Family Vacations in New Mexico

NPS Photo by Peter Jones. On New Mexico hiking trails, visitors will trek through wildflowers and Ponderosa Pine, streams and lava tubes, and explore cliffs and natural arches.

Brimming with lakes and rivers, parks and deserts, and ski areas and scenic byways, New Mexico offers visitors to the Land of Enchantment endless opportunities to play, to learn, and to explore diverse landscapes.

During the day, families can take advantage of New Mexico’s numerous bike trails or hiking paths or spend hours exploring one of New Mexico’s many museums or monuments. Backcountry camping is also high on the list of "best things to do" in New Mexico.


With no shortage of festivals, fiestas and world-famous cuisine, families will spend their nights learning about ancient cultures and customs, singing and dancing, and sampling unique New Mexico cuisine.

In the following article, you’ll find profiles of some of the state’s major attractions, activities, festivals, museums, and special events. Included is contact information to help you plan your trip as well as photos of each destination. Here’s a preview:

Taos Pueblo

The Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico is the oldest continuously occupied structure on the continent. Dating back to a.d. 1000, its adobe walls today house about 150 Taos Native Americans who maintain the ancient traditions of their ancestors.

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns contains 113 caves. More than 30 miles of the main cavern have been explored, and the three miles of caves that are open to visitors are among the largest and most magnificent underground formations in the world.

Sante Fe

Sante Fe, the second oldest city in the United States, is rich with excellent museums, and filled with numerous galleries that exhibit exquisite southwestern art, shops that offer the best in fashion, and sophisticated restaurants.

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

Hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes, and colors fill the fall sky during Albuquerque's balloon festival, the largest of its kind in the world.

New Mexico Missions

Visit New Mexico's famous 17th century churches.


Visitors flock to Roswell's International UFO Museum and Research Center to review the details of the bizarre events that took place in Roswell, New Mexico on July 4, 1947.

New Mexico's many treasures, oddities, and natural wonders bring visitors throughout the year. Continue to the next page to find out about Taos Pueblo.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • New Mexico State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in New Mexico, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.