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TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS IN NEW MEXICO


Bandelier National Monument White Sands National Monument Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in New Mexico!

If you love the American Southwest, don't overlook New Mexico. New Mexico is often overshadowed by its neighboring states, but it would be a shame for you to bypass it. There are excellent attractions to be found all across the state, including geologic wonders, the world's largest gypsum dunes, deep caves, and Native American ruins and cultural sites.

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of New Mexico. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

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ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS ATTRACTION SO GREAT?
Albuquerque Biological Park Zoo / Aquarium / Botanical Garden Albuquerque several different family-friendly attractions
Aztec Ruins National Monument Ancient Ruins Aztec impressive ancient ruins and reconstructed kivas
Bandelier National Monument Cliff-Dwellings / Ancient Ruins / Hiking Trails Los Alamos impressive ancient ruins (some of which you can enter)
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness / Bisti Badlands Geologic Attraction / Hoodoos Farmington some of the most fascinating "hoodoos" in the U.S.A.
Canyon Road Shopping / Art Galleries Santa Fe dozens of art galleries
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Cave / Cave Tours / Wildlife Viewing (bats) Carlsbad Caverns NP amazing natural cave; self & guided tours available
Chaco Culture National Historical Park Ancient Ruins Nageezi one of the premier ancient ruins sites in the Southwest
City of Rocks State Park Geologic Attraction / Camping Deming impressive rock formations and fantastic camping
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Scenic Railroad Chama one of the premier scenic railroad trips in the U.S.A.
El Morro National Monument Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / Petroglyphs Ramah interesting sandstone formations & petroglyphs
Explora Science Center & Children's Museum Children's Museum Albuquerque interesting sandstone formations
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Cliff-Dwellings / Ancient Ruins / Pictographs Silver City outstanding cliff dwellings
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Nat. Monument Geologic Attraction / Hiking Trails / Views Cochiti Pueblo unique geologic features that look like tents
Museum of International Folk Art Art Museum Santa Fe world's largest traditional folk art museum
New Mexico History Museum History Museum Santa Fe well-regarded history museum
Puye Cliff Dwellings Cliff-Dwellings / Ancient Ruins Espanola remarkable cliff dwellings & ruins
Sandia Peak Tramway Aerial Tramway / Scenic Views Albuquerque one of the top 10 aerial tramways in the USA
Santa Fe Opera House Theater / Opera Santa Fe one of the most famous operas in the USA
Sky City Cultural Center / Acoma Pueblo History Museum / Native American Attraction Grants historic buildings & Native American culture exhibits
St. Francis Cathedral Church / Chapel Santa Fe oldest Madonna statue in North American
Taos Ski Valley Skiing / Snowboarding Taos #1 ski & snowboard resort in NM
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Petroglyphs Three Rivers one of the best petroglyph sites in the Southwest
Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park Memorial Angel Fire stunning memorial placed in a beautiful location
Wheeler Peak Mountain / Hiking Trails / State Highpoint Red River great hiking & views on the highpoint of NM
White Sands National Monument Sand Dunes / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Alamogordo absolutely beautiful white dunes (made of gypsum)

start of the Natural Entrance tour of Carlsbad Caverns National Park
start of the Natural Entrance tour of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe
St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe

White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument

World's Largest Pistachio, McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch
World's Largest Pistachio, McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch

ancient ruins, Bandelier National Monument
ancient ruins, Bandelier National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Four Corners monument (NM, TX, AZ & CO)
Four Corners monument (NM, TX, AZ & CO)

state welcoming sign
state welcoming sign

cave formations in the Big Room of Carlsbad Caverns National Park
cave formations in the Big Room of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

UFO Museum & Research Center, Roswell
UFO Museum & Research Center, Roswell

Walmart sign in Roswell
Walmart sign in Roswell

RUNNER-UPS: ATTRACTIONS THAT ALMOST MADE THE TOP 25 LIST



Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of New Mexico that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY
Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum History Museum Albuquerque
Capulin Volcano National Monument Volcanic Attraction / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Capulin
El Malpais National Monument Volcanic Attraction / Lava Tube / Hiking Trails Grants
El Santuario de Chimayo Church / Chapel Chimayo
Four Corners Monument Monument / Roadside Attraction Teec Nos Pos (NM)
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Art Museum Santa Fe
Ghost Ranch Nature Park / Scenic Views / Hiking Trails / Horseback Riding Abiquiu
High Road to Taos Scenic Drive Multiple towns
International UFO Museum & Research Center Offbeat / Unusual Museum Roswell
Loretto Chapel Church / Chapel Santa Fe
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, The Science Museum Albuquerque
New Mexico Museum of Space History Space Museum / Planetarium / Movie Theater Alamogordo
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa Hot Springs / Lodging Ojo Caliente
Petroglyph National Monument Petroglyphs Albuquerque
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Bridge El Prado
Riverbend Hot Springs Hot Springs / Lodging Truth or Consequences
Taos Pueblo Ancient Ruins Taos
Ten Thousand Waves Hot Springs / Spa Santa Fe
Very Large Array / National Radio Astronomy Observatory Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Socorro
World's Largest Pistachio / McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch  Shopping / Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Alamogordo

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