Southern New Mexico

Although Southern New Mexico is rather less famous as a tourist destination than Santa Fe and Taos in the northern part of the state, this diverse region has plenty to offer visitors who enjoy the great outdoors and extraordinary natural landscapes.  Travelers will not be disappointed by taking a southern turn at Albuquerque — New Mexico's hub city with the Albuquerque International Sunport airport, the crossroads of interstates I-25 and I-40, and historic Route 66.

Southern New Mexico offers a great variety of scenery from the Chihuahuan Desert to the cooler green climes of the Lincoln National Forest and the tips of the Sacramento Mountains, dominated by Southern New Mexico’s highest peak Sierra Blanca at a stately 12,000 feet.  Many skiers head to New Mexico's southern-most resort of Ski Apache outside Ruidoso, run by the Mescalero Apache tribe, and golfers have several choices of Southern New Mexico courses to challenge their skills.

Road trips are spectacular throughout Southern New Mexico. But in this area of sparse population and often long drives between towns, travelers should fill up their gas tanks and water bottles before hitting the road. During the journey, be sure to delight in New Mexico's celebrated sunsets and other fascinating sights along the way.