Best time to visit New Mexico

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Best time of year to visit New Mexico

New Mexico’s mild, sunny winters are an ideal time for sightseeing in the southern part of the state. In the summer, sweltering, dry weather serves as the backdrop for events like the AlienFest in the northern region. From Albuquerque and further north, winter in New Mexico produces noticeably cold and snowy weather. But what could be more perfect for the avid skiers attacking Taos and other top ski resorts in the area? June through August offer a pleasantly warm climate, just right for exploring the mountains. Without a doubt, September and October are deemed to be the best time to visit New Mexico, as early fall boasts temperate weather all around the state. Annual events such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta or New Mexico State Fair are held in the fall. Middle to late spring is the time to visit the desert areas, which are in bloom with endless arrays of vibrant wildflowers.

8 THINGS TO DO IN NEW MEXICO (OCTOBER 01 - OCTOBER 10)

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 2–10, 2021 • event

Come and share incredible emotions where hundreds of colorful balloons fill the sky over Albuquerque

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

late May–late October • activity

Take a picturesque steam train trip through the American West that you will never forget

New Mexico Fall Colors

New Mexico Fall Colors

October • nature

Go on a golden aspen pilgrimage throughout New Mexico

Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo

Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo

September 29–October 3, 2021 • event

A celebration of the region's agricultural roots with some quality family time in Las Cruces

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

September–October  • nature

Thousands of spiders can be spotted on roads, trails, and even in backyards

Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

all year round (best time: September–November) • nature

This open-air natural museum attracts visitors by its uniquely pristine landscapes

Gilman Tunnels

Gilman Tunnels

May–November  • activity

Take a ride through the old railway tunnels

Santa Rosa Blue Hole

Santa Rosa Blue Hole

all year round • activity

One of the most popular diving spots in the United States

8 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

AlienFest

AlienFest

out of rangeJuly 1–3, 2021 • event

Roswell, the UFO Capital, gathers extraterrestrials for the largest themed party in the world

White Sands Balloon & Music Festival

White Sands Balloon & Music Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

Witness colorful hot air balloons flying over the white sand dunes close to Alamogordo

Twinkle Light Parade in Albuquerque

Twinkle Light Parade in Albuquerque

canceledDecember 5, 2020 • event

The most colorful Christmas celebration in the city

River of Lights in Albuquerque

River of Lights in Albuquerque

out of rangeNovember 30–December 30, 2019 • event

New Mexico's largest Christmas light show

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangelate October–early February • nature

Birds put on an amazing show at Bosque del Apache over the winter

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangemid-December–early April (best in February–early March) • activity

New Mexico's snow-capped mountains along with true alpine environment offer amazing skiing terrain for all levels

New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 9–19, 2021  • event

One of top-ranking state fairs in the United States

Chinese New Year in Albuquerque

Chinese New Year in Albuquerque

unconfirmedFebruary 12, 2021 • event

Lion dance and other traditional oriental festivities at the Chinese Culture Center of Albuquerque

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