’s museums, Native American experiences, art galleries, and live performance venues. With so much to discover, Farmington makes a great basecamp for exploring northwest New Mexico.
Located along historic Route 66, Gallup is a real, authentic Western town with a rich culture rooted in Native traditions. Visitors can immerse themselves in authentic Native Culture with summertime nightly Indian Dances in the heart of downtown Gallup, at the annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, or the Gallup Native Arts Market. More venturesome travelers will find themselves right at home with over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails just minutes from the city center. So if you’re looking for real, life-changing adventure, Gallup is the place.
High in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico lies Chama, one of New Mexico’s hidden gems. Surrounded by National Forests, there’s no shortage of opportunities to fish, hunt, raft, hike, and camp. Travelers can easily find themselves enchanted by Chama’s clear waters, roaming wildlife, and beautiful skies. And while outdoor adventures in Chama are truly spectacular, the surrounding attractions and activities can’t be missed! Hike a section of the Continental Divide Trail, take a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, do some shopping, participate in local festivals, and more.
Explore Ruidoso’s mountain charm, scenic views, and ample opportunities for unforgettable experiences. Relax and treat yourself with a spa treatment or yoga class, explore the region’s rich Native culture and traditions, indulge yourself with local cuisine, and so much more. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Ruidoso’s mountain setting gives travelers easy access to hundreds of miles for hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing and more. No matter the season and no matter your interests, there’s something for everyone in Ruidoso.
From fine art to its infamous aliens, one-of-a-kind adventures await in Roswell. Visitors can experience the city’s vibrant, thriving arts community, enjoy the great outdoors at nearby Bottomless Lake State Park, get a taste of outer space at the Planetarium, or check out one of Roswell’s many local events and festivals –including the annual UFO Festival, of course.
Located in the Chihuahuan Desert on the beautiful Pecos River, Carlsbad originated as an oasis—“The Pearl on the Pecos.” Outdoor enthusiasts will love crawling their way through caverns or hiking down scenic mountain trails. And those looking for more than just caverns will find that Carlsbad is a growing, thriving community with so much more to see and do. Travelers can check out the town’s numerous museums and attractions, such as the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Those feeling a bit more energetic, hiking, golfing, and water recreation are just a few of the ways visitors can enjoy a sunshine-filled day in Carlsbad.
Located at the foothills of the Pinos Altos Mountains, Silver City isn’t the kind of place people just stumble onto—but it’s a destination worth seeking. With its Old West charm and high-desert location, Silver City has long been a haven for both outdoorsy and creative types. Nestled against the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, Silver City is truly a gateway to the wilderness. But don’t let its size and location fool you; Silver City is a quirky and fun community with much to see, do, and explore. The downtown historic district is home to more than a dozen restaurants, murals, and more than 30 galleries and artists’ studios.
This resort town has long been a destination for wellness tourism. Formerly known as Hot Springs, New Mexico, weary travelers have sought the healing waters of Truth or Consequences’ hot springs for centuries. Today, visitors are welcomed by T or C’s funky and eclectic vibe, charmingly restored hotels, thriving arts scene, fun shops and restaurants, and even local wineries and breweries. So if you’re in need of relaxation and rejuvenation, seek a soak in America’s most affordable spa town.
Alamogordo’s friendly people, amazing outdoor culture, and proximity to the otherworldly White Sands National Monument make it a great destination for unforgettable adventure. Outdoor rec lovers can hike, bike, hunt, golf and ski during Alamogordo’s 287 days of sunshine. But great outdoor adventure is just the beginning. Visitors can also enjoy delicious cuisine, a thriving performing arts center, the oldest zoo in the Southwest, the quirkiest roadside attractions, top-notch museums, and so much more.