A winter favorite for all! Take the family out and enjoy these winter play areas.

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.

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. While Taos Ski Valley is renowned for its steep slopes and expert terrain, you’ll find amazing snowshoeing and snowmobile tours too.

Roadrunner Tours in Angel Fire offers sleigh rides through New Mexico’s magical winter wonderland.

The stunning scenery of the high mountains of the Moreno Valley surrounds the 2,200-acre Eagle Nest Lake. Only 15 minutes from Angel Fire, 30 minutes from Red River and 45 minutes from Taos, Eagle Nest is the perfect ice fishing locale. You can find all the equipment you’ll need at the Eagle Nest Marina. The lake is managed by New Mexico State Parks, and is subject to closure if conditions are unsafe. Be sure to check that the lake is open before making the trip.

The charming Los Alamos County Ice Rink is tucked against the canyon against backdrop of pine trees. It offers public skating, hockey and skating lessons from November through February. Whether it is stunning winter skies dotted with fluffy white clouds, or night skies filled with twinkling stars, you and your family can enjoy an unforgettable skating experience. Being an outdoor rink means adverse weather may force the rink to close with short notice. Dress warm in layers and call the rink or check the website for ice conditions.

In mid-December, when the temperature dips below freezing, Cloudcroft comes alive with skiing, snowmobiling, and a special treat: outdoor ice-skating at the James Sewell Ice Rink. “Ice-skating is fun for the whole family,” says Matt Willett, manager of the rink. “I’ve seen everyone from two-year-olds to grandparents out there on the ice.”