Hostels in New Mexico Hostels in New Mexico

You are looking for hostels in New Mexico? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your New Mexico hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking New Mexico.

All Cities in New Mexico

We list every single hostel in New Mexico and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in New Mexico for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All New Mexico hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in New Mexico. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking New Mexico

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.

expert for New Mexico hostels

Handwritten by local expert for New Mexico hostels Globetrotter

Travel Tips for New Mexico - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking New Mexico. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of New Mexico. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in New Mexico

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in New Mexico?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in New Mexico here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in New Mexico safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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