Things to do in New Mexico
Activities, attractions and tours
Top places to visit
1. Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe Plaza is a spacious gathering point with markets, a bandstand and a park at the heart of the city. At the square’s center find an arts stage and a statue that acts as an American Indian War Memorial. Many musical performances and political events take place in the lively square. Around the plaza are restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Use the benches and tables in this tranquil, grassy haven for a picnic.
2. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s underground ecosystems. Rainwater passing through soil has formed acids. These solutions dripped through native limestone, picking up minerals and then creating fascinating deposits called speleothems.
3. Balloon Fiesta Park
Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Balloon Fiesta Park, a popular green space in Albuquerque. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its acclaimed art galleries.
4. Taos Ski Valley
The Taos mountain invites you to strap on your ski boots, slip into your parka, and purchase your lift tickets to spend the day exploring all 1,249 acres of terrain. Featuring 113 total marked trails, this resort is every skier and rider’s utopia as it offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced slopes.
5. White Sands National Park
Spectacular dunes of snow-white gypsum sprawl as far as the eye can see at the White Sands National Monument. This spectacular natural landscape lays claim to being the largest gypsum dune field in the world and extends for 275 square miles (712 square kilometers) of desert.
6. Loretto Chapel
The origin of the helix-shaped staircase in the 19th-century Loretto Chapel continues to baffle historians more than a century after its construction. The Sisters of Loretto and the site’s many visitors consider the enigmatic construction of the stairs a miracle. Others offer more practical explanations. The former church, which is of Gothic Revival design, is now primarily used as a wedding chapel and a museum for the staircase.