This Dreamy Road Trip Will Take You To The Best Fall Foliage In All of New Mexico
If you are a New Mexico leaf peeper, it pays to plan ahead, no matter what time of year! When fall is on the way and the leaves are already starting to turn in the northern part of the state, you’ll want to get out there and hit up the best spots. This road trip to the best fall foliage in New Mexico will help you do exactly that.
Get the prettiest views of the colorful leaf changes by road-tripping along the Enchanted Circle, one of New Mexico’s scenic byways. This 85-mile loop connects Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle’s Nest, and Angel Fire. The Enchanted Circle is always a pleasure to travel, but drive this road between mid-September to early October for the best views.
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Where are the best places to see fall foliage in New Mexico?
Wondering where to see fall colors in New Mexico? Some of the best fall foliage sights can be seen in the northern part of the state. Cimarron Canyon State Park is a great destination to see the colorful leaves. If you’re in the Santa Fe area, check out the Aspen Trail Loop. This 11-mile trail turns a bright and golden color with all the aspen leaves that will flicker above you. The mountains of New Mexico are always a safe bet for pretty fall foliage, and you can experience some of it on the Jemez Mountain National Scenic Byway.
When can I see peak fall foliage in New Mexico?
Fall in New Mexico usually comes to its peak in late September into October. The peak fall foliage times changes year by year, but it’s often closer to mid-October. By the end of September, most of the state’s deciduous trees will at least be beginning to turn to vivid shades of red, gold, and orange. Near the end of October, most will be past their peak and falling off. A safe bet to go out leaf-peeping in New Mexico would be within the first two weeks of October.
What is the weather like in fall in New Mexico?
If you plan on taking this fall foliage New Mexico road trip, you’ll be happy to know the weather should be very nice. October is one of the best months to visit the state, with the days still sunny and the temperatures in the 60-70s range. It doesn’t get much more comfortable than that, so you can enjoy beautiful, bright days highlighting the colorful leaves.