The Rocky Mountains, vast desert landscapes, and rich cultural roots make New Mexico an impressive bachelor party destination. Alongside the beautiful natural scenery that surrounds your New Mexico vacation rental, many of the lovely towns and cities in this gorgeous state offer interesting attractions and exciting entertainment. For your upcoming celebration, consider visiting one of these seven bachelor party destinations in New Mexico.

1. Albuquerque

Albuquerque
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While visiting Albuquerque for your bachelor party, visit Rainbow Ryders for a chance to view the city in a hot air balloon. If you plan your vacation for early October, attend the International Balloon Fiesta for the awe-inspiring experience of more than 600 hot air balloons decorating the sky with vibrant pops of color. Soak up the city’s Spanish and Native culture with a tour of Old Town. When in this 10-block neighborhood, check out the Equinox Cafe & Bar for evening cocktails or a quick bite. Compete with friends in a round of golf at the Puerto Del Sol Golf Course to polish your putting or driving skills.

Albuquerque offers a bustling nightlife scene littered with bars and dance clubs, but for a unique time, check out Ibiza Lounge or Envy Nightlife. Watch your favorite sporting event and sip a cold beer at Altitude Sports Grill or place your bets at The Albuquerque Downs Racetrack & Casino. Although there are a plethora of restaurants around the city, you should grab a seat at St. Clair Winery & Bistro to taste award-winning wine and listen to live jazz.

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2. Taos

Taos
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During the winter season, you and the guys can go skiing at Taos Ski Valley, or snowshoeing in the snow-covered mountains at State Forest Road 5. Take a walk along the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge for a stunning view of the natural green landscape of Taos. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, enjoy rafting and kayaking down the Rio Grande with Cottam’s Rio Grande River Trips. Take a hike through Carson National Forest to absorb the beautiful scenery or snap photos of the native wildlife. Visit the Anaconda Bar for signature margaritas or dance the night away in the Adobe Bar at the Taos Inn. To refill your energy, experience fine dining at Love Apple or Sagebrush Grill & Cantina to indulge in some Southwestern flair. Casinos are limited in Taos, but the Taos Mountain Casino offers an opportunity to win some money for your bride-to-be after a long day exploring the outdoors.

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3. Las Cruces

Las Cruces
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Anyone who enjoys archaeological sites or petroglyphs should delight at The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Highlighted by the allure of Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock, this location allows guests to hike over 22 miles of the Butterfield Stage Trail, and explore Geronimo’s Cave. Visit Leasburg Dam State Park for an entertaining yet leisurely rafting trip down the Rio Grande. Check out Red Hawk Golf Course for an interactive round of golf on the 18-hole Ken Dye course featuring rolling and generous greens. Grab a beer at The Pecan Grill & Brewery to relax and converse with friends or go to the Spotted Dog Brewery to enjoy seven varieties of unfiltered flagship beers. If you’re hungry, Las Cruces offers an assortment of restaurants, but Garduños offers traditional Mexican dishes and signature margaritas in a casual atmosphere. If surf and turf seems more appealing, visit Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood Restaurant. For a fun social nightlife experience, go to Azul or The Warehouse for live music and dancing.

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4. Santa Fe

Santa Fe
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From Northern Pueblos to museums and art galleries, Santa Fe offers a rich cultural history like no other town in New Mexico. If you value great music, dance and performances, pay a visit to the Lensic Performing Arts Center. For those who enjoy the outdoors, take a hiking or biking trip along 20 miles of unpaved and paved trails at Dale Ball Trails to view beautiful views of the mountains and desert. Go to Ski Santa Fe for a skiing experience in a friendly and casual atmosphere. While there, enjoy lunch on the top of the lift or make a stop in the cafeteria at the bottom of the slopes. Golfers should enjoy a trip to Towa Golf Club for nine-hole courses featuring tricky elevation and scenery changes. Take a sip of “Belgian Style” beers at Duel Brewing or behold live music and flamenco dancers at El Farol. To test your luck, try the table games or slot machines at Camel Rock Casino or Cities of Gold Casino.

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5. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico offers a vibrant tapestry of locations to keep you entertained and busy. Men will love snapping pictures with vintage automobiles such as Ford Mustangs and T-Birds at the J&R Vintage Automobile Museum. Enjoy a tour of the Corrales Wine Loop to visit three New Mexico wineries, and sample some of the best wine the state has to offer. If you want to make a friendly wager while in Santa Fe, visit Santa Ana Star Casino or San Felipe’s Casino Hollywood. To bask in the stunning views from the top of the Tent Rocks trail you should journey to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The short trails weave through canyons and cone-shaped mounds of volcanic pumice. Play friendly bar games and enjoy a brew at The Local Brewhouse or Slate Street Billiards. For some fine dining, sit down in M’tucci’s Moderno Italian Restaurant for classic Italian dishes or Pho Bar for tasty Vietnamese staples.

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6. Roswell

Roswell
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Although Roswell, New Mexico is well-known for the “Roswell Incident” and the International UFO Museum and Research Center, this small town has more to offer than just aliens. The Bottomless Lakes State Park showcases the natural beauty of Roswell with a group of nine small and very deep lakes perfect for boating or a fishing trip. Although Roswell has a limited nightlife scene, you can enjoy dancing and cold drinks at EPIQ Night Club. After working up an appetite, grab a steak and enjoy an Old-West theme at Cattle Baron. For some recreational fun, test your swing at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. This 18-hole course features tree-lined fairways with water obscuring four holes and several traps located at the other holes.

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7. Farmington

Farmington
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For outdoor fun, visit Farmington, New Mexico to view the picturesque scenery of the San Juan River valley. Farmington is complemented by Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and the desert highlands of Arizona. Journey to this beautiful town to behold the Bisti Badlands, which consists of stunning exposed fossils and eroding rock. Get your heart rate jumping with an off-road experience at Chokecherry Canyon Glade Run Recreation Area or go rafting along the Animas River at the Animas River White Water Park. Watch your favorite sports team play at No Worries Sports Bar & Grill or Crackers’ Sports Bar. When you build up an appetite, try Boon’s Family Thai BBQ for a unique gourmet experience. SunRay Park & Casino delivers some fun and a chance to win big at table games or slot machines. If you want to be social, enjoy some music and dancing at Club B Lounge or Top Deck.

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