6 Amazing Adventures in New Mexico
Before I moved to New Mexico a couple months ago, I pictured New Mexico as a completely flat arid desert. With nothing to do for miles. I have been pleasantly surprised with just how wrong I was. New Mexico is a hidden gem for adventurers, hikers, and anyone who makes staying active a priority. These are some of the places to go and activities to do that I highly recommend whether you are just passing through New Mexico or staying a while.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Formed by explosive volcanic eruptions these cone shaped rock formations range from a few feet to 90 feet tall and are unlike anything I have seen before. These formations along the mountainous trail provides for some absolutely unique vistas, sights, and photo opportunities.
Get To the Top Of Sandia Peak
Right outside of Albuquerque is Sandia Peak standing 10,000 feet high. The world’s longest aerial tram ride will take you the 2.7 miles up to the top. Or like I did, you can opt for hiking to the top. Be warned though, this hike is not for the weak of heart. The popular La Luz trail is a 7 mile hike to the top and is fairly strenuous. Bring lots of water and snacks.
Carlsbad Caverns is the second largest cave complex in the United States and has the largest single cave room in North America weighing in at 8.2 acres in size. Over 6 football fields could fit in this room! Tours range from a 1.5 mile self-guided tour with audio of the big room to a 4 mile circuit of the lower caverns with a tour guide which will take you through several passage ways that you must crawl through on your stomach. Talk about intense!
Hit Up a Casino
The extensive amount of land owned by the Native American Indians in New Mexico there are many Casinos and resorts to choose from. There are several surrounding Albuquerque, and one in Ruidoso with many outdoor activities to choose from.
Hike the Organ Mountains
Given their name because the main peaks resemble the pipes of an organ these mountains offer a wide range of relaxed easy to hike trails. My personal favorite is the Dripping Springs trail offering several different trails leading to various waterfalls and springs coming out of the rock. An excellent location outside Las Cruces for a leisurely hike while enjoying the peaks and rocks of the mountains above.
White Water Rafting For All Skill Levels
The Rio Grande in New Mexico offers rapids of every level. New Mexico River Adventures offers trips ranging from wicked intense class III and IV rapids including the Taos Box and Razorblades to easy float trips of the Rio Chama