10 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in Southeast New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Clovis
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Ruidoso
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cloudcroft
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Durham

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Roswell Museum & Art Center.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Roswell trip itinerary website .

Durham to Roswell is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Durham, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Roswell, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Clovis.

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1
night
Clovis

Clovis ©
Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Blackwater Draw Museum, get to know the resident critters at Hillcrest Park Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Norman Petty Studios, and finally see the interesting displays at Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum.

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Traveling by car from Roswell to Clovis takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Roswell in July: highs in Clovis hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Ruidoso.

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Norman Petty Studios ©
Norman Petty Studios
Blackwater Draw Museum ©
Blackwater Draw Museum

2
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Lotza Stuff, examine the collection at Museum of the Horse, then shop like a local with Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, then hike along Grindstone Lake Trail, and finally tee off at Links At Sierra Blanca. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Lincoln National Forest, then try to win big at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ruidoso trip planner .

Traveling by car from Clovis to Ruidoso takes 3.5 hours. In July, Ruidoso is little chillier than Clovis - with highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cloudcroft.

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Lotza Stuff
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Links At Sierra Blanca ©
Links At Sierra Blanca
Ruidoso Downs Race Track ©
Ruidoso Downs Race Track
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest

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nights
Cloudcroft

Cloudcroft ©
Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. Appreciate the collections at Tularosa Basin Museum of History and Shroud Exhibit and Museum. Sacramento Mountains Museum and McGinn's PistachioLand are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Alamogordo (Heart of the Desert, White Sands National Monument, & more) and Tularosa (Tularosa Vineyards & Three Rivers Petroglyph Site). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of State Route 244, get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, get curious at International Space Hall of Fame, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cloudcroft trip itinerary website .

Drive from Ruidoso to Cloudcroft in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ruidoso in July, with highs in Cloudcroft at 94°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Cloudcroft

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Alamogordo, Tularosa, White Sands National Monument
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Sacramento Mountains Museum ©
Sacramento Mountains Museum
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Shroud Exhibit and Museum ©
Shroud Exhibit and Museum

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, then Head underground at Spider Cave, then contemplate the long history of Eddy House, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

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You can drive from Cloudcroft to Carlsbad in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.

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