New Mexico’s public lands are enchanting year-round, but come winter, they take on a particularly crisp sparkle. Cooler temperatures and thinner crowds make for relaxed exploration of New Mexico’s parklands.
Given New Mexico’s vast terrain, adventurers can choose from desert escapades or snowy alpine pursuits. Enjoy a free day at all National Park Service sites on January 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day (one of a handful of annual fee-free days). Day-use admission is also waived at New Mexico state parks on January 1 to encourage New Mexicans to start the new year outside.
Here are a few winter activities scheduled at New Mexico’s national parks, monuments, and preserves. Confirm events ahead of your visit and check for current mask requirements and other health protocols.