New Mexico is a world-renowned destination for appreciating the arts, visiting cultural heritage sites and admiring the beauty of the high desert. This summer was the summer to discover that there is also a multitude of outdoor fun, interesting, and educational activities for families to enjoy in the Santa Fe, Taos, and Abiquiu areas. It’s amazing what you can find in your own state when you take the time to explore.
With that in mind here are a few recommendations to play tourist and explore what Northern New Mexico has to offer for locals and visitors alike.
The Nature Conservancy‘s Santa Fe Canyon Preserve and the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary is an easily accessible and scenic sanctuary for plants, animals and visitors that is worth visiting in all seasons. This 135-acre property at the top of Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe is used as an educational, cultural and historical center. There are over 200 bird species that populate designated sites throughout the property. Visit the native plant and pollinator gardens where you can view native bee houses, or find your way to the wetland area home to an active beaver colony. The site is also a great place for a hike. You can easily access Santa Fe’s extensive Dale Ball Trail system from the center.
Head north from Santa Fe to the Taos area and you travel along the mighty Rio Grande River. Within the Rio Grande del Norte Monument and Taos Gorge not only will you find incredible views, but also abundant wildlife, and white water rafting. To experience the very best view of this majestic landscape and array of wildlife make it an adventure for your family and go rafting. New Mexico River Adventures is New Mexico’s top rated rafting outfitter and the headquarters is conveniently located between Santa Fe and Taos. With competitive rates, a retail shop that stocks all the little things you may have missed, like sun screen, and safety as a top priority, white water rafting is appropriate for all skill levels and fun for the whole family.
Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM is an education and retreat center surrounded by colorful and magnificent cliffs. Of the many offerings that the center has, the horseback trail rides through acres of artist landscape will create treasured memories for families.
These are just a few of the interesting, educational, and fun activities for families to enjoy in Northern New Mexico. So get out there and start exploring your own backyard.