50 Things to Do and See in New Mexico

Posted by Alfonso Salazar on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 9:11am.

things to do in new mexicoIf you've lived in an area for an extended period of time, you may have forgotten about some of the treasures that are available to you.  You may think there isn't anything to do because you've simply forgotten about how gorgeous your area really is.  

New Mexico is a beautiful place to live.  There is a lot to do and see in the state.  From delicious foods to breath-taking scenery, you can always find something to do in this state.  

If you need some help remembering all we have to offer, here is a list of 50 things to do, see and taste throughout the state.  

  1. Visit one of the Native American Pueblos, Tribes or Nations.  There are 20 in our area, Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Laguna, Mescalero Apache Reservation, Nambe, Navajo Nation, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia and Zuni.  
  2. Visit Ojo Caliente.  It is located in Taos county and is home of the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Round Barn, built in 1924, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  3. View the variety of birds and wildlife at the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe.  
  4. Buy a culture pass and visit the State Museums and Monuments
  5. Visit the Sancturio de Chimayo.
  6. Explore the Turquoise Trail.  This includes Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden.  
  7. Visit the Clayton Lake State Park.  Here you can see 500 dinosaur tracks or watch the stars from the observatory.
  8. Take the Tram to the top of Sandia Peak.
  9. Visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 
  10. Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.  
  11. Eat a famous New Mexico green chili burger at the Rabbit Ear Cafe in Clayton.  
  12. Play a round of golf at one of Albuquerque's nine golf courses.  
  13. Ride the Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad.  
  14. Visit the Balloon Fiesta in October of each year.  
  15. Visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.  
  16. Visit the Historical Museum and Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.  
  17. Have some fry bread, an Indian taco and oven bread at the Jemez Pueblo.  
  18. Visit Casa San Ysidro House Museum in Corrales.  
  19. See a show at the KiMo Theatre.  
  20. Have tea at the authentic St. James Tearoom.  
  21. Attend the Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso Downs.  
  22. Eat at Sadie's.  
  23. Visit the Explora Museum.  
  24. Visit the Santa Fe Children's Museum
  25. Visit McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty.  
  26. Take a bike ride (or scenic walk/run) along the Rio Grande.  
  27. Pamper yourself at Ten Thousand Waves.  
  28. Visit the Ghost Ranch.  
  29. Shop in Nob Hill in Albuquerque.  You will find unique products at a wide variety of stores in the area.  
  30. Go wine tasting.  Take a New Mexico Wine Tour to try a variety of local wines from vineyards in our area.  
  31. Try a micro-brewed beer.  
  32. Dine at the Rancher's Club.  
  33. Visit the Rancho de Taos Church.  
  34. Visit the Palace of the Governor's Museum.  
  35. Visit the NM Tech campus in Socorro.  
  36. Visit the hot springs.  We have a variety of locations from Truth or Consequences, Silver City, Gila or in Jemez.  
  37. Go boating at Elephant Butte.  
  38. Explore Albuquerque's Old Town.  
  39. Visit the Poeh Museum in Pojoaque.  
  40. Visit the gravesite and hanging place of train robber, Black Jack Ketchum.  
  41. Visit one of the state's lakes.  There are several to choose from: Fenton Lake, El Vado Lake, Heron Lake, Brantley Lake and Navajo Lake State Park.  
  42. Visit the ABQ Botanical Garden and Aquarium.  
  43. Visit the animals at the ABQ Zoo.  
  44. Visit the Loretto Chapel and see the "miraculous staircase".  
  45. Visit the oldest house in the United States.  Known as the De Vargas Street House in Santa Fe.  
  46. Visit the Auto Museum in Rio Rancho.  
  47. Visit the Tech Museum at Intel.  
  48. Go fishing or feed the ducks at Tingly Beach.  
  49. Visit the Tinkertown museum.  
  50. Take the "Breaking Bad" Tour.  

There are many more things to do and see in the area, this is just a list to get you started.  

Whether you're a long time resident or just moved into the area, you can always find something to do.  Many of these attractions are very low cost or free to visit.  

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