Travel & Culture

Restless In New Mexico

In “Restless In” series, Annie and Juliet talk about what they did in a particular city – good and bad. This includes places they visited, restaurants they tried, and activities they did, as well as what they thought of them. Check out other city reviews here.

New Mexico was a huge shocker for me. I have never heard anybody ever talk about New Mexico, so I had no expectations going in. And thank goodness because I was blown away (in a good way) everywhere I went in New Mexico.

I have to go back to New Mexico and just chill out there. The overall vibe of New Mexico is very chill and outdoorsy – very much my style. My favorite things to do in New Mexico:

1. Get lost intentionally at Bisti Badlands

Oh, Niko. What a cute and sexy dog that I met at Bisti Badlands. This is #1 on this list for a reason – by far my favorite place in New Mexico! I wrote a separate post about Bisti Badlands, check it out here.

2. Breathe fresh air at Taos

Taos is about a 45-minute drive north of Santa Fe, sitting at a pretty high elevation while also at the base of other mountains. It’s a small town and very relaxing up there. Taos must have had the freshest air that I breathed in for a while. There’s several things to do in Taos: all the small shopping areas and art galleries, the Gorge (pictured), check out the only living Native American community at Taos Pueblo, and visit completely off-the-grid homes called Earthships Biotectures.

3. Sledding at White Sands National Monument

I wrote about my time at White Sands National Park here – definitely check it out!

4. Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns is very similar to Mammoth Caves in Kentucky, but Carlsbad Caverns is much bigger and cooler. If you are around Mammoth Caves in Kentucky and have time to go, though, it definitely is worth the trip! Then whenever you do come to Carlsbad Caverns, you’ll realize how humongous these caves can get and how gorgeous and amazing nature is.

I only had 2 hours to spend in Carlsbad Caverns, and the rangers recommended to walk around the Big Room. The Big Room is the 5th largest chamber in North America and the 28th largest in the world. It does take a while to walk through the place! I definitely need to go back.

5. Hot springs at Truth or Consequences

The town Truth or Consequences sits on top of hot springs on the Rio Grande River, which makes for a beautiful and relaxed afternoon getaway. The prices aren’t ridiculous either, which made me even happier. What a great place to escape from your hectic day-to-day shenanigans.

Have you ever been to New Mexico? If so, what did you do?


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