Destination guide

Outlaws and Folklore in New Mexico

New Mexico doesn't just sizzle from the dry desert sunshine. This is chili country and the cuisine, which blends Mexican, Spanish and Native American, is famously spicy. A good place to start is the gorgeous capital, Santa Fe. Here, you'll find an intriguing blend of Spanish colonial and indigenous adobe architecture. After you've had your fill, you can drive out to stay in remote New Mexico vacation rentals which sit among mountain villages, ancient Indian Pueblos and cactus-studded deserts. Legends of outlaws and native folklore only add to this fascinating place, which feels like nowhere else in the U.S.

Things to do

States meet at New Mexico

The king of attractions in New Mexico is the Four Corners Monument, where, as the name suggests, you can hop across 4 different states which meet at the same point. The Candy Lady in Albuquerque might have only got big after making blue candy to look like Walter White's contraband in Breaking Bad, but she's been selling the good stuff to locals for years. If you've got big cojones, you can swing by Hatch, the so-called Chili Capital of the World, to try some famously hot fare. If not, the treasure trove of historic sites in pretty Santa Fe might be more your style.


New Mexico desert hikes

One of the best ways to see New Mexico is from the seat of an open-top car, as you drive along the world's most famous road – Route 66. As you rev along this dusty road, flanked by desert and towering rock formations, you can imagine the brave souls who once used it to get out West during the gold rush. Along the way, you can pull off to hike along desert trails, take to the skies in one of the hot air balloon flights in Albuquerque, or spend a night under the starry New Mexico night sky.


No season is off limits in New Mexico

There's no season that's off limits in New Mexico. Summer sees the most sizzling temperatures and the biggest influx of travelers booking up New Mexico vacation rentals. Both spring and fall are arguably more comfortable, particularly if you're looking to hit the trails on foot or bike. With plenty of fall festivities, you're not going to be short of things to do if you visit between September and November. Winter nights get chilly, but the days can often be bright and sunny. If you don't mind wrapping up, you can score some rock-bottom deals on rentals.

Natural features

New Mexico is an animal lover's paradise

Wildlife enthusiasts will surely nod approval at the sheer number of wildlife preserves which are easily accessible from your New Mexico vacation rental. Down at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, you'll find more than 32,000 snow geese and the winter grounds for 1,000s more sandhill cranes, who use it as a stopping point during their migration. If you're lucky enough to be near the Valles Caldera National Preserve, you'd better bring your camera, because you're not going to want to miss snapping pics of elk herds, black bears and elusive coyotes slinking around the Jemez Mountains.

Can I find a vacation rental around New Mexico?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,283 vacation rentals near New Mexico. From 872 Cabins to 1,995 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New Mexico for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in New Mexico?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Mexico. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santa Fe: 1,039 vacation rentals
  • Youngsville: 28 vacation rentals
  • Ruidoso: 884 vacation rentals
  • Albuquerque: 598 vacation rentals
  • Taos: 1,102 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in New Mexico! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in New Mexico?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Mexico:

  • Santa Fe: 1,039 rentals
  • Youngsville: 28 rentals
  • Ruidoso: 884 rentals
  • Albuquerque: 598 rentals
  • Taos: 1,102 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to New Mexico?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in New Mexico are:

  • Angel Fire, NM (AXX): 1,057 vacation rentals
  • Ruidoso, NM (RUI-Sierra Blanca Regional): 880 vacation rentals
  • Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ): 574 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in New Mexico?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in New Mexico. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santa Fe Plaza: 1,022 rentals
  • Earthship BioTecture: 485 rentals
  • Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe: 1,021 rentals
  • Taos Plaza: 1,070 rentals
  • ABQ Uptown: 487 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Mexico listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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