22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Shiprock
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Navajo Dam
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Appreciate the collections at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Escape the urban bustle at Petroglyph National Monument and Bandelier National Monument. There's more to do: examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip tool .

London, UK to Albuquerque is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In September, Albuquerque is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Bandelier National Monument
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4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Dog Canyon. Escape the urban bustle at Guadalupe Peak and Permian Reef Geology Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Frijole Ranch & Devil's Hall Trail). The adventure continues: Head underground at Big Room and get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand and then explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Alamogordo day trip website .

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 3.5 hours. In September in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shiprock.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument

3
nights
Shiprock

Shiprock ©
Shiprock is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States, on the Navajo reservation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and Spruce Tree House. Popular historic sites such as Balcony House and Cliff Palace are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Shiprock side-trips: Mesa Verde National Park (Square Tower House, Far View Sites, & more).

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shiprock route planning app .

You can drive from Alamogordo to Shiprock in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Alamogordo in September, Shiprock is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Navajo Dam.

Things to do in Shiprock

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

4
nights
Navajo Dam

Navajo Dam ©
Step out of the city life by going to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and Treasure Falls. Get some historical perspective at Long House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Navajo Dam: Mesa Verde National Park (Nordenskiold #16 Trail & Mesa Verde National Park) and Pagosa Springs (Piedra River Trail & The Springs Resort & Spa).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Navajo Dam trip planner .

You can drive from Shiprock to Navajo Dam in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Shiprock in September, things will get little chillier in Navajo Dam: highs are around 29°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Navajo Dam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Mesa Verde National Park
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Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

2
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 26th (Thu): cruise along High Road to Taos, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Manby Hot Springs, and finally contemplate the long history of Taos Pueblo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kit Carson Home & Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Kit Carson Park, and then stroll through Horseshoe Lake.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Taos trip maker site .

Getting from Navajo Dam to Taos by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Horseshoe Lake, Manby Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Kit Carson Home & Museum ©
Kit Carson Home & Museum
Manby Hot Springs ©
Manby Hot Springs

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of the Governors and New Mexico History Museum. Popular historic sites such as Canyon Road and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of ten thousand waves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum

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