22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Roswell
— 1 night
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Las Cruces
— 3 nights
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Deming
— 1 night
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Taos
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Roswell — 1 night

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 5th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery and then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Tokay Beaded Art, and then admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell attractions planner.

Washington DC to Roswell is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Roswell due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Roswell, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Carlsbad — 3 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, &more). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Alamogordo.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and then get outside with Trestle Recreation Area. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Tularosa Basin Museum of History and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Alamogordo visit planning app.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. February in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Cruces.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

Las Cruces — 3 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Go for a jaunt from Las Cruces to Organ to see Aguirre Spring Campground about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, appreciate the history behind Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, and learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces online route planner.

Drive from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Deming.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Deming — 1 night

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. On the 15th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and then do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Deming trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Deming takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in February, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Taos.
Wineries · Museums

Taos — 2 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 16th (Wed), hit the slopes at Taos Ski Valley Resort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, do a tasting at La Chiripada Winery, and then stroll through Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Taos trip planner.

You can drive from Deming to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Deming in February; daily highs in Taos reach 47°F and lows reach 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Santa Fe — 4 nights

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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Ten Thousand Waves.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in February, Santa Fe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Albuquerque — 5 nights

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 Albuquerque with an excursion to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town, examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in February, expect Albuquerque to be somewhat warmer, temps between 57°F and 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

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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.