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Fall Activities in New Mexico

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Fall is right around the corner, and with it come countless things to do in New Mexico. From drinking a warming beverage to experiencing the color-changing foliage in parts of the state, there’s no shortage of fun fall activities to attend. We’ve rounded up our favorite fall activities in New Mexico, from a classic corn maze to a breathtaking tram ride, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy everything fall offers. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the best fall activities in New Mexico. 

Santa Fe Harvest Festival
The Santa Fe Harvest Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This incredible invention takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, allowing visitors to experience the living history of these 200 acres or more farms and ranch. The historic buildings on the property are to die for, and living history lessons like making traditional red chile ristra or crafting corn husk crafts take place throughout the event. 

Grape stomping, visits from farm animals, handmade goods, and talented musical artists make up this fantastic event you won’t want to miss. Check out their website to find out their schedule of events or to daydream about the various food vendors that make this event delectable. 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Another New Mexico favorite celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a must-see event that deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list. Watch incredible hot air balloons light up the sky, attend amazing concerts and music fiestas that knock your socks off, and enjoy fantastic food. There are so many things to do at this event, from glamping locations to the above music fiesta, you’re sure never to run out of fun things to explore and experience. You can find their complete schedule on their website, as well as tickets, nearby hotels, and RV camping sites. 

Heirloom Acres Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
What’s more classic than visiting a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall? Heirloom Acres offers both, as well as other fun, fall activities. This farm opens its corn maze on the first of October and offers things like a zip line, campfires, a giant jumping pillow, duck races, and more. Pick pumpkins straight from the vine, then head over to get some farm-fresh concessions that are sure to please. But, of course, the corn maze is everyone’s favorite fall activity, filled with countless hours of entertainment and fall-flavored wonder. So make time in your busy fall schedule to check out Heirloom Acres; you won’t be disappointed. 

Enchanted Circle Driving Tour
Check out the Enchanted Circle Driving Tour if you’ve had your fill of the fall hullaballoo of the above events. This 84-mile (136-kilometer) National Scenic Byway is ideal for viewing fall foliage and looping through the Taos ski valley, putting you right near some of the most beautiful views in New Mexico. This “tour” is self-guided and can be taken with your vehicle in over 2 hours. Of course, you can stretch this trip into a full day of exploration by stopping at the various natural sights along the way, including Red River and Eagle Nest. If you’re looking for a calming, gorgeous scenic tour of New Mexico in the fall, this is the scenic route for you. 

Las Cruces Renaissance Arts Faire
Great artwork? Check. Amazing food? Check. Fun costumes? Also, check. The Las Cruces Renaissance Arts Faire is a fantastic combination of Ren Faire fun and artistic pursuits, with countless vendors showing off excellent handmade goods. This Ren Faire is a New Mexico classic, and dressing up in fun Medieval costumes is only part of what makes this event so unique. So if you’re looking to spend a day full of merrymaking, jousting, shopping, and mead-drinking, the Las Cruces Renaissance is a surefire way to have a great fall day. Check out their website to find out more about their 51st-anniversary celebration and their inspiring Youth Peddlers Market that allows young artists to sell their work at the faire. 

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
If you’re looking for a calm way to see the sights, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is right up your alley. This scenic railroad is a National Historic Landmark and looks like it stepped out of American History. This railroad bounces back and forth between New Mexico and Colorado, giving incredible views of both states while making you feel like you’re in storybook land. The Rocky Mountains West rise alongside the tracks while the glorious foliage and blue skies peer through the historic train cars. Riding this railroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you’re sure to want to experience again and again. Check out their website to find out more about booking a trip today. 

Here at Good Sense RV, we work hard to keep your RV in tip-top shape so you can explore everything New Mexico offers. If you’d like to schedule your RV for a tune-up or check out the latest RVs we have in stock, give us a visit. We can ensure your RV is in perfect condition to explore New Mexico during the fall. 

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