Getting to call Albuquerque home is awesome. Not only do we have some of the best food in the country, but we have the best seasons, too. And while all four of them each have something unique to love and look forward to, there really is nothing like fall in New Mexico. So, when you get the chance to get outside and enjoy the crisper climate…
Here are four of our favorite day trips to take from Albuquerque and some ideas of what to do when you’re there.
1. Jemez Springs. Only an hour from town, Jemez Springs is a charming village that’s even more beautiful when the leaves are changing. You can stop at the natural hot springs on your way (you’ll smell them!) or book a soak at Jemez Springs Bath House. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at Los Ojos before you head back to town.
2. Madrid. While everyone knows about Santa Fe, fewer know about Madrid, which is maybe why it’s so special. Used in the movie Wild Hogs, the town of Madrid has tons of charm, especially when you explore its downtown. If you want the Wild Hogs experience, you can stop at Maggie’s for something to eat. The Hollar is another fantastic restaurant with an equally fantastic menu. And if shopping is on your to-do list, check out Trading Bird Gallery or Jezebel Studio for unique gifts and art.
3. Ruidoso. A 3-hour drive from Albuquerque, Ruidoso is a fun mountain town that really shows off in the fall. For the best view of fall foliage, try taking a gondola ride at Ski Apache or enjoy a hike on Nogal Peak. Ruidoso is also known for its great fishing, specifically Rainbow Trout in Alto Lake.
4. Ojo Caliente. Known for its full-service spa that goes by its same name, Ojo Caliente is a two hour trip from Albuquerque – and well worth it, too! While stopping at the world-renowned spa is a must, be sure to enjoy food from NOSA before you leave. While lunch has been a staple at the restaurant and inn, a new dinner service and menu is coming for fall of 2022!