New Mexico Vacation Spot

New Mexico Vacation Spot #1:

New Mexico has many natural hot springs that are open to the public. These are great for relaxing with a healthful and rejuvenating hot mineral water bath.

Many are free but offer no amenities. Some examples are Melanie Hot Springs, Gila Hot Springs Vacation Center, Jordan Hot Springs, San Francisco Hot Springs, Turkey Creek Hot Springs and Light Feather Hot Springs.

Some, such as Faywood Hot Springs, have separate clothing-required, clothing-optional, and private bathing areas. Usually there will be other activities available in the area such as horseback riding, hiking, bird watching or massage therapy.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the deepest and largest caverns in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful. A variety of tours are offered year-round. There is a colony of Mexican free-tailed bats that live in Carlsbad Cavern.

During the summer they put on a public display that has made them a world famous tourist attraction. Every sunset half a million bats rise up out of the entrance to seek food. For more experienced cavers there are some 70 other caves open for exploration.

New Mexico Vacation Spot #3:

White Sands National Monument is a huge natural outdoor desert playground. Here, great dunes of gypsum sand have taken over several hundred square miles of the Chihuahuan Desert creating possibly the world's largest gypsum dune field.

Activities include Sightseeing along Dunes Drive; taking a picnic in the Heart of the Dunes area; hiking, camping in the backcountry; viewing the plants and wildlife along the boardwalk.

New Mexico Vacation Spot #4:

The 57,000 acre Bosque Del Apache near Socorro, New Mexico is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. You can hike the many splendid trails that wind through this haven for sandhill cranes, snow geese, mallards, pintails and other birds. It's a great vacation spot for bird watching, hiking or just enjoying peaceful beauty of nature. You can partake in environmental workshops. In November come help celebrate the Festival of the Cranes.

New Mexico Vacation Ideas #5:

Take a train ride through the high country of the Rocky Mountains. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad runs on 64 miles of 1880's vintage mining rail lines. This is an exciting Wild West style trip that takes you to the 10,000-foot Cumbras Pass.

Don't forget to experience the open-air gondola as you travel along the Toltec Gorge of the Rio de los Pinos. The route runs between Cumbres, Arizona and Antonito, New Mexico. The round trip can be done in a day and you will even get to lunch beside an old water tank and stock pens.

New Mexico Vacation Spot #6:

Skyspan Adventures can take your next vacation in New Mexico to new heights. They offer scenic hot air balloon flights over Albuquerque. Take advantage of the year-round perfect flying conditions over The Rio Grande Valley.

Their Champagne flight is early in the morning for a peek at the beautiful New Mexico sunrise over the Sandia Mountains. The City Lights voyage is even earlier so you can watch the city of Albuquerque come to life as darkness gives way to the dawn. They can also arrange flights in Santa Fe, Taos, or Ruidoso.

New Mexico Vacation Spot #7:

Capulin Volcanic National Monument, in northeast New Mexico, is a place where you can walk down into an actual dormant volcano. The Capulin Volcano juts up out of the plains landscape in an almost perfect cone shape. It's 1,000 feet high and the road winds up around it to the rim of the volcano.

Once at the top you can walk down a short trail into the volcano for a look around. Circling the volcano is the mile long Crater Rim Trail. The view up here is a real panoramic look and you can see into three neighboring states.

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