10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pecos
— 1 night
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
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Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at Big Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip planning tool.

Midland to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Midland to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Midland in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 63°F in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 3 nights

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
San Miguel Chapel and New Mexico Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. El Rancho de las Golondrinas and Santa Fe National Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, stop by Santa Fe Honey Salon, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Traveler's Market.

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Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Santa Fe by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Carlsbad Caverns National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pecos.
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Pecos — 1 night

Pecos is a village in San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pecos National Historical Park and then take in the history at Glorietta Battlefield.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pecos trip planner.

Pecos is just a short distance from Santa Fe. September in Pecos sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taos.
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Taos — 1 night

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, see what you can catch with Taos Fly Shop, then admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum, then shop like a local with Taos Clay Studio, and finally see the interesting displays at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos trip site.

You can drive from Pecos to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Pecos in September, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Jemez Springs.
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Jemez Springs — 2 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Jemez National Recreation Area, then pause for some photo ops at Jemez Historic Site, and then take a memorable drive along Jemez Mountain Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jemez Springs day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Taos in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Jemez Springs, with lows around 54°F. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Albuquerque.
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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.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Petroglyph National Monument and then look for gifts at The Candy Lady.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Jemez Springs in September, with highs in Albuquerque at 83°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.
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