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Home to beautiful and awe-inspiring places like Carlsbad Caverns National Park, delicious cuisine, and a rich culture, New Mexico is a great state to visit! Here are seven original ideas for things to do on your next trip there.


The Tinkertown Museum is a truly one-of-a-kind art gallery located in Sandia Park, New Mexico. The museum features the works of Ross Ward. Ward originally built the prints and sculptures as part of a traveling exhibit, which he would take to carnivals in the 60s and 70s. They eventually found permanent residence in what is now known as the Tinkertown Museum , where his eccentric works are shown today. The museum is located about 20 minutes from Albuquerque and is open for its summer season from April 29 through November 1.


2. Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area

New Mexico may be best known for its desert environment, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally without options for enjoying a day at the beach. Head to Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area for a beautiful lakeside outing. Popular activities at Lake Carlsbad include swimming off the sandy beach, boating, and fishing.

Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area

3. White Square

It’s a great option for photographers looking to visit New Mexico. The white piece consists of stunning limestone formations and, overhanging casts and shapes that resemble shark fins. Plaza Blanca is located near the Arizona border. Due to recent fires in the area, you may want to double-check any currently relevant closures or diversions in the area depending on which direction you are coming from.

White Square

4. Meow Wolf Santa Fe

If you are already familiar with the other Meow Wolf locations, you already know that their Santa Fe location is sure to provide a memorable and one-of-a-kind experience. If you’re not, Meow Wolf is an immersive art exhibit that will bend your sense of reality. Tickets are available online.

meow wolf santa fe

5. Jemez Hot Springs

Another thing that New Mexico may not be known for is its hot springs. However, a trip to Jemez Hot Springs can be an enjoyable and relaxing outing. Located about an hour from Albuquerque, Jemez Hot Springs offers mineral water pools that are perfect for letting your worries melt away. Day-use packages are available, with slots ranging from one to two hours. The Springs also offers overnight accommodations for those looking to spend a weekend to get away from it all and relax.

Jemez Hot Springs

6. Roswell UFO Spacewalk

The Roswell Incident is probably one of the most famous events in New Mexico. Supposedly, a spacecraft crashed near the small town of Roswell decades ago. Whether you believe it or not, stopping by the Roswell UFO spacewalk is sure to be a fun time. The spacewalk is an interactive black light art experience. You’ll traverse glowing paths and pass spaceships and aliens on your tour. It’s a great option for adults and kids!

Roswell UFO spacewalk

7. La Cienguilla Petroglyph Site

The Petroglyph National Monument is probably the best-known site of ancient art in the state. However, this is far from the only option. Another lesser-known destination is the petroglyph site of La Cienguilla. Located outside the city of Santa Fe, you’ll embark on a short 10-minute hike from the parking lot to the site where the petroglyphs are located.

La Cienguilla Petroglyph Site

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