New Mexico January 30, 2016
8 Unforgettable Places In New Mexico That Everyone Must Visit This Winter
Just because it’s winter, there’s no need to hibernate! There are plenty of things to do in New Mexico during this season, from snow sports to soaking in hot springs. Beat the winter blues by visiting some of these unforgettable places.
1. Sandia Peak via the Sandia Peak Tramway
The trip is actually more memorable when the mountain is carpeted in snow, and the panoramic views of Albuquerque are just as amazing.
2. One of New Mexico’s ski resorts in the northern part of the state
Taos Ski Valley added the Kachina Peak Chairlift last year, which carries you 31 feet above the mountain, to a max elevation of 12,450 feet. And there is now a bus service running to Ski Santa Fe.
3. Or further south
Ski Apache, near Ruidoso, has 55 trails and receives an average of 180 inches of snow per year.
4. A waterfall
There’s nothing like the sight of a waterfall that has frozen, like Sitting Bull Falls (pictured) in the Guadalupe Mountains near Carlsbad.
5. Lake Maloya or Lake Alice
Yes, you can go ice fishing in New Mexico! Both of these lakes are in Sugarite Canyon State Park, near Raton. (Just remember to check the park’s website to ensure that the ice is still thick enough, before you head out.)
6. Angel Fire
You can do most winter sports in Angel Fire, but for those who want to enjoy the season at a slower pace, a romantic sleigh ride is the way to go.
6. A cabin
Speaking of romance, holing up in a cabin by a roaring fire is a great way to embrace the season. Rental cabins are abundant in Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, Red River, and Angel Fire.
7. Hot Springs
Discover natural hot springs in the wilderness, like those spread throughout Gila National Forest, or warm up at a resort such as Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, located in the town of Ojo Caliente.
8. An artisanal chocolate store
Stores like Kakawa in Santa Fe and Joliesse in Albuquerque offer addictive drinking chocolate to keep you toasty this winter.
There are so many awesome places in New Mexico to visit during winter. What’s your favorite?