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New Mexico

United States of America
Santa Fe which includes modern architecture and a statue or sculpture

Long a haven for people seeking a peaceful Southwest lifestyle, this state offers glorious mountain views, fascinating history and beautiful Native American art.

Visit New Mexico for an exciting vacation; you’ll find a full spectrum of tourism activities from art to adventure.

Santa Fe, the state capital, is an acclaimed cultural center. Investigate the Museum of International Folk Art or enjoy outdoor summer concerts at the Santa Fe Opera House. Wander around the city to see 400-year-old missions, multiple museums and eclectic art galleries.

This north central region has 300 sunny days a year; ski resorts in nearby Taos get 300 inches of snow each season. Together this means fantastic ski conditions. Enjoy great biking and mountain biking trails too. Just south of Santa Fe, tour turquoise mines and find hand-crafted jewelry in Cerrillos.

Albuquerque blends Native American and Spanish cultures in its architecture, food and art. In Old Town, see adobe homes and churches built to withstand the desert heat. Buildings are adorned with many small candles during the winter holidays. Explore local history and customs at the Petroglyph National Monument and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Sample red and green New Mexican chile sauce on everything from burritos to ice cream. For shopping and art browsing, explore more than 100 boutiques and galleries, many focused on Southwestern goods.

Ride an elevated cable car on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway for panoramic desert views from the 10,378-foot (3,163-meter) mountaintop. Hike the trails in autumn for colorful foliage or ski the slopes in winter. Visit the Albuquerque Biological Park with aquarium, zoo and botanic garden. Attend the 8-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to see over 700 hot-air and gas balloons. Take flight for unique views of balloons from above.

Travel south and make a side trip from Socorro to Pie Town to try some of over 100 flavors in the annual September pie festival. Nearby hike along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Don’t leave New Mexico without a trip to Roswell, believed by many to be a popular spot for alien visitors.

Popular cities in New Mexico

Santa Fe showing a park, a memorial and a monument
Santa Fe
Known for Shopping, Museum and Entertainment
Unique architecture, extensive art collections, and numerous festivals make this New Mexico city a historical yet lively place to be.

Reasons to visit

  • Santa Fe Plaza
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Santa Fe Opera
Las Cruces showing landscape views, mountains and farmland
Las Cruces
Known for Dining, Excursion and Shopping
Travel to a city in southwestern New Mexico that offers an exciting blend of outdoor pursuits, cultural attractions and historic sites. 

Reasons to visit

  • White Sands Missile Range
Carlsbad Caverns National Park featuring caves
Carlsbad
Known for Mountain, Desert and Hiking
Underground cave adventures, mountains, desert and a delightful cultural scene are features of this city in southeastern New Mexico.

Reasons to visit

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Albuquerque which includes street scenes
Albuquerque
Known for Festival, Theatre and Museum
Nicknamed “Duke City,” Albuquerque beckons visitors with stunning mountain views, a rich multicultural heritage and abundant recreational opportunities.
Taos
Taos
Known for Shopping, Cross-country Skiing and Mountain
Explore Taos to experience a slice of American Indian culture, artistic celebrations, national parks and a huge collection of heritage sites.
Ruidoso
Ruidoso
Known for Mountain, Cross-country Skiing and Casino
Walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid while discovering the natural beauty of one of New Mexico’s most popular resort towns.