New Mexico October 13, 2017
12 Picture Perfect Fall Day Trips To Take In New Mexico
Autumn is here! This means a whole slew of new activities just waiting to be enjoyed. In case you haven’t noticed, New Mexico really thrives in the fall, with a bevy of exciting and entertaining ways to spend the day. If you’re looking for a way to welcome fall with open arms, then check out these picture-perfect fall day trips to take in New Mexico.
1. Take a chairlift
Ride among the trees and get magnificent views of the leaves from above. To see this unique view, drive up to the Santa Fe ski basin and ride their
Chief Quad chairlift.
If the scenic ride through the aspens and pines isn’t enough, catch some of the other autumn activities on the mountain too.
2. Navigate a corn maze
Fall means we’re treated to spectacular foliage, pumpkin flavored goodies galore and, of course, adventures through a corn maze. There are several in New Mexico, however,
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch
in Moriarty stands out. This massive attraction feels like a farm and a fairground rolled into one. Plus, their corn mazes are amazingly intricate.
3. Visit this inviting town
Our small towns are particularly beautiful in the autumn season, but one place you may not think about –
– is especially inviting this time of year. Not only does this part of Northern New Mexico glow with exquisite fall color, there is plenty of open space in which to enjoy it.
4. Peep at some leaves
If you are a New Mexico leaf peeper, get on the road! Fall is here and the leaves are already turning. Get the best views of the vibrant foliage by
road-tripping along the Enchanted Circle
, one of New Mexico’s scenic byways. This 85-mile loop connects Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest, and Angel Fire.
5. Get some air at Balloon Fiesta
If it's fall, it's time for the hot air balloons to return to Albuquerque. While other states may have similar events, none of those spectacles are on the scale of the
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
. It’s the largest ballooning event on the planet and also the most photographed. Each October, more than 800,000 people flock to Duke City to witness this once-in-a-lifetime sight and you should be among them! Get up early and make a day of it.
6. Drive a Scenic By Way
Admire the golden cottonwoods along this 6.7 mile scenic drive. Corrales Road travels between the Rio Grande and the Corrales acequia, making the scenery appealing on both sides of the car.
7. Pick a Pumpkin
Pick a pumpkin at corn maze? Sure! The whole family will enjoy the trip to the Mesilla Valley Maze. In addition to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, there are more than 30 regular attractions. This southern New Mexico attraction is open all of October. Find the Mesilla Valley Maze at 3855 West Picacho Avenue, Las Cruces.
8. Be king for a day
Mark off November 4 and 5th and plan a trip to Las Cruces for the Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire. This weekend of merriment features entertainment, food, shopping and contests of yore, like jousting and a kid's scavenger hunt. Adults can enjoy feasting and festing (with beer and wine) and an artists market. For more about the event, see the
Renaissance ArtsFaire's website
9. Stay in a cozy cabin
10. Visit an eccentric town
There are clusters of artists’ communities throughout New Mexico, but one of the most fun and whimsical is the tiny town of Madrid. Located off the Turquoise Trail (Highway 14), between Santa Fe and Albuquerque,
is a convenient (and festive) destination for your next day trip. If you have never been, or want to visit again, fall is a perfect time.
11 Take a hike
Try the Bandelier hike to the Frijolito Pueblo archeological site. Be ready for 2.5 miles of fairly strenuous hiking. The Frijolito Loop Trail starts in Cottonwood Picnic Area, just across the creek from the Bandelier visitor center at 15 Entrance Road, in Los Alamos.
12. Watch the Cranes
Each fall the Sandhill cranes return to New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, near Socorro. You don't need to be a birder to enjoy the sight of these magnificent birds blanketing the bosque, especially when they take off en masse just before dawn. The official Festival of the Cranes occurs in mid-November, but the spectacle of the cranes can be seen most of November.
Any other autumn day trips in New Mexico you think people will enjoy?? Share in the comments! If you’re looking for more to do in New Mexico this fall season, then check out
these charming cider mills.