30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner

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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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Deming
— 1 night
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Roswell
— 2 nights
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Ruidoso
— 2 nights
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Socorro
— 2 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque
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Las Cruces

— 2 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Las Cruces' surroundings by going to Truth or Consequences (Riverbend Hot Springs & Veterans Memorial Park). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our 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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, expect nights in Las Cruces to be little chillier, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Deming.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, then do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Deming trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Deming takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Deming

Nature · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and then immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, then hike along Osha Trail, and then explore and take pictures at State Route 244.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Deming to Alamogordo takes 2.5 hours. In November in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Big Room, &more). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Roswell

— 2 nights
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, then explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then look and learn at Roswell Museum, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then take in the exciting artwork at Tokay Beaded Art, and then take an in-depth tour of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico.

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You can drive from Carlsbad to Roswell in 1.5 hours. In November in Roswell, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wineries · Shopping · Historic Sites

Ruidoso

— 2 nights
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hubbard Museum of the American West, view the masterpieces at Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Fort Stanton Historical Site, and finally take an in-depth tour of Fort Stanton Museum. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then hike along Grindstone Lake Trail.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ruidoso trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Roswell to Ruidoso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Roswell in November, you will find days in Ruidoso are little chillier (56°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Socorro

— 2 nights
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): tee off at New Mexico Tech Golf Course, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old San Miguel Mission, and then look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Mineralogical Museum, stroll through Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Craig National Historic Site.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Socorro day trip app.

Drive from Ruidoso to Socorro in 2 hours. When traveling from Ruidoso in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Socorro: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Golf

Side Trip

Jemez Springs

— 3 nights
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Jemez Springs side-trips: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Plaza Blanca). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs, take a memorable drive along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, and pause for some photo ops at Jemez Historic Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Socorro to Jemez Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Socorro in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jemez Springs: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Step out of Taos to go to Angel Fire and see Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taos vacation planner.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Taos in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Jemez Springs in November since evenings lows in Taos dip to 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and go for a walk through Keshi.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read 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 November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°F in Santa Fe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 4 nights

Duke City

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.
When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Sandia Crest Byway in Sandia Park, approximately Sandia Park away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip maker site.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 36°F in Albuquerque. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.