10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Artesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Red River
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

2
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Street Sculptures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and then look and learn at Roswell Museum & Art Center.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Artesia trip planner .

Salt Lake City to Artesia is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In August in Artesia, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Red River.

Things to do in Artesia

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©

1
day
Red River

Red River is a resort town in Taos County, New Mexico, United States located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Goose Lake Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then trek along Al's Run.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Red River day trip planning site .

Getting from Artesia to Red River by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Artesia in August, things will get much colder in Red River: highs are around 71°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Red River

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Al's Run
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Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Santa Fe Plaza. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos), Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Taos Pueblo (in Taos). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip app .

You can drive from Red River to Santa Fe in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Red River in August; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 84°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Taos, Santo Nino Chapel, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
nights
Albuquerque

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Bring the kids along to The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and Albuquerque Biological Park. Take a break from Albuquerque with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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