Sports & Outdoor Actvities
From hiking, biking, fishing and hunting, to water activities or hot air ballooning, we have options for everyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed New Mexico’s Outdoor Recreation Division into law on April 2, 2019. New Mexico recognizes Outdoor initiatives are a powerful engine to grow wealth and job opportunities in New Mexico. Written into the law was the first-ever Outdoor Equity Fund, a grant intended to help disadvantaged youth get outside.
“When we create a focused office to both attract new businesses and boost existing concerns, we will plant our flag alongside Colorado, Montana, Utah and others—and indeed we have the potential to surpass them,” Lujan Grisham said when the bill passed the Senate. “With this targeted investment, we can and will attract more young adults who emphasize the outdoors in where they choose to live; we will provide important new opportunities to disadvantaged youth through the first-of-its-kind equity fund; and we will expand the economic reach of this industry to all corners of this state.”
Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance Road
Los Alamos 87544
Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country, with evidence of people having lived here for more than 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and masonry pueblos (villages) are evidence of the Ancestral Pueblo people whose descendants still live nearby. Most visitors begin exploring Bandelier by walking the Main Loop Trail. This short 1.2 mile loop trail starts from the Visitor Center and leads through excavated archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon. A portion of this trail is handicapped accessible. The 3 mile round-trip Falls Trail leads down canyon from the Visitor Center to the beautiful Upper Falls, with a guidebook featuring the geology. The Tsankawi section of the park, 12 miles from the main section, offers a 1.5 mile mesa-top walk, viewing cavates, petroglyphs, the large unexcavated Ancestral Pueblo village, and wide vistas. This trail includes 4 ladders. For longer hikes, the Bandelier backcountry offers opportunities for all day or even multiple-day overnight backpacking trips. Most of the 70 miles of trails are in the officially designated Bandelier Wilderness. Free permits, required for overnight trips, are obtained in person at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center area includes a museum, bookstore, 14-minute movie, and information, with the gift shop, snack bar, and picnic area nearby. During the busy season most visitors must take a free shuttle bus from White Rock.