New Mexico is a beautiful state in the southwest part of the country. While temperatures may soar in the summer there, fall can be the perfect to visit as you can enjoy mild weather and fully appreciate all of the beauty of the state. If you’re planning to travel to New Mexico, here are seven off-the-beaten-path things to do there this fall.
1. Go On A Ghost And History Tour
If you’re looking for something spooky to do this fall in New Mexico, consider a ghost tour! This state is full of supposedly haunted places and chilling tales. A tour such as the ones offered by AbqTours in Albequerque detail some of this history, as well as some more mundane history as well. For those wanting to enjoy a tour on their own time, or simply learn about the history covered before visiting, AbqTours also offers virtual tours! Tickets are available online as well as in person.
2. Visit White Sands National Park
This stunning area of wilderness offers a unique, almost otherwordly environment thanks to its sparkling white sand dunes. While White Sands National Monument is a little bit more popular than some of the other suggestions on this list, it also offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
3. Visit The White Place
White Sands National Park isn’t the only area in New Mexico with a striking white color. If you’re looking to get some stunning photos during your travel to New Mexico, look no further than The White Place. This gorgeous area is exactly as the name describes – white sandstone cliffs create an almost otherworldly appearance. The best time to see the White Place is generally sunny days, as the sandstone cliffs are most striking in full sunlight. This makes fall a great time to visit, as you can head out when the sun is at its highest and not have to brave high temperatures.
4. Explore Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway
New Mexico is home to several scenic byways, but Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway sets itself apart thanks to its unique volcanic history. This 132-mile loop in northern New Mexico offers guests gorgeous views of a volcanic caldera. It also takes you past several hiking spots with unique draws, including a short trail to a waterfall.
5. Check Out Hyde Memorial State Park
New Mexico may not be known for its fall leaf displays, but there’s still a few places you can go to see some gorgeous autumn colors. Hyde Memorial State Park is one of those places. This beautiful state park offers visitors opportunities for camping, hiking, and some seasonal activities such as swimming or snow tubing.
6. Visit The Town Of Ruidoso
Ruidoso, New Mexico has an interesting claim to fame – it’s the home of the southernmost ski resort in the United States. Winter sports are not all it has to offer, though. This charming town is a great destination any time of the year. Visitors can look forward to countless things to do, from visiting local wineries to checking out the stunning wilderness, speckled with lakes and lush trees, that surrounds the town.
7. Stop By Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch
If you’re looking to get in the fall spirit, what better way than visiting a pumpkin patch? Whether you’re looking for the perfect future jack o lantern or simply autumn decor, Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch has you covered. It’s also home to a variety of other activities including a petting zoo and putt-putt golf, making this a great option for families as well.
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