The Ultimate New Mexico Bucket List

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New Mexico has an abundance of culture-rich activities to do. Whether you are familiar with New Mexico or are a first-time visitor, there are experiences for everyone! Below is a bucket list to browse, so be sure to check the list out before your next trip.

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Authentic Mexican food is not in short supply in New Mexico. Broaden your pallet and truly immerse yourself in New Mexico’s culture by visiting any authentic Mexican restaurant in the area.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Thousands of people from all different places travel to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world. This annual fiesta takes place every October for nine days and is a must-see to cross off of your bucket list.

New Mexico’s Hot Springs

Soaking in steamy natural springs is a popular activity in New Mexico. Depending on which location you visit, you can relax in a more primitive or developed spring.

Hatch Chile Festival

Hatch, New Mexico is the chile capital of the world, so there is nowhere better to grab a bowl of goodness. Enough said, don’t you think?

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

New Mexico is famous for this bridge which is just as grand as the name. The Rio Grande gorge bridge sits 800 feet above the river valley.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

If your trip lands sometime in November, you can go to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge during the festival of Cranes. 

New Mexico’s Pueblos

New Mexico has plenty of rich history. The Taos Pueblo is a world heritage site filled with culture and beautiful views of Acoma Sky City.

White Sands National Monument

There doesn’t have to be snow to sled. The White Sands National Monument’s stunning white sand dunes make for a fun activity to sled down. Put the world’s largest gypsum dune field on your bucket list.

Sandia Peak Tramway

The Sandia Peak Tramway has some of the most beautiful views in New Mexico. Get your tickets in advance and plan to go to one of the three peak-top restaurants.

Four Corners Monument

Have you ever been to four states at once? If you visit the Four Corners Monument you can say you have!

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Lincoln is a well-preserved wild western town, where the Lincoln County Wars took place. Make sure to stop by this historic cultural landmark.

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