12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel planner

Make it your trip
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 3 nights
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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.
Visiting Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Green Lake will get you outdoors. Step out of Carlsbad Caverns National Park with an excursion to Frijole Ranch in Guadalupe Mountains National Park--about 1h 45 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail and explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 69°F in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ghost Ranch and San Miguel Chapel. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Keshi and Mama's Minerals. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo), Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center (in Abiquiu) and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Traveler's Market, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip maker website.

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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August, with highs in Santa Fe at 84°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

Duke City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Luz Trail and Cibola National Forest. Get some historical perspective at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Step out of Albuquerque to go to Belen and see Belen Harvey House Museum, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, do a tasting at Casa Rondena Winery, and take an in-depth tour of New Mexico Veterans' Memorial, Albuquerque.

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Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alamogordo

— 3 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. You've now added White Sands National Monument to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, examine the collection at Toy Train Depot, then learn about all things military at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, then examine the collection at Shroud Exhibit and Museum, and finally get curious at International Space Hall of Fame. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Stanton Historical Site, then shop like a local with Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, and then admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alamogordo holiday builder app.

Drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In August in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
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.