I love seeing castles! I have spent time abroad exploring some of the most beautiful castles in the world and I can attest, seeing castles in New Mexico can be just as exciting as seeing them in Europe! You just have to know where to look.
Here are the best New Mexico castles which you can find all over the state, including castles near Santa Fe and Albequerque! If you know of any that I missed, add them in the comments!
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How to Visit New Mexico’s Castles
Well, if you’re a New Mexico local then you probably already know that getting around the state is really tough without a car. There just isn’t good public transportation between cities. Since you really need your own wheels, I have tips below for renting a car if you don’t have one.
Tips for Renting a Car in New Mexico
It’s awfully hard to get around New Mexico without a car. Trust me, I’ve tried! Typically, I drive to New Mexico from Oklahoma, but when I don’t have access to my own wheels I use Discover Cars to rent cars on my travels. You’ll be able to pick up a car at any airport or in your hometown.
Check availability and get a quote for a rental car for your trip here.
The Best Castles in New Mexico
In no particular order…
This state-of-the-art castle in Albuquerque has crystal chandeliers, beautiful floral arrangements in all rooms, antiques, and most importantly, easily readable information panels. The Turquoise is owned by the Zachary Lowry family which has been here for five generations.
Today the castle serves as a museum with rare collectible antiques, jewelry, and pieces of fine turquoise.
This magnificent castle has a statuary garden, grounds with a fountain, and lovely trees.
ABQ BioPark Castle
The Albuquerque BioPark castle has a fourteen-foot topiary dragon that guards the castle gates. Visitors and nature lovers are in for a treat as they get to see an array of horticulture on display. The park has a monarch butterfly garden, a pollinator garden, and also Mediterranean and desert conservatories.
The ABQ Park Castle opened officially in 1996, and the 32-acre botanic garden showcases various plants from all over the world. This magnificent park is located along the Rio Grande river, just next to downtown Albuquerque.
The Tano Castle
The Tano Castle is a massive residential estate in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and is made from double adobe walls. The first thing you’ll notice when driving through is the adobe and frame tower adjacent to the entry doors. It has a tall deck by the spiral staircase covered in a blue tile floor and carved custom doors.
The property sits on nearly five acres and is over ten thousand square feet, complete with grandly spacious rooms.
The Tano Castle was bought in the early 1980s and has hosted some British parliament members and New Mexico governors.
Blue Castle Automotive
Okay, you might find it strange that this castle is actually an automotive shop, but it’s so wonderfully kitschy that I love it!
This shop is an automotive repair and maintenance service industry that offers the best professional car services and general automotive repair shop. Blue Castle Automotive has been around for nearly 25 years and has a team of expert mechanics who are quite reliable.
Of course, you’re not looking to get your car fixed, you’re looking to visit a castle. This one offers a perfect kitschy Instagram opportunity. Just make sure you don’t clash with that very, very blue exterior!
Camelot Mini Storage
Another kitschy New Mexico Castle is this entrance to Camelot Mini Storage. While you may not need a storage solution, you can still come to the entrance for a fun New Mexico castle photo shoot!
Earthships are thermal solar earth shelters made from upcycled natural materials. The buildings are often horseshoe-shaped and made from an environmentally sustainable design that factors in energy, sewage treatment, garbage management, clean water, and food.
The Earthship idea started in the 1970s, and the concept has advanced ever since. The primary purpose of this shelter is to provide what’s needed for inhabitant survival naturally.
In case you’re looking for this one-of-a-kind home, then you can always visit Northern New Mexico Earthships that are available for rent.
Origin at Rancho de San Juan
This luxury resort Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, is suitable for small parties and available for overnight accommodations, small gatherings, and events. The Origin at Rancho de San Juan is truly remarkable, having art cave tours in a private gated community.
The property rests on 145 tranquil acres and has one of the most refined décor having wildflower courtyards, state-of-the-art furnishings, and a fine art collection. The facility can even accommodate close to fifty people with special arrangements.
This beautiful hotel is located in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Coming in at ninety-thousand square feet, Montezuma Castle was built in Queen Anne style.
It no longer is used as a hotel. It’s had several lives, serving as a movie set, a boxing training center, a Baptist college, and a Catholic monastery. Today its part of the United World College.
New Mexico Travel Resources
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for your trip make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I have used World Nomads when I travel since 2016, and I happily recommend them.
Getting coverage is important whenever you’re more than a hundred miles from home in case of an accident, sickness, theft, etc.
Get a travel insurance quote for your trip here.
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Stephanie is a born-and-bred Oklahoma mom and travel expert who has been to over fifty countries. After living in Eastern Europe for four years, she has moved with her family back to Oklahoma to write about her favorite places growing up: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, & Route 66!