You’ll never want to leave after this culturally vibrant western state puts you under its spell.
New Mexico is called the ‘Land of Enchantment' for a reason, and one epic adventure through its otherworldly landscapes, Pueblo-style streets, jaw-dropping national parks, and eerily quiet ghost towns will have you feelin’ the magic. Travel like you never have before and follow your guide through this varied, expansive, and entirely extraordinary state, stopping to appreciate the Indigenous American and Spanish influences and marvel at the desert scenery millions of years in the making. If you want to sample some local food favorites, join us for a legendary trip you’ll want to relive over and over again on our tours and holidays in New Mexico.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
There are a number of ways you can get to New Mexico with flying, self-driving, and catching public transport among the most popular ones. New Mexico has several airports offering flights in and out of the state with Albuquerque's international airport being the busiest. You can also embark on an epic road trip if you're traveling from a neighboring state or catch public transportation via bus/coach and train/rail systems.
Again, there are a number of ways to move around New Mexico with the most popular one being catching public transport via the state's Greyhound/Trailways bus lines. You can also fly between destinations as New Mexico has over 50 commercial airports for passengers to use. Driving from destination to destination is also popular as it's a good way to see as much of New Mexico's beautiful scenery as possible.
The climate in New Mexico is categorized as being mild and arid as most of the state is made up of desert landscapes leaving summers to get quite hot. July is the hottest month out of the year with temperatures averaging around 88F, making it one of the hottest states in the United States. Despite experiencing a high level of heat throughout the year, New Mexico enjoys little to no humidity and also sees snowfall seven months out of the year.
The months of May, August, and September are considered the best time to travel to New Mexico as the weather is milder than in the summer months but still warm enough to enjoy spending time outdoors. If you're into skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities, New Mexico experiences a snow season from mid-December to April so that can also be a popular time to travel to the state.
Deciding what to pack for your trip to New Mexico often largely depends on what kind of vacation you intend on having. If you're keen to do some exploring of the state's breathtaking landscapes and hike through its various national parks then comfortable walking shoes, a backpack or day bag, and a reusable drink bottle is advised. If you're traveling in summer, make sure to pack t-shirts, shorts, dresses, and hats, as well as sunscreen to protect your skin.
New Mexico is full of breathtaking national parks each with its own unique formations and history. Suitable for avid outdoor-lovers and for those who just want to appreciate a bit of nature, these are the best national parks in New Mexico:
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- White Sands National Monument
- Bandelier National Monument
- Kasha Katuwe National Monument
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Read more about the national parks in New Mexico here.
Surprisingly there are over 60 ghost towns scattered around New Mexico, most of them being classified as 'neglected', 'abandoned', or 'historic' depending on how many buildings remain. If you're a history buff and are fascinated by the lives people lived centuries ago then check out these top ghost towns in New Mexico:
- Lake Valley
Read more about the ghost towns of New Mexico here.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects.
Eden Reforestation Projects
Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe.