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“Well, well well! This is wonderful! No one told me it was like this,” said Georgia O’Keeffe when she arrived in New Mexico. The celebrated artist spent the rest of her life trying to capture the region’s diverse beauty. And the contrasts, history and culture of the state’s unique towns and scenery will have you wanting to do the same from the first day of your New Mexico holiday.

Sandwiched between Arizona and Texas in the southern pocket of the USA, New Mexico also shares a border with its namesake nation. You can begin your holiday by flying into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, or the Texan town of El Paso – or, if you’re planning a road trip, you can drive along the famous Route 66. Adventurers, nature-lovers and alien enthusiasts of any age will find endless opportunities to learn and experience new things in the state known as ‘the Land of Enchantment’.

New Mexico’s great outdoors offers unforgettable landscapes, from expansive white dune fields to underground caverns and lush green wilderness. Millennia of history and culture are preserved in ancient paintings and historic dwellings carved into volcanic rocks. And you can marvel at Taos Pueblo’s 1,000-year-old homes, which are still in use today.

For those who prefer to look to the skies, Roswell is home to all things UFO. This unique town is dedicated to helping visitors immerse themselves in conspiracy theories, make a pilgrimage to a supposed crash site, or simply listen to great stories over some delicious frozen custard.

There’s never a bad time for a trip to New Mexico. October brings the mesmerising display of joyful creativity that is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, while winter opens the mountains to skiers from all over the world as the famously hot state shows its cooler side. Tempted? Plan your visit to New Mexico with a look at one of our sample itineraries, or speak to one of our Travel Specialists.

Things to do

National Parks & Monuments

Land of UFOs

Best time to visit

Things to do in New Mexico

New Mexico is a land of contrasts. This place has everything from hot desert sands to snowy ski resorts, plus a fascinating range of natural wonders and diverse time-capsule towns. Adventurers will never tire of exploring this unique land – and the border state’s offerings don’t stop at the scenery.

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Every October, the skies over Albuquerque are flooded with colours and characters at the International Balloon Fiesta. But you can float peacefully through the air on a private hot-air balloon flight all year round. Mystery-lovers will find hours, or even days, of puzzles at the unique Meow Wolf attraction in Santa Fe, while road-trippers won’t want to miss the chance of getting down to Pie Town for a bite of real home-cooked comfort. For a true slice of history, Taos Pueblo’s 1,000-year-old homes are a must-visit – they’re the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in the United States.

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National Parks & Monuments

Two national parks, two national historical parks, 11 national monuments and, of course, the Rio Grande makes New Mexico an incredible destination for outdoor-lovers and culture-seekers alike. White Sands is the world’s largest gypsum dune field, ready to be explored by boardwalk, nature trail, or jumped into on a plastic sled. Elsewhere, 120 dramatic underground spaces – from tiny nooks to cathedral-sized caves – sit beneath Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

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Make sure you also visit the former Pueblo homes, carved into the volcanic rock at Bandelier National Monument. And see more than 10,000 ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks along the Canyon trails of Boca Negra, Rinconada and Marcadas. You could uncover 700-year-old Mogollon culture at the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Chaco Canyon, Pecos Park and Glorieta Pass offer more glimpses into history, while the Capulin Volcano, Sandia Peak and Wheeler Park showcase the state’s rich diversity of nature.

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Land of UFOs

For decades, Roswell has been at the centre of alien theories and UFO rumours. Today, the town is a popular pilgrimage for believers, conspiracists, and anyone intrigued by the idea of life beyond our atmosphere. So it’s hardly surprising that New Mexico doesn’t disappoint when it comes to space-themed entertainment.

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Roswell itself has embraced the theme completely and invites visitors to seek their truth at the UFO Museum and Research Centre, which is filled with kitsch alien paraphernalia and elaborate explanations for what might be ‘out there’. Travellers with a more scientific attitude will enjoy the Very Large Array. Just west of Socorro, this vast radio astronomy observatory constantly watches the skies for evidence of the unknown and unexplained. Even for the sceptics, Roswell is worth a visit – just to taste the town's famous sweet treats at Classic’s Frozen Custard.

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Best time to visit New Mexico

With more than 300 days of sun every year, there’s no bad time to visit New Mexico, but some months are more popular than others. September to November is the best time to combine pleasant temperatures – between 20°C and 30°C – with dry weather and clear skies for stargazing. This is also when many of the region's festivals are held.

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You can expect similar temperatures from March to May, but winds may be stronger. The summer months from June to August are hot, with temperatures often approaching 40°C. Many areas also experience their biggest crowds in the middle of the year and storms are not uncommon.

New Mexico is a very different place from December to February. Temperatures can even fall below freezing, which is great news for skiers wanting to take advantage of the states’ snowy mountains.

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Things to do

Things to do in New Mexico

New Mexico is a land of contrasts. This place has everything from hot desert sands to snowy ski resorts, plus a fascinating range of natural wonders and diverse time-capsule towns. Adventurers will never tire of exploring this unique land – and the border state’s offerings don’t stop at the scenery.

Show More
Show Less

Every October, the skies over Albuquerque are flooded with colours and characters at the International Balloon Fiesta. But you can float peacefully through the air on a private hot-air balloon flight all year round. Mystery-lovers will find hours, or even days, of puzzles at the unique Meow Wolf attraction in Santa Fe, while road-trippers won’t want to miss the chance of getting down to Pie Town for a bite of real home-cooked comfort. For a true slice of history, Taos Pueblo’s 1,000-year-old homes are a must-visit – they’re the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in the United States.

Show More
Show Less

National Parks & Monuments

National Parks & Monuments

Two national parks, two national historical parks, 11 national monuments and, of course, the Rio Grande makes New Mexico an incredible destination for outdoor-lovers and culture-seekers alike. White Sands is the world’s largest gypsum dune field, ready to be explored by boardwalk, nature trail, or jumped into on a plastic sled. Elsewhere, 120 dramatic underground spaces – from tiny nooks to cathedral-sized caves – sit beneath Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Show More
Show Less

Make sure you also visit the former Pueblo homes, carved into the volcanic rock at Bandelier National Monument. And see more than 10,000 ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks along the Canyon trails of Boca Negra, Rinconada and Marcadas. You could uncover 700-year-old Mogollon culture at the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Chaco Canyon, Pecos Park and Glorieta Pass offer more glimpses into history, while the Capulin Volcano, Sandia Peak and Wheeler Park showcase the state’s rich diversity of nature.

Show More
Show Less

Land of UFOs

Land of UFOs

For decades, Roswell has been at the centre of alien theories and UFO rumours. Today, the town is a popular pilgrimage for believers, conspiracists, and anyone intrigued by the idea of life beyond our atmosphere. So it’s hardly surprising that New Mexico doesn’t disappoint when it comes to space-themed entertainment.

Show More
Show Less

Roswell itself has embraced the theme completely and invites visitors to seek their truth at the UFO Museum and Research Centre, which is filled with kitsch alien paraphernalia and elaborate explanations for what might be ‘out there’. Travellers with a more scientific attitude will enjoy the Very Large Array. Just west of Socorro, this vast radio astronomy observatory constantly watches the skies for evidence of the unknown and unexplained. Even for the sceptics, Roswell is worth a visit – just to taste the town's famous sweet treats at Classic’s Frozen Custard.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit

Best time to visit New Mexico

With more than 300 days of sun every year, there’s no bad time to visit New Mexico, but some months are more popular than others. September to November is the best time to combine pleasant temperatures – between 20°C and 30°C – with dry weather and clear skies for stargazing. This is also when many of the region's festivals are held.

Show More
Show Less

You can expect similar temperatures from March to May, but winds may be stronger. The summer months from June to August are hot, with temperatures often approaching 40°C. Many areas also experience their biggest crowds in the middle of the year and storms are not uncommon.

New Mexico is a very different place from December to February. Temperatures can even fall below freezing, which is great news for skiers wanting to take advantage of the states’ snowy mountains.

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