Top 4 Must See New Mexico Destinations

By Holli Rovenger | Travel

Jul 08

Must See New Mexico Destinations

New Mexico is touted as ‘The Land of Enchantment’ for its beautiful natural scenery, diverse outdoor activities and rich cultural attractions. From snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes to charming towns and large community events, New Mexico truly has something for every kind of traveler.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Considered the capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe sits at 7,000 feet above sea level. It is a quirky and charming town filled with chic art galleries, epicurean restaurants and historical attractions built more than 300 years before New Mexico became a state.

If you plan to visit Santa Fe, here are a few experiences that are worth checking out:

  • Art: Walk through Canyon Road and you will see quirky and charming art galleries lined up one after the other.
  • Architecture: Work your way out from the Plaza and you can easily spot more than 40+ historical attractions.
  • Cuisine: This foodie city is home to a number of highly-acclaimed restaurants that cater to all budgets. If you fancy an authentic New Mexican meal, book yourself a table at The Shed or Café Pasqual’s. Signing up for a cooking class is a highly recommended experience, as well.
  • Music: Unsurprisingly, Santa Fe’s music scene is just as diverse and captivating as the rest of the city’s unique facets of culture. Don’t miss out on the New Mexico Jazz Festival or catch one of the performances of the Santa Fe Opera.

Abiquiu, New Mexico

About 60 miles north from Santa Fe is a tiny town called Abiqiu. It is widely known for the ‘Ghost Ranch’, home of great artist Georgia O’Keeffe and now features three museums on site, and a number of hiking trails into the red-rock country.

While in Abiquiu, you can also visit the Christ in The Desert Monastery. It is situated in a beautiful, quiet canyon surrounded by miles of wilderness. The original monastery was built by a famous Japanese-American architect named George Nakashima.

Taos, New Mexico

Known for its breathtaking landscape, this 400-year old little town is a center of outdoor activities such as hot-air ballooning and river rafting. Taos also boasts a curated selection of stylish boutiques, impressive museums and high-end spas, thereby attracting billionaires and jetsetters along with the more traditional assortment of artists and artisans.

The Taos Pueblo has gained a reputation for being a very secretive pueblo in the southwest, but it offers visitors plenty of photographic opportunities with its multi-storied adobe buildings set against the backdrop of forested and snow-capped peaks.

If you’re looking to experience the natural beauty of Taos, don’t miss out on the El Rio Grade del Norte National Monument established in 2013. This monument encompasses nearly 250,000 acres of land, and it covers wide-open grasslands, the Ute Mountain and the 900-feet Rio Grande gorge. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, the monument offers a vast array of recreational activities such as rafting, hunting, wildlife viewing and mountain biking.

Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

The healing mineral waters of Ojo Caliente have been widely spoken about for almost a thousand years. The ancestors of the native Tewa tribes, and even the 16th century Spanish colonizers, have all traveled far and wide to soak in the geothermal water of Ojo Caliente that flow from an ancient volcanic aquifer to the surface at the rate of more than 100,000 gallons per day. Today, it is home to a number of the country’s best spas and relaxation sanctuaries. You will never find a shortage of therapeutic modalities in Ojo Caliente, ranging from luxurious body wraps to incredible massages.

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