Here are 8 ideas for how to get out and about in New Mexico during your week off! The state offers something for everyone, so pick one – or a few! – and take a #NewMexicoTRUE break. Whatever adventure you decide will open your eyes to an authentic experience for your spring sabbatical.
Can’t make it to the beach this spring break? Bask in the sun and sand at White Sands National Monument. Pack up the car for a fun-filled day sledding down the dunes, lounging and picnicking. The park is also a prime place for picture-taking – one of the most Instagrammed spots in New Mexico.
Carlsbad Caverns, a geological marvel, is the perfect way to spend a day with family and friends with self-guided hikes or cave tours. To take a step way back in time, visit Chaco Culture National Historic Park in northwest New Mexico. And, Taos Pueblo offers visitors immersion in their unique culture and pueblo dwellings.
A jaunt to Los Alamos brings recreational, educational and cultural opportunities as the town is home to Pajarito Ski Mountain, a plethora of nuclear history, and an urban trail system that connects to Bandelier National Monument, Jemez National Recreation Area, and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Explore Bandelier for a uniquely New Mexican adventure with petroglyphs, canyons, mesas and masonry pueblos, plus varying lengths of trails.
Immerse yourself in the Native culture that surrounds the state with guided tours that also connect you with the landscape that encompasses pueblo communities. Begin your adventure at Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then head out to explore Acoma Pueblo’s Sky City or try your hand at cooking and baking at Ohkay Owingeh’s Feasting Place experience.
Stake out at the Cosmic Campground in southwestern New Mexico for a special night under the stars as this site has one of the darkest natural skies on earth. Chaco Culture has also earned an International Dark Sky Park distinction and is considered by many night enthusiasts as one of the best places in America to stargaze.