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New Mexico Fall Destinations

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If you’re looking to go on a road trip across New Mexico, fall is the perfect time of year. Not only do you miss out on most of the sweltering heat by trekking across the state during the cooler months, but you can also see plenty of fall foliage along the way. So whether you’re looking to enjoy the scenery or camp out near some of the top fall activities in New Mexico, there’s so much to see in this state during the fall. So let’s get into some of the best fall destinations in New Mexico without further ado. 

Take the Scenic Route with These Travel Destinations

Whether you’re out for a drive or planning your next RV adventure, there are plenty of places to stop and admire the fall foliage across New Mexico. The peak leaf-viewing season for New Mexico is mid-October to mid-November, placing it later in the year than most of the United States. Remember that parts of New Mexico have little to no deciduous trees, meaning you must keep your eyes open for the peak leaf-viewing locations. Thankfully, we’ve pulled together some of the best places to view fall foliage in the state. 

The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

You can find National Scenic Byways in almost every state, and each one takes you through spectacular views of the state. For example, in New Mexico, the Enchanted Circle is a scenic byway that is prime for viewing fall foliage, as it takes you through several towns and environments in one trip. Remember that while the byway is somewhat easy to follow, it comprises several roads with different names, so double-check your map or GPS before hitting the trail. 

Where you start your tour of the Enchanted Circle is up to you, but we’d recommend starting at Taos for some prime leaf viewing. The byway takes you through Taos, Questa, Angel Fire, and Eagle Nest, with plenty of branching paths leading to National and State Parks across the state. If you’re looking for places to camp along the way, the Enchanted Circle has plenty of options nearby.

Sunspot Scenic Byway

Another scenic byway worth a visit is Sunspot Scenic Byway. This byway gets its name from a town sharing the same name, which is famous for telescopic discoveries. Of course, you don’t have to look to outer space to find beauty along this byway. Countless aspens dot the edges of this 16-mile trail, allowing you to take in the splendor of fall leaves without leaving your vehicle. While some people follow the road on their way back, plenty of side paths are available along this trail, including one that leads to Lincoln National Forest

Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway

This scenic byway takes you toward Hyde Memorial State Park. Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway brings you through towering aspen trees as their leaves are just beginning to change. Here you can find plenty of examples of historic architecture, culturally significant crafts for sale, and plenty of side adventures along the way. If you end up near this scenic byway later in the year, you can ski at one of the nearby slopes, though it’s best to note that the skiing season falls after the leaves are mainly gone. 

Of course, we’ve only listed a few of the best scenic byways and routes to take to explore New Mexico’s gorgeous foliage this fall. Any scenic byways in this state will surely provide you with breathtaking views and incredible memories. 

If you plan to explore New Mexico this fall, stop by our location for an RV tuneup. Here at Good Sense RV, we work hard to ensure your RV is in tip-top shape before you hit the road. Our tuneup service makes sure your RV is in working condition, while our experienced team can answer any question you may have about RV and RV maintenance. Come down and check out our lot if you’re looking for a new RV. There’s no shame in window shopping, and we may even be able to score you a brand-new RV at an affordable price.   

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