Best New Mexico Resorts for Families

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Nicknamed the “Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico is home to the oldest state capital in the United States. Known for its rich history and culture, breathtaking landscapes and numerous activities ranging from camping and casinos to ski slopes and spas, there couldn’t be a better place to spend a vacation.

Whether you want relaxation and pampering, to connect with nature or brush up on history or simply to relax, there’s lots of fun to be had for the entire family.

Here are 15 of the best New Mexico resorts to consider for your upcoming vacation.

1. El Monte Sagrado

El Monte Sagrado, one of the best New Mexico resorts
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317 Kit Carson Rd
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-3502

Nestled in a serene setting surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, ponds and trees, the El Monte Sagrado is perfect for romantic getaways as well as families looking to relax, unwind and be pampered.

Named one of Forbes’ Top Spa Resorts in America, this oasis offers families an award winning spa with couples suite, a wellness center, complimentary yoga class, full service fitness center and saltwater indoor pool. And adults aren’t the only ones in the family who can indulge in the star spa treatment. Older kids aged 14-18 can also enjoy select spa services when accompanied by an adult.

Families looking to get off the resort will be happy to know that the town of Taos’ historic Plaza is just a few blocks away and world class skiing at Taos Ski Valley is just 20 miles away.

Why El Monte Sagrado is great for families:

  • Spacious two-bedroom/two-bathroom suites available with private courtyards
  • Complimentary shuttle service to town plaza
  • Convenient to numerous family friendly activities, tours and attractions
  • Select spa services available for guests ages 14-18 when accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Prenatal spa massages available


2. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, one of the best New Mexico resorts
A view of the pool at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Photo courtesy of

198 NM-592
Santa Fe, NM 87506
(505) 946-5700

Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in America’s “Land of Enchantment,” Rancho Encantado is a family-friendly haven where both kids and adults can indulge in the luxury treatment while still having an action-packed vacation in Santa Fe.

Families can enjoy a variety of seasonal activities and year round activities such as hiking, swimming in the heated outdoor pool or relaxing at the spa. On my 8-year-old son’s list are the family game room and even a “s’mores school.” But that isn’t the only thing that makes his list. He also relishes in the fact that the kids are pampered too with kids’ bathrobes and slippers!

Moms and dads with picky kids will find helpful the on site concierge to help plan the “perfect day” that suits all ages and interests.

Why Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is great for families:

  • Seasonal activities and special holiday events for kids and teens
  • Complimentary meals for children 5 and younger
  • Childproofing and children’s toiletries
  • Babysitting services
  • Family ski and snowboard lessons
  • Large luxury suites and two-bedroom interconnecting casitas accommodating up to 4 adults and 4 children
  • Indoor wood burning fireplaces and furnished patios
  • High chairs and cribs available
  • Complimentary resort shuttle


3. Eldorado Hotel & Spa

El Dorado Hotel and Spa, one of the best New Mexico resorts
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309 W San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 988-4455

Families with teens and adult children looking to be centrally located while indulging in a luxurious vacation will enjoy Eldorado Hotel and Spa, located in Santa Fe.

Guests can enjoy an award-winning spa, casual fine dining, exclusive rooftop pool and fitness center at this luxury resort. Those who want to spend some time off resort will be happy to find that the resort is within walking distance of world-class restaurants and shopping as well as local attractions such as the Santa Fe Plaza, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Canyon Road art district and the Palace of the Governors.

Why El Dorado Hotel and Spa is great for families:

  • Spacious suites available with separate living room, wood burning kiva fireplace and private terrace
  • Pet friendly
  • Walking distance to world-class restaurants, shopping venues and local attractions
  • Numerous dining options


4. Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Enjoy the large pool and hot tub at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder. Photo courtesy of

20 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506
(505) 455-5555

For a cross between a relaxing spa experience and an entertaining Las Vegas-style vacation experience, the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder fits the bill.

Families with older children will enjoy amenities such as the world-class spa, arcade room, 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, gourmet restaurants, live entertainment and nightclub. And of course you can’t forget the 61,000-square-foot casino and award-winning Towa golf course.

When it’s time to relax and recharge, guests can choose between the Hilton‘s traditional upscale guest rooms and suites or the spacious Homewood Suites.

Why Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder is great for families:

  • Seasonal outdoor pool and indoor pool
  • Arcade room
  • Choice of Homewood Suites accommodations with two bedrooms and bathrooms, living room and full kitchen
  • Complimentary breakfast and evening social
  • Complimentary grocery shopping and 24-hour onsite convenience store
  • Pet friendly


5. Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, one of the best New Mexico resorts
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1300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
(505) 867-1234

Located on the Native American Santa Ana Pueblo between the Rio Grande River and the Sandia Mountains, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya isn’t just an amazing New Mexico resort for families. It is also packed with history and culture.

Guests can learn about the vast history of the Tamayame people and their ancient lands during a tour of the resort’s Cultural Learning Center. The resort also has a number of family-friendly activities and attractions to enjoy including an outdoor pool with kiva and waterside, biking, golfing, horseback riding along the Rio Grande, nature/jogging trails, hot air balloon rides, fly-fishing, seasonal cultural events and activities or a relaxing day at the spa.

Off resort, families can enjoy fly-fishing or a visit to a nearby art and culture museum. There are also a number of New Mexico wineries nearby for the wine-loving adults!

Why Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is great for families:

  • Rentable bikes and helmets for all ages/sizes as well as toddler trailers
  • Pet friendly
  • Digital check-in
  • Business center and free wifi
  • Suites available with refrigerator, separate living room and two bathrooms
  • Camp Hyatt kids program for age 3-12 (currently unavailable)


6. Inn of the Five Graces

Inn of the Five Graces, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Overlooking the courtyard at the Inn of the Five Graces. Photo courtesy of

150 E De Vargas St
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 992-0957

Families looking for a unique vacation experience to awaken the five senses will want to check out this earthy, traditional Inn.

Perhaps better suited for families of older children and adults, this Inn is made for relaxation. On site, guests can enjoy a top-of-the-line fitness center, yoga and meditation, get pampered at the spa, or enjoy a coffee or cocktail in the beautiful courtyard. There’s also live music for enjoyment on select days of the week.

Fun fact about the Inn: It is located in the historic Barrio de Analco, the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in the U.S.

Why the Inn of Five Graces is great for families:

  • Complimentary breakfast and mini bar
  • Two bedroom suites available with kiva fireplace, kitchenette and private patio space
  • Three bedroom villa available with in suite bathrooms and chef’s kitchen
  • Convenient to shopping, arts, museums and other family-friendly attractions and activities


7. La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort and Spa

La Posada de Santa Fe, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Enjoy an evening relaxing in the courtyard by the fire pit. Photo courtesy of

330 E Palace Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 986-0000

For a mix of New Mexico’s charming, southwest style and the luxury of the most renowned resort in Santa Fe, La Posada de Santa Fe needs to be on your list.

While visiting the only resort in downtown Santa Fe, families won’t just enjoy the proximity to the historic town plaza. They’ll also enjoy amenities such as the colorful gardens, signature dishes, full-service spa and salon, steam rooms, fitness center, in-house art gallery, heated saline swimming pool and hot tub. There are even personal training and private yoga sessions for the ultimate personal vacation experience!

Why La Posada de Santa Fe is great for families:

  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • In-room dining
  • Seasonal activities and events
  • Adjoining and connecting rooms available
  • Steps from historic plaza
  • Pet friendly


8. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, one of the best New Mexico resorts
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113 Washington Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 988-3030

For a luxurious family-friendly New Mexico resort that everyone can enjoy from infant to adult, the Rosewood Inn is the place to be. This southwestern style resort is just steps from the historic Plaza district’s galleries and museums and offers sightseeing tours and private expeditions for all ages to explore the area’s history and culture.

My son can appreciate the Rose Buds for Children program, which provides younger hotel guests with their own special services, items and amenities. He absolutely loves the fact that he too can enjoy the luxury with kid-sized terry cloth robes. The designated children’s menus at the resort restaurant are a plus for picky eaters.

Just for the adults are the in-room massage and aromatherapy treatments, 24-hour fitness center and tequila tasting tours!

Why Rosewood Inn is great for families:

  • Bike rentals available
  • Two bedroom suites with separate living room/dining room and fireplace
  • Amenities for babies and children available such as an Erbaviva baby set, en-suite wireless baby monitors and kid-sized bathrobes
  • Full-size crib and linens
  • In-room baby-proofing service
  • Changing table, diaper pail, baby bathtub and/or non-slip mat, bedrails and in-room bottle warmers
  • Babysitting services
  • Children’s menus for in-room dining and in the Anasazi Restaurant


9. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

50 Los Banos Drive
Ojo Caliente, NM 87549
(877) 977-8212

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Relax in the outdoor soaking pool. Photo courtesy of

If you’re looking for relaxation at an award winning hot springs spa resort, pack up your family and head to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa.

Perfect for families with teenagers, this picturesque resort offers several soaking pools that the teens can enjoy with another adult in the family. Additionally, this resort offers amenities such as healing spa therapies, daily yoga (including a free 9am class) and public hiking trails. There are also a variety of meal options available to accommodate all dietary needs.

As one of the oldest natural health resorts in the U.S., the entire family will leave feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated.

Why Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is great for families:

  • Rental homes available for up to 14 guests
  • Suites with fully furnished kitchenettes and separate living room and dining rooms
  • Soaking pools available to children ages 13 through 17 when accompanied by an adult
  • Family-friendly dining at the Artesian Restaurant
  • Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms


10. Sandia Resort and Casino

30 Rainbow Rd
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 796-7500

Sandia Resort and Casino, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Enjoy a day with the family at the large, sparkling resort pool. Photo courtesy of

With a gorgeous view of the Sandia Mountains, the Sandia Resort and Casino is a New Mexico resort great for families looking to unwind and have some southwest fun.

On the resort side, families can enjoy the large sparkling outdoor pool, the 18-hole golf course, a relaxing day at the spa or one of the several live shows and entertainment. Meanwhile on the casino side, adults can enjoy an exciting new sports bar, poker, slots, table games and even a classic game of bingo.

However, with not much more for the kids to enjoy outside of the outdoor pool, an adults-only vacation may be a better bet for this resort.

Why Sandia Resort is great for families:

  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Large, luxurious two bedroom suites available for up to 6 guests
  • Multiple dining options
  • Minutes from airport


11. Ruidoso River Resort

Ruidoso River Resort, one of the best New Mexico resorts
View wildlife in its natural habitat from the balcony of your condo. Photo courtesy of

206 Eagle Dr
Ruidoso, NM 88345
(575) 630-8015

Located on Rio Ruidoso in the heart of midtown Ruidoso, this luxury condo resort in New Mexico is near all of the fun attractions that make a complete family vacation.

Families can enjoy horseback riding and racing, golf, zip lines, skiing, shopping or entertainment at the performance center. There’s also a casino for the adults to try their luck at table games and slots. After enjoying a day out and about, wind down in the beautiful resort garden or courtyard. Families with picky eaters like my son will appreciate the gas grills for making home-cooked meals.

One of the best parts is that condos are available for nightly, weekly and monthly rentals, giving families the ultimate flexibility when it comes to planning.

Why Ruidoso River Resort is great for families:

  • Rental condos with up to 3 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 guests, all with their separate bathrooms
  • Numerous nearby events, attractions and activities for the entire family
  • Pet friendly


12. Edelweiss Lodge and Spa

Edelweiss Lodge and Spa, one of the best New Mexico resorts
A day with the family at Edelweiss Lodge is always well spent in Taos Ski Valley. Photo courtesy of

106 Sutton Pl
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
(575) 737-6900

If skiing is at the top of the list for your family vacation, be sure to check out the Edelweiss Lodge.

Located in the Taos Ski Valley, this New Mexico ski resort has all you need for a relaxing yet fun-filled winter ski vacation. For example, there’s skiing, ice skating, swimming, tennis and hot air balloon rides to name a few. Adults will also enjoy the on-site fitness facilities and numerous spa treatments available. Summer visitors also have a number of nearby activities to enjoy including horseback riding, white water rafting and fishing.

The on-site restaurant Blonde Bear Tavern not only has delicious food, but also a large flat-screen television, pool table, and foosball tables to keep the kids entertained.

Why Edelweiss Lodge and Spa is great for families:

  • On-site restaurant with entertainment area
  • Health and fitness center with childcare
  • Three bedroom condos with kitchen and washer and dryer available accommodating up to 9 guests
  • Children’s ski school lessons
  • Discount on ski equipment
  • Proximity to Albuquerque and Santa Fe airports


13. Geromino Trail Guest Ranch

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Spend the day horseback riding with the family at a New Mexico dude ranch. Photo courtesy of

1 Wall Lake Road
Winston, NM 87943
(575) 772-5157

Located in the heart of the Gila National Forest, this family-owned guest ranch in southwest New Mexico gives horse loving families the ultimate dude ranch experience.

A stay at this picturesque, all-inclusive ranch means unlimited horseback riding, fun ranch activities and delicious home-style meals. Together, families can also enjoy Western movie nights, board games, line dancing, stargazing or gathering around the campfire to make s’mores.

It’s location amongst the beautiful mountains, canyons, creeks and meadows gives plenty to explore and fall in love with while taking in the fresh air.

Why Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is great for families:

  • All inclusive stay including meals, accommodations and horseback riding/hiking
  • Cabins accommodating up to 16 guests
  • Horseback riding for all experience levels
  • Group pricing available


14. Tall Pine Resort

Tall Pine Resort, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Relax in a cozy cabin surrounded by nature. Photo courtesy of

1725 NM-578
Red River, NM 87558
(575) 754-2241

For families who want a camping experience without losing the convenience of a kitchen and a bathroom, the Tall Pines Ranch is perhaps the best New Mexico resort for you.

With no TVs or telephones, cabins at the Tall Pine Resort are an excellent way to get video game loving children like my son off of the electronics and out into nature.

The pristine mountain views provide a breathtaking backdrop as you spot wild animals in their natural hábitat from the comfort of your own porch. The centrally located lake is a great place to pass the time fishing or feeding the ducks. And when it’s time to fill bellies, outdoor grills are provided for charcoal cooking.

Why Tall Pine Resort is great for families:

  • Cabins with full kitchens and bathrooms accommodating up to 8 guests
  • Pet friendly
  • Several nearby playgrounds
  • On site store with fishing supplies and basic items


15. Villas de Santa Fe by Diamond Resorts

Villas de Santa Fe, one of the best New Mexico resorts
Relax, lounge and enjoy the weather on the beautiful resort grounds. Photo courtesy of

400 Griffin St
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 988-3000

A favorite for families vacationing in Santa Fe, the Villas de Santa Fe is one of the best family-friendly resorts in the Land of Enchantment.

Whether you’re looking to relax and enjoy nature or have a more cultural, educational experience, this resort has plenty to do. For example, you can spend the day poolside at the heated outdoor pool and hot tub, fire up a good meal at one of the barbecue pits, lounge in the garden, read a good book in the on-site library or get competitive in the game room.

Meanwhile off the resort property, families can visit Canyon Road for shopping, discovering Indian pueblos and historic sites or spending the day skiing. Its convenient location to downtown Santa Fe makes it easy to find something for everyone to do and enjoy!

Why Villas de Santa Fe is great for families:

  • Spacious suites with full kitchens, private bedrooms and in room laundry
  • Game room for children and adults
  • Convenient to downtown Santa Fe and several family friendly attractions and activities


Headed to New Mexico for a family vacation or staycation? Check out these other SheBuysTravel experiences to help you plan your trip:

  • 9 Must-See Things to Do in New Mexico on a Southwest Road Trip
  • Free Things to Do in Albuquerque New Mexico
Kimberly Miles is a mother of one and an experienced solo and single mom traveler. So far, she has traveled to Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Dubai, Bahamas, Aruba, Mexico, and several places in the U.S. Kimberly was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, but in 2018 she took a leap of faith and made the beautiful beach town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico her home with her young son. In addition to writing for SheBuysTravel, Kimberly ghostwrites blogs on a variety of topics. She also provides marketing consulting services and business guidance to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations via her independent business KNM Virtual Solutions. When she’s not traveling or writing, you can find Kimberly working out, eating tacos, dancing the night away, or spending time at the beach with her son. You can read more of her work at Travel Unapologetically.
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