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Those of us who call Albuquerque home enjoy access to a wide range of year-round activities – but sometimes keeping things fresh and taking a drive to explore a new part of the state is an even better option. To spark your imagination, here are our top picks for the best winter road trip destinations in New Mexico. Happy trails!

Go Skiing in the Rocky Mountains

Sure, skiing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of enjoying the great outdoors in sunny New Mexico. But along the northern border of New Mexico, you can find some amazing Rocky Mountain skiing at resorts like Taos Ski Valley. Savor the only snow you’ll only find here in New Mexico, and explore the countless hiking trails that make the mountains a top road trip destination year-round.

Go Skating at the Cloudcroft Ice Rink

Nothing says winter like gliding across a frozen ice rink. Although ice skating can be a bit more difficult to find in New Mexico, a winter road trip offers the perfect chance to go. A destination in itself, the Cloudcroft Ice Rink takes advantage of the town's unique combination of mountains and historic beauty to create a one-of-a-kind ice rink that draws visitors from across New Mexico.

Find Your New Favorite at Black Mesa Winery

New Mexico is home to some of the country’s best wineries, and winter is a fine time for a festive wine tour. Head to Black Mesa Winery in Velarde to sample a wide variety of exceptional wines and shop for the perfect gifts for the wine lovers on your list. You can also look forward to meeting the vineyard's famous cat, Ceo Sola.

Wherever you’re headed this winter season, make sure to enjoy some of the amazing destinations New Mexico has to offer! For more fun travel ideas, plus local recommendations for enjoying life in Albuquerque, check out our Olympus Encantada blog