Los Alamos & Northern New Mexico

Los Alamos & Northern New Mexico

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 …

Gallup & Northwest New Mexico

Gallup & Northwest New Mexico

Route 66 cuts a swath through this colorful town dotted with nine mural commissions. It’s a mecca for made-at-the-source Native American art and outdoor recreation. HOTELS John Wayne hung his Stetson at El Rancho Hotel, where he and other Hollywood stars stayed while filming Westerns in the 1930s and ’40s. At its New Mexican and American food restaurant, order the …

Ruidoso & Southeast New Mexico

Ruidoso & Southeast New Mexico

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 …

Las Cruces & Southwest New Mexico

Las Cruces & Southwest New Mexico

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 …