The biggest obstacles to taking a vacation are getting the time off work and the cost. We can’t help you with your boss, but we can suggest some affordable accommodation options in New Mexico. For your next budget-friendly getaway, consider one of these 8 awesome options.
1. Camp in one of New Mexico’s state parks.
Regardless of your location in New Mexico, chances are you’re within an hour of a state park – we have loads. Prices are usually about $14 per night and many campsites include pet-friendly sites. Remember, state parks often book up fast, so it’s a good idea to make your reservation promptly.
2. Take a city break on a budget at the Silver Saddle Motel in Santa Fe.
Places like the Silver Saddle Motel prove that city breaks are still within reach when you're on a budget. This motel evokes a feeling of Western nostalgia. Rooms are named after people like Annie Oakley and the Lone Ranger and, at check-in, you receive an old school key. During summer, prices start at $59 for a queen and $65 for a king room. This establishment also offers a complementary breakfast and free wi-fi. (Pets allowed in some rooms.)
3. Spend a few days in Las Cruces on the cheap.
This adorable bungalow in Las Cruces comes equipped with a full kitchen so you can save a little money on meals; other benefits include free wi-fi and parking. It’s a cute and cheerful accommodation option, which costs $65 per night plus a $10 cleaning fee.
3. Stay at the Monterey Non-Smokers Motel in Albuquerque.
If you’re looking for a clean, comfy room located smack in the middle of Albuquerque, check out the Monterey Non-Smokers Motel. Sure, the décor is vintage, but that’s part of the charm. If you use the motel’s website, AAA rates for a queen come in at around $77. However, Expedia recently advertised prices of $68 per night for Monterey Motel. Given its proximity to Old Town, that’s not a bad deal.
4. Route 66-era motels and motor courts, like the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, usually offer great value.
The Blue Swallow Motel is a Route 66 original. This restored motor court originally opened in 1940 and, although its room prices have undoubtedly risen since then, a queen room only sets you back $74.95 a night. So what you get for your money? The answer is Route 66 Americana and an actual rotary phone. Some rooms even come with a garage for your car!
5. Another way to cut costs is to be open to some unique digs. I mean how many people can say they’ve stayed in a tepee?
The Tipi Retreat in Madrid houses eight people for $40 per night. Bargain! Just bring a sleeping bag and flashlight and you’re all set.
6. Alternatively, you could bunk down in a tiny house.
This one in Cloudcroft is completely adorable and pet-friendly. Tiny houses are the hot new thing judging by the number of television shows devoted to them. See what all the fuss is about while enjoying an affordable vacation in a tranquil setting. This rental is currently listed for $79 per night. (There is a one-time $35 cleaning fee.)
7. Or stay in a trailer like this vintage one near Taos.
While this trailer is minimalist, it has all the basics: a kitchen with fridge, stove, and microwave and a bathroom with tub. If you’re traveling with kids, the couch converts, so you can actually house four people in this streamlined space. The $85 per night price tag includes free parking, wi-fi, and the use of a fire pit.
8. Prices for cabins vary wildly, but basic options like this one near Deming are very reasonable.
Stay on a working ranch, in a cabin that provides gorgeous mountain views. Amenities include a memory foam bed, hi-def TV, and complementary wi-fi. Small pets are allowed in the cabin and there are even accommodations for horses, on the off chance you’re traveling with one! It costs $65 per night to call this cabin home.
Which of these places appeals to you? What’s the best hotel deal you ever scored in New Mexico?