15 days in New Mexico, Monument Valley & Moab Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico, Monument Valley & Moab Itinerary

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15 days in New Mexico, Monument Valley & Moab Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip itinerary maker .

Philadelphia to Carlsbad is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Carlsbad is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in May: highs in Carlsbad hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandstone Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcat Trail, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Comb Ridge, see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Monument Valley takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in May; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 74°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Comb Ridge, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On your second day here, hike along Hunziger Bowl, hit the slopes at Taos Ski Valley, and then shop like a local with Taos Clay Studio.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Taos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in May, with highs in Taos at 67°F and lows at 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Taos Ski Valley, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Puye Cliff Dwellings, then contemplate the long history of El Santuario de Chimayo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, then explore the striking landscape of Pecos National Historical Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online road trip planner .

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in May; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 73°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Pecos National Historical Park
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Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and then examine the collection at American International Rattlesnake Museum. On the next day, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

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Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 51°F in Albuquerque. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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3
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 18th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage, admire the verdant scenery at Castle Valley, and then cruise along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Moab online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Moab takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Moab are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch

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