New Mexico Awards & Accolades

Albuquerque ranks #9 on the list for Women in Tech, according to a 2021 study conducted by SmartAsset. As tech opportunities migrate out of Silicone Valley, still considered the premier high-tech hub, women are enjoying increased options. "Women can seize tech opportunities in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and Washington D.C.," says SmartAsset. Women still face a large pay gap compared to what men make in this...

Angel Fire is opening for summer fun on May 14th. MTBParks.com recognized Angel Fire as the #1 bike park in the Southwest. Angel Fire maintains over 100 miles of downhill and cross-country green belt trails for all ability levels that also ties into the National Forest trail network, including the highly praised South Boundary Trail. The bike park will offer the longest season in its history, with 131 days of riding. Read more about its...

Not only is Albuquerque rife with fund things for families to do but its central location in the middle of the state makes it a convenient hub for exploring New Mexico's various outdoor amenities and National Monuments. Conde Nast cites it as one of the best family vacation spots throughout the year.  "[T]here’s something to suit every preference. And Albuquerque, with its easy access to national parks like White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns, and unmatched...

According to an October 16, 2020 article in Insider, 83% of respondents to Airbnb's survey entitled "How Airbnb and Travelers are Redefining Travel in 2021," are in favor of relocating as part of remote working, and a quarter believe they'll be able to "live where they want to and work remotely." Only one in five surveyed has permanently or temporarily relocated due to the pandemic. Rather, many more are using Airbnb rentals to try the...

Taos made TravelAwaits' 2020 list of 7 Magical U.S. Towns to Visit During Christmas, and recommends attending mass at The San Francisco De Asis Mission Church to get a feel for northern New Mexico's history and culture. A National Historic Monument, San Francisco de Asis was constructed of mud and straw sun-dried adobe bricks in the early 1800s and is one of Taos' few original buildings still standing. "[It} s is a living testament to...

New Mexico's capital Santa Fe ranked #14 among Your Tango's 18 picks for U.S. Cities with the most European feel. (#14 . . . . really?!)  The online lifestyle guide wrote: "Spanish explorers and then Spanish colonial settlers were traveling to and establishing “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis” (or what is known as modern day Santa Fe, New Mexico) back in 1610. This Spanish/European influence meshed with local Native...

In September 2020, Travel+Leisure ranked New Mexico as one of the best places for star gazing. "Roswell jokes aside, New Mexico really does have a special relationship with space exploration. Blessed with high altitudes, low population density, a dry climate, and clean skies, the state is home to Gold and Silver-tier Dark Sky Parks and some of the best stargazing opportunities in the world," said the magazine....

Coming in #5 on its list, Ruidoso is a second home destination that should be on your list, states Kiplinger. The personal financial magazine describes the picturesque town nestled in southern New Mexico’s Sierra Blanca mountain range, as "a haven from stifling summer heat in the desert basin below and a wintertime getaway for skiers and snowboarders in the Southwest. June 2020 median listing price: $349,550."...

Once  again Travel & Leisure readers singled out the City Different, describing it as an earthy, artsy town with centuries-old adobes, a vibrant gallery scene, memorable dining experiences, and nearby mountains that sate the urges of outdoor enthusiasts....

With its distinctive Spanish pueblo revival-style architectural, a multi-textured history that pre-dates its founding in 1610, and the oldest state capital in the nation, AFAR magazine named Santa Fe as one of the best small cities in the U.S. to visit and live in. The magazine further points out that, according to Resonance’s 2020 study, New Mexico’s capital is also the most Instagrammed small cities in the country....

Conde Nast Traveler's readers distinguished three Northern New Mexico area spas as being among the best in the country, including Ojo Santa Fe Spa Resort, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa in Taos County, and the Japanese-inspired spa Ten Thousand Waves in the foothills north of Santa Fe. The Inn of the Five Graces was the 11th best city hotel in the continental U.S. [caption id="attachment_979357" align="alignnone" width="900"] Ojo Santa Fe, courtesy of Melissa Hobdy Smith[/caption]...

Forbes reports that according RENTCafe,  overall travel searches for popular US vacation destinations showed that Americans are craving small-town comfort, beaches and nature vacations, while city trips have drastically decreased in popularity. Taos ranked #13 in its overall searches and #4 in its small town searches, while Ruidoso ranked #20 in its overall searches and #6 in its nature travel destinations....

For a destination for peace, relaxation and a zenlike setting, Reader's Digest lists White Sands National Monument as a place not to miss. "These Chihuahuan Desert dunes are positively dazzling, thanks to the reflective quality of gypsum, and incredibly soft due to its fine texture. On most days, you can have entire dunes all to yourself, so have fun making sand angels, pondering how the shrubs survive those harsh conditions, and gazing at the dreamy...

For families stumped about what to do over Spring Break, National Geographic has several road trip options. Following the 472-mile route from from Las Cruces to Taos is an opportunity to explore New Mexico and "delve into Spanish colonial history and Native American heritage—all with a side of rugged mountain and high desert scenery. It’s a prime route for foodie families thanks to weekly farmers markets in Las Cruces and Santa Fe and a slew...

Albuquerque retains its #1 spot in 2019 among MovieMaker Magazine's rankings for those in the film industry. The magazine states: "Albuquerque repeats at the top of our list. It has some built-in advantages, including 310 days of sunshine a year, four seasons, and mild winters—plus vistas stunning enough to distract you from the twists on Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and the first Breaking Bad film, El Camino, released in 2019."...