Best Scenic Drives in New Mexico

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in New Mexico. Use this list to plan your next New Mexico scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 San Antonio Hot Springs

    7 Reviews

    Los Alamos, NM

    Yet another fabulous collection of hot springs in the Santa Fe National Forest. Flowing out of a steep hillside, the springs form several bathable pools.
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    Yet another fabulous collection of hot springs in the Santa Fe National Forest. Flowing out of a steep hillside, the springs ...

  • #2 Manby Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Taos, NM

    This is a fabulous grouping of hot springs bubbling into several rock-lined pools along an undeveloped portion of the Rio Grande Gorge. The source is approximately 100 degrees, though the pools ...
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    This is a fabulous grouping of hot springs bubbling into several rock-lined pools along an undeveloped portion of the Rio ...

  • #3 Spence Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Los Alamos, NM

    A collection of natural hot springs on the side of a steep hill forming several soaking pools. Heavily visited for years, Spence has had somewhat of a notorious reputation, though conditions ...
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    A collection of natural hot springs on the side of a steep hill forming several soaking pools. Heavily visited for years, ...

  • #4 Hannah Hot Spring

    3 Reviews

    Alma, NM

    Perhaps the most isolated hot spring in the state of Arizona, Hannah is a true wilderness experience, requiring a hike of more than 7 miles one way. Once you finally get to Hannah Hot Spring, ...
    •  14 miles
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    Perhaps the most isolated hot spring in the state of Arizona, Hannah is a true wilderness experience, requiring a hike of ...

  • #5 San Francisco Hot Springs

    1 Reviews

    Glenwood, NM

    Two hot springs located along the San Francisco River requiring a short hike to reach. During high water, baths are generally washed out, though they are rebuilt once the waters recede.
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    Two hot springs located along the San Francisco River requiring a short hike to reach. During high water, baths are generally ...

  • #6 Sierra Blanca Peak: Alto to Ski Apache

    2 Reviews

    Alto, NM

    A 12-mile paved highway that climbs up the highest mountain in southern New Mexico to Ski Apache ski area. The drive up to Ski Apache is one of the highest and most spectacular in the state. ...
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    A 12-mile paved highway that climbs up the highest mountain in southern New Mexico to Ski Apache ski area. The drive up to ...

  • #7 Montezuma Hot Springs

    0 Reviews

    Montezuma, NM

    A collection of hot springs bubbling out of the side of a hill, feeding a variety of rock and cement tubs. Originally utilized by the historic Montezuma Castle Resort, the springs are now accessible ...
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    A collection of hot springs bubbling out of the side of a hill, feeding a variety of rock and cement tubs. Originally utilized ...

  • #8 Jemez Springs Bath House

    1 Reviews

    Jemez Springs, NM

    A historic hot mineral bathhouse, Jemez still offers baths the old- fashioned way. Located at the margin of the Santa Fe National Forest in the small town of Jemez Springs, this is a great place ...
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    A historic hot mineral bathhouse, Jemez still offers baths the old- fashioned way. Located at the margin of the Santa Fe ...

  • #9 Black Rock Hot Springs

    0 Reviews

    Arroyo Hondo, NM

    A small grouping of hot springs that form a little pool alongside the Rio Grande, open during lower periods of the river.
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    A small grouping of hot springs that form a little pool alongside the Rio Grande, open during lower periods of the river ...

  • #10 White Sands National Monument

    2 Reviews

    Alamogordo, NM

    Nowhere else will you encounter the pure white gypsum sand that is found in this amazing national monument. It is whiter than snow. In fact, combined with the abundant sunshine in this part of ...
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    Nowhere else will you encounter the pure white gypsum sand that is found in this amazing national monument. It is whiter ...

  • #11 The High Road: Santa Fe to Taos

    0 Reviews

    Truchas, NM

    A 70-mile scenic back road from Santa Fe to Taos that passes through old Spanish villages and the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The fastest and most popular route between Santa ...
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    A 70-mile scenic back road from Santa Fe to Taos that passes through old Spanish villages and the foothills of the Sangre ...

  • #12 Couldcroft: Alamogordo to Cloudcroft

    2 Reviews

    Cloudcroft, NM

    A 20-mile paved highway that climbs from the Tularosa Basin desert to the lush forests of the Sacramento Mountains. The west flank of the Sacramento Mountains above Alamogordo is a towering wall ...
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    A 20-mile paved highway that climbs from the Tularosa Basin desert to the lush forests of the Sacramento Mountains. The west ...

  • #13 Riverbend Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Truth or Consequences, NM

    A unique hot mineral bath establishment on the banks of the Rio Grande, offering private and communal hot pools as well as budget overnight accommodations.
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    A unique hot mineral bath establishment on the banks of the Rio Grande, offering private and communal hot pools as well as ...

  • #14 Sitting Bull Falls & The Ridge Road: Sitting Bull Falls to Guadalupe Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Carlsbad, NM

    A spectacular 38-mile paved and gravel route to a large spring-fed desert waterfall and the wooded high country of the Guadalupe Mountains. In the hot desert foothills around Carlsbad, you don’t ...
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    A spectacular 38-mile paved and gravel route to a large spring-fed desert waterfall and the wooded high country of the Guadalupe ...

  • #15 Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    1 Reviews

    Carlsbad, NM

    Although Carlsbad Caverns does not quite have the same extensive network of passageways and sub-caverns found in Mammoth Cave, it is justly noted for its enormous chambers and unusual beauty. ...
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    Although Carlsbad Caverns does not quite have the same extensive network of passageways and sub-caverns found in Mammoth ...

  • #16 Cumbres Pass: Chama to Cumbres Pass

    1 Reviews

    Chama, NM

    A 13-mile drive into the San Juan Mountains of Colorado along the route of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. This drive is short but very scenic. It climbs through the San Juan Mountains ...
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    A 13-mile drive into the San Juan Mountains of Colorado along the route of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. This ...

  • #17 Cimarron Canyon: Cimarron to Eagle Nest

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    Cimarron, NM

    A 23-mile drive through the deep canyon of the Cimarron River. This drive follows the Cimarron River upstream through the deep canyon it has cut through the Cimarron Range, the easternmost flank ...
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    A 23-mile drive through the deep canyon of the Cimarron River. This drive follows the Cimarron River upstream through the ...

  • #18 Bandelier National Monument

    0 Reviews

    Los Alamos, NM

    Situated in a narrow canyon in the Pajarito Plateau, this region of northern New Mexico is high mesa country. Beautiful mountains surround deep valleys and thick forests are interspersed with ...
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    Situated in a narrow canyon in the Pajarito Plateau, this region of northern New Mexico is high mesa country. Beautiful mountains ...

  • #19 Ten Thousand Waves

    0 Reviews

    Santa Fe, NM

    An upscale Japanese-inspired spa and resort, located immediately outside Santa Fe, offering an incredible variety of treatments and bathing options.
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    An upscale Japanese-inspired spa and resort, located immediately outside Santa Fe, offering an incredible variety of treatments ...

  • #20 Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu to Tierra Amarilla

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    Tierra Amarilla, NM

    A 45-mile drive through the red-rock country between Abiquiu and Tierra Marilla. The drive starts in the cottonwood-lined Chama River Valley and slowly climbs north into the foothills of the ...
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    A 45-mile drive through the red-rock country between Abiquiu and Tierra Marilla. The drive starts in the cottonwood-lined ...