New Mexico January 01, 2017
8 Unforgettable Road Trips To Take In New Mexico Before You Die
The best way to explore the Land of Enchantment is undoubtedly by car. That’s how you reach the most remote and rewarding places in the state. From tours of ghost towns to a journey through some of New Mexico’s most haunted spots, here are 8 themed road trips that belong on your bucket list:
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We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
New Mexico Natural Wonders Road Trip
We’ve combined places of great natural beauty in the Land of Enchantment into an epic road trip. Hoard your vacation days because you’re going to want to use them to tour sites like Shiprock, Valles Caldera, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Since this journey takes 26 hours to drive, we’ve designed it so that you have the option to split the road trip into a northern and southern loop.
10 Amazing Places You Can Go On One Tank Of Gas Road Trip
Explore New Mexico on the cheap? Yes, please. Despite the large size of our state, this road trip packs in a surprising number of attractions that you can reach on just one tank of gas.
Obviously, this road trip is on the shorter side at just over 300 miles, with a roughly five-hour drive time. As a result, it's ideal for a weekend excursion. Experience everything from a musical highway to the Blue Hole on this fun yet frugal drive.
A Haunting Road Trip Through New Mexico’s Ghost Towns
There are ghost towns galore in New Mexico and this scenic drive connects seven abandoned places in a rough loop. Venture into the remote Gila Wilderness to uncover the mining towns that time forgot. Some of these desolate spots are partially on private land, so watch where you wander. Please note that you can only view Shakespeare on an organized tour – these take place twice a month.
New Mexico State Parks Road Trip
Odds are that you haven’t seen all of New Mexico’s 35 state parks. Here’s your chance to check some of these places off your bucket list. We’ve compiled nine of them into a one of a kind tour of the southeastern portion of the state. These parks offer lakes, wildlife watching opportunities, hiking trails, and mountain scenery. What are you waiting for?
Road Trip Through New Mexico’s Most Picturesque Small Towns
Spend a weekend traveling to nine of the cutest small towns in the state on this figure eight drive, which takes just under seven hours to complete (without stops). Take a break from the usual hustle and bustle to visit places where the pace of life is set to “slow mosey.”
The Ultimate Central New Mexico Road Trip
We understand that you’ll have to drive in order to start some of these excursions. If that’s a deterrent, then this is the road trip for you. The 371-mile journey loops through the middle of the state, meaning that it's accessible to many New Mexicans. The trip features petroglyphs, missions, a wildlife refuge, and lava!
New Mexico Fall Foliage Road Trip
In fall, New Mexico is a blaze of color. To make the most of what many consider the best season in the Land of Enchantment, we created a fall foliage road trip. The journey lasts a smidge under seven hours and spans almost 300 miles. During that time, you’ll have plenty of leaf peeping opportunities as you travel across the gorgeous north central region of the state.
The Haunted Road Trip That Will Lead You To The Scariest Places In New Mexico
Whether you plan this adventure to coincide with Halloween or attempt it at any other time of year, this creepy drive hits some of the most haunted spots in New Mexico. Ghost hunting shows have nothing on this road trip which leads you to haunted forts, hotels, schools, and even a recording studio.
Which of these scenic drives appeals to you? Would you add any other themed road trips to this list? Let us know on the
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