12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  11​h
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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.
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 50 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave and explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; 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 travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Frijole Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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.
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). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Traveler's Market, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 84°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Taos, Abiquiu, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cibola National Forest and La Luz Trail. 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 lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Unser Racing Museum, learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery, take an in-depth tour of New Mexico Veterans' Memorial, Albuquerque, and explore the ancient world of Coronado Historic Site.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque route builder website .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coronado Historic Site, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Belen Harvey House Museum, Tinkertown Museum
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
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): pause for some photo ops at White Sands National Monument, examine the collection at Toy Train Depot, then learn more about the world around you at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, then see the interesting displays at Shroud Exhibit and Museum, and finally get curious at International Space Hall of Fame. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fort Stanton Historical Site, view the masterpieces at Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Alamogordo day trip planner .

Getting from Albuquerque to Alamogordo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fort Stanton Historical Site, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Toy Train Depot ©
Toy Train Depot
International Space Hall of Fame ©
International Space Hall of Fame
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

Similar Plans

15 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Arizona, Colorado & New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM INDIA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, museums, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans