You Can Visit New Mexico’s National Parks For Free On These Days In 2022

Do your 2022 resolutions include venturing into nature a little more often? If you’re located in New Mexico, you’re in luck, because the state is home to an impressive number of state and national parks that showcase the state’s natural beauty! There is absolutely no shortage of state and national parks to visit in New Mexico.

Do you plan to visit one of New Mexico’s national parks on these free admission days? Tell us all about your epic plans in the comments.

If you want to turn this idea into a road trip, we conveniently have a map set up with three of the parks mentioned above. Read more in This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You New Mexico Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.

Address: Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Address: Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico 88418, USA
Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
Address: Valles Caldera, New Mexico 87025, USA
Address: White Sands National Park, New Mexico, USA
Address: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico, USA
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National Parks to Visit in New Mexico

January 16, 2022

What are some fun things to do outside in New Mexico?  

New Mexico is a great state for – well, just about anything, really. There is plenty to do indoors here, but our amazing outdoor recreation is almost too good to be true. The Four Corners states are honestly all pretty amazing, but New Mexico has a certain magic to it that’s second to none. If you can dream it, you can do it out here; outdoor activity potential ranges from hiking and biking on some of the world’s most scenic trails to camping, hunting, fishing, boating, and everything in between. You could even go cliff-diving, if you wanted to. You’ll also want to check out amazing natural landmarks like the Blue Hole, or journey into any one of New Mexico’s intriguing cave systems for quite the amazing outdoors experience (that feels oddly indoors). Even during the coldest months, there’s plenty to do! New Mexico has some great ski resorts for those who love playing in the snow (totally guilty here). The possibilities are only as limited at your imagination, so get outside and enjoy.  

What are some of the most popular hiking trails in New Mexico?  

According to AllTrails.com, an epic resource for all things hiking and mountain biking in all 50 states (and then some), some of the most beloved trails in New Mexico include the Williams Lake Trail to Wheeler Park, a challenging hike leading up to the highest point in New Mexico, and Williams Lake Trail on its own, which, even without the summit climb, is wonderful, challenging, and incredible scenic. The Nambe Lake Trail will lead you on an adventure through the southern Rockies and into a place that feels like something out of a fairy tale. Atalaya Mountain Trail is another amazing one, and we also really love La Luz Trail #37, which is pretty hard, but incredibly worth it. If some of these longer hikes aren’t really your thing, you should check out this list of amazing short hiking trails in New Mexico you ought to conquer ASAP.  

Address: Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Address: Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico 88418, USA
Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
Address: Valles Caldera, New Mexico 87025, USA
Address: White Sands National Park, New Mexico, USA
Address: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico, USA