NEW MEXICO THINGS TO DO

Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rio Grande Zoo

The Rio Grande Zoo, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, began its days as an amazing zoo in 1927. The zoo is now part of the Albuquerque Biological Park and is a safe haven for tons of interesting animals from all over the world. The park features 250 native and exotic creatures from around the world. Natural replicas of native environments have been built to accommodate these beautiful creatures. The lands are indicative of all seven continents. The African safari will give you spectacular views of white rhinoceros, chimpanzee, hippopotamus, Madagascar ground boa, African crested porcupine, lowland gorilla, dromedary camel, warthog, naked mole rat, and African lions. The Australia/Oceania continent contains; koalas, Matchies tree kangaroo, saltwater crocodile, and emu as well as many other animals from that area of the world. In Asia, you will thrill to the sounds and sights of Asian elephants, bactrian camel, snow leopard, and Bengal tigers.


Taos Pueblos in Taos, New Mexico

Taos Pueblo

Many centuries ago, amazing buildings were built for the early inhabitants of New Mexico. These buildings were erected by the Native Americans living in the southwest. The Taos Pueblos were built by the Pueblo people over 1000 years ago. 95,000 acres of land is shared by about 1900 people near the Red Willow Creek in Taos, New Mexico. These buildings were formed from the mud of the creek along with other natural materials. These people were very resourceful and it shows in their very old dwellings which still stand to this day! There is a rich history in these buildings, and these are far from novel. Experience the rich history of the Taos Pueblos when you're in New Mexico. Travel about a mile north of Taos to see these beauties and really get the experience of a lifetime!


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an amazing sight to see at least once in one's lifetime. This amazing event, taking place in October of every year brings ballooning enthusiasts to one, 78 acre location for an amazing show. People get together in their campers, tents, and other places to sleep and everyone camps out, cooks out, and has a great time watching the launch of these amazing balloons. There is even live music and entertainment at this event! This is an amazing time where the skies fill up with the vivid colors of all the balloons, which come in many shapes and sizes. There are even character shaped balloons for the little ones to see. This is definitely an amazing time for the whole family and must be seen to be believed. Pictures of this event do not even do it justice. There is so much to see and plenty of time to do so!


Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument

The Aztec Ruins National Monument is an amazing place where guests can walk around and experience the history of the Pueblo people. These buildings have been around since the 1100's and show a rich history of how the Pueblo people lived so many centuries ago. Their buildings, made of cobblestone and other earthy materials are absolutely huge! These buildings probably made home to quite a few people. Some of the ruins look almost like apartment complexes. After the Pueblos moved on or died off, the Chaco Canyon people came in and were later replaced with the Mesa Verde people in the 1200's. These structures have been around for so long, and show so much history and culture that in 1923, the site was established as a monument. It later became a World Heritage Site in 1987. Just to stand in the middle of all these great structures and imagine what life must have been like is amazing!