15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Bozeman
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Aztec
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nageezi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Bozeman

2
nights
Aztec

Aztec ©
Aztec is a city and county seat of San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aztec trip itinerary tool .

Bozeman to Aztec is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bozeman in May; daily highs in Aztec reach 78°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nageezi.

Things to do in Aztec

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Wines of the San Juan, Salmon Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Salmon Ruins ©
Salmon Ruins
Wines of the San Juan ©
Wines of the San Juan

1
night
Nageezi

Nageezi ©
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Chetro Ketl and then delve into the distant past at Pueblo Bonito.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nageezi trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aztec to Nageezi in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Nageezi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Pueblo Bonito ©
Pueblo Bonito
Chetro Ketl ©
Chetro Ketl

3
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Kit Carson Home & Museum, admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, then look for gifts at Twirl, and finally explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Taos Pueblo, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then take a memorable drive along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and finally examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez.

Plan trip to Taos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Nageezi to Taos takes 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nageezi in May; daily highs in Taos reach 69°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
Taos Art Museum ©
Taos Art Museum

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Santuario de Chimayo and Bradbury Science Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Miguel Chapel and Puye Cliff Dwellings. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, take a memorable drive along The Plaza, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Taos in May since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Bradbury Science Museum
Highlights from your plan
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings

2
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 San Felipe de Neri Church and Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tingley Beach and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Albuquerque Biological Park, look for gifts at Blue Portal, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Mon), Head underground at King's Palace and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, you will find days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Heart of the Desert, brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, steep yourself in history at Old Apple Barn, and then examine the collection at Toy Train Depot.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Alamogordo travel planner .

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 4 hours. In May in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Old Apple Barn, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Highlights from your plan
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range Museum
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History

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