7 off the beaten path places to visit in New Mexico this fall

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New Mexico is a beautiful state in the southwestern part of the country. While temperatures can soar in the summer there, fall can be perfect to visit as you can enjoy the mild weather and fully appreciate all the beauty of the state. If you’re planning a trip to New Mexico, here are seven off-the-beaten-track things to do there this fall.

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1. Take a ghost and history tour

If you’re looking for something spooky to do this fall in New Mexico, consider a ghost tour! This state is full of supposedly haunted places and spooky stories. A tour like the ones offered by AbqTours in Albequerque details some of this history, as well as some more mundane history. For those who want to enjoy a tour on their own time, or just learn about the history covered before visiting, AbqTours also offers virtual tours! Tickets are available online and in person.

Travel to a ghost and history tour

2. Visit White Sands National Park

This stunning wilderness area offers a unique, almost otherworldly setting, thanks to its shimmering white sand dunes. While White Sands National Monument is a bit more popular than some of the other suggestions on this list, it also offers a unique experience.

Trips to White Sands National Park

3. Visit The White Place

White Sands National Park isn’t the only area in New Mexico with a striking white color. If you’re looking to get some stunning photos during your trip to New Mexico, look no further than The White Place. This beautiful area is exactly as its name describes: the white sandstone cliffs create an almost otherworldly appearance. The best time to see White Place is generally on a sunny day, as the sandstone cliffs are most striking in bright sunlight. This makes fall a great time to visit, as you can go out when the sun is at its highest and not have to deal with the high temperatures.

visit the white place

4. Explore the Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway

New Mexico is home to several scenic byways, but the Jemez Mountain Scenic Byway stands apart thanks to its unique volcanic history. This 132-mile loop in northern New Mexico offers visitors magnificent views of a volcanic caldera. It also takes you through various hiking spots with unique attractions, including a short trail to a waterfall.

5. Check out Hyde Memorial State Park

New Mexico may not be known for its fall leaf displays, but there are still a few places you can go to see some beautiful fall color. Hyde Memorial State Park is one of those places. This beautiful state park offers visitors opportunities for camping, hiking, and some seasonal activities like swimming or snow tubing.

Hyde Memorial State Park

6. Visit the town of Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico has an interesting claim to fame: It’s home to the southernmost ski resort in the United States. However, winter sports are not all it has to offer. This charming city is a great destination at any time of the year. Visitors can expect countless things to do, from visiting local wineries to seeing the stunning wilderness, dotted with lakes and lush trees, that surrounds the city.

7. Stop by the Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch

If you’re looking to get into the fall spirit, what better way than to visit a pumpkin patch? Whether you’re looking for future perfect or just a fall decoration, the Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch has you covered. It’s also home to a variety of other activities, including a petting zoo and miniature golf, making it a great option for families.

Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch

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