Home to mystical cities and magical mountains, North-Central New Mexico is a land of wonder and history equally appealing to culture buffs, art mavens, and wilderness seekers.
The heights of the Rocky Mountains here have some of the best skiing in America. Taos Ski Valley is legendary for its steep terrain and deep snow. Angel Fire is a favorite among Texans, who drive all night to be first in line for the chairlift in the morning. And Ski Santa Fe offers mellow cruisers at treeline.
The oldest capital city in North America is Santa Fe, which was settled in 1607. Today, this historic city against the mountains is marked by a gorgeous downtown, graceful churches, intriguing architecture, and some of the best art galleries in the world.
Not to be outdone, Taos has the smell of wood smoke in the air year-round and a beautiful plaza to stroll. Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For a different view of the region, hop aboard the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad which runs 64 miles and crosses at 10,000-foot pass.
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Some of the most intriguing national parks in the nation are here in North-Central New Mexico. Pecos National Historical Park protects a dynamic landscape which includes the Pecos Pueblo and a Civil War battlefield. Rio Grande del Norte National Monument includes incredible landscapes and a portion of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Experience a sunset to remember from the Sangre de Christo Mountains and hike your socks off in Carson National Forest.
Our high mountains and broad valleys shelter some spectacular lakes. Cabresto Lake is it’s a great spot for photography. The rolling terrain of Carson National Forest secrets a bevy of lakes – stake your tent at Abiquiu Lake or jump into Trout Lake. Hopewell Lake, just off scenic U.S. 64, is a great spot for a picnic. Heron Lake has miles of hiking trails and Eagle Nest Lake is an oasis in the mountains.
Some of America’s best skiing is found here in the high Sangre de Christo Mountains. Known for its legendary steeps and deep powder, Taos Ski Valley is among the most-celebrated mountains in the nation. Ski Santa Fe, meanwhile, has wide-open slopes and hundred-mile views. Smaller, more intimate ski areas are perfect for families seeking fun in the snow – Angel Fire has dependable snow and Red River pairs Old West charm with airy runs.