Related Links

The decision about whether or not a site is commercial is one made by me. If a site has a few ads, mainly to pay for what appears to be a labor of love (e.g., like ExploreNM.com), it is not considered a commercial site. On the other hand, if it appears that a site exists primarily as a revenue generator or is promoting a specific company, I deem it commercial. If you disagree with my characterization, please let me know.

Quick links to a specific part of this page:


Government sites related to outdoor activities


Wildfire information

New Mexico Fire information
Good overall information about what is open, what is closed, where fires are brurning, etc.
Southwest coordination center fire restrictions and closures has a comprehensive list of what is closed and what restrictions exist. This site is also linked to by the one above.

Federal Government

National Parks and Monuments in New Mexico
Information about all of the national parks in NM.
National Forests in the Southwestern Region (which includes NM).
All of the state's national forests.
Bureau of Land Management
Over the years, more recreation opportunities have appeared on BLM lands.
BLM Socorro Field Office Outdoor Recreation
Information about outdoor activities on BLM lands, including the continental divide trail, camping, historic sites, etc.
Public Lands Information Center, New Mexico
Information about activities, maps for sale.
recreation.gov
Information about recreation at US government facilities (including NM).

State government

New Mexico State Parks
Information about every state park.
Volcanoes of New Mexico
New Mexico has one of the largest concentrations of volcanos in the continental 48 states. This page from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.
Access New Mexico
A guide for people with disabilities.
New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs
Museums and other cultural things
New Mexico Department of Tourism
Tax dollars used to promote tourism. They have lots of information about travel in NM, things to see and do, etc.

Other governments

Jicarilla Apache Nation recreation
The Jicarilla Apache are in northwest NM. This is the website for their Game and Fish department.
Navajo Parks & Recreation Department
The Navajo Nation has parks and campgrounds. Their land contains some of the most scenic areas in the world. If you are going to be hiking or camping on their land, you probably need a permit. Information about how to obtain one is available on their web site (look under "Services").


Search and Rescue (SAR)

New Mexico Search and Rescue Council
State-wide coordination between the various SAR teams.
NM Search and Rescue Resources
Includes electronic versions of all NM topo maps.
Cibola Search and Rescue
If you get lost in the state, these people may be the ones looking for you. They are based in Albuquerque, but assist with searches statewide.
New Mexico Search and Rescue
The state police's SAR page.


Outdoor activities and organizations

The Beginners Guide to Wildlife Photography
Getting started in doing wildlife photography. We have lots of great opportunities for this all over the state.
Fish Enchantment
NM's only multiple species angling forum. It's free and a great way to learn more about Fishing in NM. We have tons of members from around the state that share fishing tips, reports, product reviews and more. We also have monthly competitions were members can win free products from our sponsors.
NM Muskies Inc
Our mission is to continue working with NMDGF to manage or Muskie fisheries for years to come. We're a fun/mission oriented fishing club that operates youth fishing clinics, monthly meetings, member only tournaments, educate anglers how to safely target and handle these dangerous and often misunderstood fish, and much more. Join and support this amazing fishery today!
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
An organization supporting wilderness in NM. They also have regular hikes into wilderness or proposed wilderness areas. They are working on projects such as Otero Mesa, the Valle Vidal, working to create the Ojito Wilderness area, etc. Support this organization!
New Mexico Mountain Club
This organization runs outdoor events doing hiking, technical rock climbing, backpacking, camping, snowshoeing, skiing, and cycling. Their activities cover the entire range of skill levels, from easy to difficult.
The New Mexico Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
An association promoting New Mexico as a destination for RVers and campers.
Hot Spots and Pot Shots: Seeing What New Mexico Has to Offer
Day trips in New Mexico, including points of interest, places to eat, etc.
Sandia Mountains Hiking Guide
Mike Coltrin hiked all of the major trails in the Sandias, and this is information he collected about the trails, including 350 GPS waypoints.
Ski New Mexico
All kinds of information about skiing in NM.
Local-Hikes.com
This site is about hiking all over the country. They have a form that allows you to describe your favorite hike, so it appears to be a user-driven hike database.


Biology, Geology, and other sciences

NM Native Plant Society
Lots of information and photographs of NM plants.
Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Lots of information about the plants that live in the Gila area.
Gila Native Plant Society
The people that study and enjoy the plants of SW NM
CalPhotos plant photo database
A searchable database of plant photos that includes many NM plants.
Moths of New Mexico
The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center list of moths found in New Mexico. Full of information about their biology, including range. Several moth entries have photos of the moth.
Virtual Tour of New Mexico Geology
from the NM Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources.
Virtual Field Trip to the basalts of the Zuni-Bandera Malpais
from the NM Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources.
SW Colorado wildflowers
In spite of the name, it actually covers the four corners states, of which NM is one.
The Hiker's Guide to Poisonous Plants
A guide to poisonous plants that you might encounter while hiking.
199 Poisonous Plants to Look Out For
Another guide to poisonous plants. You do need to know plants to make the best use of this guide while hiking, and it could use being a bit more specific.


Non-commercial sites promoting NM, or at least parts of it

Horse Tail Trails
promoting local artists, musicians, businesses, and community projects in Northern New Mexico. It includes a calendar of events.
Outdoors New Mexico
Karl Moffat's blog of photos and stories, most of which are New Mexico and nearby areas.
Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce
Lots of information about the Taos SKi Valley, including a list of suggested day trips in the area.
Go New Mexico Tourism
An online visitors guide to New Mexico
Historic Route 66 in New Mexico
The "Mother Road" in NM.
The Carlsbad Caverns/Guadalupe Mountains Association (CCGMA)
CCGMA is a nonprofit organization that supports the Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (though the Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in Texas, I guess we can forgive them. It is a nice park (especially for hiking), and it is close enough to almost be a New Mexico park :-).
Northeast New Mexico
Northeast NM travel, tourism, events, etc.
Southern New Mexico
Southern NM travel, tourism, events, etc.
Heart of New Mexico
By the New Mexico Central Region Marketing Board, this site has some day trip suggestions in central New Mexico.
New Mexico Wanderings
Photos and text about many places in New Mexico, especially the smaller and lesser-known ones.
New Mexico Domains
They say they are "New Mexico's Free Press", and have some of the features of a newspaper, but online. Or, you could consider this a NM blog. This is a (free) registration site, and you need to be registered in order to get access to most of the content.
Discover New Mexico
This site looks to be working toward a magazine about places in NM. They also have information about hot springs and webcams in NM.

Similar sites for other areas

Hiking Diego
Hiking In San Diego.

GPS sites

Wayhoo.com
A database of geographic coordinate information.
waypoint.org
Another database of geographic coordinate information.
Geocaching.com
Using your GPS and finding interesting places with only a little information. Figuring out the puzzles is usually part of the fun.
gpsinformation.net
Information about GPS receivers, programming, data formats, and about anything else you can think of.
The GPS – A Revolution for Cars!
About how GPS helps you get to the trailhead as well as several links to other GPS information.


Map sites

USGS Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center
Maps, aerial photos, elevation data, and satellite data from the USGS.
NM Search and Rescue Resources
Includes electronic versions of all NM topo maps. This site is also listed in the SAR section of this page, but the map resources are important and useful enough to warrant a second listing here.
US Census Bureau mapping services
The overview maps for every hike and campground on ExploreNM.com come from here.
The US National Atlas
Maps of all kinds for all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. A really great resource.
Topozone.com
A commercial site that allows you to find (and print) topo maps. You might also look into the NM SAR resources mentioned above.
Terraserver-usa.com
Satellite photos and topo maps from Microsoft's Terraserver, in conjunction with the USGS. Similar to Topozone above, but less commercial (and, unfortunately, with more errors).
multimap.com
worldwide maps


More general sites that also cover New Mexico

forestcamping.com
Information about camping in national forests.
ReserveUSA
Here you can make campground reservations at National Forest, Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation outdoor recreation facilities.


Commercial sites on the web

Planning for a backpacking trip
Information from backcountry.com about how to plan for a backpacking trip.
New Mexico Enchanted Hikes
We are a guided hiking company based in Albuquerque, NM.
We Hike for Fun (and taste New Mexico Wines)
We Hike to Learn (on New Mexico's Hidden Trails)
We Hike for a Cause (and support Wildlife Sanctuaries)
Jurnii RV Rentals
Jurnii RV Rentals specialize in providing the public with everything there is to know about rental RVs. Discover the world of RV rental today!
Kiowa Valley Ranch Camp
A ranch in northeastern NM offering camping and lodging. They have wildlife viewing, dark skies for astronomy, and more.
Santa Fe Walkabouts
Santa Fe Walkabouts is an outdoor adventure company offering customized outings for individuals, families and small groups. Our specialties include private guided hikes, mountain biking excursions, “Jeep” Adventures in our Pinzgauer, and scenic tours to Bandelier, Puye, Abiquiu, Taos, and more!
Kiowa Valley Ranch Camp
A ranch in northeastern NM offering camping and lodging. They have wildlife viewing, dark skies for astronomy, and more.
Outspire
Outspire provides private guided day hikes and snowshoe outings for individuals and small groups in the Santa Fe area. Trips are completely customized--you can enjoy a leisurely interpretive walk or a more athletic, challenging hike to see our mountain or canyon scenery, geology and ecology.
Sangre de Cristo Mountainworks
An outdoor gear shop in Santa Fe
Pendaries RV Resort
A resort with RV sites and cabins, a cafe and lodge.
Wild Earth Llama Adventures
They offer educational multi-day llama treks and gourmet lunch day hikes in the seldom visited wilderness areas of northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains, near Taos and Santa Fe.
Albuquerque Journal Treks and Trails
Columns from the Albuquerque Journal that cover hikes in the Albuquerque area and northern NM. One of the better commercial sites for hiking information.
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages for New Mexico
Lots of ads (including pop-up ads), but also lots of information about outdoor activities in NM.
Trails.com
Trail info for all over, including NM. They have a free trial, but then you need to subscribe to have access to the data.
Hikercentral.com
This is their New Mexico page, with a collection of links and a search engine for books and web articles.
NM Magazine
The magazine dedicated to information about things to do, places to see, and the people and culture of NM. What more can you say about the magazine with the column titled "One of Our Fifty Is Missing".
Guidebook America
A travel guide for the whole US, including NM.
New Mexico Online Highway
Lots of travel information for NM. They appear to make their money from ads (lots of ads), but there is some interesting information.
RV Registry
For-sale-by-owner RVs


New Mexico Outdoor Sports Guide
A directory of web sites about outdoor sports (including hiking and camping) in New Mexico.
New Mexico Net
A directory of web sites about New Mexico and from New Mexico companies.
The Snare
A directory of various New Mexico stuff on the web.
Alta Camping
A linking site with links to many camping sites on the web.
FR Mexico
A collection of links about things on both sides of the US-Mexico border.


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