We hope you’ll be joining us on our retreat to New Mexico next year, but the Land of Enchantment is great to visit any time! Here are our top ten things to see and do in New Mexico.
Rio Grande Gorge
The Rio Grande Gorge is a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Starting near the Colorado border and running 50 miles to the city of Taos, this hike could not be more Insta-worthy. Make sure you bring a camera along with your best hiking shoes!
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
If you join us next spring for our Los Poblanos retreat and fall as in love with New Mexico as we have, head back to ABQ in October 2019 for their annual International Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of balloons take to the sky during the second week in October for a unique citywide celebration. Get up early one morning (or every morning!) to watch the Mass Ascension, when the balloons lift off for the day. It’s beyond gorgeous.
Historic Santa Fe
Santa Fe’s historic district is meticulously preserved and offers a look into New Mexico’s Spanish, Mexican, and Native American heritage. Check out the Plaza – the heart of Santa Fe – for shopping, restaurants, and museums. While you’re in town, treat yourself to Southwestern luxury by staying at La Fonda. The upscale vibes and stunning views make it a must-do.
For a bit of authentic New Mexican zen, visit Ghost Ranch for one of their walking meditation adventures. This multiday workshop will reconnect you with Mother Earth through journaling, walking meditation, and other inspirational activities.
We bet you didn’t think New Mexico had its own ski resorts! Located in the southern Rockies 50 miles south of Colorado, Taos is home to world class skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. You really can’t miss with any of Taos’ ski resorts, but we’re partial to Red River. While you’re in Taos, be sure to check out Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the historic downtown area, which offers shopping, dining, and a truly authentic taste of New Mexican culture.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is one of a kind. Take a ranger-led tour through the caves or explore on your own! A hiking trail within the park will lead you to a protected section of the colorful Chihuahuan Desert, the most biologically diverse desert in the Western Hemisphere. In the middle of the desert is Rattlesnake Springs, an oasis and recreation area. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
White Sands National Monument
Also located in the Chihuahuan Desert is White Sands National Monument. You can either hike the dunes or, our recommendation, bring a sled and ride them! The gypsum that makes up the dunes is slippery and acts more like snow than sand, so it’s perfect for sledding. If you choose to hike, make sure you head out to Lake Lucero to see how the dunes form.
If you’re ready for something that’s less active but still mentally stimulating, visit the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Their collection includes art, crafts, and wares from over 100 countries.
Hot Springs at Ojo Caliente
Heal your spirit in Ojo Caliente‘s sacred mineral pools. The resort’s multiple springs contain different minerals and are suited to different health concerns. Stay at the resort for a few days to unwind in each of the springs, as well as with treatments from the on-site spa. All the food served is mindfully sourced and prepared, and much of it comes directly from Ojo Farm.