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.

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#1. San Antonio Hot Springs


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.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Los Alamos, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 0.5 mile Best Trail in nm - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Spence Hot Springs


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 have grea…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Los Alamos, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 0.5 mile Best Trail in nm - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Manby Hot Springs


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 are so…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Taos, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 1 mile Best Trail in nm - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Hannah Hot Spring


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, a small,…
From the guidebook "Touring Arizona Hot Springs"
Alma, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 14 miles Best Trail in nm - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. San Francisco Hot Springs


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.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Glenwood, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 1.5 miles
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#6. Sierra Blanca Peak: Alto to Ski Apache


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. The ski a…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New Mexico"
Alto, NM - Scenic Drives - 12 miles
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#7. Jemez Springs Bath House


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 to st…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Jemez Springs, NM - Scenic Drives
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#8. White Sands National Monument


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 New Mex…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Alamogordo, NM - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#9. Montezuma Hot Springs


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 t…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Montezuma, NM - Scenic Drives
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#10. Black Rock Hot Springs


A small grouping of hot springs that form a little pool alongside the Rio Grande, open during lower periods of the river.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Arroyo Hondo, NM - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 0.5 mile
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#11. The High Road: Santa Fe to Taos


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 Fe and T…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New Mexico"
Truchas, NM - Scenic Drives - 70 miles
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#12. Riverbend Hot Springs


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.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Truth or Consequences, NM - Scenic Drives
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#13. Sitting Bull Falls & The Ridge Road: Sitting Bull Falls to Guadalupe Ridge


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 expec…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New Mexico"
Carlsbad, NM - Scenic Drives - 38 miles
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#14. Carlsbad Caverns National Park


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. You en…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Carlsbad, NM - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#15. Bandelier National Monument


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 arid roc…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Los Alamos, NM - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#16. Cimarron Canyon: Cimarron to Eagle Nest


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 of th…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New Mexico"
Cimarron, NM - Scenic Drives - 23 miles
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#17. Ten Thousand Waves


An upscale Japanese-inspired spa and resort, located immediately outside Santa Fe, offering an incredible variety of treatments and bathing options.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Santa Fe, NM - Scenic Drives
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#18. Cumbres Pass: Chama to Cumbres Pass


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 of nor…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New Mexico"
Chama, NM - Scenic Drives - 13 miles
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#19. Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu to Tierra Amarilla


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 Tusas Mou…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New Mexico"
Tierra Amarilla, NM - Scenic Drives - 45 miles
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#20. Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs


A historic bathhouse with six private pools and tubs, all fed by their own hot artesian water sources.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
Truth or Consequences, NM - Scenic Drives
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