Spotlight: New Mexico

Adventure awaits at every corner, Native American culture abounds and national and state treasures are easy to find in every one of New Mexico's six regions. New Mexico's ancient-yet-living cultures, awe-inspiring landscapes, uncharted outposts and authentic characteristics have made it a haven for artists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. It's a place where simple activities become life-altering experiences. New Mexico is the place to come for adventures steeped in culture to feed your spirit and fill your soul. Authentic New Mexico is everywhere; Mesa country, with its wild caves and yawning caverns, reflects an unspoiled landscape. Towns like Taos and Truth or Consequences maintain New Mexico's creative heritage where you can take home a piece of culture rather than a souvenir, from turquoise jewellery and folk art to Concho belts and pottery.


The Land of Enchantment

Major airports:
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

Spring: 6°C to 21°C
Summer: 19°C to 32°C
Autumn: 8°C to 22°C
Winter: -3°C to 8°C

Mountain Time (-6 hours GMT)


Getting around

New Mexico is a haven for the unexpected and is best explored independently by hire car. There is also a quick and inexpensive light-rail system, the Rail Runner which connects Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

New & Trending

In its heyday, all 465 miles of New Mexico's Route 66 bustled with life and played home to some of the most iconic experiences of the American West. Today, travellers can still take in the nostalgia of the Mother Road, from the old rusty neon signs to Tucumcari's Blue Swallow Motel, the oldest operating motor-court on the entire road. As part of New Mexico's ‘Summer of the Mother Road' in 2018, you can access itineraries and an interactive map to all the attractions here.

Bishop's Lodge in the foothills of Santa Fe is planned to open next year. This legendary retreat is experiencing a complete transformation. Nestled in 317 acres of pristine natural beauty, it is being restored and reimagined for its guests, set to be unveiled in the spring of 2019. Centred on a centuries-old chapel in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, only four miles from Santa Fe's historic town Plaza, this landmark resort will deliver a luxury ranch lodge experience to delight any modern-day explorer.

New Mexico True an initiative that allows select New Mexico businesses to leverage the magnetic and powerful New Mexico True brand to build their products' recognition. The New Mexico True Certified program brings national attention to the quality, care and craftsmanship behind products that are uniquely New Mexican.

Fun fact: With more than 500 balloons, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico is the largest ballooning event in the world.

Must see

White Sands National Monument, Chihuahuan Desert: Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune-field, along with the plants and animals that live here.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park: Today the massive buildings of the ancestral Pueblo peoples still testify to the organisational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest. For a deeper contact with the canyon that was central to thousands of people between 850 and 1250 A.D., come and explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking and bike trails, evening campfire talks, and night sky programs.

Shiprock Pinnacle, Navajo Nation: This magnificent landmark can be seen 50 miles in any direction. Shiprock, rises nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain on the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. Shiprock is a sacred mountain to the Navajo people and point of interest for hikers, photographers and film producers but is illegal to climb without a permit from the Navajo.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The Museum organises exhibitions of O'Keeffe's work and that of her contemporaries within the context of American Modernism. A visit to the O'Keeffe Museum offers insight not only into the artist's paintings, but also her creative process and the New Mexico landscape that inspired her.

Taos Pueblo: Taos Pueblo, also known as the place of the red willows, sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The village, which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America, was designated a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site in 1992. The adobe, multi-storied homes of Taos Pueblo have captivated painters and photographers since the 1920s, when an artist colony formed in nearby Taos and virtually established Southwest art.

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