The Best Times And Places To View Fall Foliage In New Mexico

Believe it or not, fall is on its way to the Land of Enchantment. Even as we’re enjoying the last gasps of summer, we are excited about the arrival of this season of color. When our leaves start turning into their spectacular reds, oranges, and golds, it’s magical. There’s no doubt about it: New Mexico fall foliage is spectacular. Wondering when to see fall colors in New Mexico? Thanks to the experts over at Smoky Mountains, there’s a way to predict when and where maximum leaf viewing will occur. Let’s take a peek:

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When To See Fall Colors In New Mexico

September 01, 2019

What is there to do in New Mexico in the fall?

New Mexico hosts some thrilling fall festivals every year. The Corrales Harvest Festival is a wonderful family-friendly event that’s full of fun. This two-day party has hay rides, wine tastings, an arts and crafts show, and a pet parade. There’s even a kids-only section, so you know every member of your family will have a wonderful time. Red River Oktoberfest is another amazing fall festival in New Mexico. Here, visitors can chow down on bratwursts and sip excellent craft beer.

Where can I see the best fall foliage in New Mexico?

The best place to see fall colors in New Mexico is in The Carson National Forest. This breathtaking place is home to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. This 80-mile loop takes you to Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico. From here, a sea of vibrant colors will greet you. This scenic drive sits in the town of Taos, which is widely regarded as the best town in New Mexico for fall colors.

Why should I visit New Mexico in the fall?

New Mexico is positively radiant in the fall. The sweltering summer temperatures have disappeared and refreshing breezes whip across the state. In addition to the pretty colors and exciting events, New Mexico is known to have some spooky Halloween events during this season. The Zoo Boo takes place every year at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, and there’s a colorful parade that makes it way through Morningside Park.