Las Cruces New Mexico

Las Cruces

Home to New Mexico State University, this sun-bathed city delivers golf for days, chile-laden meals fresh from the field, and outdoor recreation in the Organ Mountains. HOTELS Las Cruces has a solid stock of brand-name hotels. Its resident boutique property, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, drips with Spanish and Mexican Colonial style and offers poolside lounging and a swanky blue-hued …

Las Cruces Day Trips

Las Cruces Day Trips

Anchored by the destination towns of Truth or Consequences and Silver City, this region is also home to the nation’s first official wilderness area, the Gila. 1 TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Set 75 miles north of Las Cruces, this town is known for its mineral hot springs. Eleven resorts with pools compose the Hot Springs Bathhouse Historic and Commercial District. Excursions …

Ruidoso

Set in the shadow of Sierra Blanca Peak and the Lincoln National Forest, this mountain getaway offers skiing, horse racing, and historic destinations. HOTELS Hotel Ruidoso — one of the newest hotels in town — sits in the town center with comfortable, business-travel-style surrounds. Just off the main drag, Shadow Mountain Lodge and Cabins has cozy, family-friendly lodgings that feel like visiting …

Ruidoso Day Trips

Ruidoso Day Trips

Southeast New Mexico is home to a handful of bucket-list destinations; these four topped our list. 1 CARLSBAD The Carlsbad Museum & Art Center exhibits a small but first-rate collection that includes paintings by the Taos Society of Artists and photographs of the caverns. The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park features 40 native wildlife species along garden paths lined with …

Gallup Day Trips

Gallup Day Trips

Native American communities, dynamic cities, and cultural and geological wonders dot this corner of the state. 1 BISTI/DE-NA-ZIN WILDERNESS Between Gallup and Farmington, these badlands have an austere beauty. Hoodoos, pinnacles, and other unusual formations crop up across the timeworn landscape. The nearly 42,000-acre wilderness area doesn’t have established trails, so a map, a compass, and an intrepid spirit are called …

Los Alamos New Mexico

Los Alamos

Los Alamos boasts more Ph.D.s per capita than nearly any town in the U.S., so visitors are likely to rub elbows with nuclear physicists on the trails, on the slopes, and over a pint of craft beer. HOTELS Beyond a stock of chain hotels, Pueblo Canyon Inn offers comfortable rooms and casitas. A short drive away, Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast captures …

Los Alamos Day Trips

Los Alamos Day Trips

These adventures in the mountainous terrain of northern New Mexico bring zip line thrill rides and laid-back tours of historic properties. 1 ANGEL FIRE RESORT This family-friendly ski area features 80 runs. It’s known for its three terrain parks, and it’s the only place in the state with night skiing. A Nordic center offers groomed cross-country ski runs. Come summer, that …

Taos Plaza

Plaza – Taos

Taos’ history as a Spanish village, Mexican and U.S. territory, and art colony centers on the plaza and its surrounding streets, which stretch from the center like spokes on a wagon wheel. HOTELS Historic Taos Inn has been a mainstay since 1936. It’s welcomed the likes of Greta Garbo and Robert Redford, and guests get the star treatment — Taos-style, at …

Taos New Mexico

Beyond The Plaza – Taos

Home of the renowned Taos Pueblo, the town’s outskirts also deliver live music venues, craft beers, a notable ski area, and earth-friendly lodgings. HOTELS Be a modern-day hippie at Hotel Luna Mystica, which captures Taos’ counterculture vibe with a dozen restored vintage trailers. Dating to 1931, the recently restored Sagebrush Inn and Suites offers 156 quintessentially Southwest rooms and suites to …