As the days are getting shorter, the smell of roasting chiles fills the air and a hint of cooler weather blows through the trees. It sounds like fall in southern New Mexico!
Fall is one of the best seasons to explore New Mexico since the heat waves of summer start to drift away. There’s a lot to do and see in the fall throughout the region. Here are our top picks for fun activities to do in the fall.
High Rolls Apple Festival
Tucked away in the Lincoln National Forest, the Village of Cloudcroft holds the perfect event each year for apple lovers of all ages. The annual High Rolls Apple Festival features activities for children, food vendors, shopping, and of course, apples.
You can enjoy a day in the mountains snacking on apple treats like apple pie and apple cider and get a head start on your Christmas shopping at one of the many arts and crafts booths featuring handmade local goods.
The proceeds from the festival will go towards expanding the community center, which provides activities for the whole town. The Apple Festival will be held October 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit the Cloudcroft Facebook page.
Fall wine festivals
There’s nothing quite as nice as sitting outside in the fall with a glass of wine watching the wind blow through the color-changing trees. Southern New Mexico and surrounding areas host several wine festivals where you can try something new and find the perfect fall wine to take home.
- La Vina Winery Harvest Wine Festival
Held at New Mexico’s oldest winery, the La Vina Winery Harvest Wine Festival is a celebration of community and good wine. At this festival, you can taste over 20 wines and listen to six different performing groups throughout the festival.
The La Vina Winery Harvest Wine Festival will be held October 19 and 20 from noon to 7 p.m. at La Vina Winery in Anthony, New Mexico. Tickets are $20 and include a souvenir glass and wine tastings. For more information, check out the La Vina website.
- El Paso Wine Festival
Only an hour away from Las Cruces, the El Paso Wine Festival is the largest in the region. This festival features more than 350 wines, both local and from around the world, as well as food from El Paso’s top restaurants.
The festival will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the heart of downtown. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the El Paso Wine Festival website.
If you’re looking for a fun fall activity to enjoy with the whole family, look no further than a corn maze. These attractions feature challenging mazes made completely out of corn and other activities like fall food vendors, pumpkin patches, games, and even farm animals.
- El Paso Corn Maze
This location features a pumpkin train, pedal carts, and two different levels of corn mazes. The El Paso corn maze is open Saturdays and Sundays from September 28 through November 1. Learn more on the El Paso Corn Maze website.
- Mesilla Valley Corn Maze
At the Mesilla Valley Corn Maze, you’ll find duck races, slides, and a hayride out to the pumpkin patch. The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until October 27. Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for kids 2 to12, and free for kids under 2. Check out the Mesilla Valley Maze website for more information.
- La Union Corn Maze
Located between Las Cruces and El Paso, the La Union Corn Maze makes a fantastic day trip for the whole family. In addition to the maze, you’ll find a jumping pillow, zip lines, and a pumpkin patch. This location has both military and group discounts. For directions and ticket prices, check out the La Union Maze website.
- Las Cruces Halloween fest
Interested in a family-friendly event on Halloween night? The annual Las Cruces Halloween Fest is the place to be! Come and dress up for this community festival featuring vendors and family fun. This event will be held on October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Plaza de Las Cruces. Check out their facebook event for more information.
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