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Plan an adventurous Spring Break

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.

Where the Rockies Begin

Mountains sprinkle the state and offer opportunities for plenty of outdoor adventure at eight ski areas. In addition to downhill and cross-country skiing, there are additional activity options, including zip lines, mountain biking, snowshoeing and camping.


New Mexico is home to 20 boating lakes within its state parks, one of which is Elephant Butte Lake State Park, home to the state’s largest body of water. State parks also afford the opportunity to cast a line with lake fishing – check out Caballo Lake, Clayton Lake, and Heron Lake.

Play in the Sand 

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.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

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.

Los Alamos – A little bit of everything 

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.

Closer to Wild

Embark into New Mexico’s scenic wilderness with a furry friend on a llama trekking adventure. Designed for any age or fitness level, these excursions provide guided explorations of the seldom-visited areas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Rio Grande Gorge near Santa Fe and Taos.

Native Meets Nature

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.

Star Power

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.