New Mexico offers access to almost any outdoor activity you wish to pursue. From camping to canoeing, backcountry hiking to birdwatching, skiing to stargazing, the opportunities to be outdoors and enjoy the natural world are endless. Get ready to explore the rivers and rocks, the trails and the snowy slopes, the lakes and the starry skies.
Fishing, Hunting, and Boating
Northeast New Mexico is a sportsman's paradise. Despite the geographic prominence of dry mesa, high desert, and rocky mountain terrain in the region, water resources abound and support a variety of recreational opportunities. Large lakes and reservoirs invite boating, swimming, and family fun, while the cool, well-stocked mountain streams are a flyfisherman's dream. Most notably, the expansive prairie rangeland of the area provides access to unique species of antelope and ground birds to hunters. View our listing of locations.
Hiking, Biking, & Climbing
What's more quintessentially New Mexico than scrabbling up rocky crags or negotiating a tricky boulder traverse? The northeast region offers multiple opportunities for hiking and climbing, including world-class bouldering in the Roy-Mosquero area. For those who prefer to travel on wheels, check out the trails and bike parks in the region. We list trails, hills, parks and more.
Birdwatching in Northeast New Mexico
With its mix of grasslands and mountains, and an abundance of lakes and waterways, the northeast is heaven for birds and their observers. The richness of notable viewing locations and the number of wildlife management areas make the variety of birds in the northeast unparalleled in the state. Explore our list of birdwatching sites.
Stargazing, Skiing, & More
Renowned for night skies unmarred by the light from nearby cities, the northeast region boasts 7 international dark sky parks, each offering exceptional nighttime stargazing. For those wanting to get outside during the day, Colfax and San Miguel counties are home to top notch golf courses and ski resorts with a range of recreational options. Review our list of dark sky locations, golf courses, and ski resorts.