The Best Chillin in New Mexico

Looking for the best chillin in New Mexico? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Mexico. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top chillin spots in and near New Mexico

  • Alamogordo, New Mexico

    Explore White Sands National Monument

    4.7
    The White Sands National Monument is one of the most surreal locations in the southwest. Located just north of Las Cruces, NM, White Sands is about a 45 minute drive from the city of Las Cruces. To access the park from any location, you'll take Route 70, and from Las Cruces it's one straight shot...
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  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

    Dip into Spence Hot Springs

    4.0
    1.2 mi / 193 ft gain
    Exit Interstate 550 and head North on Highway 4 heading towards Jemez Springs. The Spence Hot Springs Parking Lot and Trailhead is about 25 miles North off Highway 4. The trail starts on a decline into the canyon for about 800 feet before you cross the bridge over the scenic river. Continue follo...
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  • Questa, New Mexico

    Camp at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

    4.3
    2.4 mi / 800 ft gain
    Created in 2013 from partly existing public lands, The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument encompasses a large amount of land along the Rio Grande River from the Colorado border to south of Taos. Far from any major city, you'll likely enjoy trails to yourself in the morning and few other visit...
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  • Santa Rosa, New Mexico

    Swim at Blue Hole in Santa Rosa

    4.8
    The Blue Hole is super easy and quick to get to off of I-40. You will need to bring $5 for the vehicle fee. Once you park it is about a 2-3 minute walk to the swimming hole. You can also snorkel and scuba dive there also. Call ahead for details on this. They have bathrooms for changing. The water...
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  • Ramah, New Mexico

    Explore the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

    5.0
    1 mi
    Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is an incredible place that has 3 main focuses: rescue, sanctuary and care, and education. It's important to keep these in mind when visiting, but also when you're exploring elsewhere.As WSWS is a bit far from your typical town, I recommend preparing in advance if you a...
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  • El Prado, New Mexico

    Photograph the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

    4.6
    Completed in 1965, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the seventh highest bridge in the United States. The design is a steel deck arch bridge than spans 1280 feet and sits 565 feet high. The bridge has sidewalks and viewpoints of the gorge on each side with parking at the Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area p...
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  • 25 ABC Mesa road, New Mexico

    Camp out at Hotel Luna Mystica & Starlight Campground

    5.0
    Located just Northwest of Taos, New Mexico you can find Hotel Luna Mystica. This is a one of a kind "hotel" site, which is just a site where you can rent out old but renovated trailers to stay in. Have you ever wanted to get a taste of the RV/Trailer life? this is the perfect place to do so. Loca...
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  • Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

    Backpack the Vacas Trail Loop

    4.0
    15 mi / 1000 ft gain
    You start at the hiking at base of the the San Pedro Wilderness at the San Gregorio Lake Trailhead! This particular hike is called the Vacas Trail loop.For directions: Take US 550 to Cuba (north west of Albuquerque), turn east on NM 126 and go for about 9 miles. Just past the community of Deer La...
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  • Catron County, New Mexico

    Hike to Jordan Hot Springs via Little Bear Canyon Trail

    13.5 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The Gila Wilderness is the oldest wilderness area in The United States, and Jordan Hot Springs rests right in the heart of Canyon of the Middle Fork of the Gila River, along a stretch of the Continental Divide Trail and some 7 miles from the nearest road. The most direct road by either car or tra...
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  • El Prado, New Mexico

    Hike the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Trail

    6 mi
    Drive 12 miles west of Taos, New Mexico on US Hwy 64, and you'll drive directly onto the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge that spans 1,280 feet. There's a rest area to the west of the bridge with a parking lot, sitting area, and if you're lucky like we were, a converted sky blue bus selling homemade desse...
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  • 5 Reyna Road, New Mexico

    Relax in Black Rock Hot Springs

    0.3 mi / 68 ft gain
    At the last switchback on Country Road B-007, is where the trailhead is located. if you've gone to the lowest point possible within the canyon, right next to the river, you have gone too far and need to turn around to the last switchback. it is an easy .3 Mile trail with a 68 foot elevation drop/...
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  • Cloudcroft, New Mexico

    Camp at Bluff Springs

    5.0
    0 mi / 100 ft gain
    A mile up in elevation and only a few miles into Lincoln National Forest from Alamogordo, take off on the scenic Sunspot Highway that leads to the solar observation center before a short detour off a dirt road that arrives at Bluff Springs Waterfall (camping is free on all dirt roads). There you'...
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  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico

    Climb Las Conchas

    5.0
    5 mi
    75 minutes north of Albuquerque, Las Conchas is a trailhead that sits right off the highway with two accessible, although small, parking lots.  Right out of the gate the wide and well worn trail drops down to follow the river north through a wide mountain valley lined with large stands of trees, ...
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  • Ship Rock, New Mexico

    Explore Shiprock

    5.0
    Situated on the border of Arizona and New Mexico is an ancient throat of a volcano. You can see Shiprock for miles, as you approach the quiet New Mexico town. It's jagged edges and large spine, that extends to the South, cut straight out of vast flat landscape that surrounds it. You cannot miss i...
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  • Catron County, New Mexico

    Camp at the Cosmic Campground

    Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary (CCIDSS) is the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary located on National Forest System lands and also in North America.  Situated on the western edge of the Gila National Forest & Wilderness the Cosmic Campground offers a 360-degree, unobst...
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  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Stay in the Hyde State Park Yurts

    Hyde Memorial State Park yurts are nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amongst the ponderosa pines, and sleep six and provide a modern setting with roots in ancient tradition. Their location in the State Park provide easy access to park's vast trail system.Each bed has  an encapsulated...
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