The 9 Best Sporting Goods Stores in New Mexico!

Golf, baseball, skiing, hiking or bicycling, whatever your sports passion is, you need the right gear and equipment to excel. New Mexico is brimming with sporting goods stores. Here are nine great retailers that provide the essentials for a successful athletic outing!

1. Taos Mountain Outfitters, Taos, NM

This is the largest independent sporting goods store in New Mexico. For more than 40 years, customers have found the gear, clothing and footwear to do just about any outdoor activity. There are current guide books, trail maps and travel guides. This was one of the first stores to carry Patagonia wear, a tradition still in place four decades later. Whether you hike, camp, climb, raft, run or swim, the experts here will get you into the right gear.

2. Charlie’s Sporting Goods, Albuquerque, NM

Charlie, who started this shop more than 40 years ago, defined sporting goods through the eyes of someone who loved to fish, beginning as a rod and reel repair shop. The store has since grown into the premier place to buy fishing and hunting gear in the state. They still offer rod and reel repair, as well as supplies, like guns, bait, safes, and tackle, for beginners to experts. Their motto: "Remember if you haven't been to Charlie's, you haven't been to New Mexico.” It’s a must stop shop.

3. Alpine Sports, Santa Fe, NM

Shopping here is a longstanding tradition. The store has been a destination pre-dominately for skiers, but it’s been catering to other outdoor sports enthusiasts too, for five decades. Ski Magazine named it Rocky Mountain Ski Shop of the Year and Gold Medal Ski Shop multiple times. Any season, you’ll find an enormous selection of top-of-the-line equipment, apparel and accessories for a wide-range of activities. Their maxim: Gear up and get out there!” They have the goods to help you do just that.

4. Rough Country Outdoor Gear, Silver City, NM

The Land of Enchantment can also be the land of grueling outdoor challenges. You need the right gear if you’re headed into the backcountry. You’ll find what you need here. There’s quite a selection of hunting supplies, both guns and archery. But you might want more than just that, so they also stock camping and fishing supplies and hiking boots, clothing and a variety of accessories. A local favorite since 1996.

5. S&J Sporting Goods, Los Lunas, NM

This is a sports store specific to the sport of archery. What makes a good archery store? Experience. Capability. Passion. You’ll find all three here. You’ll also find a vast selection of archery equipment and paraphernalia. They have Warrior arrows and Hoyt bows, as well as youth bows, used bows and bow cases. There’s an indoor archery range onsite. They offer classes for youth and adult, archery league events for all ages and provide custom stringing on the premises for bows and arrows.

6. Plainsman Sporting Goods, Tucamcari, NM

The old Route 66 takes you right through town. This store is located not far from that iconic highway that brought many people visiting the area. You’ll find a diverse selection of name brand athletic shoes, from sandals to sneakers to hiking boots at this locally-owned and operated store. Hoodies, t-shirts, shorts, backpacks, socks, scarves, hats and sunglasses make this a well-rounded sports shop.

7. Play It Again Sports, Albuquerque, NM

This is a great place to shop around. It has new and used sporting equipment, on any given day, from baseball, football, golf, tennis, disc golf, lacrosse and much more. The store is locally-owned and operated and specializes in purchasing quality used equipment. It’s a simple process: drop by with the gear and you’ll ei-ther get cash for it or a trade-in value. This is a great way to try a lot of different sports until you find the one you like best.

8. St. Bernard, Ruidoso, NM

If you’re a skier, then this is the sports store for you. With more than 18,000 square-feet of space, you could get lost between the racks in the retail section. There’s a lot to look at. They carry merchandise from Oakley, Smith, Scott, Ros-signol, Wigwam, Quicksilver and Pulse. That’s just the half of it. The year-end clearance sale of parks, pants, vests and sweater inventory is worth waiting for. In the off-season, the ski shop transforms into a women’s clothing store. During the season rentals and repairs available.

9. Hibbett Sports, Gallup, NM

There are about a dozen stores under this name scattered around the state. The company is committed to gearing the merchandise in each location to meet the needs of the community. They carry the standard fare of sports equipment, cloth-ing and accessories targeted for the many active sports league teams in this area. Looking to support your favorite national team? They also have licensed team merchandise for sale.

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