THERE ARE A LOT of different kinds of places that inspire me to get outside — the curve of a hiking trail through pine forest, a bald peak waiting to be climbed, a crystal-clear swimming hole on a hot day, desert boulders to scramble around on. And really, there’s an exciting world waiting out there regardless of where you might currently be sitting.
But in my travels, few places have as strong a pull to the outdoors as New Mexico. It’s the diversity of the landscape, and its sheer wildness (New Mexico is one of the least densely populated states), that make stepping outside such a joy, no matter what you’re getting up to — hiking, fishing, skiing, climbing, biking.
Check out these 18 images of New Mexico and get inspired to plan your own outdoors mission.