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Find New Mexico Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to New Mexico.

About New Mexico

Also known as the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico uses this in tourist promotion.

The state capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe.

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States neighbouring New Mexico: Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

New Mexico also borders Mexico.

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Around New Mexico

New Mexico comes from the Spanish name of Nuevo Mexico; given to the region north of Mexico by a Spanish explorer in the 1560s.

New Mexico is still a place to explore and meditate upon, a land rich in history with a light that does wonders to nature's palette.

The State of New Mexico

If you're starting a business, growing a business, or relocating a business you will find all the resources you need at the government of New Mexico's block on the information highway.

Whether you are a citizen, visitor or have a business in New Mexico, the state's official online portal is there for you.

Visit New Mexico 

Every aspect of travel in New Mexico is defined by both culture and adventure; whether you're exploring art galleries, tasting local cuisine, participating in an event or tradition, or spending time outdoors.

The Department of Tourism splits New Mexico into six touristic regions.

Billy the Kid Country

Southeast New Mexico offers epic blue skies, snowy mountain peaks, incredible vistas at White Sands National Park, and the irresistible spectacle of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

These are Billy the Kid's former stomping grounds. This Wild West past has led to a refined present, with fine art, music, and culture.

Headwaters of the Gila & The Rio Grande Valley

This territory of Southwest New Mexico has been the dominion of Old West miners, and now, hopeful space tourists.

You’ll find the rugged solitude of the nation’s first official wilderness area, the vast and beautiful Gila, and the destination towns of Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences, and Silver City.

Heart of Native American Culture

Northwest New Mexico bursts with culture and adventure; from hiking among Ancestral Puebloan dwellings to mountain-biking Slickrock.

The region is home to the Navajo Nation; Zuni, the state's largest pueblo; and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

Heart of New Mexico

The region of Central New Mexico is considered a cultural hub and outdoor playground.

The region offers an abundance of adventures, world-class cuisine, memorable road trips, and internationally recognized festivals and events.

Inspiring Artists and Outdoor Enthusiasts 

The highlights of North Central New Mexico are varied, from the mountain landscapes to natural hot springs and wild rivers.

The region is known for inspiring artists who have worked for generations in Abiquiú, Santa Fe, and Taos.

Where the Plains Meet the Mountains

More plains than peaks, this region’s rippling short-grass prairie is dotted with hidden lakes./p>

Once the domain of Santa Fe Trail pioneers and cattle barons, Northeast New Mexico r remains home to working ranches, rugged Westerners, and fabled stops along Route 66.

Southern New Mexico Attractions

Along with being the centre of commerce and culture in Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces is surrounded by beautiful vistas and abundant wildlife.

Close by, are the Organ Mountains, White Sands and the Gila Wilderness. As an added bonus, the region is blessed with sunshine 350 days of the year.

Skiing in New Mexico 

New Mexico is a perfect destination for a family ski vacation. Ski or snowboard in sunshine and fresh powder with small liftlines and rich culture.

Native Americans

New Mexico honours its Native American and Spanish heritage in many historical sites.

Acoma Pueblo is believed to be the oldest continually occupied settlement in the United States.

Other Native American sites in New Mexico include the Aztec Ruins National Monument, and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Santa Fe

Situated near the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is particularly well known for its Native American and Spanish-style handicrafts.

The wonderful light, pleasant climate and adobe buildings make Santa Fe a year-round tourist attraction and a popular place for creative vibes.

Artists enjoy the warm light of Santa Fe, where many of the buildings seem like an exhibit themselves.

Historical Santa Fe

The Plaza de Santa Fe has been the centre of town since its founding in 1610.

The Palace of the Governors was built by the Spanish in 1610 and is the oldest public building in the United States.

Santa Santa Fe's Mission of San Miguel, also dating from 1610, is one of the oldest churches in the country too.

American troops occupied Santa Fe during the Mexican War and New Mexico was ceded to the United States two years later, in 1848.

Bandelier National Monument 

Bandelier National Monument is 40 miles north-west of Santa Fe and features amazing Pueblos and cliff dwellings.

There are also some fifty miles of hiking trails that lead to interesting cave and canyon discoveries.

Santa Fe Museums

Santa Fe has many museums and private galleries, and is home to the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Santa Fe New Mexican

Founded in 1849, the Santa Fe New Mexican is the oldest newspaper in the West.

As well as the latest news, there's guides to the outdoors, the arts and events of interest to Santa Fe visitors.


The Taos area is another favoured retreat of artists and New Agers, after Santa Fe. The many galleries and museums exhibit the results of the Taos inspiration.

Taos Pueblo

Much of the pueblo remains off limits to visitors - would you want hordes of strangers peering into your home?

If you want to record what you can see, then you have to pay for a camera permit, sketch permit, or painting permit.

For the prices that some of the paintings go for, it's not surprising that a painting permit costs more.

Picuris Pueblo is 20 miles south of Taos, less visited, and more friendly. Things could always change.


Gallup is a trading centre for Navajo and Zu�i Native American peoples who live nearby. An annual intertribal ceremonial is also held locally.

Chaco Culture

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

The Chaco Culture National Historical Park, in north- western New Mexico, is a testament to a pueblo culture that thrived in the canyon from AD 50 to 1150.

From the ruins it has been established that there was an extensive irrigation system and road network; parts of which are still visible.

The largest and best-preserved site is Pueblo Bonito, a 10th-century, five-storey building.


The largest city in New Mexico is more than just a transport hub for people passing through.

Albuquerque is a perfect vacation or convention destination. It boasts world class restaurants, shopping, water and mountain sports, and excellent accommodations.

Albuquerque Conventions and Visitors Bureau:
20 First Plaza NW, Suite 601, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Do yourself a favour and make a stop here to discover the Spanish flavour in Old Town Albuquerque.

If only more historic locations would have preserved their heritage instead of ripping out the guts of a city for characterless skyscrapers.

Kirkland Air Force Base

The chilling site of the National Atomic Museum is at 20358 Wyoming Blvd., a few miles south-east of downtown Albuquerque.

Nearby are the Sandia Mountains; several Native American pueblos, notably at Coronado State Monument; and Petroglyph State Park, with old Native American and Spanish carvings on lava.

Carlsbad Caverns

The Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in the semiarid foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains in south-eastern New Mexico.

With about 28 miles of explored corridors and chambers, deep below the earth's surface, the caverns are one of the largest and oldest cave systems in the world.

The caverns are believed to have been hollowed out, beginning about 60 million years ago, by the dissolving action of water on limestone.

Nearly one million bats inhabit the caverns, emerging nightly from May to October in search of insects.

Established as a national monument in 1923, Carlsbad Caverns became a national park in 1930.

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