8 Tips for Traveling to New Mexico

By Holli Rovenger | Travel

Jun 28

If you’re planning to explore the beautiful state of New Mexico, you’re bound for a surprise! This historically and culturally rich region boasts not only of a happening arts scene and delectable cuisine, it also features a bounty of cultural events and a wide array of outdoor activities. So, before you embark on your trip, here are some things to keep in mind for a memorable holiday that’s one to remember:

Tips for Traveling to New Mexico

The Best Time to Go to New Mexico

New Mexico is blessed with low rainfall percentages and mild humidity all-year round, so anytime is just as good as a time to travel to the region. However, it is very expensive to travel to New Mexico during the winter (November to February) and summer months (June to August), as snow bunnies and sun worshippers respectively head down to the state to enjoy its many attractions. Instead, plan a trip during springtime (March to May) or in the fall (September through November) when the weather is mild and when prices are less costly. These are the best times to experience New Mexico without dealing with a flock of tourists and paying exorbitant fees.

Packing for New Mexico

The climate in New Mexico is largely variable. It can get really chilly during nighttime and crisp during the day, so it always helps to be prepared by bringing with you clothes that you can easily layer. It’s wise to pack along with you a number of cotton tees made of natural fabrics, and a few monochromatic cardigans that you can put on or remove when it gets too warm. A pair of comfortable shoes are also a must-have, especially if you’re planning to explore the great outdoors and the many national parks of New Mexico.

Acclimatizing in New Mexico

What sets New Mexico apart from most other states is its elevation. The most popular destinations such as Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque are at least 5,000 feet above sea level. The reduced oxygen and humidity in these locations can present some challenges particularly acute mountain sickness. To prepare for this change in altitude, make sure to get plenty of rest, avoid large meals and hydrate yourself with lots of water. You should also limit your exposure to the sun and liberally apply sunscreen with a high SPF factor every time you head out!

Eating Out in New Mexico

When in New Mexico, eat as the locals do! The region is widely famous for its distinctive cuisine that is characterized by hot chile peppers, “blue corn” and piñon nuts. These ingredients are present in just about every meal you eat – from the basic everyday lunch fare to the more upscale gastronomic dinners. Just don’t overdo it with the chile if you’re not used to eating spicy food.

Things Not to Miss in New Mexico

Whether you’re an art lover, an adrenaline junkie or a serious foodie, New Mexico has something for you! You can literally spend months in New Mexico and have something new to discover, but here are some of the attractions that you shouldn’t dare to miss especially if you’re only planning to visit the region for a few weeks:

Sports & Outdoors

  • Skiing the slopes at the Taos Ski Valley
  • 
Exploring the underground caves at Carlsbad Caverns
  • Hiking to the Chaco Canyon Overlook
  • Hiking near Ghost Ranch or around Ojo Caliente

Historical & Cultural

  • Driving across the 10-mile Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
  • Exploring the New Mexico’s History and Art Museums
  • Visiting one of Santa Fe’s 200+ art galleries
  • Exploring Taos and surrounding areas

Relaxation & Lifestyle

  • Relaxing at the La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa or the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
  • Getting your sugar fix in Pie Town, New Mexico
  • Taking a Cooking Class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking

Plus so much more …!

Tip for Traveling to New Mexico The Easy Way

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