Take This Gorgeous Fall Foliage Road Trip To See The True Beauty Of New Mexico
One of the joys of this time of year is seeing the blaze of fall colors sweep across New Mexico. There are few sights as beautiful as a mountainside transformed by vibrant yellow aspens. According to predictions by the Farmers’ Almanac, in New Mexico, the leaves will be at their most stunning between September 28th and October 9th this year. You know what that means? Road trip! We’ve combined several of the state’s most scenic drives into a trip that’ll give you an incredible leaf-peeping experience. This drive begins (or ends) in Santa Fe. It covers 296 miles and the drive time is 7 hours, without stops. Here is the map for this fall road trip in New Mexico.
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What’s your favorite place in New Mexico to admire the fall foliage? If you don’t have time for a full road trip but still want to hit up a few of the state’s prettiest spots this season, here are the best fall foliage destinations in the Land of Enchantment.
Address: Carson National Forest, New Mexico 87530, USA
Address: Eagle Nest, NM 87718, USA
Address: Red River, NM, USA
Address: Questa, NM 87556, USA
Address: 28869 US-64, Eagle Nest, NM 87718, USA
Address: Cimarron Canyon State Park,, 28869 US-64, Eagle Nest, NM 87718, USA
Address: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico 87525, USA
Address: Canyon Valley Rd, Red River, NM, USA
Address: Tres Piedras, NM 87577, USA
Address: Tierra Amarilla, NM, USA
Address: Chama, NM 87520, USA
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Fall Road Trip In New Mexico
September 25, 2020
Where are the best places to see fall foliage in New Mexico?
If you’re wondering where to see fall colors in New Mexico other than this great road trip, you’ve got plenty of other options. The Jemez Mountain National Scenic Byway is another fantastic drive that will take you through gorgeous mountains that become ablaze with color this time of year. In Santa Fe? Give the Aspen Trail Loop a try – it’s an 11-mile trail that winds through a forest that becomes a bright and vivid gold during the fall season. Another uniquely New Mexico fall experience is the famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It happens annually in the first half of October, so you can watch hot air balloons glide over the autumn-colored landscape surrounding ABQ.
What is the weather like in fall in New Mexico?
New Mexico is known for its many sunny days (an average of 293 sunny days happen per year in this state), and those don’t go away come fall. With so many things to do in fall in New Mexico, you’ll be happy to know the weather is perfect for them all. Whether you take a road trip or stop by a pumpkin patch, expect temperatures in the 60-70-degree range. It can get chillier at night, but ultimately the days should be quite comfortable for all sorts of activities.
When can I see peak fall foliage in New Mexico?
The best time to see fall foliage in New Mexico is usually early October. It varies from year to year, but if you have leaf-peeping plans, your best bet on touring the Land of Enchantment when it’s at its most colorful would be within the first two weeks of October. This is when the foliage peaks, but it will begin to change in September and the colors won’t start fading or leaves falling until near the end of October and into early November.