16 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Albuquerque Itinerary

16 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Albuquerque Itinerary

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16 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Albuquerque Itinerary

Albuquerque
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Albuquerque
— 13 nights
Albuquerque

2
days
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail and then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room and then admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park vacation builder.

Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Sitting Bull Falls
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Sitting Bull Falls

14
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Albuquerque

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puye Cliff Dwellings and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Get some historical perspective at El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site and San Miguel Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Alamos (Bradbury Science Museum, Bandelier National Monument, & more), Jemez Springs (Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, & more) and Santa Fe (El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tingley Beach, examine the collection at Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, explore the ancient world of Coronado Historic Site, and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Albuquerque can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Coronado Historic Site, Pecos National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Bradbury Science Museum
San Miguel Chapel

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