Must-see attractions in Central New Mexico

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico– April 30th, 2017: Meow Wolf art collective in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. Open to the public the main exhibit is the The House of Eternal Return..; Shutterstock ID 632888321; Your name (First / Last): Alexander Howard; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Southwest POIs

    Meow Wolf

    Santa Fe

    If you've been hankering for a trip to another dimension but have yet to find a portal, the House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf could be the place for…

  • Taos Pueblo

    Central New Mexico

    The Pueblo is centered on twin five-story adobe complexes, set on either side of the Río Pueblo de Taos, against the stunning backdrop of the Sangre de…

  • Santa Fe, NM: People outside the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe, NM on a winter day.

    Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    Santa Fe

    With 10 beautifully lit galleries in a rambling 20th-century adobe, this museum boasts the world's largest collection of O'Keeffe’s work. She’s best known…

  • El Santuario de Chimayo pilgrimage site in New Mexico.

    El Santuario de Chimayó

    Santa Fe Region

    Often called the Lourdes of America, the chapel was built in 1816, over a spot of earth said to have miraculous healing properties. The faithful come to…

  • The facade of the Albuquerque Museum.

    Albuquerque Museum


    Formerly known as the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, this showpiece museum shouldn't be missed. With an engaging Albuquerque history gallery that's…

  • New Mexico, Albuquerque, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

    Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


    Collectively run by New Mexico's 19 Pueblos, this cultural center is an essential stop-off during even the shortest Albuquerque visit. Revamped in 2016,…

  • New Mexico, Santa Fe, Museum Hill, Museum of International Folk Art

    Museum of International Folk Art

    Santa Fe

    Santa Fe’s most unusual and exhilarating museum centers on the world's largest collection of folk art. Its huge main gallery displays whimsical and mind…

  • Bandelier National Monument

    Santa Fe Region

    Bandelier's 1.2-mile Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon offers an excellent introduction to the main ruins and history of the park. The trail first passes…

  • SANTA FE, NM - OCTOBER 20, 2013: An adobe structure on Santa Fe, New Mexico's historic Plaza is home to the New Mexico Museum of Art. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

    The Plaza

    Santa Fe

    For more than 400 years, the Plaza has stood at the heart of Santa Fe. Originally it marked the far northern end of the Camino Real from Mexico; later, it…

  • Millicent Rogers Museum


    Rooted in the private collection of model and oil heiress Millicent Rogers, who moved to Taos in 1947, this superb museum, 4 miles northwest of the Plaza,…

  • Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

    Santa Fe

    This top-quality museum sets out to trace the origins and history of the various Native American peoples of the entire Southwest, and explain and…

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - August 2, 2016: Exterior of American International Rattlesnake Museum, Old Town Albuquerque.

    American International Rattlesnake Museum


    Anyone charmed by snakes and all things slithery will find this museum fascinating; for ophidiophobes, it’s a complete nightmare, filled with the world’s…

  • Bradbury Science Museum

    Santa Fe Region

    You can't actually visit the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the first atomic bomb was conceived, but the Bradbury Science Museum has compelling…

  • TAOS, NEW MEXICO-AUGUST 13: Building materials sit outside an earthship being built in Taos on August 13, 2014. Earthships are environmentally friendly homes made of recycled materials.
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    Numbering 70 Earthships, with capacity for 60 more, Taos’ pioneering community was the brainchild of architect Michael Reynolds. Built with recycled…

  • Garden Canopy at the Albuquerque Botanical Garden; Shutterstock ID 1404076877; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Botanic Garden


    The twin highlights in this peaceful park are the two large conservatories of Mediterranean and desert plants. You'll also find formal Japanese gardens, a…

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - March 18, 2013: The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in downtown Santa Fe focuses primarily on Native American Art.

    Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

    Santa Fe

    Primarily showing work by the students and faculty of the esteemed Institute of American Indian Arts, this museum also has the finest contemporary…

  • Ghost Ranch

    Santa Fe Region

    From 1934 onwards, before she made her home in Abiquiú, Georgia O'Keeffe lived and worked for extended periods on a dude ranch amid the colorful bluffs 15…

  • Los Alamos Historical Museum

    Santa Fe Region

    Several historic sites along Bathtub Row comprise this engaging museum, which spotlights the most notable inhabitants of the mesa. Pay admission and pick…

  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge


    Constructed in 1965, this vertigo-inducing steel bridge carries Hwy 64 across the Rio Grande about 12 miles northwest of Taos. It’s the seventh-highest…

  • Alcove House

    Santa Fe Region

    Perched 450ft above the canyon floor, this lofty ceremonial cave is reached by climbing four ladders. At the top you'll find a reconstructed kiva. There's…

  • The ranch and memorial containing the ashes of the late novelist D.H. Lawrence, known for writing Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) and The Rainbow (1915), is located 20 miles north of Taos on a mountain slope. Fans all over the world visit the remote location to pay respects to one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. (Photo by Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images)
DH Lawrence Ranch & Memorial

    DH Lawrence Ranch & Memorial


    In 1924, Mabel Dodge Luhan gave DH Lawrence's wife, Frieda, this 160-acre ranch, now administered by the University of New Mexico, where the Lawrence…

  • DGY2CB Petroglyph on Mesa Point trail in Boca Negra Canyon section of the Petrogrlyph National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

    Petroglyph National Monument


    The lava fields preserved in this large desert park, west of the Rio Grande, are adorned with more than 23,000 ancient petroglyphs (1000 BC–AD 1700)…

  • A cable car at the Sandia Peak Tramway approaching the top of Sandia Mountain, with the city of Albuquerque in the background.

    Sandia Peak Tramway


    The United States' longest aerial tram climbs 2.7 miles from the desert floor in the northeast corner of the city to the summit of 10,378ft Sandia Crest…

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    St Francis Cathedral

    Santa Fe

    Santa Fe’s French-born bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy – hero of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop – set about building this cathedral in 1869. Its…

  • This historic rancho, now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or stopping point along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico. | Location: near Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

    Rancho de las Golondrinas

    Santa Fe

    Built as a fortified residence along the Camino Real, the 'Ranch of the Swallows' is nearly as old as Santa Fe itself. Now it’s a 200-acre living museum,…

  • SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, USA, April, 4, 2014: Exterior view of the New Mexico Museum of Art, downtown, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    New Mexico Museum of Art

    Santa Fe

    Built in 1917 and a prime early example of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Revival architecture, the New Mexico Museum of Art has spent a century collecting and…

  • Polar Bear at the Albuquerque Zoo; Shutterstock ID 927801; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    ABQ BioPark Zoo


    Set on 60 shady acres beside the Rio Grande and home to chimpanzees, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles and more, this zoo puts on a busy schedule of events…

  • Statue of Our Lady and Sanctuary of Guadalupe near downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; Shutterstock ID 1475202815; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Santuario de Guadalupe

    Santa Fe

    The oldest shrine in the US to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico, this adobe church was constructed between 1776 and 1796, though there have…

  • San Miguel Mission

"Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - March 18, 2013: People walking past the beautiful Mission San Miguel in the historic old town section of Santa Fe."
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    San Miguel Mission

    Santa Fe

    Erected from 1610 onwards, by and for the Tlaxcalan Indians who arrived from Mexico with Santa Fe’s first Spanish colonists, this is considered to be the…

  • New Mexico State Capitol Building The Roundhouse in Santa Fe NM USA

    State Capitol

    Santa Fe

    New Mexico’s State Capitol, informally known as the Roundhouse, was laid out in the shape of the state symbol – also the emblem of Zia Pueblo – in 1966…

  • April 3, 2019: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA: Sculptures outside of Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, with desert landscape and mountains
Sculptures outside of Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian - stock photo

    Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

    Santa Fe

    Mary Cabot established this museum in 1937 to showcase Navajo ceremonial art, and its major strength is Navajo and Zuni jewelry, in particular silverwork…

  • Interior of Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, new Mexico, USA

    Loretto Chapel

    Santa Fe

    Built in 1878 for the Sisters of Loretto, this tiny Gothic chapel is famous as the site of St Joseph's Miraculous Staircase, a spiraling and apparently…

  • Explora Science Learning Centre and Childrens Museum. (Photo by: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico



    From the lofty high-wire bike to the mind-boggling Light, Shadow, Color area, this gung-ho museum offers a hands-on exhibit for every type of child (don't…

  • A couple looking at the 285,000 gallon shark tank at the Aquarium in Biological Park. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
ABQ BioPark Aquarium

    ABQ BioPark Aquarium


    The ABQ BioPark Aquarium, a few blocks west of Old Town and the centerpiece of the northern segment of the ABQ BioPark, holds a 285,000-gallon tank where…

  • 2AAK5JC San Felipe De Neri Church, built in 1793 and the only building in Old Town Albuquerque New Mexico that dates back to the Spanish colonial period.

    San Felipe de Neri Church


    Dating in its present incarnation from 1793, the facade of this adobe church now provides Old Town's most famous photo op. Mass is celebrated Sunday,…

  • Monastery of Christ in the Desert

    Santa Fe Region

    Day visitors are welcome at this ecosustainable Benedictine monastery, set in a secluded geological wonderland, for a unique spiritual-architectural…

  • Valles Caldera National Preserve

    Santa Fe Region

    Ever wondered what the crater of a dormant supervolcano looks like 1.25 million years after it first blows? At Valles Caldera, the prehistoric explosion…

  • Tsankawi Ruins

    Santa Fe Region

    On the way to the main canyon you'll pass these little-visited ruins, located near the intersection of Hwy 502 and Hwy 4. If you're out for a full day and…

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