13 days in Southwest New Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Southwest New Mexico Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Las Cruces
— 4 nights
Drive
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Deming
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Gila
— 1 night
Drive
4
Elephant Butte
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Socorro
— 2 nights
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Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Las Cruces — 4 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Las Cruces is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, explore the stunning scenery at Soledad Canyon Day Use Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church, and get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Las Cruces trip itinerary builder tool.

New York City to Las Cruces is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Las Cruces. When traveling from New York City in March, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Las Cruces: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Deming.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Deming — 3 nights

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Explore Deming's surroundings by going to Columbus (Columbus Depot Museum & Pancho Villa State Park) and Silver City (Silver City Museum, Chino Mine Vista Point, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Deming trip planning app.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Deming in 1.5 hours. In March in Deming, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gila.
Wineries · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Gila — 1 night

Gila is a census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. On the 9th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gila trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Deming to Gila takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deming in March, you will find days in Gila are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Elephant Butte.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Elephant Butte — 2 nights

Elephant Butte is a city in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States, near Elephant Butte Reservoir and State Park. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): test the waters at Blackstone Hotsprings, then take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs, then take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum, and finally walk around Carole Wheeler Dog Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Veterans Memorial Park, then look for gifts at Dukatt ’71, and then immerse yourself in nature at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Elephant Butte trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Gila to Elephant Butte by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Gila in March since evenings lows in Elephant Butte dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Socorro.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Spas
Side Trip

Socorro — 2 nights

Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Mineralogical Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, then view the masterpieces at Vertu Fine Art Gallery, and finally look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Socorro route planning website.

You can drive from Elephant Butte to Socorro in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip