Retirement in New Mexico
"Land of Enchantment"

Retirement in New Mexico includes affordable living, a mild climate, and a rich culture.

From open vistas, snowy mountains, rolling plains, deserts, and beautiful landscapes, there is something for everyone in New Mexico.

THE NORTHWEST REGION

Picture of Indian ceremony dance in New Mexico.

The northwestern part of New Mexico is the area that most people associate with New Mexico.

This region is rich with an abundance of Native American culture.

Here you can explore America's largest Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation, and enjoy the natural desert beauty of the Four Corners - the point where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet.

Two of the most popular retirement towns in this region are:

FARMINGTON

Farmington, which is nestled in the picturesque San Juan River valley, is the largest city of this area.

To the north of Farmington, you can see the rugged San Juan Mountains in Colorado and to the west the desert highlands of Arizona.

Activities include hiking, golfing, museums, local art galleries and a local theatre. Farmington is a great town for retirement in New Mexico.

BLOOMFIELD

Many retirees have discovered the town of Bloomfield, New Mexico.

With a population of over 7,000, it is a small town that offers many of the services and lifestyle choices of a much larger city.

Enjoy snow skiing, biking, hiking, and golfing. Plus, fish for trout or enjoy other water recreation on Navajo Lake.

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THE NORTH CENTRAL REGION

Picture of snow skiing in New Mexico.

The north central area of New Mexico is the perfect place to retire – especially, if you enjoy the outdoors.

One of the most popular regions of New Mexico, it offers snow skiing and snowboarding at Taos Ski Valley, Red River, and in Santa Fe.

If you are into mountain climbing, check out the highest mountain in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet).

Raft down the Rio Grande Gorge.

Other activities in the north central area include hiking, biking, fishing, and golf.

Two of the most popular cities for retirees are:

SANTA FE

  • The state's capital, Santa Fe, is located in north central New Mexico.
  • There are five major ski resorts within 90 miles of Santa Fe, as well as an abundance of streams and trails for fishing and hiking.
  • While expensive to live in, Santa Fe offers big city amenities without big city hassles.
  • TAOS

    Taos, located in the north central area, has a large retirement community. Clean air and a lively cultural scene has Taos ranked 82nd in Retirement Communities.

    Taos is home to the Taos Ski Valley – a skier's paradise.

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    THE NORTHEAST REGION

    Picture of New Mexico mountains.

    This is the area “where the plains meet the mountains”.

    The eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains turn into rolling plains, giving this region its dramatic landscape.

    If you are an angler, a boater, or a scuba diver, then the Northeast region of New Mexico is the place for you.

    Many retirees, who enjoy snow skiing, call this area of New Mexico home.

    ANGEL FIRE

    Angel Fire is located in this region.

    It offers some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere and plenty of snow for some fantastic skiing. Typically, there is snow on the ground by Halloween.

    There are plenty of tourists during the winter months but the summer months provide a more relaxed atmosphere.

    This is a great place to work part-time, if you had planned to work during part of your retirement years.

    Many people are discovering Angel Fire to be a great place to retire.

    EAGLE NEST

    Eagle Nest, located on the shores of Eagle Nest Lake, has some of the best scenery, hiking trails, big game hunting, fishing and snow skiing in the state.

    It has a newly renovated main street with numerous specialty shops.

    This is another great place to retire.

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    THE CENTRAL REGION

    This area is known as the “Heart of New Mexico”.

    Albuquerque, the largest city and only metropolitan area in New Mexico, is located in this region.

    Picture of downtown Albuquerque at night.

    ALBUQUERQUE

    Rich with culture and heritage, Albuquerque has over 19 historical museums and a beautiful Botanical Garden to enjoy.

    With over 14 golf courses, biking trails, the University of New Mexico, good restaurants, and numerous casinos, there is something to do for everyone.

    The city is known as the hot air ballooning capital of the world.

    With more retirees moving to this area every year, there are many retirement communities around the city to choose from.

    Picture of adobe building in downtown Albuquerque New Mexico.

    RIO RANCHO

    Rio Rancho is a favorite among retirees.

    While close enough to Albuquerque to enjoy the big city amenities, the residents of Rio Rancho have been able to keep it's small town charm.

    CORRALES

    Corrales, a picturesque village, is located between Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

    The residents work hard at maintaining its rural character.

    Located near the Rio Grande, Corrales has many vineyards and wineries.

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    THE SOUTHWEST REGION

    Picture of Alamagorda New Mexico.

    The Southwest Region of New Mexico is the Old West with its mining and ghost towns.

    This area is also home to the second-largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces.

    LAS CRUCES

    With its low taxes, affordable housing, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and beautiful year-round weather, it is no wonder many retirees are calling Las Cruces home.

    This is a very friendly town to retirees with seniors receiving discounts for waste services, bus transportation, and classes at New Mexico State University.

    SILVER CITY

    With great year-round climate and low taxes many retirees are finding Silver City, New Mexico a great place to live.

    There are museums, art galleries, and antique shops located in the historic downtown area, and many of the art galleries are considered to be some of the best in the Southwest.

    If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will love Silver City. Located only eight miles northeast of town is the Gila National National Forest, where you can bird watch, camp, ride mountain bikes, hike, backpack, hunt (big and small game), and white-water rafting.

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

    With its affordability, low crime, beautiful scenery and slower pace, the town of Truth or Consequences is becoming a favorite with retirees.

    Located on the banks of the Rio Grande, retirees can enjoy hiking, golfing, fishing, and bathing in the soothing hot springs year-round.

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    THE SOUTHEAST REGION

    Picture of fall in New Mexico.

    This region of New Mexico is the lowest part of New Mexico. The area is mainly desert terrain with some mountain scenery from the Sacramento and Guadalupe Mountains.

    Other points of interest:

    • In Ruidoso you can ski down Ski Apache, the second largest ski mountain in New Mexico. Retirees can also enjoy some of the best quarter-horse racing in the nation at Ruidoso Downs.
    • In White Sands, outside of Alamogordo, you can hike through the largest natural reservoir of gypsum in the world.
    • In Capitan you can spend time enjoying the Lincoln National Forest-home of Smokey Bear Historical Park.
    • For the avid sky watcher there is the UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, Alamagordo's New Mexico Museum of Space History and the National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak near Cloudcroft.

    A couple of the popular towns for retirees in this area are:

    Picture inside the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.

    CARLSBAD

    Carlsbad, situated at the northern tip of the Chihuahuan Desert, enjoys mild winters and hot summers.

    Low crime and a small town atmosphere make Carlsbad a great place for retirees.

    With plenty of sunshine, Carlsbad offers hiking, golfing and water activities on Lake Carlsbad. And, of course, there are the Caverns to explore.

    ROSWELL

    Affordable housing, a strong economy, and a variety of living choices all add to the appeal of retiring in Roswell.

    Enjoy golf, hiking trails, scenic bike trails and seven museums.

    And, of course, you will want to enjoy the Amazing Roswell UFO Festival that is held annually on the 4th of July weekend.

    Picture of UFO museum in Roswell New Mexico.

    CLOUDCROFT

    Cloudcroft is a small mountain village located in the Lincoln National Forest.

    This area offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, golf, bird watching, downhill and cross country skiing.

    TAX INFORMATION

    New Mexico does have a personal state income tax, which ranges from 1.7% to 4.9%. For complete information, go here.

    New Mexico also has a Gross Receipts Tax, which resembles a state sales tax. This tax applies to services as well as tangible goods. For more information, go here.

    ONE OF THE BEST STATES TO RETIRE IN

    Abundant sunshine, spectacular scenery, affordability, low crime, skiing, year-round golf ,and a wide range of other outdoor recreational opportunities have helped to make retirement in New Mexico very popular.

    "The Land of Enchantment" could just be one of the best states to retire in.

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