Get out and enjoy music, rodeos, festivals, and more!
Most of the year, we’re focusing on all that goes with land ownership and ranch management, from running cattle to mending fences, water conservation, growing hay, and raising sheep. But, the New Mexico summer always reminds us to get out and have some fun! There are so many events, festivals, and places to explore, the sky really is the limit.
There are entertainment options to suit every age, and every taste. Below you’ll find not-to-be-missed popular favorites and our local off-the-beaten path picks. From music and community festivals, museums, parks, and art events to fairs, rodeos and the spectacular NM balloon festival, we hope you enjoy exploring this enchanting region as much as we do!
Here’s a look at a few of our top NM destinations:
1/ The diverse landscapes and NM national parks.A perfect place to begin your exploration is visiting the stunning national parks from White Sands National Park to Carlsbad Caverns. You can begin planning on the following website:
2/ Santa Fe is a tourist destination year round,but in summer you can stroll the enchanting streets and shops, and linger at a sidewalk cafe. Plus, be sure to hit the must-see museums including the Georgia O’Keefe Museumand the New Mexico History Museum.
3/ As NM locals, we enjoy the lesser-known mountain town destination of Ruidoso,where you can explore a wide range of outdoor adventures, plus visit plenty of boutique shops, art galleries, and eateries for every taste. Or if you prefer, enjoy golf and a spa vacation at the upscale Inn of the Mountain Gods. Another draw to the area is the Ruidoso Downs Horse Track and Casino, just a few minutes away.
4/ Summer is a great time to explore the out-of-this world activities and happenings in Roswell, NM. The Roswell UFO Festivalis not to be missed at the end of June with concerts, lectures, laser and drone shows, or visit any time to explore museums, shops, events, and see live aliens (i.e. people dressed in alien costumes) roaming the streets. The lively town has many other highlights as well, but the main attraction continues to be the alien activities, all based on the widely debated, legendary “sighting and recovery of a UFO outside Roswell in 1947.”
5/ Rodeo is a way of life down here. There is really nothing quite like the excitement, spirit, and nostalgia of a New Mexico rodeo. A few to put on the calendar are the Maverick Rodeo in Cimarron in early July, the Zia Regional Rodeo in late August in Santa Fe, or the Southern NM State Fair and Rodeo at the end of September.
6/ Explore the Wild West town of Lincoln,where you can get a front row seat to life in the old West highlighting the Lincoln Wars and Billy the Kid’s infamous jailbreak.
7/ For history and culture buffs,the state has many Spanish missions, archeological ruins and national monuments, such as the Aztec Ruins or Bandelier National Monument. Or you may prefer live cultural events such as Native American festivals or tribal Pow Wows open to the public.
8/ Last but certainly not least, put the world renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiestaon the calendar, Oct, 7-15, where an enchanting parade of uniquely shaped balloons come to life as they take flight across the brilliant blue sky. The event started in 1972 with just 13 balloons, and today it hosts more than 500 spectacular balloons launching from the Balloon Fiesta Park on 365-acres (imagine 54 football fields combined).