Things to do in New Mexico

Our most recommended things to do in New Mexico

Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your adventure begins at the launch site. Become a hands-on crew member and help with the balloon inflation, or just sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes to life. Embark upon a unique journey at lift-off. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below. Certified pilots will navigate the flight with your safety and enjoyment in mind. During your 1-hour ride, your pilot will answer any questions that you might have and identify local points of interest. The actual time in the air is approximately 60 minutes, but you should plan to spend up to 3.5 hours on your entire ballooning experience. The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet you at the landing site. You can then help pack up the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, you will board the van and head back to the launch site. Back at the launch site, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

Santa Fe: Historic Downtown Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

2. Santa Fe: Historic Downtown Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Explore downtown Santa Fe with the help of an insightful audio tour. Be fully immersed in the city and go at your pace with a flexible app. On the tour you’ll learn about the times of the Spanish Conquistadores, the Crypto Jewish people, the Santa Fe Trail, and the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Listen to the stories of the Pueblo Native People, some of the oldest tribal communities in the nation. Hear about the outlaw and gunfighter Billy the Kid. Pass by the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and learn about her art. Discover Zozobra, a marionette that is burnt before the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. Stroll past San Miguel chapel, known as the oldest church in the US. Even hear tips on how to make your food in the Christmas Santa Fe style. Enjoy professional narration, production, and music to bring history to life.

Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

3. Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

Learn about the mezclas de culturas (mix of cultures) that grew into today's New Mexico on this guided culture and heritage walking tour in Old Town Albuquerque. Visit centuries-old buildings and the revitalized Sawmill Market and taste local drinks. Starting at Hotel Albuquerque, visit places from Albuquerque’s past that have evolved over the years. See the Albuquerque Museum Sculpture Gardens, Old Town Plaza, and an 1890s one-room schoolhouse. Complete your journey by raising a glass of local New Mexico craft brew or wine at the Sawmill Market.

Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

4. Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

Learn all there is to know about turquoise, the elegant gemstone, with an admission ticket to the Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque. Inside the museum, find exhibitions that will appeal to all ages and interests. Educate yourself on mineralogy in the Science Gallery, admire the varying colors of turquoise at the Gallery of Mines, or learn about how turquoise is used around the world in the International Gallery.

Santa Fe: Canyon Road Curated Art Walking Tour

5. Santa Fe: Canyon Road Curated Art Walking Tour

This Canyon Road walking tour offers a curated perspective on Santa Fe's premier arts district. Explore several galleries, covering a range of styles and mediums. Meet local artists and learn ways to interpret and analyze art. Home to over 80 art galleries, Canyon Road is a must-see in Santa Fe for art fans, new and experienced. Delve into the art, ask questions, and get to know local artists and gallerists. Visit galleries known for their fun, unique artworks, and consistent quality. Explore landmark exhibits as well as off-the-beaten-path gems that surprise even locals. Learn about the history of the area and how Canyon Road became a hotspot for the arts.  Interactive and conversational, these tours are designed to get people looking, chatting, and enjoying the art of Canyon Road in new ways.

Santa Fe Scavenger Hunt

6. Santa Fe Scavenger Hunt

Guided from any smartphone, on this tour groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of Santa Fe and takes you on an exciting journey through the best sights of this historic town. You will explore churches and cathedrals, investigate outdoor art, tour the town square and see a famous historic hotel. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and generally takes between 2-3 hours to complete.   Using a smart phone as the guide allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a leisurely lunch or race another team to the finish.

Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

7. Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

Join us on an exclusive and charming tour that looks at the prominent architectural styles in Santa Fe. Our guide provides in-depth knowledge of the area’s historic, social, and cultural movements that have been instrumental in influencing the distinctive and special architecture. You’ll discover the beauty that distinguishes the three styles of New Mexican architecture. As you walk down small winding residential backroads of Canyon Road’s Gallery district, you will explore the traditional appeal of the New Mexican Pueblo style, the classic elegance of Spanish Territorial, and the tall narrow pitched roofs of the Northern New Mexico style. You’ll also learn about the history and importance of the acequia (watercourse) that parallels our walkway. It continues to be used to irrigate private residential gardens with the time-old tradition of controlled water flow. The tour also includes a wine tasting at the Gruet Tasting Room.

Old Town Albuquerque: History & Cultural Sights E-Bike Tour

8. Old Town Albuquerque: History & Cultural Sights E-Bike Tour

Your E-Bike adventure takes you through the heart of Albuquerque’s historic, cultural, and artistic center. You will pedal effortlessly through the downtown neighborhoods, hopping on and off of your bike to explore undiscovered corners. Your expert guide will lead you as you tour the neighborhoods and wooded areas that serve as the foundation of this unique and enchanting city. While your guide takes the lead with the navigation, they will also bring your tour to life with insider stories and tips. Some highlights of the tour include: - Discover the deep-rooted history of Albuquerque as you explore the oldest neighborhoods - Learn about the transformation of the Barelas neighborhood to the center of Hispanic culture - See public art in downtown Albuquerque, and visit local sculpture artist Joe Sackett in his studio to learn about his creative process and what inspires him - Receive a private tour of Frederico Vigils Mundos de Mestizaje: A Vision of History through Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which houses art such as 'Albuquerque’s Sistine Chapel' With the perfect mixture of history, art and a small amount of exercise (depending how much you want to enjoy the electronic side of the E-Bike), your tour gives you some of the best highlights Albuquerque has to offer.

Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

9. Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

Guided from any smartphone, on this tour groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of Albuquerque and takes you on an exciting journey through the best sights of this historic town. You will explore sculpture gardens, museums, parks, churches and other interesting sights in the Old Town. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and generally takes between 2-3 hours to complete.   Using a smart phone as the guide allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a leisurely lunch or race another team to the finish.

Albuquerque: Craft Beer Tour with Tastings and Transfer

10. Albuquerque: Craft Beer Tour with Tastings and Transfer

Acquire an insider's look at craft brewing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a guided tour to three breweries. Enjoy guided tastings and behind-the-scenes tours while being led by experts. Learn about the brewing process, the history of beer production in the area, and the coolest places to visit. After getting picked up from your accommodation, drive to three unique beer production venues. At each brewery, you'll take a tour of the production area, learn about their products, and try at least three beer samples with sensory evaluation training provided by the certified staff. As Albuquerque is famously renowned for its craft beer, it may be hard to decide which places to visit. Allow your tour guide to make this decision for you and rest assured you'll visit the best places in town.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This was incredibly fun and just the right amount of brain challenge! Good mix of math, word and other puzzles. We are going to use during a Staff Retreat with teams of 5 so will have additional feedback. Definitely need to have supplemental phone charging ability. Thanks for a fun two hours!

Sandy was extremely knowledgeable about the history and background of the various sites we visited. She was very engaging, charming and relatable. I would highly recommend her tour to anyone interested in learning more about Santa Fe and its storied history/past.

Paul, our tour guide was terrific. We rode to areas I probably would not have discovered on my own for a long time. Great to learn about Albuquerque’s history and to ride a lovely e bike. I highly recommend this tour to visitors and reside.

The entire experience is worthwhile, colorful, educational, and enjoyable.

Directions were easy to follow. Info was interesting