New Mexico is not one of the most prominently travelled states of the US, but you will still find plenty of things to do here. Unfortunately there are hostels in only a few places throughout New Mexico, and these aren't necessarily near the really cool things to see and do in New Mexico. If you want to see and experience everything that this state has to offer you are going to need a car to get around.
The main hostels are in the two larger cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. These cities are only about 100 km from each other, so your range to span yourself out and use these places as a base is minimal. Albuquerque until recently was a pretty boring place to visit. For anyone who is a Breaking Bad fan, you will now find that you can tour around a lot of the filming locations of the show as this was where it was set. Spend a day at your Albuquerque hostel and check it out.
Santa Fe is the capital of the state and also has some interesting history to take in while you are there.
In the south there is a hostel at Mountain Park near Alamogordo and this is a good base if you can stay here to explore the natural wonders of the Carlsbad Caverns and the White Sands National Monument. Carlsbad Caverns have some of the world's largest open cavern caves, and they are impressive to explore. The White Sands National Monument is a giant mound of white sand hills that pop out of nowhere in the middle of the desert. They are very cool to see and sandboard down.
As you head north, there is also a hostel at Arroyo Seco which is close to the skiing town of Taos. If you are here in New Mexico during the winter and plan on skiing, here is where you will need to stay.
The state is home to quite a large amount of Hispanic and Aztec history if that also interests you. Do your research, plan ahead and make sure you book in advance. There aren't enough hostels in enough locations in New Mexico for "winging it" to be an option.
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Come visit for Christmas, if you can. On Christmas Eve, everyone's houses are lined with luminarias (paper bags with candles), and everyone walks through town and visits. It's a beautiful, non-commercial, community-oriented way to spend Christmas!
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Albuquerque doesn't have much going for it except for the area called Nob Hill around the U of New Mexico. A funky, hip enclave of intreresting stores, restaurants and galleries.