Just when we thought we’ve seen everything in New Mexico, the state still manages to surprise us with hidden spots you really need to dig deep to find. For example, did you know an oasis is hiding not far from one of New Mexico’s most popular national parks? Come find out why this little hidden paradise at one of the best state parks to visit in New Mexico is so awesome:

The historic district is open daily for day-use only. Tables, grills, and restrooms are available, and always remember to Leave No Trace when visiting the state’s natural areas. For more information, visit the Carlsbad Caverns National Park website.

Unable to leave the house any time soon? You can still check out the beauty of Carlsbad Caverns National Park from the comfort of your bed or favorite couch! Read more in Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park Like Never Before On This Virtual Tour.

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State Parks to Visit in New Mexico

What are some great, lesser-known state parks in New Mexico?  

New Mexico is home to 35 lovely state parks, and it’s no secret that some get much more love than others – but what about the lesser-known, quieter state parks in New Mexico? Truth is, we’ve got plenty, so if you prefer to avoid crowds, you have lots of options. Some of our favorite lesser-known state parks in New Mexico include Sugarite Canyon State Park, near Raton, which was a miners’ camp once upon a time but is now simply a stunningly beautiful little paradise sharing space with Colorado. In Deming, there’s Rockhound State Park, which is a great place to go if you enjoy looking for, well, cool rocks – the art of rockhounding! Morphy Lake State Park is a great one if you’re a fan of lounging lakeside while admiring the nearby mountains.  

What are some awesome hiking trails in New Mexico? 

With an amazing outdoors comes amazing hiking trails, and the beautiful Land of Enchantment has plenty to choose from (nearly 1,500, to be exact). Some of the best, top-rated trails in New Mexico include things like canyons and buttes, while others are more low-key beautiful. Among the most popular hiking trails in New Mexico are the famous Wheeler Peak via the Williams Lake Trail. It’s tough/rated as hard and extends for eight and a half miles, but the rewards are worth it because you just don’t find alpine views like those ones in New Mexico all the time. If you like that mountain trail, you’ll also enjoy the equally tough Nambe Lake Trail through the Santa Fe National Forest, and the Williams Lake Trail in the Carson National Forest is another must-do hiking trail gem. For something a little different, do the Alkali Flat Trail at White Sands National Park for some of the best desert views you’ll ever see. New Mexico really IS the Land of Enchantment; come see why on our amazing hiking trails. 

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